Monday, August 9, 2010


The Quilt Index received a $100,000 grant this week!

We here at TQHF heartily congratulate them! These funds are a much appreciated encouragement to their on-going mission.

TQHF Honoree Merikay Waldvogel has been deeply involved with The Quilt Index from its founding.

A follow-up story to the press release emphasizes that this grant is to support steps towards internationalizing the Index so that "content and use" goes well beyond the national emphasis it now has. This is a really significant new step.

This link gives you a bit more of that very important aspect of the story.

The Quilt Index fills a vital role in community history, family history and women's history by capturing and indexing quilts and their stories! We welcome the possibility that quilts residing in other nations may now be included too.

Aside from the MSU Museum, the Quilt Index’s other partners include MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online — an MSU digital resource and research center — and The Alliance for American Quilts .

I have had the privilege of working with the Quilt Index for three years as a member of the Signature Quilt Pilot Project Team. If you own a Signature Quilt yourself, you may want to familiarize yourself with this project.

Every quilt history program requires on-going financial and volunteer efforts, including The Quilters Hall of Fame!

We hope you will choose to help sustain at least one quilt history organization on an annual basis through a donation of time or funds. We couldn't survive without your generous caring support!

Karen B. Alexander
Past President of TQHF

If you would like to donate to The Quilters Hall of Fame, click here.

PS: You can read more of my quilt research by clicking here.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Second Round of Marie Webster Birthday Parties Begins!


The Morgan County Schoolhouse Quilters Guild enjoyed their Marie Webster birthday bash so much last year that they decided to do it again.

Expert cake maker Lisa Dodson outdid herself again with a second Webster design-inspired cake. This year, instead of each buying a slice of cake, the guild just made a blanket donation of $150 to the Hall of Fame. Thank you Morgan County Schoolhouse Quilters Guild!!

Holding the cake are (left) Lydia Stout, owner of Ady's Fabric and Notions in Morgantown, Indiana, the host for our meeting and birthday party, and (right) Lisa Dodson, the cake maker.

Last year Dale Drake, who organized the first party, brought Marie's 1915 book "Quilts: Their Story and How to Make Them" , The Quilters Hall of Fame book (three-ring binder format) containing the stories of the first 34 Honorees. She also shared Rosalind Webster Perry's two books "A Joy Forever" and "Marie Webster's Garden of Quilts" to share with the party goers and gave a brief history of Marie's contributions to the quilt world.

Here is the page from A Joy Forever which this year's cake is based on.

This year guild members all celebrated everyone's birthday with

a fat quarter exchange, and we're saying "Marie Webster!" in the group shot. I think they all now know who Marie is now!

Thank you, Morgan County Schoolhouse Quilters Guild, for your on going support of The Quilters Hall of Fame!

PS: Here is the cake Lisa Dodson created last year to celebrate Marie Webster's 150th birthday and TQHF's 30th birthday. This cake replicates Marie Webster's Windblown Tulip quilt design which first appeared in "Ladies Home Journal" in 1911. (Do not confuse this with the Mt. Mist design. It is very easy to confuse the 1930 Mt. Mist Wind Blow Tulip design with Marie's 1911 design. Today Mountain Mist credits Marie for having inspired their design.

Karen B. Alexander
Past President

PS: You can read more of my quilt research by clicking here.