Area quilters gathered at the Redwood County Museum Wednesday afternoon to put together the museum’s latest display for the summer: “Needlework on the Prairie”.
Quilting has a long history in the midwest, not just as a way to stay warm on winter nights, but as a form of artwork in itself.
Many of the fanciest quilts being made are designed not to be slept under, but to be admired for their creative patterns and history.
In addition to a brief history of needlework, the display features a variety of needlework handcrafted by area quilters, including Elaine Steffen, Linda Bucholz, Jan Treml, Judy Jacobs, Janet Lund, and Veronica Cech.
Items on display are all handcrafted, and date from the 1800s to this year. Various tools used in creating them will also be on display.
On the museum’s calendar for the summer:
• May 23-June 2: Needlework on the Prairie, a collection of handcrafted items.
• June 15-16: Tatanka Arts show, featuring area artists displaying recent works.
• Aug. 18: Muzzle loaders, a group of men in period clothing demonstrating how to load and fire types of guns used by pioneers.
• Aug. 9 - Sept. 29: “Maps of Minnesota”, a traveling exhibit presented by the Minnesota History Center.
• Sept. 29: Redwood Area Theatre performs at the museum.
• Oct. 6: Gilfillan fall festival.
Museum Curator Pat Luceck said the museum is also adding a new feature this year, opening the display cases to anyone who wants to show off a collection.
Lubeck said, “For anyone out there who's a ‘collector’ with a collection of notable interest (vintage items or anything of interest), and they'd like to share it with the public — the curator will showcase a portion of your collection in Exhibit Hall at the museum for a period of two weeks.
“We have five lockable, display cases of various sizes, for small to medium items. We will be rotating collections every two weeks from June 15 through September 30.
“If you are interested in displaying your collection, and would like to sign up for a specific date, please contact the curator at 641-3329.”