Quilt of the Month


November 2005

November 2005

Chicken Ribbons Quilt
Maker unknown
Probably made in Sikeston, Missouri
Dated 1913 and 1914
79" x 65"
IQSC 1997.007.0246
Ardis and Robert James Collection of Antique and Contemporary Quilts
Patchwork Lives Exhibition

This quilt is constructed from forty-two blocks made of blue, red, and white silver-printed ribbons that represent poultry and textile prizes awarded at the 1913 and 1914 fairs and exhibitions in Sikeston, Missouri.

The ribbons may have been earned by the maker or gathered from family and friends. Maybe the maker made the quilt to commemorate these events, or perhaps it was a personal challenge to display these ribbons in a non-traditional manner.