Grand Entry Lone Star
Mandan, Hidatsa, Sioux and Crow, New Town, North Dakota
Cotton/polyester with polyester filling
80" x 93”
Photo by Doug Elbinger, all rights reseved by the
Michigan State University Museum
Shirley Grady shares, "My great-grandmothers, all our
great-grandmothers and grandmothers made patchwork quilts. It was
only in the 1950s that some people brought home Star quilts from
the Sioux ladies...and then, all the ones that were sewing in my
reservation picked up that Star quilt."
This innovative version of the Star quilt incorporates appliqued
feathers in the corners and a border of pieced Star tips. The quilting
includes an elaborate rendition of the invited leaders of a pow-wow
"grand entry" as well as feathers and many other figures.
Grady has also incorporated her clan symbol, the wolf, as part of
her signature on the quilt.
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