Fiber Artist Diane Wright to Speak on Contemporary Quilts
Saturday, July 11 , 2 p.m.
As a special feature of Guilford's
town-wide summer quilt show, Diane Wright, nationally known art
quilter, will speak on "Contemporary Stitches in Time,"
She will discuss the use of antique quilt patterns in the making
of contemporary quilts and quilts as art. Diane has invited
friends and fellow quilters from the Guilford quilting group, Sisters
in Cloth, to join her in sharing their own contemporary quilts that
have been influenced by tradition. Times change, but as Diane says,
"It's always been about the hand and the stitch."
The talk will take place at The Guilford
Keeping Society's Medad Stone Tavern, 197 Three Mile Course. Visitors
to the Tavern can also view a display of historic quilts owned by the
Since the 1990s, Diane's focus has been
on the fabric medium: fabric of all kinds, hand or machine stitched,
often embellished with beads, fiber "shards" or found bits.
Her work is noted for its use of color, original design, and a variety
of fabrics that include commercial, foreign, hand-painted, and vintage
Admission to the program is free but
donations are greatly appreciated.
A Stitch in Time
Guilford Museums' Historic Quilts
An Exhibit at All Five
to July 31
Poke around in one attic and you never
know what you will find. Poke around in five attics and things get
really interesting. Over the winter, the Henry Whitfield State Museum,
Hyland House Museum, Thomas Griswold House Museum, Medad Stone Tavern
Museum and The Dudley Farm Museum searched their collections for unique
and interesting quilts. So this month you can visit Guilford's five
history museums during regular hours and marvel at quilts ranging from
the 18th to the 20th centuries. You'll sense the stories behind
the quilts and their makers as you marvel at the craftsmanship of this
venerable art form. Admission to the exhibit is part of the
regular fees to enter each museum.
With colorful names like Calamanco, One
Patch, Carolina Lily, Queen Victoria's Crown and Crazy Quilts and
fabrics as diverse as linen, cotton and wool, quilts were utilitarian
in use but illustrate the agrarian, social, economic and cultural life
of families and communities. Displayed in period room settings, the
quilts and coverlets help breathe life into the spaces that Guilford
residents lived in; from the early 17th century through World War II.
Two additional special programs will be
presented in conjunction with the exhibit. On Sunday, July 19,
from 1 pm to 4 pm, there will be a special program in the Munger
Barn at The Dudley Farm Museum. "More Than Just a
Quilt," a presentation by Lorraine German of Mad River Antiques in
North Granby, will explore quilts "as a form of artistic,
sentimental and political expression."
On Saturday, July 25, from 1 pm to 4 pm, there will be a special
program at the Henry Whitfield State Museum, Marge Bucholz, quilter and
museum volunteer will demonstrate contemporary quilt making while she
discusses the changes in quilting over the centuries.