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Kelley, Hele. Idiot Star. 1976-1999. From Minnesota Quilters Inc., Minnesota Quilt Project. Published in The Quilt Index, https://quiltindex.org/view/?type=fullrec&kid=19-15-477. Accessed: 06/15/21

QUILT INDEX RECORD

19-15-477

CONTRIBUTING INSTITUTIONAL INVENTORY CONTROL NUMBERS: Enter the main control number for this item you are entering. For a museum, this will probably be your acquisition number. It may be the number given to the quilt by the state or county project.

HK09-055

DATE OF DATA COLLECTION: Enter the date the state or county documentation form was filled out (as mm-dd-yyyy or c.yyyy, e.g. c.1965).

10/17/2009

LOCATION OF DATA COLLECTION

Minneapolis, Minnesota

ALTERNATE INVENTORY CONTROL NUMBER: If applicable, enter any alternate inventory control number for this quilt. For museums, this might be an identifying number from a documentation project.

031

OWNERSHIP OF QUILT IS: Choose whether the quilt is owned by a person (private) or a museum or public collection.

Private

Where are the records for this quilt housed?

Minnesota Quilters Inc.

Who documented this quilt?

Minnesota Quilt Project

FABRIC FIBER TYPES USED IN QUILT BACK: Choose the fiber type used to make the quilt back. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Cotton

DESCRIPTION OF BACK: Choose the best description for the back of the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Print, Same fabric used throughout

NUMBER OF PIECES IN QUILT BACK: Enter the number of pieces of fabric used in the quilt back.

1

OVERALL WIDTH: inches

49 in

OVERALLL LENGTH: Enter how long the quilt is. Specify unit of measure (mm or in or inches).

60.5 in

SIZE OF BLOCKS (L X W): Applies only to block pattern quilts; block patterns are by far the most common layout formats. Block patterns don't have to be square (Double Wedding Ring and Grandmother's Flower Garden are common non-square blocks).

9.75" x 9.75"

SASHING WIDTH, IF APPLICABLE: Sashings are strips of fabric that separate the quilt blocks from one another. Enter the width of the sashing in inches.

2.75"

NUMBER OF QUILTING STITCHES PER INCH (PLACE 1): Count only the stitches that are visible on the top and measure in one place on the quilt. Enter the measurement.

10

NUMBER OF QUILTING STITCHES PER INCH (PLACE 2): Count only the stitches that are visible on the top and measure in a different place on the quilt. Enter the measurement.

9

BORDER DESCRIPTION: Describe the style of the borders (i.e. pieced, appliquéd, stenciled) and the width of each border, from the inside to the outside.

Border 1 (closest to center): in., sides, ; Border 2:

TYPE OF QUILT OBJECT: Choose the best description for the quilt being documented.

Finished quilt

SHAPE OF EDGE: Choose the best description for the edges of the quilt.

Straight

SHAPE OF CORNERS: Choose the best description for the corners of the quilt.

Straight (Square)

OVERALL COLOR SCHEME: Choose the best color scheme description for the quilt being documented.

Multicolor

PREDOMINANT COLOR(S): CHECK ALL THAT APPLY: Enter all colors that are found in the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Black, Blue or Navy, Yellow

OVERALL CONDITION: Choose the best description for the quilt being documented.

Excellent/like new

FAMILY/OWNER'S DATE FOR QUILT (ACTUAL OR ESTIMATED): If there are family stories that indicate a date when the quilt was made, enter that date (as mm-dd-yyyy or c.yyyy, e.g. c.1965).

1989

TIME PERIOD: Choose the time frame that best describes when the quilt was made. The date does not have to appear on the quilt to enter it in this field. This can be your best guess based on family stories or your own knowledge of quilts.

1976-1999

TYPE(S) OF INSCRIPTION: Choose all the options that are found on the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Date, Message, Multiple Names

CONTENT OF INSCRIPTION(S): Enter the exact inscription here, including dates in the same form in which they appear on the quilt. Do not correct any spellings. If you are unsure of a letter or name, place a (?) to indicate uncertainty.

Back: "Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May" Shakespeare/ made by one rosebud and five American beauties/The quilt belongs to me/ Helen Kelley 1989"

METHOD OF INSCRIPTION: Choose the method used to inscribe the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Attached label, Embroidery, Ink

LOCATION OF INSCRIPTION: Enter where the inscription was found on the quilt.

on back, on block

LAYOUT FORMAT: Choose the best description for the layout (or set) of the quilt.

Block pattern

NUMBER OF QUILT BLOCKS: This field only applies to quilts with a block format. Some blocks are harder to count than others (e.g. Storms at Sea, Double Wedding Ring). If needed, describe how the blocks were counted or if there are half blocks/corner blocks

7

NUMBER OF DIFFERENT BLOCK PATTERNS PRESENT: Enter the number of different block patterns used in the quilt.

one w/color variations

OWNER'S NAME FOR QUILT'S PATTERN: Enter the name given to the quilt by the owner. This can be the name the family used to refer to the quilt as it passed through different generations, e.g. "Aunt Susie's quilt" or a pattern name that the owner used.

Idiot Star

ALTERNATE NAME(S) FOR QUILT'S PATTERN IN COMMON USE: This is the name of the quilt pattern that it is commonly used among quilt makers and historians. It may be different in different regions of the country.

Star

BLOCK STYLE: Some patterns use the same shape template throughout the quilt (i.e. Charm quilts, Grandmother Flower Garden, Brick wall, Lone Star). If this applies to your quilt, choose the best description.

Squares

ARRANGEMENT OF QUILT BLOCKS: BLOCK ORIENTATION: This field only applies to quilts with a block format. Choose the best description for how the quilt blocks appear in the quilt.

On point or rotated on 45 degrees

This field only applies to quilts with a block format. Choose the best description for how the quilt blocks are set together. Sashings are strips of fabric that separate the quilt blocks from one another. Not all quilts have sashings.

Side by side

OTHER SPACING (PLEASE DESCRIBE): If none of the options in Field 29 describe the quilt, explain the quilt setting here. May relate to Fields 26 & 27, if the blocks sizes are not the same throughout the quilt.

Plain sashing surrouns all sides of all blocks

FABRIC FIBER TYPES USED IN QUILT TOP: Choose all the types of fiber that are used to make the quilt top. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Cotton

FABRIC TYPES USED IN QUILT TOP: Choose all the types of fabric that are used to make the quilt top.

Muslin

FABRIC PATTERNS, STYLES, MOTIFS, OR PRINT CATEGORIES USED IN QUILT TOP: Choose all the types of prints that are used to make the quilt top. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Novelty, Print, Solid/plain, Striped

CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES USED IN QUILT TOP: PIECING TECHNIQUES: Choose the piecing method used to make the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one. Skip the question if no piecing appears.

Machine Piecing

CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES USED IN QUILT TOP: EMBELLISHMENT TECHNIQUES: Choose the embellishment technique used to make the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one. If your answer in Field 38f was no, skip this question.

Attachments (beading, charms, buttons, etc), Embroidery, Other embellishment technique

UNIQUE OR OTHER CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES: Enter any unusual technique that hasn't been described in a previous field.

plastic flamingo,spool, thread, pin, plastic stars, cartoon face

EMBELLISHMENT MATERIALS USED IN TOP: Choose the embellishment material used to make the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Beads attached, Buttons attached, Charms attached, Cotton thread

UNIQUE OR OTHER EMBELLISHMENTS: Enter any embellishment materials that don't appear in a previous field.

rosebuds on back

MATERIALS USED IN QUILT BINDING: Choose the fiber type used to make the quilt binding. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Cotton

FABRIC STRUCTURE USED IN BINDING: Choose the fabric structure used to make the quilt binding. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Plain weave

CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES USED IN BINDING: Choose the construction technique used to make the quilt binding. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Bias grain

MATERIAL USED FOR QUILT BATTING OR FILLING: Choose the fiber content that best describes the material used to fill the quilt.

Cotton

QUILTING TECHNIQUES USED: Choose the technique that best describes the way the quilt layers are held together. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Hand quilting

THREAD COLOR: Enter the color(s) of thread used to hold the quilt layers together.

grey

QUILTING DESIGNS USED: MOTIFS/OVERALL PATTERNS: Choose the overall quilt design found on the quilt top. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Outline

QUILTING DESIGNS USED: DECORATIVE PATTERNS: Choose the decorative quilt design found on the quilt top. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Floral

PLEASE DESCRIBE OTHER QUILTING DESIGNS USED: Describe any quilting designs that appear on the quilt, but were not listed in a previous field.

teacup, peanuts

SOURCE OF QUILT'S MATERIALS: Choose how the quilt maker acquired the fabric for this quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Sewing scraps

QUILT TOP PATTERN SOURCE: Choose where the quilt maker found the pattern for this quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Original to maker, Traditional pattern variation

QUILTING DESIGN PATTERN SOURCE: Choose where the quilt maker found the pattern for the quilting design used in this quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Original to maker, Public domain

ANY OTHER FEATURES OR NOTES ABOUT THE QUILT'S APPEARANCE, MATERIALS OR CONSTRUCTION: Describe anything about the physical appearance of the quilt that wasn't already recorded in a previous field.

names inscribed on each block - one per block: Marge Anderson, Connie Pluhar, Helen Kelley, Helen Lange, Mary L.Chmiel, Norma Ahlquist

AUTHOR/INTERVIEWEE: The person who brought the quilt for documentation is the source. Enter his/her name here.

Quilt owner, Spouse of quiltmaker

RELATIONSHIP OF SOURCE PERSON TO QUILT: Choose the best description of the relationship of the source to the quilt.

Quilt owner

HOW WAS QUILT ACQUIRED BY OWNER: Choose the best description for how the owner acquired the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one. Skip the question if unknown.

Inheritance

OCCASION, DATE, PERSON INHERITED FROM, ETC: If the quilt was inherited, enter any information you know about the inheritance. Skip the question if the quilt was not passed down in the family.

Inherited from maker, September 2008.

IF SOURCE PERSON IS QUILT OWNER

Inherited

QUILT'S TITLE, IF IT HAS ONE: Enter the name given to the quilt by the maker. Many quilts have no title, but contemporary quilters often give a name to their quilts. If the quilt has no title, leave this field blank.

Idiot Star

CITY: Enter the name of the city where the quilt was made. Skip the question if you don't know where the quilt was made.

Minneapolis

COUNTY: Enter the name of the county where the quilt was made. Skip the question if you don't know where the quilt was made.

Hennepin

STATE: Enter the name of the state where the quilt was made. Skip the question if you don't know where the quilt was made.

Minnesota (MN)

COUNTRY: Enter the name of the country where the quilt was made. Skip the question if you don't know where the quilt was made.

United States

QUILTMAKER'S REASONS FOR MAKING THE QUILT: If the quilt was made for a specific purpose, choose the reason from the list. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Art or personal expression

QUILT TOP MADE BY: Enter the name of the person(s) who made the quilt top. Names must be first name, middle name (if given), last name.

Kelley, Helen

QUILTED BY: Enter the name of the person(s) who quilted the top. Names must be listed last name first, followed by first name and middle name or initials; last name should be followed by a comma and space.

Kelley, Helen

COUNTRY: Enter the country where the quilt maker lives/lived.

United States

GENDER: Choose the gender of the quilt maker(s). Use ctrl + click to choose more than one if quilt was made by group.

Female

BIRTH DATE: Enter the birth date of the quilt maker (as mm-dd-yyyy or c.yyyy, e.g. c.1965).

April 28, 1927

QUILTMAKER'S BIRTH CITY AND/OR COUNTY: Name of the city where the quilt maker was born.

Englewood

QUILTMAKER'S BIRTH STATE: Select the state of the quilt maker's birth.

New Jersey

QUILTMAKER'S BIRTH COUNTRY: Select the quilt maker's country of birth, if known.

United States

DEATH DATE (IF APPLICABLE): Enter the date of death of the quilt maker (if applicable, as mm-dd-yyyy or c.yyyy, e.g. c.1965).

September 1, 2008

QUILTMAKER'S ETHNIC/TRIBAL BACKGROUND: Enter the ethnic background or tribal affiliation of the quilt maker.

English, German

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND: Enter the last level of education completed by the quilt maker.

BA, Northwestern University, 1947

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Enter the religious affiliation of the quilt maker.

Presbyterian

IN WHICH KIND OF ENVIRONMENT DID THE QUILTMAKER GROW UP?: Choose the kind of environment the quilt maker(s) are from. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Urban

SPOUSE'S/SPOUSES' ETHNIC/TRIBAL BACKGROUND: Enter the ethnic background or tribal background of the quilt maker's spouse.

Norwegian

NUMBER OF CHILDREN: Enter the number of children of the quilt maker.

5

NUMBER OF FEMALE CHILDREN: Enter the number of daughters of the quilt maker.

4

NUMBER OF MALE CHILDREN: Enter the number of sons of the quilt maker.

1

HOW DID THE QUILTMAKER LEARN TO QUILT: Choose the way(s) the quilt maker learned to quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Self-Taught

WHEN LEARNED TO QUILT (CHECK ALL THAT APPLY): Choose the age when the quilt maker learned to quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Age 20-29

WHY DOES/DID THE QUILTMAKER QUILT: Choose the best explanation(s) for why the quilt maker makes quilts. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Church, Gifts, Income, Pleasure, Therapy

ESTIMATED NUMBER OF QUILTS MADE BY THIS QUILTER: Choose the number that approximates how many quilts the quilt maker has made.

more than 50

DOES/DID QUILTMAKER SELL QUILTS: Has the quilt maker ever sold a quilt or sold quilting services?

yes

DOES/DID QUILTMAKER TEACH QUILTING: Is the quilt maker also a quilt teacher?

yes

DESCRIBE THE QUILTMAKER'S UNIQUE OR FAVORITE MATERIALS, PATTERNS, QUILTING TECHNIQUES, ETC: Enter the types of patterns, techniques and styles preferred by the quilt maker.

Postage stamp quilts, with a scene from a favorite trip and the address and stamp depicted on the back.

ANY OTHER NOTES OR STORIES ABOUT THE QUILTMAKER: Enter any information about the quilt maker not already entered in a previous field.

Among the many honors that Kelley received throughout her career in quilting and service to her community were: 1995—Artist of Distinction, Fiber/Metal Arts of Minnesota; 1998—Minnesota Quilter of the Year; 1999—”Renaissance” was selected by a prestigious national committee of quiltmakers and quilt historians as one of the 100 best quilts of the 20th century, a project organized by the International Quilt Association (“Renaissance” is now in the collection of the Minnesota Historical Society); and in 2000 Kelley was selected to receive the Minnesota Textile Center’s Spun Gold Award. Kelley continued to lecture, teach, and exhibit her work right up to her sudden death September 1, 2008. A 30-year retrospective of her work was on exhibit in Marion, Indiana, during her induction into The Quilter Hall of Fame as its 38th Honoree, July 17-19, 2008.

NAME OF QUILTING GROUP: If the quilt maker belongs to a group, enter the name of the group.

Minnesota Quilters, Inc., North Presbyterian Quilters

LOCATION OF GROUP: Enter where the group meets. Include the name of the building, city, county, and state.

Minneapolis, MN; St. Paul, MN

SPECIALIZED ACTIVITIES/EVENTS OF QUILTING GROUP: Enter activities the group participates in.

Education of quilters and promotion of quilting. Quilts for the needy.

AVAILABLE SOURCES FOR QUILTMAKER: List other source materials about this quiltmaker such as photos, oral histories, book or newspaper publications, fame for some other reason or event.

Wrote 7 books. Obituary 9/11/2008, Mpls Star Tribune. Quilters Hall of Fame website.

PHOTO CREDIT: Credit for photographer.

Gail Bakkom

ACCESS AND COPYRIGHT INFORMATION FOR IMAGE: Choose whether this TIF is available to use other than in this database.

Restricted

FOR HOLDER OF COPYRIGHT, CONTACT: Enter the name of the person or institution that owns the copyright to the image.

Bill Kelley