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International Quilt Study Center....quilt of the month

A favorite place to visit is the International Quilt Study Center and Museum.  If you can't get to Lincoln Nebraska, then visit their web site where they've posted a searchable archive of their vast and amazing collection of quilts.  Talk about eye candy!

They also feature a quilt of the month.  October's quilt was made near Niu Jiang city, Guangzi province in China.  It's an appliqued duvet cover made by the Maonan people circa mid-20th century. 

"An important part of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum's mission is to discover new quilt-related traditions. Bedcovers like this one from South China are rarely seen outside of Guangxi, the province from which they originate. Made by the Maonan people, an ethnic minority with a small population (just under 110,000 members), textiles like this would have served as the top of a quilt cover--an "envelope" into which an undecorated, utilitarian quilt or loose batting would have been inserted for warmth.

The quilt cover top is made in a similar way to the "pot-holder" quilts some Western quiltmakers are familiar with: each block is constructed on a foundation fabric, individually bound, then put together with many other blocks to create the final piece. This quilt top was constructed by hand, primarily with a back stitch and a widely spaced couching stitch. The quatrefoil (four-lobed) design is a common one among Maonan quilts, as is the dark-colored background.

The IQSCM now has six Maonan quilt covers in its collection and will continue to add quilt-related textiles from other Chinese ethnic groups as they are documented and become available. These groups include the Yao, Dong, and Miao (a large minority group, with nearly 9 million members, who are ethnically related to the Hmong of Southeast Asia)."

Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 01:31PM by Registered CommenterQuiltology | CommentsPost a Comment | References30 References

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