Thursday, March 11, 2010

Folk Art or Simply Warmth?

To me, quilts evoke a wonderful feeling of being loved. As I gaze at the tiny stitches and beautiful combinations of shapes and fabrics, I see the loving hands that spent hour upon hour creating this beautiful work of art.

Whether you see a quilt as a great way to keep of the chill or as a beautiful piece of Folk Art, you don’t want to miss the annual feast of the eyes that is the 28th Great American Cover-Up Quilt Show at Bulloch Hall. More than 200 handcrafted quilts will be on display throughout the classic home.

The show,” Tomorrow’s Classics Today” is Saturday, March 13 through Sunday, March 21. Self-guided tours are Mon. – Sat, 10 am – 4 pm and Sun., 1 – 4 pm. Admission to Bulloch Hall is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $6 for children ages 6-18.

This year, the Bulloch Hall Quilt Guild highlights a special exhibit as part of the show: "Vintage revisited...A block challenge exhibit"

Throughout our history, a woman's work has never been completely done. As a result, many quilting projects have been left in various stages of completion.

What would happen if a set of blocks was divided among a number of quilt artists and each was left to create a quilt in her own unique style?

In the spring of 2006, quilters of all the backgrounds were invited to participate in just such a challenge. As a result, a group of 19 talented women committed themselves to this exciting two-year project. The group includes art quilters, traditionalists, historians, and relative newcomers to this quilting journey.

Six sets of vintage blocks were distributed to these brave artists. The block was theirs to play with! They could add to it, cut it up, embellish it, recreate it, improve upon it and more. The only requirement was that the finished quilt measure 24" x 24" and that the original block be included in the final project. In all, there are a total of 120 quilts.

Buy the Book - Meet the Author!

A new book, "A Quilt Block Challenge: Vintage Revisited" will be available at Bulloch Hall on March 14. The Bulloch Hall Quilt Guild will be sponsoring an afternoon tea, Sunday, March 14 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. The public is invited to come meet Mary Kerr, author and curator of "Vintage Revisited"

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