Local woman’s quilt part of traveling exhibit
September 21, 2012
An 1812-style quilt made by Patty Murphy of South Lake Tahoe is traveling with the Great Lakes Seaway Trail War of 1812 Educational Exhibit.
Murphy’s quilt, titled “Explosion at the Textile Mill,” uses more than 1,000 different fabrics in 5,376 tiny hourglass triangle blocks.
“I wanted to represent the chaos that occurs during war and to demonstrate the use of even the smallest pieces of fabrics by the women of the time,” Murphy stated. “The quilt’s name represents the conflict between America and Great Britain over textile manufacturing, one of the issues of the war.”
The 30-piece exhibit includes Murphy’s quilt among 20 American-made and six Canadian-made “cot-to-coffin” quilts made with 1812-authentic patterns, fabrics and colors. The 30-inch-wide-by-70-inch-long size represents the average height of a man during the War of 1812.
Great Lakes Seaway Trail “Storyteller” cards are displayed with each quilt in the exhibit, noting the factual history and heroes represented by the quilt or the quiltmaker’s imagined tale of a family sending its loved one off to the war.
The Great Lakes Seaway Trail is the 518-mile National Scenic Byway that follows the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Niagara River and Lake Erie in New York and Pennsylvania. Much of the War of 1812 was fought along this strategic freshwater shoreline.
The traveling exhibit is supported by a grant from the New York Council on the Humanities. Sites interested in hosting the exhibit may contact Great Lakes Seaway Trail Project Manager Lynette Lundy-Beck at 315-646-1000 x203, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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