Through the Needle's Eye: American Quilts from the Permanent Collection of the Dallas Museum of Art

Begin Date2004-01-11
End Date2004-06-27
CuratorsKevin W. Tucker
Last Harvested At2020-10-24
LocationTextile Gallery [Focus Gallery II]
OrganizerDallas Museum of Art
DescriptionA group of works from the Dallas Museum of Art's small but extremely important collection of American quilts is the focus of 'Through the Needle's Eye: American Quilts from the Permanent Collection of the Dallas Museum of Art.' Organized by Kevin W. Tucker, the Museum's recently appointed Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, the exhibition includes a variety of quilts created between the 1820s and 1945. 'Through the Needle's Eye' is part of 'Quilt Mania,' a citywide collaboration among eleven Dallas-area cultural institutions exhibiting a wide variety of quilts and hosting quilt-related programs. To learn more about 'Quilt Mania,' visit the Web site at, or call 214-979-6476. Quilts in the exhibition range from an appliqu�uilt made in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, between 1850 and 1865 and The Fannie B. Shaw quilt, 'Prosperity Is Just Around the Corner,' made in Van Alstyne, Texas, between 1930 and 1932. The appliqu�uilt is part of the extraordinary group of textiles known as the Landes Dowry, which is part of the Museum's Faith and Charles L. Bybee Collection. The Landes collection, largely the work of three sisters who never married, is one of the largest and most complete groups of dowry textiles known to survive from the 19th century. 'Prosperity Is Just Around the Corner' was inspired by the radio talks of President Herbert Hoover, whose upbeat message assured the country that good times were 'just around the corner.' The last block shows Uncle Sam arriving with 'farm relief, legal beer, and aid.' Among the quilts in the exhibition are designs with traditional motifs such as the 'Sunburst' or 'Mariner's Compass' pattern; a 'Barn Raising' design, a variation on the 'Log Cabin' quilt; and a variety of patriotic quilts - one made between 1860 and 1865 displays the word 'Union.' An extraordinary version of a 'Postage Stamp' quilt is distinguished by its use of 69,649 pieces of fabric and nearly 3,700 yards of thread. 'This is a great opportunity to form a collaborative effort with colleagues in Dallas,' said Tucker. 'The quality and diversity of quilts in the collection of the Dallas Museum of Art is remarkable. This exhibition attests to the Museum's distinguished holdings in this important area of American textiles.'