In one of the stairwells at the Creation Museum hangs an intricate, colorful, handmade quilt. If you’ve been to the museum, you likely remember this huge work of art and, if you’re like many of our guests, you probably thought, “How long did it take to make that?” That’s one of the most common questions we receive about the quilt as guests frequently stop and marvel at this masterful piece of handiwork.
The quilt designer and fabricator recently visited the museum, and we had the opportunity to meet her and thank her in person for her kind donation—and now we can answer that question about the length of time it took to create the quilt! But first, we want to share a bit about the quilter and what inspired her to create this beautiful piece.
Lydia Breitkreuz, from Saskatchewan, Canada, first started quilting with her mother in 1961, but only really became an enthusiast in the 1980s. Her daughter, Maren, who lives in California, heard our CEO Ken Ham speak many years ago and became very excited about the Answers in Genesis message. She called her mom in Canada and told her she should make a quilt for our museum, and Lydia kindly went to work on it.
After six months of almost non-stop work at her sewing machine—apparently, she didn’t work on anything else during that time—she finished the quilt and sent it to us. Six months!
She’s made many quilts, including some award-winning ones, and she now has two quilts hanging in museums. The one she donated to our museum several years ago is based on the 7 C’s of history, which form the basis of the main walk-through of our museum. Our 7 C’s are Creation, Corruption, Catastrophe, Confusion, Christ, Cross, and Consummation. She edited them slightly to incorporate “Children of Israel” by combining the “Christ” and “Cross” events.
We’re thankful for this beautiful quilt, which adds to our guest experience. Start planning your visit to the Creation Museum today to see this beautiful quilt in person! Share your favorite photos from your visit with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using #creationmuseum, and you might see your picture in a future blog.