quilt exhibit

The Preston Historical Society this month is hosting an exhibit featuring quilts made by local quilters, dating back to the 1860s.

PRESTON — The stories found in quilts will once again be told as the Preston Historical Society hosts “A Stitch in Time: Our Stories in Quilts,” from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at its museum, at 167 Main St., Preston. Admission is $5.

This year’s exhibit will feature more than 100 quilts, including some favorites from last year’s successful inaugural exhibit and many new quilts.

Also new this year will be a room displaying pink coverlets and quilts in support of breast cancer awareness, an expanded baby quilt exhibit, a display of antique sewing tools and machines and a quilting demonstration.

The quilts will remain on display through Memorial Day weekend.

The Preston Historical Society first hosted this exhibit in May 2016, featuring more than 100 quilts, many made by individuals local to Preston and the surrounding communities. The exhibit was so well received it was extended for two additional weekends and plans were immediately made to host the event in 2017.

The quilts exhibited were both antique and more recent creations, but the emphasis was on quilts crafted prior to 1950. The oldest quilt displayed dated to the 1860s.

A special highlight was a quilt crafted in 1936 by members of the Hog Creek Homemakers Club, which will be on display again this year. Twenty women created the quilt, each preparing a square which they signed and dated. The quilt was displayed along with photographs of the women who created it. Descendants of some of those quilters visited the exhibit and were photographed with the quilt.

As a result of the exhibit and the interest it generated, a quilting class was held in July 2016 at the Preston Historical Society, which included some descendants of the Hog Creek Homemakers Club quilters.

The exhibit would not have been possible without the help of local quilt historians Kay Butler and Cathy Spence. Retired school teachers, these women have taken their love of quilts and quilting to many venues. Several of the quilts featured in the exhibit belonged to Butler and Spence. Their quilts are not only works of art; they are narratives of lives past.

For more information, visit www.prestonhistorical society.com or the Preston Historical Society’s Facebook page, or call 410-673-2775.

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