Photo, Print, Drawing 1992 Minnesota State Winner

About this Item

1992 Minnesota State Winner
Contributor Names
Hedin, Susan R. (Creator)
Created / Published
Stillwater, Washington County, Minnesota, September, 1990 - January, 1991
Subject Headings
-  Quilting
-  quilt piecing
-  quilt tops
-  aesthetics
-  batting (textiles)
-  hand quilting
-  machine quilting
-  commemorative quilts
-  synthetic fabrics
-  cotton fabrics
-  Photographs
-  United States -- Minnesota -- Washington County -- Stillwater
-  The following information was supplied by the quiltmaker:
-  Quilt size: 107" x 81"
-  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? "I designed the quilt using a contemporary take on a variety of traditional geometric patterns. The hand quilting adds significantly to the design."
-  "The quilt is machine pieced and hand quilted."
-  How did you choose the materials used in your quilt? "I enjoy working with 100% cotton or other natural fibers. I also tend to use solely solid colors. By using solids I believe I avoid the "dated" look of many printed fabrics. I also enjoy the deep pure hues of solids and in particular dark colors. I usually incorporate black into the design to 'frame' the colored sections and to intensify the colors. I believe the effect of this is a more dramatic quilt."
-  Quiltmaker's motivation: This quilt is a commemoration of a public event, the All-American Quilt Contest: "Several months after completing my 1st quilt, I was paging through the Lands End catalogue and noticed the ad for the All-American Quilt contest and request for entries. I made this quilt specifically for the contest; it was a personal challenge."
-  How long have you been making quilts? "Since 1990." / How did you learn to quilt? "I learned to sew as a young girl. Quilting became a natural extension. I also spent a lot of time with a stack of quilting books."
-  What was your primary reason for entering the Lands' End contest? Do you frequently enter your quilts in competition? "My primary reason for entering was as a personal challenge. Being recognized as a winner was wonderful; I now knew that I could produce competition quality pieces. I have since entered several quilts in various shows and competitions. I have had an entry exhibited in Paducah, KY at the American Quilters Soc. I have also had a gallery show in my hometown of Stillwater and an exhibit at the local arts council events."
-  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? "Yes! By becoming a winner I was inspired to continue quilting, to experiment with design and color, and to unhesitatingly enter other shows and competitions."
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Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1997/011: Folder 8958 P1
Source Collection
Lands' End All-American Quilt Collection (AFC 1997/011)
American Folklife Center
Online Format
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Hedin, Susan R. Minnesota State Winner. Minnesota Stillwater United States Washington County, 1992. Stillwater, Washington County, Minnesota, September, - January, 1991. Photograph.

APA citation style:

Hedin, S. R. (1992) Minnesota State Winner. Minnesota Stillwater United States Washington County, 1992. Stillwater, Washington County, Minnesota, September, - January, 1991. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Hedin, Susan R. Minnesota State Winner. Stillwater, Washington County, Minnesota, September, - January, 1991. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.