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The Cuesta Benberry Quilt and Ephemera Collection

Rose Wall Quilt
Helen Kelley
Minneapolis, Minnesota
1995
Cotton
18 1/2” x 24”
MSUM 2008:119.29, Gift of George Benberry
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved Michigan StateUniversity Museum

Helen Kelley was an award winning quiltmaker who made over 150 quilts. She taught nationally and internationally, authored 7 books and was best known for her column, "Loose Threads" in Quilters Newsletter Magazine. She was inducted into the Quilter's Hall of Fame in 2008.

Cuesta Benberry wrote: "Helen said she gave me this quilt because I gave her so much encouragement when she was writing her dating book published by C&T. It was a mutual feeling because Helen was one of the first persons to encourage me when I gave my lecture in 1980 at the Show-Me symposium at Columbia, MO. I cited the quilts made in Africa, and Helen showed me a picture of a quilt made by Africans in appreciation of the help given to them by a Peace Corps worker. That served as a confirmation in my investigation that quilts were indeed made in Africa. I was absolutely stunned to receive this gorgeous "Floral Bouquet" quilt from Helen Kelley, one of the foremost quilters of today."


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