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Photo, Print, Drawing 1992 2nd Place National Winner

About this Item


  • 1992 2nd Place National Winner


  • Brooks, Kathleen Rindal, 1956- (Creator)

Created / Published

  • River Forest, Illinois, 1990 - 1992


  • -  Quilting
  • -  Quilt patterns
  • -  quilt piecing
  • -  log cabin quilts
  • -  quilt tops
  • -  batting (textiles)
  • -  hand quilting
  • -  machine quilting
  • -  artistic hobbies
  • -  quilt blocks
  • -  art quilts
  • -  cotton fabrics
  • -  quilt art
  • -  pineapple log cabin quilts
  • -  pineapple quilts
  • -  quilt templates
  • -  Photographs
  • -  United States -- Illinois -- River Forest


  • Photographs


  • -  Quilt size: 50" x 49"
  • -  The following information was supplied by the quiltmaker: / The quilt's title is from Ghana, translation "My skill is exausted."
  • -  Pattern learned from "photographs of antique quilts"
  • -  How did you choose the materials used in your quilt? "I chose from my fabric collection. I own about 2,000 different fabrics --1/4 to 1/2 yd pieces of each. I did not buy any fabric specifically for this quilt, (except the border fabric.)"
  • -  Quiltmaker's motivation: "Our home was undergoing extensive long term renovation. My quilt studio was the only 'finished' room. I would go in my studio, closing off the dust and distraction of renovation and just enjoy the creation of these blocks. I had no plan as to the finished size of the quilt, only that I 'needed' to sew!"
  • -  How long have you been making quilts? "20 years (in 1992, 14 years)." / How did you learn to quilt? "Checked a book out of the library. In 1978 our library had 3 quilting books. There wasn't much technical information at all. There was one quilt shop in Chicago (The Contemporary Quilt) where "real" quilters hung out. I saw them there but I didn't know one other person who was a quilter."
  • -  What was your primary reason for entering the Lands' End contest? Do you frequently enter your quilts in competition? "I entered this quilt contest at the urging of a friend. I do enter a lot of competitions but this quilt was not constructed for that purpose and, in my opinion, lacked the technical perfection to be a winner. I made it for fun only."
  • -  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? "You bet!! With all the recognition following that contest, guilds (quilting groups) began calling, asking me to teach and speak to their guild. Now I travel the country (even to Norway) lecturing on quilts and teaching quilting workshops. I have recently published a book on miniature quilts. I do not think the contest changed the way I looked at my work (I already felt personally successful) but it certainly changed the way others looked at my work. People took my quilting seriously -- suddenly it was a 'real' job."
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  • 35mm color slide

Call Number/Physical Location

  • AFC 1997/011: Folder 8933 P1

Source Collection

  • Lands' End All-American Quilt Collection (AFC 1997/011)


  • American Folklife Center

Online Format

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Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project collection, 1977-1981 (AFC 1982/009), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Brooks, Kathleen Rindal. 2nd Place National Winner. United States River Forest Illinois, 1992. River Forest, Illinois, - 1992. Photograph.

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Brooks, K. R. (1992) 2nd Place National Winner. United States River Forest Illinois, 1992. River Forest, Illinois, - 1992. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Brooks, Kathleen Rindal. 2nd Place National Winner. River Forest, Illinois, - 1992. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.