Polk's Fancy: Quiltmaking, Patriotism, and Gender in the Mexican War Era


From Uncoverings 2006, Volume 27 of the Research Papers of the American Quilt Study Group


By: Klassen, Teri

Teri Klassen is a doctoral student in the graduate program in Folklore at Indiana University in Bloomington. Her master's thesis is "Historical Ethnographies of Quiltmaking;' and she is interested in material culture, language, social history, mass art, and gender-especially as exemplified in quiltmaking and epistolary studies (postcard- and letter-writing). She has guest curated two quilt exhibits: Red, White and Blue Quilts at Fountain Square Mall in Bloomington and Quilts from Monroe County African-Americans at the Monroe County History Center. She has worked as a reporter, and she belongs to the American Quilt Study Group, Quilters Hall of Fame, Midwest Fabric Study Group, Indiana Heritage Quilt Show, and Bloomington Quilters Guild.