TOPEKA -- It's 150 years of Kansas in quilt stitches. Kansas’ heritage is about to told through quilts and quilters this weekend.
The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library presents Celebrating 150 Years of Kansas Quilts from 10am to 4pm Saturday, March 19 in Marvin Auditorium. Take a look at quilts on display and learn the story of the state’s 150-year history as told through the art of quilting.
Launching the day’s activities are two Kansas quilt book authors who tie the past to present-day quilting during their book talks, which start at 10:30am in Marvin Auditorium 101BC. Author Deb Rowden discusses her quilt books and links quilting to the Kansas sesquicentennial. She is followed by Linda Frost, quilter and author, who discusses the new Kansas Sampler quilt and book. The experts will answer questions about quilting ideas and techniques.
“Because Kansas played a part in the Civil War, quilts here were made for soldiers, for political statements, to celebrate statehood, and then just as part of rural and pioneer life,” said Patti Poe, Adult Services Supervisor, as well as award-winning quilter.
Ask Patti or another librarian to show you where our quilt book display is and how to find quilting books that are checked out.
Attendees can also see demonstrations on how to quilt, including how to do hand appliqué, English paper piecing, hand quilting and twilling. Bennett’s Sewing Center will have a long-arm quilting machine that to test drive. Plus, find information on local quilt guilds and upcoming programs.
And, it’s a day for kids too. At 10:30am, the Youth Services area hosts Easy Make and Take Crafts where kids hear quilt stories, look at designs and patterns, and have a chance to make their own project with everyday objects to take home.
“I think the common thread between history and quilts is that quilts are artifacts that both show the normal, everyday events that were celebrated, like baby quilts, wedding quilts, burial quilts, and they show the changing culture of America as a whole through colors, fabrics, patterns,” Poe said. “Even the most basic quilts can be works of art and are treasured for their link to our past.”
There will be quilters to talk to during the day. This program is held in partnership with Bennett’s Sewing Center, members of the Kansas Capital Quilters Guild and Kaw Valley Quilters Guild on the 20th annual National Quilting Day.
Read Patti’s blog post about significant and very personal quilts in her life here: http://www.tscpl.org/programs/special-quilts-in-my-life
The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is a 21st-century, landmark library, and features the Alice C. Sabatini Art Gallery, the Millennium Café, Chandler Booktique, meeting rooms, and free computer and Internet access and training.
Library hours are weekdays from 9 to 9, Saturdays from 9am to 6pm and Sunday from Noon till 9pm.