Stitches in Time

Trip Start Mar 07, 1997
Trip End Dec 25, 1998

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Friday, April 4, 1997

Go with me? It's my birthday, and I'm going to reminisce. Great-grandmother made me a quilt for my sweet 16th, and I always think of her when birthdays roll around.

And quilts are in the spotlight beginning this Sunday at the McMinn County Living Heritage Museum in Athens, Tennessee.

Anyone who has ever made a quilt, wished they could make a quilt, or had a quilt on their bed will enjoy this show. It's one of the South's largest with over 300 antique and contemporary quilts on display.

Antique quilts are defined as pre-1940, and contemporary as anything since. There's a category of miniatures and wallhangings too - a very popular form of art. Look for the 3-D quilt that changes scenes as you pass by the front of it.

"Our show is different," says Ann Davis, museum director. "Most shows are juried and allow only a certain caliber quilt to be displayed. We have juried categories, but we encourage the work of beginners and groups too. Some of them do stunning work but can't get in the other shows. You'll be able to see them here."

Everything in the show is a testament to the talent of the times. Note the amazingly still-brilliant reds on quilts made in the mid-1800s. Appreciate the designs of the antiques, and follow the changes over the years.

It's history, it's art, and it's a real slice of life.

More life-slices fill the museum, so enjoy the setting, as well as the show. Step into a country church, or a schoolroom with a Dolly K Pencil Tablet on the desk. See satin-draped Victorian scenes, the dining table set with priceless cut glass, the grand piano ready for after-dinner entertaining. Stand in a log cabin, complete with wash basin for cleanup after working the field.

Reminisce and count your birthdays too! And don't forget to grab a brochure about upcoming events. Lots going on during the three-month run of the show (note the silent auction), and indeed, all year round. See you there.

McMinn County Living Heritage Museum, W Madison Avenue, Athens
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