Photo, Print, Drawing 1996 Montana State Winner

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1996 Montana State Winner
Other Title
Title of Quilt: Go to Sleep, Little Pumpkin / Grandma Dottie's Lullaby
Contributor Names
Laceky, Carolyn (Creator)
Created / Published
Helena, Montana, October, 1994 - March, 1995
Subject Headings
-  Quilting
-  quilt piecing
-  quilt tops
-  embroidery
-  aesthetics
-  batting (textiles)
-  applique quilts
-  hand quilting
-  machine quilting
-  artistic hobbies
-  commemorative quilts
-  memory
-  synthetic fabrics
-  cotton fabrics
-  pictorial quilts
-  crib quilts
-  Photographs
-  United States -- Montana -- Helena
-  The following information was supplied by the quiltmaker:
-  Quilt size: 31.5" x 44"
-  If your quilt is based on a traditional pattern or an earlier quilt, what is the name of the pattern? "Crib quilt with appliqued and embroidered pictorial elements on 'watercolor' background and appliqued writing."
-  Other techniques used include: "Color wash or water color style."
-  How did you choose the materials used in your quilt? Batting is 80% cotton, 20% polyester, "warm and natural." "My grandmother left me a box of 2inch cotton squares she had saved for a quilt. When I saw a colorwash quilt I knew what to do with the squares and began collecting cotton fabrics to make more squares. My son suggested a method using very light fusible facing to make sewing the squares together easy, fast and accurate. Threads were recommended by fabric shop owner."
-  Quiltmaker's motivation: Commemorates her Grandmother. Also "in response to contest theme 'If My Quilt Could Talk.'"
-  How long have you been making quilts? "This was the second quilt I made. I began in 1994." / How did you learn to quilt? "Reading quilting books, taking a quiltmaking class at the fabric store and by trial and error."
-  What was your primary reason for entering the Lands' End contest? Do you frequently enter your quilts in competition? "As soon as I read the theme of the contest, 'If My Quilt Could Talk,' I thought of Grandma's lullaby: My quilt could sing her lullaby to the baby it covered. I could immediately see the quilt in my mind. I was challenged to figure out how to realize the image. Also $10,000 is a good incentive."
-  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 gave me confidence that even though I'm a beginner I can make a successful quilt. As a painter (ex-painter) it has renewed my interest in image making. Placing little pieces of colored fabric in a design is very much like painting and I especially like the tactile quality of fabric. The pace of quilt making is soothing and has taught me that I have more patience than I realized."
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Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1997/011: Folder 9088 P1
Source Collection
Lands' End All-American Quilt Collection (AFC 1997/011)
American Folklife Center
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Laceky, Carolyn. 1996 Montana State Winner. Helena Montana United States, 1996. Helena, Montana, October, - March, 1995. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, (Accessed June 28, 2017.)

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