Photo, Print, Drawing 1994 Judges' Choice Winner

About this Item

1994 Judges' Choice Winner
Contributor Names
Smith, Karen A. (Quiltmaker) (Creator)
Created / Published
Hamlin County, South Dakota
Subject Headings
-  Quilting
-  quilt piecing
-  quilt tops
-  aesthetics
-  batting (textiles)
-  hand quilting
-  machine quilting
-  artistic hobbies
-  art quilts
-  cotton fabrics
-  quilt art
-  quilt templates
-  Photographs
-  United States -- South Dakota -- Hamlin County
-  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? "Some of the quilt made of 'pineapple' blocks with a non-traditional color placement." / Where did you learn the pattern? "self-taught from a book."
-  Other techniques used include: "Machine pieced blocks on paper foundations."
-  How did you choose the materials used in your quilt? "I love to collect fabrics, especially all the 'designer' prints available now. I selected a group which especially appealed to me at the time."
-  Quiltmaker's motivation: The motivation behind the making of this quilt is "relaxation after a day working with the public. I became interested in piecing blocks on a paper foundation which allows very precise work without very much effort. Needed a project to use up some of these blocks."
-  What was your primary reason for entering the Lands' End contest? Do you frequently enter your quilts in competition? "I wanted to see how my quilt compared to others."
-  How long have you been making quilts? "Made first quilt in late 60's when I was in high school. Then didn't pick it up again until the 90's when the interest in quilting began to produce such great books and inspiring fabrics." / How did you learn to quilt? "Primarily self-taught through books/other publications. I have taken a few classes as well as taught a few."
-  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? "Being a winner really encouraged me to continue to expand my quilting as time allows and gave me confidence in my techniques."
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Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1997/011: Folder 8990 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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Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project collection, 1977-1981 (AFC 1982/009), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Smith, Karen A. Judges' Choice Winner. Hamlin County South Dakota United States, 1994. Hamlin County, South Dakota. Photograph.

APA citation style:

Smith, K. A. (1994) Judges' Choice Winner. Hamlin County South Dakota United States, 1994. Hamlin County, South Dakota. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Smith, Karen A. Judges' Choice Winner. Hamlin County, South Dakota. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.