Photo, Print, Drawing 1992 Montana State Winner

About this Item

1992 Montana State Winner
Contributor Names
Clarke, Eileen, 1948- (Creator)
Created / Published
Broadwater County, Townsend, Montana, September, 1991 - May, 1992
Subject Headings
-  Quilting
-  Quilt patterns
-  quilt piecing
-  quilt tops
-  aesthetics
-  batting (textiles)
-  hand quilting
-  machine quilting
-  star quilts
-  quilt blocks
-  synthetic fabrics
-  art quilts
-  cotton fabrics
-  quilt art
-  feather pattern quilts
-  feathered star quilts
-  Photographs
-  United States -- Montana -- Broadwater County -- Townsend
-  The following information was supplied by the quiltmaker:
-  Quilt size: 48" x 48"
-  Learned the pattern when she "saw it in a magazine"
-  How did you choose the materials used in your quilt? "I always use cotton, probably because I always wear cotton. The red and white are my favorite contrasting colors. The quilt design, feathers, is also one of my favorites. I love the way curved lines quilt."
-  Quiltmaker's motivation: "I started this quilt when my son was sent to Iraq -- during deployment for the Gulf War. As events developed and grew more dangerous, I worked longer hours, added more hand quilting, made the stitches tinier and tinier. It started out to be a graceful feather quilting pattern, but the way it ended up, the quilting seems to be the center of a tornado. The thing makes me dizzy to this day. The quilt stayed in the closet, except for entering it in this contest, for 6 years, until my son married. I gave it to him for a wedding present and told him how and when it came to be made (I think I would have gone mad had I not had my quilting to keep me straight). It has always been relaxing. This time it was my salvation. My son never knew at the time just how worried I was and it was a chance (my giving him the quilt) for us both to let go of those feelings. I also gave him a color copy of the brochure Lands' End published with the winner's listed and my son and his new wife were a bit overwhelmed by the gift."
-  How long have you been making quilts? "I started in 1986 when I moved to a town of 250 people in Central MT and didn't know a soul. I also didn't have much money so I bought $40 worth of red and white cottons and quilted the hell out of it. That one was a single wedding ring and was juried into the American Quilt Society Show and reprinted in their quilt calendar, 1992 I think, for the week of my Mom's birthday. It was only my fourth attempt." / How did you learn to quilt? "Self-taught."
-  What was your primary reason for entering the Lands' End contest? "My sister told me about the contest and I thought it would warm up our relationship if I would get involved in something she liked (dressing up the house) and if I won she would see I wasn't a flake (which is what she's always thought and said.)"
-  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? "I stopped showing quilts because of this contest. My brand new perfect quilt was apparently pinned up for judging or something. It was returned with a very obvious tear in the binding. Now I only show quilts in my own quilt group where I can do the hanging and taking down."
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35mm color slide
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1997/011: Folder 8961 P1
Source Collection
Lands' End All-American Quilt Collection (AFC 1997/011)
American Folklife Center
Online Format
IIIF Presentation Manifest
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Clarke, Eileen. Montana State Winner. Broadwater County Montana Townsend United States, 1992. Broadwater County, Townsend, Montana, September, - May, 1992. Photograph.

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Clarke, E. (1992) Montana State Winner. Broadwater County Montana Townsend United States, 1992. Broadwater County, Townsend, Montana, September, - May, 1992. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Clarke, Eileen. Montana State Winner. Broadwater County, Townsend, Montana, September, - May, 1992. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.