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Quilts and Textiles

Michigan Quilt Project Blocks

"It was a great addition to our quilt show. As a matter of fact the blocks received 3 votes for viewers choice." —C.A.M.E.O. Quilt Guild, West Bloomfield, MI

"The MSU Museum quilt squares generated a lot of attention and very positive comments from our library customers. Your organization offers a wonderful service to public libraries and we are glad we have been able to take part in it." —Clinton Macomb Public Library, Macomb Township, MI

As part of the Michigan Quilt Project, Michigan State University Museum,with the help of quilters from all over the state, developed sets of quilt blocks to celebrate quilting in Michigan and to educate the public about quilting traditions. They are designed for hands-on learning or display in libraries, small museums, community centers, schools and other institutions. Each set of blocks is packaged in a small-size trunk, and includes the following:

1) 30 oversized quilt blocks ready for hanging with accompanying object labels. The blocks include ones related to Michigan history and its cultural and natural resources.

2) A handbook of related educational activities.

3) A bibliography on quilting.

4) Instructions on how to care for and display your quilt in your home.

5) A sample Michigan Quilt Project inventory form.

Click here, for more information about the Michigan Quilt Project.


No current bookings. This exhibit is available.

These educational quilt blocks have been used by the following organizations and individuals: Liz Antilla, Lexington, MI; Benzonia Area Historical Society, Frankfort, MI; Cameo Quilt Guild Quilt Show, International Academy, West Bloomfield, MI; Clinton-Macomb Public Library, Macomb Township, MI; Courthouse Square Association, Inc., Charlotte, MI; Marge Dickinson, Marquette, MI; Festival of MI Folklife Children's Activity Area, East Lansing, MI; Con Foster Museum, Traverse City, MI; Grand Ledge High School, Grand Ledge, MI; Grand Rapids Girls School, Grand Rapids, MI; Cathy Gruben, Port Huron, MI; H.H. Wiley Elementary School, Utica, MI; Historical Crossroads Village, Flint, MI; Iosco County Historical Museum, East Tawas, MI; James White Libra/Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI; Linda Kuhlman, Lansing, MI; Marquette Mission Park & Museum of Ojibway Culture, St. Ignace, MI; Mason County District Library, Ludington, MI; Michigan Quilt Network/Michigan State Fair, Detroit, MI; Napoleon Branch Library, Napoleon, MI; Oakland County 4-H Fair Pioneer Tent, Davisburg, MI; Orion Township Public Library, Lake Orion, MI; Rawson Memorial Library, Cass City, MI; Rochester Hills Museum, Rochester Hills, MI; Scottville Library, Scottville, MI; Shadbush Nature Center, Shelby Township, MI; Southfield Public Library, Southfield, MI; St. Gerard School, Lansing, MI; Trinity Christian School, Redford, MI; Troy Historical Museum, Troy, MI; Whalley Historical House, Flint, MI; Denise Wheat, Croswell, MI; Wolcott Mill Metropark, Shelby Township, MI; Orion Township Public Library, Lake Orion, MI; and CAMEO Quilt Show, Madison Heights, MI.

  Rental fee (8-week period): $100 plus shipping.
  Number of pieces: 30 oversized quilt blocks with labels
  Running feet required: 50 ft.
  Insurance Value: $1200
  Security requirement: Lockable, limited access display area; fire protection according to local ordinances
  Additional materials available: Press materials and quilt block coloring pages.

Laurel Wreath quilt block made by Carol Hartsell in 1987

Job's Tears quilt block made by Lorna Tippen in 1987

PICTURED: (top) Laurel (Double) Wreath (Detroit News), Carol Hartsell, 1987.
(bottom) Job's Tears, Lorna Tippen, 1987.
Photos by Pearl Yee Wong.



























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