EHS 2006 Quilt Photo Album
Threads That Bind
The eleventh annual Women's History Month quilt exhibit includes more than 50 quilts and quilted items made by a number of quilters and collectors from the Dakota County area. This year's featured Minnesota quilt artist is Darlene Zimmerman from Fairfax. The quilts were hung around the atrium of the library during the month of March. Click on the quilt images below to see a larger image of each of them.

Milky Way, this vintage quilt top takes the nine-patch and sets it in a Trip Around the World arrangement. The 3” nine-patches are set on point with diamonds set between them. Published in Granny Quilts Décor, hand quilted by Darlene Zimmerman.

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Butterfly Wreath, a symbol of hope during the dark days of the Great Depression and the two World Wars, Darlene’s daughter, Rachel, designed the lovely three-part butterflies for her to stitch. The Garden Maze setting frames and complements the large butterfly blocks, with the wide white scalloped border adding the finishing touch. Published in Granny Quilts Décor. Machine pieced and hand appliquéd and quilted from reproduction fabrics by Darlene Zimmerman.
Sweet Memories, this is a combination new/vintage quilt. The center square section and the pieced corner sections were discovered in an antique shop in Minnesota. The sections were color coordinated and carefully and precisely pieced. The white area was the perfect open area to add appliquéd flowers and leaves cut from vintage fabrics. The narrow striped border on the outer edge helped to separate the busy prints from the prairie points. Published in Granny Quilts. Machine pieced and hand appliquéd and quilted by Darlene Zimmerman.

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Aunt Maggie’s Quilt, Jacob’s Tears and Periwinkle are two of the traditional names for this quilt block. For this quilt the stars are set with sashing, but additional stars are pieced into the sashing to fit the stars closer together. Published in Granny Quilts. Hand quilted by Pam Kienholz and machine pieced and quilted from reproduction fabrics by Darlene Zimmerman.
Dainty Cakestands, this dainty feminine quilt featuring a favorite basket block is reminiscent of bygone days and fancy cakes on glass cake stands. Published in Granny Quilts Décor. Machine pieced and quilted from reproduction fabrics by Darlene Zimmerman.

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Circa 30s & 40s, 2005, it took Julie a long time to like the fabrics she chose for this Glad Creations pattern. As in many heirloom quilts, you will see that the “ugly” fabrics make the “beautiful” ones stand out. Machine pieced by Julie Cibuzar and machine quilted by Kristie Predmore.
Sunbonnet Sue, 1930s, was purchased by Annemarie Yohnk for her growing collection of vintage appliqué quilts from this era. This variation of the pattern provides the viewer with a ‘large enough’ dress so you can get a good idea of what the fabrics from this period looked like.

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Spring in Bloom, made from the book Seasons of Love by Brandywine Designs. Hand appliquéd and hand quilted by Gladys Raschka.
Appliqué Flower Baskets, antique appliqué quilt, from the collection of Ann Kraayenbrink and Lori Gillick.

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Whimsy, a combination of two blocks, the pinwheel center and the outer “star” sashing from a block named Ish River Rose. Darlene loved the circular shape and motion of the pinwheel block and thought the outer star frame would be the perfect setting for the pinwheel center, with smaller pinwheels making up the cornerstones. Quilts with secondary designs are always intriguing, and interesting to piece. Published in Granny Quilts. Machine pieced and hand quilted from reproduction fabrics by Darlene Zimmerman.
Confetti, purchased as a quilt top disaster, the original top (in a completely different setting) did not lie flat enough to quilt. All the small fans were removed from their blocks and were re-appliqued to new squares of white fabric. A small red triangle was sewn on the opposite corner of the fan blocks to add interest and were repeated on the edge of the quilt. Published in Granny Quilts. Hand quilted by Darlene Zimmerman.

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Sail Boats, 2005, uses reproduction 30s prints to express the joy of a day at sea. Machine pieced by Ann Kraayenbrink and machine quilted by Annemarie Yohnk.
Dilithium Crystals, 2005, Michelle started quilting 5 years ago and after completing many quilts, this is the first she made for herself! The colors were chosen to set off a hand crafted cherry bed designed and built by her husband, so the red and cream work beautifully. Machine pieced by Michelle Thompson and machine quilted by Sara Peterson.

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Christmas Stars, 2005, Karen started quilting 18 months ago (thanks to Marcia Rocheleau) and this is her third quilt. She designed this using several star variations and planned fabrics to link blocks to form secondary patterns. Machine pieced and quilted by Karen Egle Jordan.
Cardinal Seasons, Julie made this quilt from a kit and said it was fun to do. The quilting adds so much beauty. Machine pieced by Julie Cibuzar and machine quilted by Kristie Predmore.

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Christmas Sampler, 2004, using a dozen sampler blocks executed in subtle holiday tones, Melanie created a classic wallhanging that begs to be displayed long after the holidays have gone. Machine pieced by Melanie Miles, professionally machine quilted.
Celestial Puzzle, a Glad Creations pattern made using Darlene’s Tri-Recs tool. Machine pieced by Susan Dyer and machine quilted by Carol Brown. Made as a sample, one of many mystery weekends, for Glad Creations Quilt Shop. Pattern available.

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Stress and Worry, 2005, Lisa made this quilt for her mom from a pattern she saw in a magazine. Machine pieced and quilted by Lisa Smith.
Ready For a Party, 2006, this quilt was a 21st birthday gift for her daughter, Bethany. Machine pieced and quilted by Marcia Rocheleau.

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Friends, 2006, made from a Summer Breeze pattern, Lisa says the top was fun and easy, taking three hours to piece and seven hours to quilt. Machine pieced and quilted by Lisa Smith.
Double X, 2005, made as a class sample for the Jo's Little Women Club at Glad Creations. Machine pieced and quilted by Annemarie Yohnk.

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Scrap Baskets, made from a Glad Creations pattern using many reproduction prints. Machine pieced by Nancy Raschka-Reeves and machine quilted by Carol Brown. Made as a sample for Glad Creations. Pattern available.
Friendship Quilt, 2005, made as a class sample for the Jo’s Little Women Club at Glad Creations. Machine pieced and quilted by Annemarie Yohnk.

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Lonestar, 2005, Etta used the Quiltsmart foundation method and material to sew the star points on this wallhanging she designed. Machine pieced and quilted by Etta Mather.
A Retro Year, 2005, Jennie created the pattern for this quilt and grouped the months by season splitting winter at the top and bottom of the quilt. She was able to find just the right fabric to compliment each activity highlighted month by month. Machine pieced and hand quilted by Jennie Brandt.

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Graduation Quilt, 2005, Julie created this pattern for the graduation of Maureen (Mo) McNary. In about 20 years Maureen’s friends will wish they had the same gorgeous figures. Machine pieced by Julie Cibuzar and machine quilted by Kristie Predmore.
Gary’s Memory Quilt, 2005, Etta made this quilt to commemorate her husband’s retirement from aircraft maintenance. He spent 42 years working first for the U.S. Air Force followed by North Central, Republic, then Northwest Airlines. When this quilt hangs in their home it has additional “quilting” added by Gary’s collection of commemorative pins and tie tacks. Etta used her home computer and tee-shirt transfer material to do the photo transfer. Machine pieced and quilted by Etta Mather.

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Goin’ Fishing, 2002, made to help her dad with the healing process from surgery and a two year battle with cancer. Machine pieced and quilted by Lisa Smith.
Move Away, 2002, this log cabin quilt represents the Kovalik’s move from Illinois to Minnesota. The red square symbolizes the family left behind by Phyllis. Machine pieced and quilted by Phyllis Kovalik.

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Garden Quilt, 2005, each member of Gail’s quilt group, Scrapbaggers, used the book Garden Quilt by Country Threads for a group project. Gail is the first to finish her quilt. Hand appliquéd and machine pieced by Gail Kieper and machine quilted by Laurie Carlson.
Delectable Mountains, the batik fabrics for this quilt were chosen with the help from another customer at a quilt shop. Julie was pleasantly surprised when it was finished. It’s one of her favorites. Machine pieced by Julie Cibuzar and machine quilted by Kristie Predmore.

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African Stars Mystery, 2005, was also a Scrapbagger’s group project. Each member selected their favorite fabric kit from Glad Creations, and embarked on a year-long mystery quilt project. Melanie chose the African palette to remind her of home. Pieced by Melanie Miles, professionally machine quilted.
Autumn Harvest, 2005, created from a Thimbleberries pattern for Melanie’s favorite holiday - Halloween. She remembers changing the design for the leaf blocks while quilting at a cabin up north on a hazy fall day. Machine pieced by Melanie Miles, professionally machine quilted.

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Trick or Treat, 2005, the trick was to clean out her stash of orange and gold fabrics, the treat was this quilt. Gail was inspired by the cover quilt of last October’s Fons and Porter Love of Quilting magazine. In no time at all she had her fabrics sliced and diced and assembled into this exciting wallhanging. Machine pieced by Gail Kieper, professionally machine quilted.
Pumpkin Patch, 2005, this quilt was made for Sue’s husband, Chuck, when he suggested a fall quilt would look nice hanging in their living room. It was adapted from two different Thimbleberries patterns. Machine pieced and quilted by Sue Erickson.

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Stars in the Forest, 2003, Julie made this quilt designed by Gwen Lundgren in a mystery class at Fabric Town. Machine pieced by Julie Murphy and machine quilted by Marlene Davison.
Pineapple Swirl, published in American Patchwork and Quilting magazine. Machine pieced by Darlene Zimmerman.

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Gentle Breezes, a fresh take on the classic Pinwheel pattern, this quilt will give you the distinct impression you’re dozing outdoors on a lovely afternoon. Published in Quilts to Come Home To. Machine pieced by Darlene Zimmerman.
Fishy Fishy, dive into a whimsical, creative project with fish in different sizes and colors. While this design may seem complex, it’s surprisingly simple. Published in Quilts to Come Home To. Machine pieced by Darlene Zimmerman.

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Meditation in the Vineyard, Meg admired a similar quilt in a book written to inspire quilting ideas. Her husband helped her design it by doing the math with her. It hangs in their chiropractic office, which is decorated with shades of green. The beautiful machine quilting, designed with Meg in mind, was beyond her expectations. Machine pieced by Meg Devine and machine quilted by Annemarie Yohnk.
Blooming 9-patch, 2004, made from the State Flower fabrics collection. Doris expertly combined her floral fabrics to achieve a subtle blending of color and scale to create a life-like garden effect. Machine pieced by Doris Kraemer and machine quilted by Denii Lehmann.

 
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Are Those Shamrocks?, using the Kaleidoscopic Watercolor technique, Meg first created this on her design wall. The cubes are her favorite part - some hidden, some obvious. The shamrocks are important since she is of Irish descent. Can you see them? Machine pieced by Meg Devine and machine quilted by Maxine Rosenthal.
Dragonfly Summer, 2005, Myrna chose the Glad Creations pattern, Faceted Jewels, and fabrics from her stash to make this quilt. It’s machine quilted with dozens of dragonflies by her friend, Kathy Shier. Machine pieced by Myrna Mibus.

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Underground Railroad, 2005, this Civil War style sampler commemorating the struggle for freedom was made in a class taught by Laura Nagel at Quilter’s Haven. Machine pieced by Julie Saas and hand quilted by Zee Ebeling. Pattern from Eleanor Burns and Sue Bouchard’s Underground Railroad Sampler.
Charming Hearts, this time Annemarie combined a different Jo Morton fabric to create her miniature heart wallhanging. It wasn’t until she got to class that she realized that the pattern actually shows some of the hearts upside down! Hearts are outlined in machine buttonhole stitch. Made as a class sample for the Jo's Little Women Club at Glad Creations. Machine pieced and quilted by Annemarie Yohnk.

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Stars, incorporates the more controlled color palette of a two color quilt. Using reproduction fabrics from Jo Morton’s collection, Annemarie combines blues and taupes to create these positive-negative star blocks. Made as a class sample for the Jo's Little Women Club at Glad Creations. Machine pieced and quilted by Annemarie Yohnk.
Churn Dash, 2005, Civil War era quilt made with reproduction fabrics in the Jo’s Little Women class taught by Laura Nagel at Quilter’s Haven. In this class, students were given the choice of three different border designs. Machine pieced and quilted by Laura Lybeck.

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Not Another 9-Patch!, using a variety of reproduction fabrics, no two 9-patches are the same. The corner-stone sashing and sawtooth border help set this 9-patch above the rest. Made as a class sample for the Jo's Little Women Club at Glad Creations. Machine pieced and quilted by Annemarie Yohnk.
Sign In, Please, could be the instructions for completing this miniature signature-block quilt - a traditional pattern made for family and friends as they ventured West. Made as a class sample for the Jo's Little Women Club at Glad Creations. Machine pieced and quilted by Annemarie Yohnk.

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Underground Railroad Sampler, 2005, I became interested in the story of the Underground Railroad Quilt after reading The Runaway Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini. The quilt pattern was taken from the book Underground Railroad Sampler by Eleanor Burns and Sue Bouchard. I am an off-and-on quilter and this was my first quilt sewn on my new Janome 6500 sewing machine. Getting used to all the bells and whistles on the machine was a treat. It was my first attempt at machine freehand quilting. Machine pieced and quilted by Lynn Stoerzinger.
It Must Be Fall, 2005, this quilt was adapted from a Joan Jones pattern from the cover of a Keepsake Quilting catalog. Machine pieced and quilted by Sue Erickson.

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Barn Dance, 2005, eight-pointed star with Prairie Points gets its name from the Country Threads line of fabric of the same name. Look closely and you will see barbed wire, barns, haystacks, and the music for a square dance! Machine pieced and quilted by Marcia Rocheleau.
Broderie Perce 25-patch, this Civil War style quilt was made from a Jo’s Little Women pattern in a class taught by Laura Nagel at Quilter’s Haven. This appliqué technique was frequently seen on quilts from the late 1700s - early 1800s. Chintz fabric, imported from Europe, was expensive, so the thrifty women decided to cut out the design motifs and spread them around the quilt top, creating their own visual patterns. Many times a full size quilt could be designed from just one yard of this beautiful fabric. Machine pieced and hand quilted by Pat Current.

 

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Strippy Charm, 2005, in the tradition of mid-1800 utility quilts, this strippy reproduction was made as a charm quilt, using a different fabric for each square. From a Jo’s Little Women class taught by Laura Nagel at Quilter’s Haven. Machine pieced and quilted by Pat Current.
4-Patch Doll Quilt, probably from the 3rd quarter of the 19th century. Usually a piece like this was made by a young child as she was taught to sew using her mother’s scraps. The family obviously had some ‘means’ judging by the evidence of machine quilting in the border. From the collection of Laura Nagel.

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9-Patch Variation, is one of my favorite pieces. Today we call this block Puss in the Corner, but in the mid-1800s, any block that was based on a 3 x 3 grid was a 9-patch or variation of a 9-patch. The quilt contains a wonderful catalog of fabrics from this era, and the diamond pieced border is a testament to the quilter’s piecing and math skills. From the collection of Laura Nagel.
Point the Way, 1950s, this windmill doll quilt was made back in the day without rotary cutters but with an electric sewing machine by Phyllis at age 7. Her grandmother added the points around the border. Machine pieced and quilted by Phyllis Kovalik.

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58 Treadle Quilt, 1950, this was Phyllis’ first attempt to quilt at the age of seven. The unique 9-block doll quilt was sewn on her grandmother’s treadle machine. Yes, they did have electricity back then. She caught the sewing & quilting bug from her grandmother and has been stitching ever since. Machine pieced and quilted by Phyllis Kovalik.
Grandmother’s Flowergarden, Sue found this charming antique quilt top in an antique shop. At first she didn’t know if she should buy it so she went home to sleep on it. She realized the next morning that she hadn’t slept a wink for fear that someone had already bought the top. She raced through her morning routine making sure that she would arrive at the antique shop the minute the shop opened. Fortunately for her and for us the quilt top was still there. From the collection of Sue Erickson. 59
60 Memories of Golden, 2006, bright sunshine, eagles and mountains are reflected in Kathy’s choice of colors as they remind her of Golden, Colorado. For extra warmth she used two quilt bats, necessitating it’s display on a quilt rack. Machine pieced and quilted by Kathy Shier.

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