Quilt show provides candy for the eyes

quilt-show-640Some 80 quilts — some of them large spreads, some of them sparkling miniatures — turned Bethany’s First Church sanctuary into a tapestry of bright color and shapes.

The Heritage & Hope quilt show was the first of its kind in this area. The quilts were loaned to the exhibit committee by members of the church and others in the wider community.

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Raven design by Marjory Claybrook

The show was open to the public Friday and Saturday, with quilts hanging from the balcony and draped over the pews.

 

 

 

 

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Signature quilt from the 1900s.

There were a number of historic quilts of which one “Signature” quilt from the 1900s stood out. The squares were made by Barrie  Tait Collins’ great-grandmother and her friends, an explanatory text read, and each friend signed a square.

These type of quilts, popular at the time, are often rich resources of information for local historians and genealogists.

Most of the exhibited quilts were more recent, some of them quite modern in their artistic expression. But each was rewarding to linger on, to study, and appreciate its details. The committee had provided white gloves for those who felt compelled to touch the fabrics.

Twenty-four exhibitors were listed in the program, many of them quilters in their own right.

The exhibit was part of the church’s 250th anniversary celebration.

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