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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Great Lakes Quilt travels to the West Coast

Star of Bethlehem by Anna David. Photo by Doug Elbinger.

The Star of Bethlehem Quilt from the collection of the Michigan State University Museum is on display at the University of Washington/Bellingham opening August 4, 2012. It is part of the exhibit: American Quilts: The Democratic Art. It is one of 35 quilts curated into the show by Julie Silber and Robert Shaw. This quilt was made by a Native American, c1910 in the Peshawbestown area of Leelanau County, Michigan. It is probable that Native Americans began quilting in the Great Lakes region after the establishment of Catholic missions in the 19th century; it is known that quilting took place at the Immaculate Conception in Peshawbestown.