Historical Stickle Quilt on Display
The quilt that inspires quilters all over the world will be on its yearly display at the Bennington Museum, through Monday, October 12. The Jane Stickle Quilt is only shown for a short time each year due to the fragility of the fabric. It 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. It can be viewed with regular museum admission. Jane Stickle was born Jane Blakely on April 8, 1817, in Shaftsbury. Married to Walter Stickle sometime before 1850, they did not have a family of their own. In an 1860s census, Jane was listed as a 43 year-old farmer living alone, when she created the Quilt. As a reminder of the turbulent times the country was going through, she carefully embroidered “In War Time 1863” into the quilt. She was eventually reunited with her husband.
Bennington Museum is located at 75 Main Street/Route 9, Bennington. Visit the museum’s website, benningtonmuseum.org, or call 802-447-1571 for more information.