1863 Quilt on Display at the Bennington Museum

1863 Quilt on Display at the Bennington Museum

1863 Quilt on Display at the Bennington Museum

The Jane Stickle quilt was crafted in Shafstbury during the Civil War. It is on view at the Bennington Museum for a limited time due to its fragility.

The Jane Stickle quilt was crafted in Shafstbury during the Civil War. It is on view at the Bennington Museum for a limited time due to its fragility.

The quilt that inspires quilters all over the world will be on its yearly display at the Bennington Museum through October 10.  Brought to the museum 60 years ago, the Jane Stickle Quilt is only shown for a short time each year due to the fragility of the fabric. The Jane Stickle quilt is comprised of 169 five-inch blocks, each in different patterns, containing a remarkable total of 5,602 pieces surrounded by a unique scalloped border. The craftsmanship of the quilt has been mentioned in numerous quilting books. Its maker, Jane Blakely Stickle, was born in 1817 in Shaftsbury. She created the quilt during turbulent times, embroidering ‘In War Time 1863’  into the quilt. The Jane Stickle Quilt can be viewed with regular museum admission.

Quilt historian Lynne Bassett will discuss Civil War quilts on Saturday, September 24, at 3 p.m. Looking at the Civil War through textiles allows us to understand the experience of the war in different terms than the usual analysis of battle strategy and heralding of military heroes. Quilts in particular, with their implicit and explicit messages, offer the opportunity to examine the experiences of civilians – especially women – on the homefront.  This lecturewill focus on the quilts “that women created to declare their patriotism and support their fighting menfolk.”Basset will also speak about the Jane Stickle Quilt.  The talk is $5 for members, $7 for not-yet-members. General admission to the galleries is not included.

The Bennington Museum, located at 75 Main Street/Route 9 in Bennington. For information, call 802-447-1571 or visit  benningtonmuseum.org.

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