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Wylie House Quilters win 2013 Be More Authentic Award!


Winners of the 2013 Bloomington Be More Authentic Award – Wylie House Museum Quilters!


“The Wylie House Museum Quilters are a shining example of long-term dedication and commitment to a community organization,” says Interim Director of the Wylie House Museum, Carey Beam. “Their volunteer work preserves our antiques, provides our museum with gorgeous display quilts and teaches the IU community about this time intensive craft. Our museum would not be the same without them.”


The Wylie House Museum Quilters, Marjorie Clayton, Ellen Pittman, Diamond Mather and Linda Kelsey, were named one of the 2013 recipients of the Be More Awards on Tuesday, April 2nd at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, specifically the ‘Be More Authentic’ award. This team of four wonderful and talented women has been dedicating their time and artistic talents to the Wylie House Museum for nearly twenty years. For two hours each week, they gather in the refurbished barn, the Bradley C. Morton, Jr. Education center, to work on the creation of gorgeous and intricate quilt reproductions which are fashioned from popular designs of the 19th century. The Education Center is a beautifully restored 1860s barn on the Wylie property that serves to support the teaching mission of the Wylie House Museum and provide facilities for student, faculty, volunteer and community activities. Our quilters use this renovated space to produce their stunning period replicas.


During the warmer months, their lovely handiwork is displayed on the beds of the Wylie House Museum for all visitors to appreciate. Without their reproductions, many of which are exact replications of our antique designs, the museum would be unable to store and further preserve the late 1860s antique quilts in our collection, donated from the Wylie family. The quilters’ creations allow IU students and faculty and our many Wylie visitors to experience the fabrics, designs and artistry of hand quilting well over a hundred years old.


“The IU Libraries and the Wylie House Museum are so very fortunate to have this committed and talented group of volunteers,” says Brenda L. Johnson, Ruth Lilly Dean of University Libraries. “Their quilts are stunning examples of handmade craftsmanship and provide an invaluable opportunity for our students, faculty, and members of the community to study a traditional craft which has both historical and cultural significance.”


Pictured above (L-R): Carey Beam, Interim Director

of the Wylie House Museum, Marjorie Clayton, Ellen

Pittman and Diamond Mather.


Pictured above: Two handmade quilts created by the

Wylie House Quilters that adorn beds at the Wylie House