What does quilting symbolize? Quilts represent strength, resiliency and the creative spirit that allowed women to cope with death, poverty and other hardships. Memories, dreams and personal experiences are patched together to make something unique.

With that being said, the Dubois County Museum is ready to unveil their newest exhibit. The exhibit team is calling it “A Stitch in Time”. The exhibit space is filled with quilts, sewing equipment such machines and bobbins, knitting and crocheting items, tatting, hand stitched dresses and clothes, a loom and examples of weaving.

Many local people have provided examples of their workmanship. Their quilts are on display throughout the museum.

  • A quilting frame-believed to be the oldest quilting frame in Dubois County. It was used by one of the very earliest settlers in Dubois County, Jane McDonald.
  • Roxanne Uppencamp gifted a quilt top made of feed sack material.
  • Quilts and clothes made from feed sacks were given by Esther Kellams and made from printed feed sack material from her family feed store, Bartley’s Store in Ireland from the 1940’s.
  • Girls Scout Troop 49 of Haysville donated a quilt they had made several years ago.
  • The log home has a heavy blue bed cover made by Rosemary Roelle.
  • In the Cathedral Window you will find a quilt made by Elsie Traylor of Ireland, (79). It was gifted to the museum by granddaughter Gale Karnowski.
  • The family of the late Emma Schipp loaned an embroidered quilt made by Emma. She was a long-time volunteer for the museum.
  • Aileen Lueken made a Fence Rail pieced quilt that is on display in the Civil War area.

Several display cases are filled with more examples of embroidery patterns, sewing items, quilt patterns and so much more. This “Stitch in Time” exhibit will be only on display from March 1-October 1. You will also find the Patoka Valley Quilters Guild demonstrating and talking quilts on Saturday, April 1 from 10:00am-2:00pm.


The Dubois County Museum is open Tuesday-Friday from 10:00am-2:00pm, Saturday from 10:00am-4:00pm, and Sunday 1:00pm-4:00pm. They are closed on Monday. Admission is $5 per adult, $3 for high school students, and $2 for middle and elementary students.

You can visit the museum website at www.duboiscountymuseum.org. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.   

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