|Starry Knight by Ellen Anne Eddy|
It's called "19 Stars: Quilts of Indiana's Past and Present", celebrating the state's upcoming 200th birthday. Indiana was the 19th state to join the Union, and the Indiana flag features 19 stars. So the museum is showing 19 antique quilts and 19 contemporary quilts from their collection, all with starry designs. I love the idea of juxtaposing the old and new quilts to celebrate the history of the state.
Here are two video clips about the show. The second one features Ellen's quilt, "Starry Knight".
I've always found themed exhibits and books the most fun. They really bring out the variety and excitement of all the approaches to quiltmaking.
I first discovered how cool these shows can be in the 1986 book All Flags Flying. It includes the 52 prize-winning quits from the Great American Quilt Contest "Expressions of Liberty" celebrating the Statue of Liberty's 100th birthday. Some are very literal, some are very abstract. My favorite happens to be the winner from my home state of Illinois, made by Sidney Allee Miller. It's called "Freedom's Children," and is 72" square.
|(Photo credit, All Flags Flying)|
The concept is unique and the execution is both folksy and technically amazing, a great combo!