Project Description

Sampler Quilt, 1863
Jane A. Stickle (1817-1896)
Pieced cotton with linen backing

1863 Jane Stickle Quilt

Upcoming Special Exhibition
August 31 through October 14, 2019
Textile Gallery

The quilt that inspires quilters all over the world will be on its yearly display at the Bennington Museum from August 31 through October 14.  Brought to the museum over 60 years ago, the Jane Stickle Quilt is only shown for a short time each year due to the fragility of the fabric.  Quilters from around the country, and world, plan trips to the region during that time to see the 1863 quilt.  The Jane Stickle Quilt is comprised of 169 five-inch blocks, each in different patterns, containing a remarkable total of 5,602 pieces surrounded by a unique scalloped border.  The craftsmanship of the quilt has been mentioned in numerous quilting books, and is the topic of Dear Jane, The Two Hundred Twenty-Five Patterns from the 1863 Jane A. Stickle Quilt, by Brenda Papadakis.  The Jane Stickle Quilt can be viewed with regular museum admission.  

“The significance of quilts, with their vibrant colors and precise geometric patterns, goes beyond the comforting, everyday use they received by their original owners. Today, within the context of museums, these early textiles can be re-envisioned as works of art on par with any abstract painting of the twentieth century. The Stickle quilt, with its dizzying array of printed cloth patterns and individual block designs, surely embodies this idea of quilt as art,” states Jamie Franklin, curator of the Bennington Museum.