May 24, 2024


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Muscatine Art Center opens historic quilt show | Residence & Garden

An show of about 30 quilts, most with Muscatine connections, has opened at the Muscatine Art Heart exactly where it will be on show by way of April 4.

Titled “Great Address Ups: Quilts of the 19th & 20th Generations,” the show also includes 11 cotton and silk ‘prairie style’ dresses originally worn by Muscatine pioneer females in the 1850s.

All quilts are from the center’s everlasting collection, which includes the ‘pattern’ quilt, “Lone Star,” by Sarah Rider Bumgardner, designed around 1840. Bumgardner and her spouse, George, arrived to Muscatine in 1837, according to a news release.

One more star is a ‘crazy’ quilt manufactured by Ruth Lamphrey Cadle in 1880. Cadle arrived in Muscatine in 1847 and was a noted Muscatine philanthropist, serving as president of the Muscatine County Soldier’s Assist Modern society, board member of the Iowa Soldiers’ Orphans’ Residence, Muscatine Soldier’s Monument Committee, Muscatine Females Sanitary Honest (below the Sanitary Fee) and member of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union.

Between the designs recognized in the exhibit are Pineapple, Log Cabin, Windmill Blades, Flying Geese, Carpenter’s Wheel, Grandmother’s Flower Back garden, Calico Basket, Court docket Property Actions, Friendship, Nine-Patch, Bear Paw, Lattice, Postage Stamp, Coin, and Sunbonnet Girl.