The Mary Schafer Collection traces the life and work of an important early collector, designer, maker and popularizer of quilts and quilting traditions. Born in Austria-Hungary in 1910 and later immigrating to the United States, Mary Schafer would become one of an important group of women who kept quilting and quilt studies alive between World War II and the 1970’s quilting revival. The twenty-five quilts featured in A Legacy of Quilt History reflect the varying aspects of Schafer’s interest and work, from the nineteenth-century quilts she collected and documented to her own exquisite work, sometimes created in collaboration with others. A Legacy of Quilt History is a Michigan State University Museum/Great Lakes Quilt Center, Michigan Traditional Arts Program activity, supported in part by funds from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs. Additional support was provided by Kitty Clark Cole and Country Stitches.
Also on display, adjoining the quilt exhibit, is Small Worlds: The Sharon Holloway Dollhouse and Miniatures Collection featuring five elaborate structures including a Mansard-roofed Victorian home, a Colonial Revival home (including a detached garage and gazebo), a country store and quilt shop, a Georgian Revival townhouse and garden setting, and a country vernacular structure complete with carpenter gothic trim. Three of the buildings are electrified and all are fully furnished. Each either opens, or is cutaway to reveal its highly-detailed interior.
Mary Jane Clemens
Jim and Kathy Morrison
Barbara Fighera Harrison