Photos, Prints, Drawings 1996 South Dakota State Winner

Format Photos, Prints, Drawings
Contributors Smith, Karen A. (Quiltmaker)
Dates 1996
Location Hamlin County
South Dakota
United States
Language English
Subjects Aesthetics
Applique Quilts
Art Quilts
Artistic Hobbies
Batting (Textiles)
Cotton Fabrics
Hand Quilting
Machine Quilting
Quilt Art
Quilt Blocks
Quilt Patterns
Quilt Piecing
Quilt Tops
Synthetic Fabrics
1996 South Dakota State Winner
Contributor Names
Smith, Karen A. (Quiltmaker) (Creator)
Created / Published
Hamlin County, South Dakota, February, 1994 - April, 1996
Subject Headings
-  Quilting
-  Quilt patterns
-  quilt piecing
-  quilt tops
-  aesthetics
-  batting (textiles)
-  applique quilts
-  hand quilting
-  machine quilting
-  artistic hobbies
-  quilt blocks
-  synthetic fabrics
-  art quilts
-  cotton fabrics
-  quilt art
-  Photographs
-  United States -- South Dakota -- Hamlin County
-  The following information was supplied by the quiltmaker:
-  This quilt is an original design.
-  Quilt size: 86" x 75"
-  Other techniques used include: surface embellishment, "ruched roses and 3-D folded fabric tassels."
-  How did you choose the materials used in your quilt? "The majority are hand-dyed by myself. I had caught the fabric dyeing bug and was really inspired by a group of yellow/gold mottled fabrics and some greens. Dyed a group of fuschias to complement them and eventually my quilt came together. I also like the drama that black adds to a color scheme."
-  Quiltmaker's motivation: "I was inspired by some fabric I had dyed and wanted to use some dimensional techniques I had seen in a book."
-  How long have you been making quilts? How did you learn to quilt? "Since 1968 or so with an interim period of other needlework (anything and everything) until approximately 1990 when it became an 'obsession.'"
-  What was your primary reason for entering the Lands' End contest? Do you frequently enter your quilts in competition? "This was my second Lands' End contest and I wanted to see if I could place higher this time."
-  Has being a winner in the Land's End contest made a difference in your life? Has it changed the way you look at your work as a quilt maker? "Has given me inspiration and confidence in my techniques."
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Call Number
AFC 1997/011: Folder 9103 P1
Source Collection
Lands' End All-American Quilt Collection (AFC 1997/011)
American Folklife Center

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