The Lands’ End Quilt Contest Quilts

To continue my gleanings from the Library of Congress Quilts and Quiltmaking Collection, I’ll share state and national winners I liked from the Lands’ End Coming Home contests held from 1992 to 1996. Most of the winning entries were show quality and demonstrated sophistication in materials and patterns.

According to an essay about this contest, “[i]n 1992, the Coming Home Division of Lands’ End Direct Merchants teamed up with Good Housekeeping magazine to sponsor an ‘All-American Quilt Contest.’ From the entries received, judges selected both a first prize winner from each state and a national winner. The contest was repeated in 1994 and 1996, under the theme “If Quilts Could Talk.” The 1994 winners were invited to submit short essays about their quilts, and in 1996, all entrants were invited to do the same.”

Dixie Haywood Dawn's Early Light Lands EndDixie Haywood is a master of the pineapple block, which she shows off in “Dawn’s Early Light.” It won best of Florida in 1992.

Therese Inverso Arabesque Lands End New JerseyTherese Inverso’s “Arabesque” won best of New Jersey in 1992 with a block she designed.

Coming Home Lands End Oklahoma“Coming Home,” Oklahoma’s 1992 winner by Charlene Kimball is completely different from the others I like. I can’t tell if it’s original or from a pattern. It’s kind of the opposite of the famous Saul Steinberg poster of NYC.

Linda Harshbarger Lands End AlabamaLinda Harshbarger won the 1994 Alabama contest with her original “Seize The Day.” I was taken with the asymmetrical placement of the sun.

Karen Smith Glowing Coils Lands End 1994 Judges ChoiceKaren Smith devised a paper piecing variation she called “Glowing Coils.” It won judge’s choice in 1994.

Marcia Lutz Victorian Kaleidoscope Lands End GeorgeMarcia Lutz designed “Kaleidoscope” to win the 1992 Georgia contest. It’s not my usual style, but I appreciate the attention to detail.

There are many more quilts to gaze at here.


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4 responses to “The Lands’ End Quilt Contest Quilts

  1. Lots of technical skill on display here! I like the pineapple quilt best–I’m a sucker for color gradation like that.

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