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Ever wonder how old that quilt is that you inherited from your great-grandmother?
A free workshop at Mill Race Center Nov. 7 can help you figure out not only a quilt’s age, but assist with answering any other quilt-related questions you may have.
The “Covering Quilts” workshop will focus on handling, caring for, storing and documenting quilts, said Geri Handley, events coordinator for Mill Race Center.
“We hope those who attend leave with an appreciation and better understanding of what they have,” Handley said.
The 90-minute workshop, which is a collaborative effort between Mill Race Center and the Columbus Area Arts Council, is presented as part of professional quilter Daren Pitts Redman’s week-long artist in residency at Mill Race Center Nov. 4 to 8.
If you go
What: Covering Quilts Workshop
When: 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7
Where: Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey St.
Cost: Free, but registration is recommended.
Information: 376-9241, 376-2535, firstname.lastname@example.org
It may sound odd, but discovering and recording a quilt’s heritage is really a genealogy of sorts, Redman said.
“You learn things through quilts,” Redman said. “It’s one way to learn what your relatives did.”
Although it’s geared toward collectors and those with a historical interest in quilts, everyone is encouraged to attend the workshop, Redman said.
There won’t be any appraisals offered that day, Redman said, but attendees will be referred to area appraisers and restorers.
All quilts will be registered prior to the start of the workshop. Due to limited space, those who attend are asked to bring no more than five quilts apiece.
“It’s a learning and sharing event,” Redman said. “We’re
going to put out tables to lay the quilts on so participants can share them.”
Arthur Smith of the Columbus Area Arts Council hopes Redman’s reputation as a renowned artist will contribute to a great turnout. He cautions those planning to attend to register ahead of time.
“Even though it is a free workshop, and I think quilts are of interest in the area, it is recommended people reserve a seat because seating is limited,” Smith said.
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