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Photo, Print, Drawing 1994 Alaska State Winner

About this Item


  • 1994 Alaska State Winner


  • Dubbs, Kathleen (Creator)

Created / Published

  • Fairbanks, Alaska, December, 1988 - May, 1990


  • -  Quilting
  • -  quilt piecing
  • -  quilt tops
  • -  embroidery
  • -  aesthetics
  • -  batting (textiles)
  • -  applique quilts
  • -  hand quilting
  • -  machine quilting
  • -  artistic hobbies
  • -  synthetic fabrics
  • -  art quilts
  • -  cotton fabrics
  • -  pictorial quilts
  • -  quilt art
  • -  silk quilts
  • -  Photographs
  • -  United States -- Alaska -- Fairbanks


  • Photographs


  • -  The following information was supplied by the quiltmaker:
  • -  This quilt is an original design.
  • -  Quilt size: 61" x 41"
  • -  How did you choose the materials used in your quilt? "I painted the background pieces of the applique blocks many years before with the idea of making an iris quilt. I then used any fabrics I had on hand which would be appropriate for the irises -- including silks and handpainted synthetics I had bought at an artisan's sale in Hawaii."
  • -  Quiltmaker's motivation: "Actually, I thought of the name first, and then made the quilt to fit."
  • -  How long have you been making quilts? How did you learn to quilt? "20 years. I first started quilting when I lived in Tanana, Alaska -- a village of 500 people on the Yukon River. The only book on quilting in the community/school library was 'The Romance of the Patchwork Quilt.' I made 2 quilts with limited resources and then I moved to Fairbanks, joined the Cabin Fever Quilters Guild and took quiltmaking classes from Linelle McEntire and Mary Beth Smetzer."
  • -  What was your primary reason for entering the Lands' End contest? Do you frequently enter your quilts in competition? "It was really a whim; I came across the application and happened to have a professional photo of my "Watermeadow" quilt. I enter local juried shows often, and state and national shows occasionally. I try to enter contests and shows to promote my personal growth as a quilter, but I spend most of my time making quilts for gifts -- weddings, births, housewarmings, birthdays."
  • -  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? "It is nice to know that people outside of my own community appreciate my work. It has boosted my self-confidence, although I have not followed up with entries in other contests or shows."
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  • 35mm color slide

Call Number/Physical Location

  • AFC 1997/011: Folder 8995 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

Lands' End all-American quilt collection, 1992-1997 (AFC 1997/011), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Dubbs, Kathleen. Alaska State Winner. United States Fairbanks Alaska, 1994. Fairbanks, Alaska, December, - May, 1990. Photograph.

APA citation style:

Dubbs, K. (1994) Alaska State Winner. United States Fairbanks Alaska, 1994. Fairbanks, Alaska, December, - May, 1990. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Dubbs, Kathleen. Alaska State Winner. Fairbanks, Alaska, December, - May, 1990. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.