Tuesday, July 12, 2022

The Prodigal Quilt Returns

WAY back in January 2020 I submitted a small quilt to be part of a touring display to commemorate the 100th anniversary of American women winning the right to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment.  My quilt featured 36 rosebuds (worn by supporters of the amendment) because Tennessee was the 36th state to ratify the Amendment, making it official.

Perfect 36

Because the first women to vote in a previously closed election after the 19th Amendment went into effect did so in South St. Paul, Dakota County Minnesota, the Dakota County Star Quilters hosted a nationwide challenge to create small quilts honoring the American women's suffrage movement.  (Coincidentally, 36 quilts were submitted from 16 states.)

The first display was at the Dakota County Historical Society Museum in South St. Paul March 3 - August 5, 2020.  Unfortunately the Covid-19 pandemic shutdown began March 15, 2020 and display venues in Washington, Indiana, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, and New York were cancelled.

I was able to see the display when it began circulating again at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY September 1-October 16, 2020.

From Paducah it went to Winona, Minnesota through the end of 2020 when more shutdowns began.  Circulation began again in June of 2021 and my little quilt visited Hastings, MN; Hamilton, MO; Minetonka, MN; Hudson, WI; Winterset, IA; and St. Cloud, MN.

Well, my little quilt has fulfilled its mission and returned home yesterday, 

complete with a commemorative label.

Welcome home, little quilt.


  1. I'm glad your little quilt came home after all its travels, Libby! It is certainly the perfect way to commemorate Tennessee's role in women's sufferage! Do you have a place of honor for it at your house?

  2. nice to get your quilt back I bet - it looks like it visited a lot of places


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