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“Somewhere in America- the Story of Petrine’s Quilt”

February 25, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


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Katherine Larson

On a recent trip to north Norway, Katherine was shown a beautifully embroidered crazy quilt that had traveled far from the hands of its maker. It was made in the early 1900s, a gift sent to Norway by a woman who had emigrated over 25 years earlier. The seamstress, Petrine Almli, embroidered her name into the quilt, as well as the names of many family members on both sides of the Atlantic, a testimony in stitches to the ties that bind a family together. But time and distance eventually dimmed those memories, and while the quilt was carefully preserved through the years (and finally found its way into a museum collection), the family members in Norway no longer remembered its story.

Where did the quilt come from? Katherine accepted the challenge to find the woman who sewed this quilt.

Piece by piece, the story of Petrine and her family emerged: a small chapter in the immigrant experience that began over a century ago with the efforts of a woman and her embroidery needle.

(quilt block photo courtesy of the Vefsyn Museum in Norway) 

About our speaker :

Katherine Larson is an affiliate faculty member at the University of Washington, Department of Scandinavian Studies. She became interested in textiles during an undergraduate year at a Norwegian folk high school, an experience that inspired her life long interest in textile history and the textile history of Norway. Katherine holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington, and has curated several exhibitions documenting Scandinavian textile traditions. She is the author or “The Woven Coverlets of Norway” (2001). She and her husband live on a small farm in Bainbridge Island near Seattle.



February 25, 2023
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


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