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The UW System Quilt

The quilt displayed in the sunroom was completed in August 1991, coinciding with the UW System's 20th anniversary. It was commissioned from the Mad-City Quilters by Mary Ann Shaw, wife of former President Kenneth Shaw, to represent "the creation of unity out of diversity”—the consolidation of 15 into the UW System—and to convey a special warmth and sense of history.

Months of research resulted in the design of 15 squares, each appliquéd with a wildflower representing a UW institution and a 16th signature square of the UW System seal. The wildflowers were chosen carefully to reflect the area of Wisconsin each UW institution serves. The quilting pattern in the borders is the wood violet, Wisconsin's state flower. The hand-quilted project took more than 70 quilters one year to complete.

Photo of quilt

Quilt commissioned to honor the University of Wisconsin System’s
20th anniversary, 1991.

UW-Eau Claire
UW-Green Bay
UW-La Crosse
UW-Madison
UW-Milwaukee
UW-Oshkosh
UW-Parkside
UW-Platteville
UW-River Falls
UW-Stevens Point
UW-Stout
UW-Superior
UW-Whitewater
UW Colleges
UW-Extension

Jacob's Ladder
Blue Lobelia
Jack-in-the-Pulpit
Purple Cone
Milkweed
Prairie Phlox
Black Eyed Susan
Pasque Flower
Wild Rose
Lady's Slipper
Bellwort (Merrybells)
Wild Iris
Prairie Dock
Bottle Gentian
Trillium

The quilting pattern is the Wood Violet, Wisconsin's State Flower.

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