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The Small Patch: Quilts for Dolls and More

Event Details

October 1, 2013 — March 8, 2014
Location: Grout Museum of History & Science
503 South Street,
Waterloo, IA/ 50701
Contact Name: Annette Freeseman
Email: annette.freeseman@gmdistrict.org
Phone: 319-234-6357

Event Description

Before ready-made items were so plentiful, young children learned to sew by creating quilts and other items for their dolls. At first their skill-level showed in the uneven stitches and imperfect patches, but as they progressed many became experts by the time they had to provide for their families.
Today the doll quilt takes on a whole new meaning. Modern quilters, (many of them already experts in their craft) recreate the small wonders to decorate their homes, try out new methods of stitching, experiment in color choices, or because they have the desire to create a large variety of quilt patterns but do not have the room for so many full-sized quilts.
The Grout Museum’s 21st Annual quilt exhibit will open on October 1 and will showcase a large variety of old and new small quilts. Dolls, small furniture, photographs, and ephemera will enhance the exhibit.