150-Year-Old Quilt Celebrated at Bennington Museum

150-Year-Old Quilt Celebrated at Bennington Museum

150-Year-Old Quilt Celebrated at Bennington Museum

 Jane Stickle’s Quilt, courtesy of the Bennington Museum

Jane Stickle’s Quilt, courtesy of the Bennington Museum

The quilt that inspires quilters all over the world will be on its yearly display through October 14 at the Bennington Museum. Brought to the museum 60 years ago, the Jane Stickle Quilt is only shown for a short time each year, due to its fragility. Quilters from around the world plan trips to the region to see the 1863 quilt, sewn by Jane Stickle, born Jane Blakely on April 8, 1817 in Shaftsbury, Vt. As a reminder of turbulent times, she embroidered “In War Time 1863” into the quilt. The quilt, comprised of 169 five-inch blocks, each in different patterns, contains a remarkable 5,602 pieces, surrounded by a unique scalloped border. Its craftsmanship has been mentioned in numerous quilting books.

This year is the 150th anniversary of the historic quilt.  Over the summer, Pam Weeks, Binney Family Curator at the New England Quilt Museum, more deeply explored the history of the quilt and its creator.  Her article appears in the summer issue of Bennington Museum’s ‘Walloomsac Review,’ available in the Museum Shop and local bookstores.  A Grant from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership funded the research, and the new display board to be used for exhibiting this quilt and other textiles. Viewed in conjunction with the museum’s exhibition ‘Southwestern Vermont and the Civil War,’ visitors can gain a richer understanding of the time in which this symbolic quilt was stitched.

There will also be a Trunk Show and Workshops.  Friday, October 4 at 7, join author Brenda Papadakis for an evening of quilts, stories, inspiration and a visit to the quilt.  Admission is $10 for non-members and $7 for members of the Bennington Museum.  Reservations are not required.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6, Papadakis leads quilting workshops. Students can enroll in one or both days; pre-registration is required.  Contact Deana Mallory at 802-447-1571 or dmallory@benningtonmuseum.org for details. The Bennington Museum, located at 75 Main Street, Route 9, in Bennington, Vt.,
802-447-1571.

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