Photo, Print, Drawing 1996 Massachusetts State Winner

About this Item

1996 Massachusetts State Winner
Contributor Names
Spencer, Jeannette E. (Creator)
Created / Published
West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, September, 1991 - May 6, 1995
Subject Headings
-  Quilting
-  quilt piecing
-  quilt tops
-  aesthetics
-  crazy quilts
-  batting (textiles)
-  applique quilts
-  hand quilting
-  machine quilting
-  art quilts
-  cotton fabrics
-  quilt art
-  silk quilts
-  Photographs
-  United States -- Massachusetts -- West Bridgewater
-  The following information was supplied by the quiltmaker:
-  Quilt size: 75" x 75"
-  How did you choose the materials used in your quilt? "I challenged myself to use all American fabrics and place them so that they had an African effect. I ended up using two small pieces of African fabric. One piece was from Soweto and has the face of Malcolm X on it. The piece was given to me by a friend who travelled to Africa. I used a ot of hand dyed and hand painted fabric that I did myself and one shibori piece that I did while taking a class."
-  Quiltmaker's motivation: "I was inspired by an African village print. I tried to capture the feeling of the village and the choices of garments worn by these people."
-  How long have you been making quilts? "Since 1986." / How did you learn to quilt? "After my beginning class in quilting, I taught myself a lot of the techniques I know now from books, magazines, etc., and find that taking classes with some of the master quilters has helped tremendously."
-  What was your primary reason for entering the Lands' End contest? Do you frequently enter your quilts in competition? "No. I entered Lands' End as a personal goal and for public recognition. I worked for four years on this quilt and this piece has given me a lot of recognition."
-  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 sure has! I felt Lands' End has an objective eye and appreciated my piece for what it really is."
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Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1997/011: Folder 9083 P1
Source Collection
Lands' End All-American Quilt Collection (AFC 1997/011)
American Folklife Center
Online Format
IIIF Presentation Manifest
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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:

Spencer, Jeannette E. Massachusetts State Winner. Massachusetts United States West Bridgewater, 1996. West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, September, - May 6, 1995. Photograph.

APA citation style:

Spencer, J. E. (1996) Massachusetts State Winner. Massachusetts United States West Bridgewater, 1996. West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, September, - May 6, 1995. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Spencer, Jeannette E. Massachusetts State Winner. West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, September, - May 6, 1995. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.