About Maude and Quilts

About Quilts


Quilts are an American tradition. They can be pieced, appliqued, or even "whole cloth". A brief explanation of the beginnings of quilting has been included here. "The history of quilts began long before European settlers arrived in the New World. People in nearly every part of the world had used padded fabrics for clothing, bedding, and even armor. With the arrival of the English and Dutch settlers in North America, quilting took on a new life and flourished.

The term "quilt" comes from the Latin culcita, meaning a stuffed sack.  The word has come to have 2 meanings. It is used as noun, meaning the 3-layer stitched bedcovering. It is also used as a verb, meaning the act of stitching through the 3 layers to hold them together.

A quilt is a cloth sandwich, with a top, which is usually the decorated part, a back, and a filler in the middle. Under the general term of patchwork are of 3 different types of quilts: (1) the plain or whole cloth quilt, (2) applique quilts, and (3) pieced or patchwork quilts.

The quilt, as we know it in America, was originally a strictly utilitarian article, born of the necessity of providing warm covers for beds. Quilts were also used as hangings for doors and windows that were not sealed well enough to keep out the cold. The earliest American quilts, made by English and Dutch settlers, were so intimately connected to everyday life of the early colonists that no record of them exists." quoted from the following site: 

The quilts Maude makes can be categorized as Artful quilts - slightly more traditional looking but all of her own design with motifs borrowed from historic pattern...OR as Quilted art - pieces that may have some visual reference to tradition but that go beyond tradition to total self-expression. 

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Maude Wallace Haeger has been sewing and stitching most of her life. Her “high fiber diet” consists of beautiful cotton fabrics and different weights of sewing threa quilts quilts for sale d Maude grew up in Urbana, Illinois, the child of two artist parents. From a very early age she found cloth, thread and needle the best way to work artistically or at least creatively. She would make things and then show her mother who would take Maude’s hands in hers and with tears in her voice say, “your grandmother would be so proud of you”. Maude’s maternal grandmother and great grandmother were both seamstresses, and her great grandfather was an itinerant tailor who, with his wife and children went from wealthy Russian house to wealthy house and sewed the clothes for the family. It is in the genes….

Maude’s favorite things to do as a child were to look through the costume section of the World Book Encyclopedia and recreate the ethnic costumes for my Barbie doll. She didn’t ever really play with the doll, just made “couturier” clothes for her. She also loved to embroider and did so for hours.

While everyone else seemed to take lots of math classes in high school, Maude took art through all of high school, and her teacher would enter all of her students in the Scholastic Art show each year. Maude got her share of ribbons and pins, and did actually receive the Hallmark purchase prize for a watercolor she did as a senior. But one could not get the purchase prize for textile work. Maude states: “This upset me, because even back in high school I felt that fiber art was just as much an art form as painting and drawing. One day at a University of Illinois faculty art exhibition, I was sitting on the stairs of the Krannert Art Museum watching all the people looking at the show. One of my parent’s friends and fellow professor, Jack Baker, stopped to talk to me. I told him I wasn’t as much of an artist because I couldn’t paint and draw as well as I could create with thread and cloth. He told me that my stylus was a needle and that was as much a stylus as a pencil, pen or paintbrush". 




Through high school Maude’s medium of choice was embroidery. She struggled with what to do in college but eventually found Eastern Illinois University where she was able to minor in crafts – weaving and finally graduated with a bachelor’s in art history/ weaving. It was after adopting four hard-to-place children thirty years ago that she switched from weaving to piecing and have never regretted it. Putting warps on a loom took more time than being a mother to eventually five children allowed.  

The wonderful thing about quilt making is the scraps. I do not throw out many of them either. They just keep piling up in another plastic container and end up on a shelf. Then I take time to try to make an orderly arrangement of them and sew them together. 

Jack Lenor Larsen stated that if one wants a red piece of cloth to really be “rich in color” one has to have one warp thread be red and one be orange. This reminded me of all those wonderful Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings at the Chicago Art Institute. The observer’s eyes mix the color!  I use that premise a lot in my work. Whether my work looks semi-traditional at times or very abstract, my hope is that my love of color and design will give joy to the observer.”  

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Juried and Invitational Shows, Quilt shows, One-woman shows, and Commissions


OH+5, The 11th Biennial All-Media Juried Exhibition, The Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, OH - Jan 17 to Mar 14, 2020

Fiber IS Art (Invitational), Clifton Cultural Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH - Sept 13 to Oct 11, 2019

You Are My Sister (Invitational), Kennedy Heights Arts Center, Lindner Annex, Cincinnati, OH - Sept 7 to Dec 31, 2019

Threads of Magic, 45th Annual Juried FASA Exhibition, Kelso Art Center, University of Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX – Oct 11 to Nov 15, 2019

The Border Wall Quilt Project, Traveling Exhibition in Mexico and throughout the U. S. - started in 2018 but ongoing

Sacred Threads, Juried Exhibition, Herndon, VA - summer 2019

Eye contact – Creating a Connection, Herndon, VA traveling exhibition - summer 2019 to 2021

All Things Possible in Fiber Art, FASA 44th Juried Exhibition, Say Si Gallery, San Antonio, Texas - Dec 7, 2018 to Jan 25, 2019

Material Exhibition, Juried Exhibition, d’Art Center, Norfolk, VA - winter, 2018

Abstracts, Juried Exhibition, 311 Gallery, Raleigh, NC - winter, 2018 

Declaration of Sentiments 1848--The Struggle Continues, SAQA Regional Juried Exhibition - touring 2017 to 2019 with exhibition catalog

Spots, Stripes & Shapes in Nature, Art Quilt Exhibit at Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm, Dayton, OH - Sept 16 to Nov 4, 2017

Voices, Quilt Alliance annual contest, honorable mention for: “Where Have All the Children Gone?”

Hoffman 2017 Challenge, two pieces entered and accepted,Best Machine Workmanship — Maude Wallace Haeger for Modern Muse in a Mixed Metaphor” - 2017 - 2018

Hoffman 2016 Challenge, third place winner for Best use of Aurifil - touring 2016 - 2017 

Playing Favorites – Quilt Alliance annual contest - 2016

Deep Spaces, a show traveling to Oregon, Texas and Washington, with catalog -Sept 2011 to June 2012

Water, Water, Everywhere, Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm, Dayton, Ohio, (won for best theme interpretation) - July 17 to Aug 22, 2011

Art Quilts XV: Needleplay, Chandler Center for the Arts & Vision Gallery, Chandler, AZ -
Nov 5, 2010, to Jan 15, 2011

The Alliance for American Quilts– Traveling exhibition, 2009

Hoffman 2006 Challenge, Traveling Exhibition - 2006  to 2007 

25th Fabrics of Legacies National Art Quilt Exhibit, Lincoln Center Galleries, Fort Collins, CO - June to July, 2006 

The Alliance for American Quilts, Traveling exhibition - 2006 - 2007 

How Does Your Garden Grow? Quilter’s Hall of Fame, Marion, IN, -2006 

Art Quilt Network, Juried Exhibition, Columbus, OH - 2005 

Fiber98, Textile Arts Center, Chicago, IL - 1998 

Black and White Exhibit, Artists Unlimited, Inc., Tampa, FL - 1997 

The Grail Fiber Show, Grailville, Cincinnati, OH - 1994 

Preble County Art Show, Preble County Art Center, Preble County, OH - 1992 

Cincinnati Quilt Show - 1988 

One Woman Show, Richmond Art Museum, Richmond, IN - 1988 

One Woman Show, Jay County Art Center, Jay County, IN - 1986 

A triptych weaving commission, Eli Lilly Building, West Lafayette, IN - 1985 

Commission for right and left altar weavings, Mercy Hospital Chapel, Urbana, Illinois - 1983 

Fiberarts III, Idaho Falls, ID - 1983 

One Woman Show, Atrium Gallery, Salt Lake City Main Library - April, 1983 

Women’s Art Fair, Idaho Falls, ID - 1982 

  One Woman Show, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL - June, 1982

Charity events


Episcopal Community Services Foundation – 2011- donation of three quilts which were auctioned at a fund-raising event

Episcopal Community Services Foundation – 2013 – donation of one quilt for a quilt raffle to benefit the homeless

Chocolate Fest – 2013 - a banner with “St. Chocolate” for the winning church in the diocese of southern Ohio 

Linden Grove School – 2004 – quilt created with teacher help by the students for parents to bid on at the annual auction – 2 quilts

Private Collections


Toledo, Ohio

Canton, Ohio

Santa Barbara, California

Roswell, New Mexico

New York, New York

Cincinnati, Ohio

Sherwood Forest, England.



Sacred threads exhibition catalog - 2019

Eye Contact: Creating a Connection 2019 exhibition catalog an online exhibition catalog for FASA 44thJuried exhibition - 2019

Declaration of Sentiments 1848--The Struggle Continues: exhibition catalog

SAQA Members Gallery – Modern Muses Hanging Out at a Party – SAQA Journal #2, 2018

Inspired giving – Meet Maude Wallace Haeger, Blog for Quilt Alliance, Oct. 2016

In Perspective, newsletter of the Greater Lafayette Museum of Art, editor 

“A Cure for the 'First Brochure' Blues", The Crafts Report, November, 1983        

“Fenominal Felt: We Owe its Magic to the Scale” Humbolt Bay Sheep and 

Wool Company Newsletter. Humbolt, CA. Fall, 1983        

“Felted Sculpture: Mysterious and Magical Mummies” Humboldt Bay Sheep and Wool Company Newsletter, Humboldt, CA. Spring, 1984 

“Fenominal Felt: Insulation Plus Beauty” Humboldt Bay Sheep and Wool Company Newsletter, Humboldt, CA. Spring, 1985. 

“Felted Holiday Cards: Season’s Greetings in Wool” Humboldt Bay Sheep and Wool Company Newsletter, Humboldt, CA, Fall, 1985 

“The Grateful Artist Syndrome Must Go” Craft Range, March/April, 1984 



University of Illinois – Springfield, Master’s in Teacher Leadership with a Graduate Certificate in Legal  Aspects of Education, Springfield, IL, 2014 

University of Michigan –Master’s in Special Education – Inclusion Specialist K-12, Dearborn, MI, 2004

Idaho State University, Elementary teacher certification requirements fulfilled, Pocatello, ID, 1976-1977

Eastern Illinois University, Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Weaving, Charleston, IL, 1975 

More Education as an Artist


The Artist in Business, Seattle, WA 

Greek Weaving Techniques, American Farm School, Thessaloniki, Greece. A month-long educational working tour of Classical and Byzantine Greece, with an emphasis on textiles. 

Felt making, Lane Goldsmith, Arrowmont School for the Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN 

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