Photo, Print, Drawing 1996 Virginia State Winner Title of Quilt: The Chester Mysteries

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1996 Virginia State Winner
Other Title
Title of Quilt: The Chester Mysteries
Contributor Names
Elvgren, B. J. (Creator)
Created / Published
Chesapeake, Virginia, January, 1996 - March, 1996
Subject Headings
-  Quilting
-  quilt piecing
-  quilt tops
-  embroidery
-  income
-  batting (textiles)
-  applique quilts
-  hand quilting
-  machine quilting
-  commemorative quilts
-  travelog quilts
-  synthetic fabrics
-  art quilts
-  cotton fabrics
-  pictorial quilts
-  quilt art
-  story quilts
-  Photographs
-  United States -- Virginia -- Chesapeake
-  The following information was supplied by the quiltmaker:
-  Quilt size: 74" x 60"
-  Other techniques used include: "acrylic painting."
-  How did you choose the materials used in your quilt? "Most of the fabric used I had already purchased over several years. Some come from special finds while traveling: the border edge came out of a shop window display in Canterbury, England; the Nativity roof fabric is from Bombay, India. Some choices were determined by the memories I had of the 1992 Mystery Plays production in Chester, England. For example, I used fake fur for Jesus in the last supper. The actor wore a real sheepskin garment in the play."
-  How long have you been making quilts? How did you learn to quilt? "I began quilting in 1979. I already knew how to sew when I began. I am basically self-taught. How-to books got me started."
-  What was your primary reason for entering the Lands' End contest? Do you frequently enter your quilts in competition? "Several friends mentioned the contest to me. The prize money was an attraction, but the main motivation came from getting an exciting idea for a quilt that would fit the contest's theme."
-  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? "Winning is a good professional recommendation. I'm sure it aided the sale of the quilt which is now permanently displayed in Chester Cathedral, England. It is an encouragement to have been recognized in this contest."
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Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1997/011: Folder 9108 P1
Source Collection
Lands' End All-American Quilt Collection (AFC 1997/011)
American Folklife Center
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Elvgren, B. J. 1996 Virginia State Winner. Chesapeake United States Virginia, 1996. Chesapeake, Virginia, January, - March. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, (Accessed September 25, 2017.)

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