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Photo, Print, Drawing 1992 Alaska State Winner

About this Item


  • 1992 Alaska State Winner


  • Schell, Ann-Lillian (Creator)

Created / Published

  • Fairbanks, Alaska, 1989-1992


  • -  Quilting
  • -  Quilt patterns
  • -  quilt piecing
  • -  quilt tops
  • -  embroidery
  • -  aesthetics
  • -  batting (textiles)
  • -  applique quilts
  • -  hand quilting
  • -  machine quilting
  • -  commemorative quilts
  • -  bear paw quilts
  • -  synthetic fabrics
  • -  art quilts
  • -  cotton fabrics
  • -  pictorial quilts
  • -  quilt art
  • -  medallion quilts
  • -  flying geese quilts
  • -  goose quilts
  • -  album quilts
  • -  sampler quilts
  • -  delectable mountains quilts
  • -  goose tracks
  • -  Photographs
  • -  United States -- Alaska -- Fairbanks


  • Photographs


  • -  The following information was supplied by the quiltmaker:
  • -  Quilt size: 61" x 61"
  • -  If your quilt is based on a traditional pattern or an earlier quilt, what is the name of the pattern? Where did you learn the pattern? "My original concept, to link traditional blocks to create the story line."
  • -  Other techniques used include: "Reverse applique for the title around the center block."
  • -  How did you choose the materials used in your quilt? "I chose fabric I felt was appropriate, that it, expressive of the spirit of what was being represented, for example, ultrasuede for the bear, the print for the goose."
  • -  Quiltmaker's motivation: The quilt commemorates the quiltmaker's divorce: "the bear represents my ex-husband." Also represented in the quilt is "Alaskan wildlife -- the large, white triangles are hand quilted with a flock of snow geese. The pattern is from tracing around an Eskimo carved ivory pin of a snow goose."
  • -  What was your primary reason for entering the Lands' End contest? Do you frequently enter your quilts in competition? "Yes. All of the above; my Aunt Mary had clipped the entry form and sent it to me. I didn't want to disappoint her. I appreciated her faith in my quilting."
  • -  How long have you been making quilts? How did you learn to quilt? "Since 1969 when I lived in Barrow, AK. I began sewing doll clothes at age 4, but to make a quilt for my baby daughter, I bought the book '101 Quilt Patterns' by Ruby McKenna."
  • -  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 reinforced my determination to continue striving to improve my quilting and to enter more competitions on the national level."
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Call Number/Physical Location

  • AFC 1997/011: Folder 8936 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:

Schell, Ann-Lillian. Alaska State Winner. United States Fairbanks Alaska, 1992. Fairbanks, Alaska, to 1992. Photograph.

APA citation style:

Schell, A. (1992) Alaska State Winner. United States Fairbanks Alaska, 1992. Fairbanks, Alaska, to 1992. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Schell, Ann-Lillian. Alaska State Winner. Fairbanks, Alaska, to 1992. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.