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Our Quilts, Our Stories: A Bed Turning with the Sisters of the Cloth
October 26, 2013 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Traditional Arts Indiana will join the Roger B. Francis Branch of the Saint Joseph County Public Library to bring the Sisters of the Cloth, a nationally recognized African-American quilting guild from Fort Wayne, Indiana, to the Francis Branch Library to present a bed-turning of some of their many beautiful and exquisite quilts. Sponsored by TAI and funded through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, this event will showcase these phenomenal women and their work.
Bed turnings result from the practice of quilters gathering together in a bedroom to watch other quilt makers explain their craft, creativity, and inspiration as they uncover layer after layer of their work. Today, “turnings” may be found in many places, including quilt shows and other large events.
The Sisters of the Cloth traveled to Washington, D.C. to share their stories, their handiwork, and their artistry at the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. On that international stage they brought to life the narratives embedded in their quilts, as well as their guild’s motto: “Each One Teach One.”
This event will be a must-see event during the Stitch In at the Francis Branch, where all stitchers doing sewing, quilting, crocheting, knitting, needlepoint, felting, and other fiber art are invited to come Friday, October 25th, and Saturday, October 26th, to work on projects, share ideas, see what others are creating, and be inspired. There will be a fabric and yarn exchange along with a drawing for a $25 gift card for Erica’s Craft and Sewing Center and the Red Purl knit shop.
Come be inspired and meet the Sisters of the Cloth as they share a bed turning of their quilts and the stories behind them, from personal narratives about civil rights and family history to explanations of creative processes and the experience of quilting on the National Mall. This event is open and free to the public.