BENNINGTON — The Bennington Museum's Jane Stickle Quilt, a 157-year-old masterpiece that in an ordinary year would draw visitors from across the country and around the world, will make its annual autumn appearance in a Zoom event on Sept. 23.
The event takes place from 3-4 p.m., and is $7 for members, and $10 for non-members.
The famous quilt was created during the Civil War by Shaftsbury native Jane Stickle. The quilt is comprised of 169 five-inch blocks, each in a different pattern, containing a total of 5,602 pieces surrounded by a unique scalloped border.
"What's really interesting about Jane Stickle and this particular quilt is that after she created it, she entered it in the Bennington County fair which was primarily an agricultural fair," said Bennington Museum Collections Manager Callie Raspuzzi.
Stickle won first place at the fair for "Best Patched Quilt" in late September 1863 and her work would go on to inspire communities of quilters for generations to come.
According to Raspuzzi, Stickle worked on the complex design of the quilt as a way to pass the time while she was bedridden.
"There is nothing that comes close to the sheer number of blocks, the complexity of the blocks, and the way that its divided is a masterpiece. Knowing that she was bedridden explains a lot of how she had time to make something like this and how this quilt came to be," said Raspuzzi.
The craftsmanship of the quilt has been mentioned in numerous quilting books and is the topic of "Dear Jane, The Two Hundred Twenty-Five Patterns from the 1863 Jane A. Stickle Quilt," by Brenda Papadakis.
The museum had the quilt in its possession since the 1930s and began to display the famous work every fall after tourists from all over the world were coming to see it.
"We found that we were pulling it out regularly for people to come to see it and it was causing a lot of wear and tear," said Raspuzzi.
Registration is available at the Bennington Museum's website, https://benningtonmuseum.org/.