January 11, 2016
An exhibition on quilting, one of the original types of graphic design, opens Friday (Jan. 15) at the Museum of Texas Tech University, 3301 4th St.
“Legacy of a Thousand Stitches” includes 42 unique handmade quilts from the museum’s collection. Quilts, which were designed to tell a story or send a message, in many cases are the only legacy left behind by the quilter. Where the maker’s identity is known, a picture and history will be included.
“The collection is encyclopedic in that major types of quilts are represented from an early 19th century whitework and trapunto quilt whose whole design is created by the quilting line and areas that have been stuffed from the back to create a three-dimensional effect, to quilts made by contemporary quilt artists,” said Marian Ann Montgomery, the curator of clothing and textiles at the museum. “There are quilts made from early 19th century chintz and those made from the feed sacks that were used across West Texas for clothing and household items.”
Highlights of the display include:
Additionally, six doll quilts will be on display. These quilts are rare because they typically were made from scraps from household sewing and often didn’t survive playtime. This is the first time these quilts have been exhibited at the Museum of Texas Tech.
The exhibit runs through May 15. Visitors can pick up a catalog in the gift shop that includes the history and photos of 101 quilts, including the 42 that will be on display.
Interested patrons can participate in a bed turning on March 31, in which the other quilts will be available for viewing. Included in that special exhibit is the Susan Robb quilt, the only surviving quilt that records the Confederate sympathies from the Civil War.
The Museum of Texas Tech University was established in 1929.
It consists of the main Museum building, the Moody Planetarium, the Natural Science Research Laboratory, the research and educational elements of the Lubbock Lake Landmark, and the Val Verde County research site.
The museum also offers masters degrees in Museum Science and Heritage Management and a wide variety of educational programs for the general public.
The museum is located at Fourth Street and Indiana Ave. Museum hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. The museum is closed on Monday.
To request special assistance, contact the Museum Education office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (806) 742-2432.Twitter