2019-07 Stitched Together

2019-07 Stitched Together

July 12, 2019

Quilting is a skill that was carried to the New World by immigrants. However, in the almost two and a half centuries since the colonies became states, quilting evolved into a uniquely American tradition. Most early quilts were not the thrifty creations of hard-strapped settlers, but elegant, complex compositions that commemorated significant life events and were reserved for the family’s best bed.

Arkansas quilts pre-dating 1850 are rare; the majority of surviving 19th century quilts were produced in the last quarter of the century by the hard-working wives and daughters of independent yeoman farmers. Despite the demands of daily life, Arkansas women found time to create some of the most exquisitely crafted quilts in the entire country.

This exhibit tells the story of quilting in Arkansas through a selection of the museum’s most treasured bed covers. On display in Cabe Gallery from through October 2020.

IMAGE: Rocky Mountain Road, Elizabeth Rogers Manning and Martha Manning, ca. 1860. Arkadelphia. Historic Arkansas Museum, Gala Fund Purchase. Accession No: 92.5.3

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Stitched Together: A Treasury of Arkansas Quilts