Photo, Print, Drawing 1994 1st Place National Winner

About this Item

About this Item

1994 1st Place National Winner
Contributor Names
Rouse, Kathryn (Creator)
Created / Published
Subject Headings
-  Quilting
-  Quilt patterns
-  quilt piecing
-  quilt tops
-  aesthetics
-  batting (textiles)
-  applique quilts
-  hand quilting
-  machine quilting
-  artistic hobbies
-  sunflower quilts
-  synthetic fabrics
-  cotton fabrics
-  Russian sunflowers quilts
-  Photographs
-  United States -- Wisconsin
-  The following information was supplied by the quiltmaker:
-  Quilt size: 76.5" X 96.5"
-  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? "Combination of 20 traditional pieced blocks with 12 hand appliqued blocks. I alternated a traditional pattern, Russian Sunflowers, with 12 original design applique flower blocks. Russian Sunflowers pattern came from a magazine. The others I drew, inspired by flowers in my garden."
-  How did you choose the materials used in your quilt? "I chose red, green, and yellow because I wanted a traditional look. I chose many different red prints because it makes the quilt more interesting to look at. The varied yellow and green prints also encourage your eyes to move around the quilt. I quilted it very heavily since that gives such a wonderful texture to the surface."
-  How long have you been making quilts? How did you learn to quilt? "I started in 1983 after taking a class at my local technical school. I experimented on my own at first, but really learned the techniques by taking a comprehensive class (at my local technical school)."
-  What was your primary reason for entering the Lands' End contest? Do you frequently enter your quilts in competition? "I entered the contest as a challenge to myself. My mom told me about it and encouraged me. The large prize amount certainly offered a nice incentive to enter."
-  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 contest winner has certainly given me national and local recognition that I never received before. It has given me a wonderful sense of accomplishment and challenged me to go further."
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35mm color slide
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1997/011: Folder 8986 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:

Rouse, Kathryn. 1st Place National Winner. United States Wisconsin, 1994. Wisconsin. Photograph.

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Rouse, K. (1994) 1st Place National Winner. United States Wisconsin, 1994. Wisconsin. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Rouse, Kathryn. 1st Place National Winner. Wisconsin. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.