the Scenes Tours of the Quilt Collections
up for a peek behind the scenes at our museum. Each tour includes seeing
a portion of the museums 800+ quilt collection in its
state-of-the-art rolled storage systems. You will view 10 quilts on examination
tables, and receive a mini-lesson on how to care for old textiles. You may request, in advance, a demonstration of the Michigan Quilt Project database,
the Quilt Index and an introduction to the Great Lakes Quilt Center library. Feel free to bring show and tell quilts to share. Also available at the tours are special sales on quilt books from the MSU Museum's catalog. Selected titles will be 50% during the tour. Cash and check only.
The two-hour tours
are by appointment only and are generally scheduled on weekdays during
business hours (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.); evening and Saturday (except on
MSU football game days*) tours may be available.
Price of the tour
is $15.00 per person.
Tours require a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 20 persons.
To schedule a tour
or for more information contact Beth Donaldson by phone at the QuiltLine
(517-432-3800), by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or by mail (Quilt Tours, 570 Red Cedar Road, #103, MSU Museum, East Lansing,
The collection includes over 800 quilts. Choose from the following
tour topics (choose 10 from the category) or make a special request:
Brief History of Quiltmaking in America." This
tour illustrates the history of quiltmaking in America through selections
of quilts at the MSU Museum. The lecture includes how to identify the
age of quilt by looking at its fabric and style.
American Quilt Collection. This collection was developed
as part of a research project on African-American quilting traditions
in Michigan and a related publication, African American Quiltmaking
in Michigan. From early 20th c. traditional quilts of home-woven
and dyed fabrics to more contemporary art quilts, this collection celebrates
the wide variety of quilts made by African American quilters in Michigan.
Appliques," covers the earliest broderie perse quilts,
ca. 1820, to traditional red and green
quilts from the 1850s to story quilts of the 1940s and more! Many prize-winning
quilts are in this group.
Your Own Tour. Browse the collections pages and choose
the 10 quilts you would like to see. Cut and paste the webpage links
in an email to Beth Donaldson, email@example.com.
(Some quilts are too fragile for viewing and subsitutes will be suggested.)
Clarke Family Collection." Mother Bozena, daughter Laura,
and daughter in-law Emilie were prolific quilters during the 1930s and
1940s. Their quilts won prizes in the hugely-popular Detroit News
quilt shows of that era.
Quilts, mostly silk quilts from 1890-1920 featuring irregular
patchwork, fancy embroidery, GAR ribbons, poems, and hand made lace.
Quilts, Penny square quilts from the Deborah
Harding Collection, crazy quilts and kit quilts all feature
fancy embroidery. Some of our quilts from the 1930s were quilted with
embroidery floss in a style now popularly known as Big Stitch.
Quilts." One of the oldest published patterns, it first
appeared in Godey's Lady's Book in 1835 and has never gone out of fashion.
The earliest quilts were called Hexagons, then Hexagon Mosaics. Grandmother's
Flower Garden quilts were one of the most popular patterns from the
Star Quilts," another pattern that stands the test of time,
this pattern appears over and over again. The MSUM collection contains
rare Native American star quilts from the 1920s, early settler quilts
from Michigan in 1850, and Star of Bethlehem quilts from the 1840s.
Mary Schafer Story," follow Mary's adventures making, collecting,
researching and trading quilt history through a sampling of her quilts.
& Albert Silber Collection, Detroit-area collectors
who have donated over 40
quilts to the MSU Museum collection. They range from the 1840's to 1890's
and include pieced and appliqued quilts.
Quilts, Everyones Favorites, ranging from 1840 to
the present, these are quilts that feature a wide variety of fabrics.
They are usually pieced, not appliqued.
*Home Football Scheudule for 2015-no tours available
September 19-Air Force
September 26-Central Michigan
October 3-Purdue (Homecoming)
November 28-Penn State