Glowing Coils





Where are the records for this quilt housed?

American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Who documented this quilt?

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

Person filling out this form is:


Describe the relationship to the quilt's maker:

Quiltmaker submitted information with quilt.

This is a:

Finished quilt

Quilt's title:

Glowing Coils

How wide is the quilt?

61 inches

How long is the quilt?

61 inches

Quilt's condition:

Excellent/like new

Time period:


Fiber type(s) used to make the quilt top:


Piecing techniques used to make the quilt top:

Machine Piecing; Other Piecing

What kind of filling is used in the quilt?


Features or notes about the quilt's appearance, materials, or construction:

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."

Quilt top made by:

Smith, Karen A.

Where the quilt was made, county:

Hamlin County

Where the quilt was made, state:

South Dakota (SD)

Where the quilt was made, country:

United States

Why was the quilt made?

Challenge or Contest entry; Personal enjoyment

The quilt was made to be used for:

Bedding, daily use; Artwork/wall hanging

Contests entered:

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

Related items such as diaries, obituaries, wills, household inventories, or pictures of the quiltmaker:

Ownership of this quilt is:


Quilt owner's country:

United States

Brief description or object label for the essay or quilt.

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:


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: 11/27/22