Photo, Print, Drawing 1994 Michigan State Winner Title of Quilt: Bluebird of Happiness

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1994 Michigan State Winner
Other Title
Title of Quilt: Bluebird of Happiness
Contributor Names
Ballard, Debra (Creator)
Created / Published
Midland, Michigan, Septemer, 1988 - November, 1991
Subject Headings
-  Quilting
-  quilt piecing
-  quilt tops
-  aesthetics
-  batting (textiles)
-  applique quilts
-  hand quilting
-  machine quilting
-  artistic hobbies
-  synthetic fabrics
-  cotton fabrics
-  Photographs
-  United States -- Michigan -- Midland
-  The following information was supplied by the quiltmaker:
-  Quilt size: 83" x 83"
-  If your quilt is based on a traditional pattern or an earlier quilt, what is the name of the pattern? "I wanted this quilt to have a feel of 'folk art.'"
-  "This quilt was hand quilted by Elsie Vredenburg of Tustin, Michigan. The top was designed and hand appliqued by myself, Debra Ballard."
-  How did you choose the materials used in your quilt? "All fabrics are from my own 'stash' -- just fabrics I liked."
-  What was your primary reason for entering the Lands' End contest? Do you frequently enter your quilts in competition? "Occasionally I enter contests. It certainly is exciting to win but contests are not why I make quilts." "This quilt was shown at the following shows: AQS, Paducah, KY - May 1992; Quilt America, Indianapolis, IN - 1992; Piecemakers Show, Saginaw, Mich - April, 1992; Great Lakes States Show, Mt. Clemens, Mich - June, 1992; Intl. Quilt Show, Houston, Texas - Oct. 1994; Henry Ford Community, Birmingham, Mich - Sept. 1995."
-  How long have you been making quilts? How did you learn to quilt? "I cannot remember a time when quilts were not part of my life. Both my grandmother and great-grandmother were quilters. Fourteen years ago I enrolled in a quilt class and have been quilting ever since. Several years ago I began to teach quilt classes out of my home. I continue to teach from my home but now also teach at a local quilt shop on a regular basis, and conduct workshops and present lectures for various guilds and shops throughout the Great Lake States."
-  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 adds more validity to my quiltmaking."
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Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1997/011: Folder 9016 P1
Source Collection
Lands' End All-American Quilt Collection (AFC 1997/011)
American Folklife Center
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Ballard, Debra. 1994 Michigan State Winner. Michigan Midland United States, 1994. Midland, Michigan, Septemer, - November, 1991. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, (Accessed December 14, 2017.)

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Ballard, D. (1994) 1994 Michigan State Winner. Michigan Midland United States, 1994. Midland, Michigan, Septemer, - November, 1991. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Ballard, Debra. 1994 Michigan State Winner. Midland, Michigan, Septemer, - November, 1991. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.