In addition to her work as a quilt historian, author, and lecturer, Linda is a professional violist, who works in the motion picture, television, and recording industries in the Los Angeles area.
Linda Otto Lipsett begins by introducing her audience to two contrasting nineteenth-century quilts: Ellen Spaulding Reed's bridal friendship quilt and Elizabeth Roseberry Mitchell's well-known Graveyard Quilt.
After five years of research and extensive travels culminating in her new book, Elizabeth Roseberry Mitchell's Graveyard Quilt, Linda shares with her audience some of her exciting discoveries, including an earlier graveyard quilt top made by the quiltmaker, an original letter by Elizabeth Roseberry Mitchell to one of her sons, and the Mitchell family Bible.
Then go calling on Ellen Spaulding Reed in her log house on the Wisconsin frontier. With her bridal friendship quilt as the cabin wall, donning a bonnet and calico dress, Ellen tells of her plight out west and reads a letter she has just written to her parents in Vermont (from Pieced from Ellen's Quilt).
In black cap and moire dress with reproduction Graveyard Quilt and quilt top, Elizabeth Roseberry Mitchell tells her family's pioneer story. Despite childbearing nearly every other year, she is at the mercy of her husband's occupation changes and decisions to move further west. Elizabeth will explain the events leading up to her making the Graveyard Quilt and read her letter of August 26, 1856, written only six months before her death.
Then Linda will tell you the rest of the story of the Graveyard Quilt, how it was passed down and finally donated to the Kentucky Historical Society at Frankfort, Kentucky.
For many years Linda Otto Lipsett researched the stories of her own quilts. Then she decided to try to uncover the story of a great museum quilt and chose to research the Graveyard Quilt (collections of the Kentucky Historical Society at Frankfort, Kentucky), one of America's most unusual pieces of folk art and a quilt masterpiece. After five years of research and extensive travels, Linda now shares with you the results of her work. First she will discuss some of her surprising discoveries (an earlier graveyard quilt top made by the quiltmaker, an original letter by Elizabeth Roseberry Mitchell, and the Mitchell family Bible) and how Elizabeth Roseberry Mitchell made the quilt. In period costume she will do a first person presentation with Elizabeth telling her pioneer story and explaining the events leading up to her making the Graveyard Quilt. Elizabeth will also read her letter of August 26, 1856, written only six months before her death.
With slides Linda will show you the Graveyard Quilt and quilt top and then take you into Elizabeth's grandparents' stone house in Pennsylvania, to her husband's inn nearby, to the graves of her children across the country, and finally to Elizabeth's own grave in Concord, Kentucky.
This is a piece of Americana never before told and the story of a quiltmaker and quilt you will never forget.
1 hour lecture and presentation.
Ellen Spaulding Reed's Bridal Friendship Quilt
Linda Otto Lipsett's reproductions of
Elizabeth Roseberry Mitchell's Graveyard Quilt
Elizabeth Roseberry Mitchell's graveyard quilt top
Fee - $500
With quilts from Remember Me and Elizabeth Roseberry Mitchell's Graveyard Quilt, as well as slides, Linda Otto Lipsett will explain how she went about researching her quilts. She will take you on some of her research trips and share with you some of her exciting discoveries. Then there will be a show-and-tell of your own friendship quilt or other quilt with inscriptions, that you bring to class. Linda will discuss each quilt, help date your quilt, and start you on your way to researching it. Finish the day by piecing a friendship quilt block. Please bring your own needle, thread (white or off-white) and scissors. Workshop fee for friendship block kit including patterns is $5.
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