Photo, Print, Drawing 1992 Missouri State Winner

About this Item

1992 Missouri State Winner
Contributor Names
Finlayson, Constance (Creator)
Created / Published
Carrollton (Carroll Co.), Missouri, September, 1989 - June 19, 1991
Subject Headings
-  Quilting
-  Quilt patterns
-  quilt piecing
-  quilt tops
-  aesthetics
-  batting (textiles)
-  hand quilting
-  artistic hobbies
-  cotton fabrics
-  medallion quilts
-  album quilts
-  sampler quilts
-  Photographs
-  United States -- Missouri -- Carroll County -- Carrollton
-  The following information was supplied by the quiltmaker:
-  Quilt size: 84" x 84"
-  "This quilt is an original compilation. 12 individual blocks are antique patterns. Central medallion is an 8-point star. I collected the antique patterns and drafted the center medallion star myself to fit the space."
-  How did you choose the materials used in your quilt? "Contains only fabric on hand. Challenge to myself not to purchase any fabric as foremothers on the prairie did not, but used only available scraps and pieces." "The wonderful quilts constructed by our great grandmothers as they forged across our new country, establishing homesteads in the face of such adversity have always fascinated me. As a fledgling quilter, I began collecting antique block patterns with small pieces. Vowing to work within the same constraints as our ancestors did, purchasing nothing, using only scraps on hand, I began piecing a few of these blocks just to try using an old piece of border print in a variety of ways. It became addictive and I continued with the challenge until I had done a dozen. Only then did I decide to attempt designing a central medallion out of a log cabin star and figuring out sashing to attempt a real quilt. Adding prairie points in honor of the prairie women, I completed the top having bought no new material, incorporating scraps from my daughter's childhood dresses and doing it all by hand -- from templates, no strip piecing. After hand quilting I named it "Echoes From the Prairie" -- and felt that it was really based on those who had gone before me -- a link that bound us together."
-  How long have you been making quilts? "'Echoes From the Prairie' was my first real quilt, I began around 1987." / How did you learn to quilt? "I only work by hand and have always done a lot of needlepoint and embroidery. Mostly I picked it up from watching my grandmother, trial and error, magazines, quilt shows."
-  What was your primary reason for entering the Lands' End contest? Do you frequently enter your quilts in competition? "Friends 'insisted' I send 'Prairie's' picture into the contest. Since that time I have entered this and other quilts in juried shows -- AQS, AIQA, NQA, Silver Dollar City,, Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival -- at the encouragement and insistence of my husband."
-  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? "Although the machine art of making quilts has become the norm, I still work only the old way -- don't do any except by hand. I have won several Best of Show ribbons and many others, but do not consider this my main satisfaction. The act of leaving a legacy of my own thoughts and dreams tenderly sewn into my hand-done quilts is what makes me continue to quilt. I enjoy the design process and the thrill of telling a story in cloth for the generations to come. Each of my quilts takes about 2 years and is original. My family, especially my husband, is the inspiration and focal point of their existence."
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35mm color slide
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1997/011: Folder 8960 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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Chicago citation style:

Finlayson, Constance. Missouri State Winner. Carroll County Carrollton Missouri United States, 1992. Carrollton Carroll Co., Missouri, September, 1989. Photograph.

APA citation style:

Finlayson, C. (1992) Missouri State Winner. Carroll County Carrollton Missouri United States, 1992. Carrollton Carroll Co., Missouri, September, 1989. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Finlayson, Constance. Missouri State Winner. Carrollton Carroll Co., Missouri, September, 1989. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.