: Lois K. Ide (1920-2010) hand appliquéd and hand quilted this quilt, which she titled The Monkey and the Leopard, after an Jacquard coverlet whose pattern was also known by that name. She used antique red and indigo cottons to recreate the coverlet and used extensive embroidery throughout, including the star details. She used the old technique of rouching to work the butterflies and flowers. The quilt measures 155 cm x 140 cm (61inches x 55 inches). The quilt, completed in 1986-1987, was published in the book titled Great American Quilts, 1991. The coverlet, which she purchased, was thought to be woven in Ohio sometime between 1830 and 1849. It has a centerfield of stars and butterflies and borders of grapes and monkeys and leopards. The fable of the Monkey and the Leopard, written by the French writer, LaFontaine, in the mid-1600s is believed to be the inspiration for the coverlet weaver. Lois was a native Ohioan and resident of Bucyrus, who began sewing at the early age of four. She learned appliqué and patchwork from her mother and embroidery from her aunt. After years of mastering her craft, she became a master quilter and an internationally known teacher with students worldwide. View on Ohio Memory.
: Om3698_6643357_001 Subjects
: Ohio Women; Quilts; Places
: Bucyrus (Ohio); Crawford County (Ohio)