Glowing Coils





Contributing Institution Name. Where are the records for this quilt housed?

American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Name of the quilt project who collected this information.

Lands' End All-American Quilt Collection

American Folklife Center, Library of Congress documentation number

AFC 1997/011: Folder 8990 P1

Alternate inventory number for this quilt. This might be a museum accession number.

afcqltle le069

Who documented this quilt?


If you chose other, please describe how the quilt maker participated in the design.

Quiltmaker submitted information with quilt.

What type of quilt is this?

Finished quilt

What is the title of the quilt?

Glowing Coils

How wide is the quilt?

61 inches

How long is the quilt?

61 inches

What is the best description of the quilt's condition?

Excellent/like new

Choose the time frame that best describes when the quilt was made.


What types of fiber were used to make the quilt top?


What piecing method was used to make the quilt top?

Machine Piecing; Other Piecing

What is the fiber content of the quilt filling?


Describe anything about the physical appearance of the quilt that wasn't already recorded in a previous field.

The following information was supplied by the quiltmaker: If your quilt is based on a traditional pattern or an earlier quilt, what is the name of the pattern? "Some of the quilt made of 'pineapple' blocks with a non-traditional color placement." Where did you learn the pattern? "self-taught from a book." Other techniques used include: "Machine pieced blocks on paper foundations." How did you choose the materials used in your quilt? "I love to collect fabrics, especially all the 'designer' prints available now. I selected a group which especially appealed to me at the time." The motivation behind the making of this quilt is "relaxation after a day working with the public. I became interested in piecing blocks on a paper foundation which allows very precise work without very much effort. Needed a project to use up some of these blocks." How long have you been making quilts? "Made first quilt in late 60's when I was in high school. Then didn't pick it up again until the 90's when the interest in quilting began to produce such great books and inspiring fabrics." How did you learn to quilt? "Primarily self-taught through books/other publications. I have taken a few classes as well as taught a few." What was your primary reason for entering the Lands' End contest? Do you frequently enter your quilts in competition? "I wanted to see how my quilt compared to others." Has being a winner in the Land's End contest made a difference in your life? Has it changed the way you look at your work as a quilt maker? "Being a winner really encouraged me to continue to expand my quilting as time allows and gave me confidence in my techniques."

Who made the quilt top?

Smith, Karen A.

Where was the quilt made (county)?

Hamlin County

Where was the quilt made (state)?

South Dakota (SD)

Where was the quilt made (country)?

United States

Why was the quilt made?

Challenge or Contest entry; Personal enjoyment

This quilt was made to be used as a

Bedding, daily use; Artwork/wall hanging

List all contests where this quilt was entered.

This quilt was part of the Lands' End All-American Quilt Contest. 1994 Judges' Choice Winner

Ownership of this quilt is:


Quilt owner's country:

United States

List other materials that exist about this quilt. This may include oral history, articles, additional photos or publications, etc.

Paragraph length description of the essay.

This quilt is part of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress "Quilts and Quiltmaking in American: 1978-1996 exhibit. It was winner in the Lands' End All-American Quilt Contest.

Access and copyright information:


Who is the copyright holder?

American Folklife Center, Library of Congress. Email:

Cite this Quilt

Smith, Karen A. Glowing Coils. 1976-1999. From American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Lands' End All-American Quilt Collection. Published in The Quilt Index, Accessed: 08/19/22