American Made, Playing Hookie (Part One)

Last week I played hookie from my life for a day to go see “American Made: Treasures from the American Folk Art,” an exhibit that will run until 19 September at Crystal Bridges in Bentonville, Arkansas. I’ve written before about Crystal Bridges and what a treasure it is for us in the Midwest. Bentonville is only about an hour’s drive for me, so it’s easily doable.

It was such a treat to see quilts that I have seen for years only in print or on the Internet. I also happened on a fun new coffee shop, but first, I have pictures to show you. I’ll come back on Thursday with some more photos. There were just too many for one day! As you look through, click on any of the photos to enlarge. They are camera phone pics, so some are not quite as clear as could be, but I think you’ll be able to get a good look nonetheless.

“American Made” as an exhibit provides some good representative pieces in a variety of media. The promotional materials describe it as follows: “America has always been a nation of makers. The things we make tell the story of who we are. American Made: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum features 115+ objects—including quilts, carvings, signs, samplers, weathervanes, whirligigs and more—hand made by Americans when our nation was young.”



Lest you think I’m not capable of appreciating other types of needlework or even other art forms, here are some other objects from the exhibit that I especially enjoyed:


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Come back on Thursday for more about my day spent goofing off. I’ll give you a hint: it includes the Maya Angelou quilt and great coffee.

See you then!



  • Chloe

    God, Lori – I LOVE this post! You are so very lucky to be able to see these amazing quilts in the flesh – I have only ever seen photos of these types of wonderful antique fabrics that I adore so very much. This has inspired me to get back to work on my neglected Jacob’e Ladder project… Your photos are super! Thank you for sharing the info too. Looking forward to part two! xoxo

    • Lori East

      It was really a treat, Chloe!

    • Lori East

      It was such a treat, Chloe! I, too, had only seen these particular quilts in books so it was so fun to really see them!

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  • It took me a while to read this good post because I kept making the quilt photos larger so I could look at the detail. So satisfying looking at these quilts.

    • Lori East

      Aren’t you kind? Yes, the quilts are indeed amazing. It was SO nice to actually see them, face-to-face.