In the Main Gallery
Anne Olsen is a well-known quiltmaker, best known for taking apart old blocks, resizing and remaking them, and setting them into a quilt using her unique designs. Her workmanship, including her hand quilting, is meticulous. Her quilts have been frequently published. The fame of the maker increases the value as does her meticulous hand workmanship and attention to detail.
From left to right: Russian Sunflower, Jacob's Ladder, and Blazing Star
In the case: The Quilt that Walked to Golden Sampler Quilt by Cindy Harp and the book by authors Sandra Dallas and Nan Simonds.
Several quilts in this exhibit date back to the 1830s. The exhibit also showcases quilts made by RMQM volunteers and groups such as Mountain Mavericks, quilters from the local area, and Colorado. They tell the story of Golden, Colorado in great detail and many are hand-stitched, appliqued, and embroidered.
In the Northeast Gallery | Eugenia Mitchell Solo Exhibit
Eugenia's Dream - 30 Years in the Making
At age 80, Eugenia decided that her quilts should be preserved and seen by the public. A museum was needed. Sporting her trademark head-to-toe quilted clothing, Eugenia worked for nine years, holding trunk shows, giving lectures, teaching classes, and talking to anyone who would listen in order to acquire enough money and support to start a quilt museum. The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum opened to the public in 1990 with 101 of Eugenia’s quilts as the foundation for the museum’s collection.
Eugenia remained active well into her 90s until Alzheimer’s forced her to enter a nursing home. She died in 2006 at age 103. Today, thanks to Eugenia and the hard work of devoted volunteers and generous members and donors, the museum has become a center for the local quilting community and a must-see destination on many a Colorado vacation. In 30 years, the museum has grown into a repository for more than 800 quilts and home to the more than 7,500-volume Sandra Dallas Library. Here now in spirit, Eugenia welcomes visitors from across the country and around the globe, and her dream of the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum lives on as a cultural legacy.
The show runs through October 17, 2020. Look forward to this exhibit and the Crazy Quilt exhibit, along with the solo exhibit of Kathy Suprenant's work this fall. Kathy is the winner of a previous exhibit, Evolutions.