FLORENCE – This season historic quilts from Pope’s Tavern Museum will be on display for the first time at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts alongside the 2019 Shoals Piecemakers Guild Quilt Challenge. This year makes the 31st year for this annual quilt challenge. All quilts are on display and open to the public November 26 - December 27.
The origin story of quilt patterns is a fascinating history lesson. The historic quilts from Pope’s Tavern Museum will tell the story of early quilt patterns in America alongside the quilts from the museum’s collection. The exhibition will show how these patterns influence quilts that are still made today.
The Piecemakers Quilt Challenge showcases quilts that followed a specific set of rules for the challenge. All entries are 12-inch blocks. No new materials were to be purchased for the projects. All quilters were to use their own personal stash of fabrics to complete the quilt. There was no set size requirement for the entries, but each quilt must have started and completed within 2019. There was no shape requirement, but each entry must be a three-layer quilt with top, batting, back, and a finished edge.
The quilters have included a display of 12-inch blocks with an explanation as to how they are manufactured either - by machine sewing or by hand - so viewers might understand the construction of the quilts. There is a ballot box for viewers to vote for their favorite quilt.
The Shoals Piecemakers Quilt Guild meets at 7pm on the second Monday of each month at Saint Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Florence. New members are welcome. Quilters of every level of expertise including those interested in promoting the collection and preservation of quilts are part of the Guild.
Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts is located at 217 E. Tuscaloosa St. It is open free of charge from 9am-4pm, Monday - Friday. Call 256-760-6379 for more information.