classicgeek writes: At the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky is a beautiful and massive LotR quilt – the center is Aragorn, Arwen and Gandalf, while there are many symbols included around the rest of the quilt. The nine, seven, three and one rings are there, as well as the initials of the four Hobbits, Gollum, the Two Towers and Sauron, Smaug, the Ringwraith, and other images. It’s absolutely breathtaking. Here’s a link to a picture I found online – I was not able to take a picture myself. Flikr Nation Quilt Museum Webiste


  1. Frodo15


  2. There is a lot of hard detailed work involved in that quilt. It reminds me of the tapestries during the middle ages and the work involved in making those. Wish I had that skill and the dedication to do that kind of work. Well done!

  3. Carolekeene

    When I click on the link, it takes me to the Quilt Museum website and I cannot find a picture of the quilt.

  4. Carolekeene

    Nevermind.  found it.  Sorry for the bother

  5. Sedwards

    Hey Classicgeek… sounds like you had a great time visiting the museum… you’re right! The Tribute to Tolkein by Sue McCarty of Utah is astonishing. It is a whole cloth quilt and she using her stitching to “paint” many of the images. Below is the label talking about the quilt and another image. Enjoy! Susan Edwards, Director of Marketing, The National Quilt Museum

    Roy, Utah

    Tribute to Tolkien

    60” x 62”
    Cottons, Swarovski crystals
    Longarm machine quilted

    AQS Best of Show Award
    2010 American Quilter’s Society Quilt Show and Contest

    “The inspiration for this quilt came soon after my brother, a long time admirer of J. R. R. Tolkien, convinced me to read the literary masterpiece ‘The Lord of the Rings.’” writes Sue McCarty.  “Shortly after I finished the book, director Peter Jackson completed his amazing cinematic trilogy.

    “I wanted the centerpiece of the quilt to depict Aragorn’s ultimate victory over the enemy, his coronation as the king of Gondor and his marriage to Arwen. Also present is my representation of the white wizard Gandalf. Other allies appear in the blocks of the inner border. The horses of Rohan, along with the tree and horn of Gondor, stand for the world of men. The Gate of Moria is for the dwarves. The grace and beauty of the elves is depicted by the swan, while the final block contains the image of an Ent and eagle.

    “Just below the centerpiece, are four flowers that contain an initial for each of the hobbits, Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin. The creature Gollum was more difficult to place. I settled for the lower left corner because he, along with followers of the dark lord Sauron the Great, shown in the outer border, is now but a memory.

    “The One Ring dominates the upper feathered border. Within the ring are the elfish words which translate “One Ring to rule them all.” An ivy vine twines through the other rings, three for the elves, seven for the dwarves, and nine for the mortal men who once ensnared became the Ringwraiths. 

    “In creating this wholecloth quilt, I hope to inspire others to delve into the world of middle earth and discover the genius that is J.R. R. Tolkien.”


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