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Missouri Bicentennial Quilt



"Since the pioneer days of the American Midwest, quilts have been a cornerstone of Missouri culture, fashion, and tradition. In honor of our great state’s two hundred year anniversary, The State Historical Society of Missouri and Missouri Star Quilt Company, in partnership with the Missouri State Quilters Guild, teamed up to create the Missouri Bicentennial Quilt! With one quilt block to represent every Missouri county and the independent City of St. Louis, the Missouri Bicentennial Quilt showcases the unique characteristics of Missouri culture and style.”
Missouri State Bicentennial Website


Jo's blockThree members of the Peacemakers Quilting Group in Fayette, Jo Rohr, Dorothy Jean Ayres and Linda Lembke submitted quilt blocks to the State Historical Society. Jo Rohr’s block (at right) was chosen to represent Howard County in the Missouri Bicentennial Quilt.

The three women chose to make variations of the quilt block “Mother’s Choice” for their submissions to the Missouri Bicentennial Quilt because Howard County is known as the “Mother of Counties.”  Established on June 13, 1816, as the eighth county in the state, it was also the largest county, having an area of approximately 22,000 square miles.  Today it has an area of about 403 square miles.  Thirty other counties were created completely from Howard County and portions of six other Missouri counties and eight Iowa counties were originally part of the mother county. 

Howard County is just north of being centrally located in the state, so it seemed fitting to add a map of the state with a heart representing Howard County in the center of our blocks.

The muddy Missouri River which flows on two sides of the county has helped to shape the history and economy of the county.  Indians and trappers fished and trapped in and near the river.   Lewis and Clark followed the river past what would become Howard County.  Steamboats brought supplies upriver and transported crops and furs back East.  The rich bottoms along the river attracted settlers to the area.  Not everyone wanted to stay, however.  Franklin, MO, located in the bottom lands of Howard County, became the beginning of the Santa Fe trail.  Because of the river’s significance, each of us chose fabrics to represent the river.  The greens represent the croplands and wooded areas in the county while the browns represent the rich bottom lands.  The blues represent the county’s lakes, streams, and the sky.