Speaking of Quilts
In this special exhibit through August 31, 2014, visitors can discover the special place quilts hold in people’s hearts and minds. The exhibit, Speaking of Quilts: Voices from the Collection and the Community, highlights quilts from the Kansas Historical Society, and includes additional pieces.
Why do we have such strong ties with quilts? Maybe it is the time and talent needed to create a quilt. Or maybe it is the special occasion for which it was made or received. Because of these connections quilts become a remarkable record, or “voice,” of the past. This exhibit provides a glimpse into Kansas history through a wide variety of quilts and the women who made them.
Private reserved visits on this quilt exhibit are available. Call today to book your quilt guild or textile group for an evening with quilts, wine, and cheese. Cost is $15 per person with a $200 minimum. Contact 785-272-8681, x415 for booking.
The quilts are arranged in five categories:
Best of the Block: Competition quilts - Nowhere in the country was there a more influential group of quilters than the women living in and around Emporia in the 1930s.
Outside the Block: Non-traditional quilts - Who says a quilt has to be the size of a bed?
Inside the Block: Traditional quilts - These are the quilts most people think of when they hear the word “quilt.”
Block Party: Community quilts - Quilts and quilting bees are synonymous with the word community.
Blocks of Time: History quilts - Few quilters set out to intentionally record a historical event.
Around the Block: Interactive area
Speaking of Quilts Vote Tally
Visitors to the exhibit are invited to vote for “Best of Show.” The results are posted every Friday afternoon. Here are the weekly winners.