Quilts and Quilting: Needles, Threads, and Fabric
September 21–22, from 10 am–5 pm
Experience quilting across the ages on September 21-22 at The Farmers’ Museum. During Quilts and Quilting Weekend, you’ll appreciate how thrift joined with creativity to produce a piece of history. Try quilting yourself and learn how you can get started on your own or with a group.
Step back in time and see a range of quilts and quilted pieces, including historical items from our collections. Quilting traditions are particularly strong in the United States. From the days of the colonies, it was essential for families to use textiles efficiently. Saving or salvaging small scraps of fabric was a part of life.
While thrift started quilting, creativity fosters the ongoing interest. Try sewing and piecing yourself. Compare hand sewing and machine sewing, scrap quilting and art quilting, and the range of fiber and construction mediums. Talk to quilt club members and fabric store representatives.
The museum’s store is well-stocked with books that show the vast array of designs you can use to create your own quilt. Countless designs range from floral, geometric, embellished, and signature quilts to the more sublime wholecloth quilts, where a single piece of fabric is decorated by intricate stitching.
During Quilts and Quilting Weekend, life in 1845 continues throughout the museum’s historic village and farmstead. Don’t miss the Empire State Carousel, the museum you can ride, and the Children’s Barnyard with its baby sheep, goats, and other animals.
This Step Back in Time Weekend is held at the museum from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Entry is included in the museum admission: Adults and juniors (13-64): $12.00; seniors (65+): $10.50; youth (7-12): $6.00; children (6 and under): Free. NYSHA members are always admitted free, as are active-duty and retired career military.
Todd Kenyon, Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org