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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.

Source

Marla Day
mday@k-state.edu


Website

College of Human Ecology

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Quilts

Details from the 15 quilts created by members of the Konza Prairie Quilters' Guild on display in Justin Hall at Kansas State University.

Written by

Jane P.Marshall
785-532-1519
jpm2@k-state.edu


At a glance

Fourteen quilts and one apron, all made by members of the Konza Prairie Quilters Guild in honor of Kansas State University's 150th birthday in 2013, are on display in Justin Hall, the home of the College of Human Ecology. The quilts feature at least 150 purple-based fabric swatches to honor the university.