Laura Strong a museum attendant said there are 30 quilts spanning 140 years on display at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum located on the Utah State University campus.
LOGAN – A quilt show, Stitches in Time: Quilts of Cache Valley, is currently hanging at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art located at 650 N. 1100 E. on the Utah State University campus.
“There are 30 quilts spanning nearly a century and a half on display until Tuesday June 7, at the museum. The hours are 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.,” Laura Strong, a museum attendant said. “Some of the quilts are old and some have beautiful designs and some have historical information sewn into them.”
Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Logan Museum Director Sharon Johnson was excited about the exhibit.
“One of the quilts has all of the 27 Cache Valley DUP camps represented on it,” she said. “There are some beautiful quilts on display with a lot of history.”
Quilts generally have a top and bottom fabric with filling in the middle, stitched together and bound on the edges. Early on, pioneers would spend hours taking used pieces of fabric to make one side of the quilt and use plain fabric and the other side.
Often the scraps were saved from other old clothing cut into geometric shapes sewn together. There is a fabric filling in between the top and the bottom that give it the thickness needed to keep people warm in the cold of night.
Most quilt makers, some individually and some in groups, spend hours with needle in hand making quilts beautiful to look at and others merely made to be used. Some of the historic fabric is faded from everyday use or too much sun, others have been tucked away and treasured as heirlooms for decades.
Stitches in Time: Quilts of Cache Valley has 140 years worth of stories from their makers and are a visual representation of how and why they came to live in the valley.
The history of quilt making in America was a tradition that began in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. It was primarily during this period the craft of making quilts represented a pioneer woman’s needlework experience.
Some of the swatches of fabric on display have survived from the earliest period are rare, and this show gives visitors an opportunity to see a local historic collection.
Many of the quilts on display are carefully preserved and kept in storage. Some of the displays have scenes of downtown Logan and Central Park.