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Quilts in the family

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

I have a quilt that my great-grandmother, the master quilter in our family, made for my mom for her 16th birthday. Since we did not save our quilts “for good” in our family, the quilt is quite tattered in some areas. However the center medallion is still a lovely appliqued ring of irises. I have been looking for a long time to find the source of my grandma’s inspiration. I had been fairly certain that it was from the Mountain Mist collection until quite recently.

At the Indianapolis Museum of Art there is currently an exhibit of the quilts of Marie Webster. If you have memories of lovely appliqued floral quilts, often in medallion style, it’s not unlikely that Marie Webster may have played some role in their designs. When I downloaded the pdf of the brochure for this exhibit, there it was. The iris medallion quilt! It’s not entirely like my mom’s, but I think that it was definitely the inspiration.

If you’re going to be in Indianapolis in the next few months (this exhibit runs through January 8), this exhibit would be worth your time. Beautiful quilts, and maybe beautiful memories.  Click here.

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