Members of the Prairie Arts Chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of
America will add names to the reproduction 1912 spider web pattern
signature quilt modeled after an original from the Vachel Lindsay
Home's collection. The names are among 510 purchased by modern
residents for $5 per name as part of the site's Centennial Quilt
Coffee, tea and light dessert will be furnished. Visitors
may bring a sack lunch if they wish.
"If you would like to try your hand at the embroidery, fabric and
thread for you to make a bookmark will be available. Come observe
and discuss embroidery even if you don't want to make a bookmark,"
said Hope Wright, president of the Prairie Arts Chapter,
Embroiderers' Guild of America.
The Vachel Lindsay Home and the Vachel Lindsay Association are
reproducing the 1912 signature quilt from the site's collection. The
original quilt contains 510 embroidered signatures from 1912
Springfield area residents, and organizers are offering 510 modern
residents the same opportunity with the reproduction quilt, which is
being made by members of the Springfield QUILTS Guild, the Prairie
Arts Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America and the Douglas
Avenue United Methodist Church Quilters.
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Names can be embroidered on the 2012 quilt for $5, and there is
no limit on the number of names that can be purchased. Forms may be
picked up at the Vachel Lindsay Home, or check at
For more information, call 217-524-0901.
The original June 1912 quilt was made for Vachel's sister Olive
and her husband, Dr. Paul Wakefield, who were medical missionaries
in China from 1905 to 1928. It was presented to the newly restored
Vachel Lindsay Home in 2002 by the Vachel Lindsay Association on
behalf of Olive's daughters, Catharine Ward and Martha Falcone.
Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site, 603 S. Fifth St.
in Springfield, is the birthplace and longtime residence of poet,
author and artist Nicholas Vachel Lindsay, 1879-1931. It is open
Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for free public
[Text from file received from
the Illinois Historic