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Vintage Revisited: A Block Challenge Exhibit at FACES

Vintage Revisited: A Block Challenge Exhibit at FACES

Throughout our history, a woman’s work has never been completely done. As a result, many quilting projects have been left in various stages of completion.

What would happen if a set of blocks was divided among a number of quilt artists and each was left to create a quilt in her own unique style? In the spring of 2006, quilters of all backgrounds were invited to participate in just such a challenge. As a result, a group of nineteen talented women committed themselves to this exciting two-year project. The group includes art quilters, traditionalists, historians and relative newcomers to this quilting journey. Six sets of vintage blocks were distributed to these brave artists. Each block was theirs to play with. They could add to it, cut it up, embellish it, recreate it, improve upon it and more. The only requirement was that the finished quilt measure 24” x 24” and that the original block be included in the final project.  In all, there are over 115 quilts.

The Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES) is proud to host this traveling quilt exhibit curated by Mary Kerr, and award winning quilter and certified appraiser. Mary grew up in a family of quilters and has been teaching since 1987. She currently lectures and conducts workshops that focus on quilt history and the preservation of antique textiles. A special reception and book-signing will be held on Saturday, September 14th, from 12-4pm where Mary Kerr will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the exhibit. The Vintage Revisited exhibit will be on display until October 19, at 7 N. Fourth Street, Denton. Exhibit hours are Thursday through Saturday, 12pm-4pm or by appointment. Details of the exhibit can also be found at www.fiberartscenter.com.
The Caroline County Council of Arts (CCCA) is sponsoring this program with funding from the Maryland State Arts Council an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. Contact CCCA at 410-479-1009 or ccartscouncil@verizon.net for more information.