19 Stars: Quilts of Indiana’s Past and Present

One of the first quilts I ever made was a king size lone star quilt.  In hindsight, starting my quilting journey with a king size was probably not the best idea, and my quilting aesthetic has changed significantly since the.  However; this is still one of my favorite quilts.  So when I was asked to visit the Indiana State Museum’s exhibit “19 Stars: Quilts of Indiana’s Past and Present” I was very excited.

Star combo only

19 Stars logo

The exhibit is in celebration of Indiana’s bicentenial and features a mixed collection of 38 historic and contemporary examples of star-themed quilts.  Indiana was the 19th state to join the Union and there are 19 stars on the Indiana State flag.  The quilts are from the museum’s collection as well as loans from some of Indiana’s best quilt artists. The majority of contemporary quilts were created specifically for the exhibit, which fills two galleries on Level 3 of the museum.


After walking through both galleries, I was surprised to find I was more drawn to the “traditional” quilts.  Overall they seemed more “modern” to me.  I especially loved this tied quilt, and the way a couple of the quilts had embroidered labels on the fronts, as opposed to the backs.  I will be sure to try and add these touches to a few of my quilts in the future.  All of the quilts were beautiful, and I would highly recommend that everyone check it out.

Bohemian Fireworks copy

The Indiana State Museum is located at 650 W. Washington Street in Indianapolis. Exhibition gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The first Tuesday of each month (Community Tuesdays) admission is half price. Auxiliary aids and services are available with advance notice. For more information, call the museum at 317.232.1637.  For ticket information, please visit indianamuseum.org.

IMQG Round Robin

The term “Round Robin” dates from the 17th century French “ruban rond” (round ribbon).  This described the practice of signatories to petitions against authority (usually Government officials petitioning the Crown) appending their names on a document in a non-hierarchial circle or ribbon pattern (disguising the order which they have signed) so that none may be identified as a ringleader.

Back in January I proposed to the Indy Modern Quilt Guild that we should do a round robin.  My motivation for this was 1) seeing all of the beautiful medallion quilts that have been popping up on line, and 2) seeing all of the beautiful work the members of the guild bring to monthly meetings for show and tell.  There were 10 people who decided to participate including myself.  Our rules guidelines were simple.  Make a block or row to pass to another quilter.  Subsequent quilters would add boarders or rows to your project and each month, and at our meeting we would exchange.  Some quilters supplied fabrics they wanted used, some did not.  Some quilters gave guidelines (use only black, white and red) some did not.  And all of the quilters had the choice to see the progress each month or to wait till the end to see the finish product.

For my project I made a simple applique block for the center.  I sent my block along with all of the solids from my stash.  I had not used only solids in a quilt to date, but I see lots of modern quilters doing just that on-line.  I also sent my project along with a journal, and asked that each contributor add to the journal an explanation of their thoughts/feelings about the project, or just a simple signature so i could remember who had worked on my quilt.  And I decided to wait to get the final quilt top back to see it.  The suspense was almost unbearable.

I was hoping we would be able to pass out projects along each month for the entire year, but due to lots of scheduling conflicts we decided to end this month.  So here it is, my IMQG 2013 round robin.


Isn’t it BEAUTIFUL?!  I could not be happier with this result.  I love the asymmetry, and colors, and the quality of craftsmanship.  Thank you modern quilters.  You continue to blow me away with your talent.  I was also very touched by the kind and inspiring things that were added to my journal.  I am sure I will cherish this quilt for years to come.  I think I may try to con some more of my quilting friends to add onto it some more.