American Revolution Bicentennial Quilt

The Ames Bicentennial Quilt consists of 30 thematic blocks, each 13” square and signed in the lower right-hand corner.  The quilt was made by 31 women quilters from Ames between March 18th and June 1975 to celebrate the bicentennial of the American Revolution.  It was displayed in the Ames Public Library, then toured various Iowa cities and the Iowa State Fair throughout 1976 before being hung in the lobby of the First National Bank. It was stored in the Octagon for a time, returned to the Library, and finally transferred to the Ames Historical Society in August 2002.  Accompanying the quilt are copies of the catalog describing each block, and a scrapbook containing documentation on its creation.  Themes of the blocks are: Veishea, Main Street, Octagon, Farm House, Carr’s Pool, Library, W.J. Graham House, Water Tower, Roosevelt School, Pumpkin Farm, Football Stadium, Train Depot, Bicentennial Symbol, Brookside Park, C.Y. Stephens Auditorium, Post Office, Art in the Park, Lake LaVerne, Congregational Church, Campanile, Westgate, “Dinkey,” Cy in Clyde Williams Field, Farm Scene, “The Gentle Doctor,” ISU Christmas Tree, WOI, “Fountain of Four Seasons,” 4th of July, and Map of Ames.