Fast Facts


-Academic Laurels measures 64" by 64"

-The total cost in fabrics, frames and supplies equaled $498

-The two main fabrics are red and gold decorator prints containing classical scrollwork as a major motif. The Ramm, Son and Crocker fabric provided the stripe on the border. A Stroheim and Roman Renaissance print provided the ribbons and foliage at the base of the wreaths and in the central vignette

-It took 18 months (March 1993 - September 1994) from design concept to the unveiling to complete the quilt

-Over 1000 hours went into making the quilt

-12 volunteers made the quilt

-25 volunteers quilted on the quilt, including Texas Governor Ann Richards

-Darlene Staples put in the most hours of quilting: 104. She was followed by Jan Just 66, Judy Cloninger 55, Janice Fisher 35, Pat Pate 33, Judy Chapmon 9, Mary Ann Shallberg 9, Diane Johnson 7, and Loretta Poston 6

-The four team captains for the corner appliqué were: Diane Johnson, BPA; Jan Just, ED; Darlene Staples, HSH; and Pat Pate, NAS

-The red and cream design features a central medallion laurel wreath representing the University as a whole, surrounded by four corner wreaths containing the initials of the four schools at UHCL. The quilt follows the Baltimore Album genre of quilt appliqués blended with inspirations from Aubusson carpet design

-Janice Fisher served the Quilt Subcommittee as an historian and kept a scrapbook of photographs, fabric samples, and news clippings. The scrapbook and other photographs are housed in the University Archives as MSS# 2001-0007

-Academic Laurels won two awards: First place in Group Quilts at the 1994 American International Quilt Association's (AIQA) International Quilt Festival and Special Award in the Institutional Relations Projects and Events Category for the 1995 CASE District IV Awards Competition