Photo, Print, Drawing 1992 Michigan State Winner

About this Item

1992 Michigan State Winner
Contributor Names
Harbison, Edna R. (Creator)
Created / Published
Ontonagon, Michigan, May, 1991 - February, 1992
Subject Headings
-  Quilting
-  quilt piecing
-  quilt tops
-  embroidery
-  aesthetics
-  batting (textiles)
-  applique quilts
-  hand quilting
-  machine quilting
-  commemorative quilts
-  memory
-  synthetic fabrics
-  art quilts
-  cotton fabrics
-  pictorial quilts
-  quilt art
-  strip quilts
-  Photographs
-  United States -- Michigan -- Ontonagon
-  The following information was supplied by the quiltmaker:
-  Quilt size: 96" x 72"
-  The quilt pattern is "my own design."
-  How did you choose the materials used in your quilt? "Very tiny bit of 'metallic' fabric for sun's reflection of light on the water." "I chose cotton because it handles easily and lasts, plus it's a natural fiber. I chose the colors and prints for their appropriateness in my design altho I did hand-dye some of the shades of blue (called periwinkle blue) because I couldn't find exactly what I wanted in the stores. (The nearest quilt/fabric shop is 120 miles away)"
-  Quiltmaker's motivation: Commemoration of achievement, "move to Upper Peninsula of Mich."
-  How long have you been making quilts? "Since 1970. My 1st quilt was an all-over cross-stitched top I bought in a kit from a mail-order catalog. It was a Double Wedding Ring pattern and I bought it to give myself something to do while I worried the time away when my husband of 7 months was sent to Vietnam." / How did you learn to quilt? "Altho I was born and raised in an Old Order Mennonite family (my parents were ex-communicated from the church when I was 3) and I always loved the quilts my aunts and grandmothers made, I never learned to quilt from them. I taught myself yrs. later."
-  What was your primary reason for entering the Lands' End contest? Do you frequently enter your quilts in competition? "I had drawn a sketch of this quilt several years before the contest. It had been inspired by my husband and I building and moving to a tiny log cabin in the isolated woods of the Upper Peninsula of Mich. When a friend gave me the information on the contest I just had to make it. Yes, I have entered many quilt and art competitions in the past. So far I have received over 42 awards."
-  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? "This quilt was my largest and most time consuming project as of yet in 1991. Before it, I'd been designing and making one art-quilt each year along w/ making hundreds of wall hangings for sale in my business. After I finished 'Living a Dream' I decided I had a major case of burn-out and didn't finish another one til 1995. I still make hundreds of smaller wall hangings every year in my business w/ my husband making frames for them in his woodworking business. Right now I am working on another large quilt for myself in my spare time again. Altho I sell small quilts and duplicate many of them, I have kept my original, one-of-a-kind art quilts for my own collection. They are so much a part of me, they are like a journal of my life."
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35mm color slide
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1997/011: Folder 8957 P1
Source Collection
Lands' End All-American Quilt Collection (AFC 1997/011)
American Folklife Center
Online Format
IIIF Presentation Manifest
Manifest (JSON/LD)

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Harbison, Edna R. Michigan State Winner. Michigan Ontonagon United States, 1992. Ontonagon, Michigan, May, - February, 1992. Photograph.

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Harbison, E. R. (1992) Michigan State Winner. Michigan Ontonagon United States, 1992. Ontonagon, Michigan, May, - February, 1992. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Harbison, Edna R. Michigan State Winner. Ontonagon, Michigan, May, - February, 1992. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.