Artober – Patterns….Quilts at Historic Arkansas Museum

Stitched Together: A Treasury of Arkansas Quilts

Rocky Mountain Road by Elizabeth Rogers Manning and Martha Manning. part of Historic Arkansas Museum collection.

October is Arts and Humanities Month nationally and in Little Rock. Americans for the Arts has identified a different arts topic to be posted for each day in the month.  Next up is Patterns.

One way to highlight patterns is to look at some in the Stitched Together exhibit at Historic Arkansas Museum. Quilting is a skill that was carried to the New World by immigrants.  However, in the almost two and half centuries since the colonies became states, quilting has evolved into a uniquely American tradition.

Quilting is all about patterns, sometimes repeating, sometimes in response. But it is all about patterns.

Here are a few from the exhibit:

The first features my favorite fabric pattern: PLAID!

Log Cabin, a pieced quilt ca. 1950 by Clara Baker.  Part of Historic Arkansas Museum collection.


Signature. Made by members of the Women’s Missionary Society of Lonoke County. 1907. Part of the Historic Arkansas Museum collection.

Star of Bethlehem and unnamed pattern. Pieced and appliqued quilt. Mary Jane Vincent, ca. 1860. Part of Historic Arkansas Museum collection.

Celebrate National Quilting Day at Historic Arkansas Museum 

Join the Arkansas Quilters Guild at Historic Arkansas Museum to celebrate National Quilting Day!

Arkansas Quilters guild will celebrate National Quilting Day by presenting demonstrations of several quilting techniques. Learn about English paper piecing, how to create a 2-color binding and modern cutting techniques. There will be a demo of the official National Quilting Day Quilt Pattern with instructions for its construction. See also how to create a “Disappearing Hourglass”. Learn more about the art of quilting and the rich heritage it offers us as you visit with guild members.

While you’re at HAM, check out the award-winning quilts on display in the Great Arkansas Quilt Show III exhibit.  Historic Arkansas Museum is an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.