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Sioux Indian Museum, Rapid City, South Dakota


by Delilah McPherson

Exhibition November 7 to December 30, 2011

STAR QUILTSDelilah McPherson was born in Sisseton, South Dakota and is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. She attended school at Big Coulee Day School, Peever, South Dakota and Milbank High School, Milbank, South Dakota. She is the mother of seven children, has seven grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Delilah takes great pleasure and enjoyment in making star quilts. She learned from her grandmother how to make the block quilts that were tied with yarn. After she married she began making the star patterned quilts and has been making quilts for thirty-three years. She enjoys going to the fabric stores to select colors and fabric design, laying them side by side and in her minds eye begins to develop the color scheme and design for her quilts.

Delilah has made hundreds of quilts during the past thirty-three years. Many for special occasions, like a graduation or birth of a new grandchild and one especially for her great-grandson. She will select colors to create a quilt that pops with color and others with soft muted tones that are pleasing to the eye. Using cotton fabrics, thread, cotton batting as opposed to polyester, and a quilting frame. During the longer, colder months of the year she will take her time and hand-quilt the layers together often using thread that matches the dominate color of the quilt. The hand-quilting she finds very relaxing. She will at times utilize a quilting machine which also adds to the design and pattern.

Though Delilah usually never enters any shows with her quilts, she did win a blue ribbon in 1995 at the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe Wacipi in Sisseton, South Dakota. She says, "I make star quilts for my personal enjoyment."

During the exhibit prices of quilts for sale can be obtained by contacting The Journey Museum Store at (605) 394-2201. After the exhibit closes, please contact Delilah McPherson by writing her at 2704 Scott St., Rapid City, South Dakota 57703.

The Sioux Indian Museum, managed by the Indian Arts and Crafts Board, U.S. Department of the Interior, is located at The Journey Museum, 222 New York Street, Rapid City, South Dakota 57701. For admission fees and hours of operation call (605) 394-6923.


© Delilah McPherson


© Delilah McPherson


© Delilah McPherson


© Delilah McPherson

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