Pagtinabangay: Quilts of Caohagan Island and the American Quilt Study Group's 2014 Study of Civil War Era Quilts

Welcome to the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum.  We have two exhibits on display, the Quilts of Caohagan Island in the larger gallery, and the American Quilt Study Group’s 2014 Study of Civil War era quilts beginning on the back wall and continuing in to the smaller gallery. 

PAGTINABANGAY: QUILTS OF CAOHAGAN ISLAND is an exhibit of quilts that were all made by some of the 100 quilters on the tiny island of Caohagan in the Philippines. Part of a seven-island atoll, Caohagan is home to just 600 permanent residents. The quilters work daily to produce quilts that are sold abroad.  The income from quilt sales makes up 1/3 of the entire revenue of the island and is an integral part of the island’s economy. 

Distinctive is an apt description for the quilts of Caohagan Island. The colors and patterns evoke the tropical environment, while the handicraft is of the highest caliber. This results in quilts that evoke a far-away place but retain a human and playful touch to which any viewer can relate.

Please listen along to the audio exhibit as we describe how quiltmaking came to Caohagan Island.  Pay attention to the posters and photographs around the exhibit as well.  The posters show photographs of Caohagan’s quilters, many of who are now mentors to younger generations of quilters.

This exhibit is curated by author and quilter Dana Jones.

The American Quilt Study Group’s 2014 study of Civil War Era quilts resulted in a beautiful collection of reproduction or study quilts, many of which are inspired by heirloom pieces.  Each participant in this study determined their own construction methods for their projects based up available information from an original quilt.  The Study Quilts were limited to a 200” perimeter.  Please listen along as we describe the inspirations behind the Study Quilts and the techniques the quilters used. This exhibit is curated by Joy Swartz.