The color purple, 150 ways, on display through quilts in Justin Hall
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014
MANHATTAN -- One hundred fifty shades of purple. Who knew?
The shades have been quilted into masses of stitches and patterns now on display throughout Justin Hall, the home of the College of Human Ecology at Kansas State University. The exhibit, presented by the college's Historic Costume and Textile Museum, will hang until March 28.
Fourteen quilts and one apron, exhibited in 11 cases, exemplify an array of quilting techniques: machine, hand, pieced, applique and embroidery, said Marla Day, museum curator who designed the "150 Shades of Purple" display. "One even has sparkles. So many quilters added other personal touches to their designs," she said.
Last year the Konza Prairie Quilters Guild in Manhattan challenged members to create projects that incorporated at least 150 purple-based fabric swatches to honor Kansas State University's 150th anniversary. Twenty-nine quilters completed projects. Barbara Anderson, head of the apparel, textiles and interior design department, and Day selected 15 for the College of Human Ecology display.
"The challenge was presented the same month that K-State had its sesquicentennial kickoff celebration -- February 2013," said Carol Pacey, president of the guild. "The only rule was to use 150 different purple fabrics and any number of other fabrics needed. Some chose to use more than 150."
Needle artists are Joanna Baker, Jennie Burden, Edgar Chambers, Cathy Cholick, Donna Dawson, Janet Finney, Nancy Graves, Charlotte Herr, Callie Hilderbrand, Judy Marshall, Rachel Moreland, Carol Pacey, Judi Robb, Jean Wright and Suzie Wong.
The display is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.