Quilts being displayed

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The Dacotah Prairie Museum invites people to take a fall drive to view a collection of quilts at the Granary Rural Cultural Center near Groton.

On display this month are new and vintage quilts from the collection of the Dacotah Prairie Museum. Nineteen quilts make up the show, “Tradition and Beauty.”

Viewing hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. during September. Admission is a freewill offering.

According to the museum, the quilts demonstrate a variety of techniques and purposes. Traditional patterns may be seen in vintage quilts such as “Weather Vane,” “Flying Geese,” “Boston Commons” and “Oak Leaf.”

“With simple fabrics and inviting color combinations, these traditional quilts present art as well as cozy comfort on cold nights,” according to the museum.

Other quilts represented in the exhibit tell of special purposes, such as the “signature” quilt, sewn with red thread on white fabric by the Red Cross to raise money for World War I. It cost a 10-cent donation to have your name included. The “Bicentennial Quilt” was composed of embroidered blocks as a service club’s salute to the country’s birthday. The “Quasqui-Centennial Quilt” from Aberdeen’s 125th anniversary, involved local quilt guilds and used only the most modern quilting techniques on sewing machines with the popular “batiked” fabrics to complete.

“Several baby quilts from different time frames have been included in the show, as well as a stunning ‘Star Quilt’ made especially for the museum by Stella Pretty Sounding Flute,” says a news release.

Perhaps the oldest quilts in the show are also the most practical. They are the “Crazy Quilts” constructed by mothers and grandmothers in the last centuries from pieces of old clothing and blankets.

“Every quilt tells a story, known or unknown, and connects the viewer to over 100 years of tradition and beauty,” says the museum. “Varied as life itself, these objects of folk art are a tribute to the artists who lovingly stitched each one.”