An 1812-style quilt made by Laura Johnson-Kelly ‘85, curator of Cornell’s Anthropology Collections, is traveling with the Great Lakes Seaway Trail War of 1812 Educational Exhibit touring the U.S. and Canada. The exhibit will be part of an 1812 Quilt Show at the Seaway Trail Discovery Center in Sackets Harbor, N.Y., Sept. 29-30.
Johnson-Kelly’s “1812 Sunburst Challenge Quilt” was made “cot-to-coffin” using authentic 1812 patterns, fabrics and colors. Its 30-inch-wide by 70-inch-long size represents the average height of a man during the War of 1812. “I really enjoyed doing the research about the colors, fabrics and quilt patterns from circa 1812 and learning more about this period’s textile history,” she says.