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Quilts and Quilting: Step Back in Time Weekend
September 21–22, from 10 am–5 pm

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (09/12/2013)New activities and exhibitors and a special quilt assessment during Quilts and Quilting Weekend at The Farmers’ Museum make this event bigger than ever. The weekend offers loads of information, opportunities to try quilting, and ideas on how to get started on your own or with a group.

Quilt assessments are a unique opportunity: visitors may bring their own quilt for an assessment of its history, construction methods, and fabric dating. Suggestions for care and cleaning are provided with the assessment, and are all part of paid admission to the museum. (The assessment is not an appraisal and will not set a value or provide a written document.) The lead assessor is Kathryn Greenwald, Niskayuna, NY, a licensed appraiser and self-employed textile artist and instructor. Assisting is Winona Slaughter, Gilbertsville, NY, owner of the Gilbert Block Quilt shop until 2013, quilter for 30 years, 25 years making quilts professionally, extensive knowledge of the history of quilts, blocks, and fabric.

Nationally known portrait quilter Mary Wilbur Wirchansky of Schenevus will display three of her works: “And the Lord Gave Yet Another Spring” (1996), “Once We Were Young” (2003), and “Words Remembered: The Diary of Susie A. Pearsall, 1869-1875” (2005). She will be on hand to explain the techniques she uses to create the quilts and answer questions.

Exhibitions of quilts also include “My Heritage” by Winona Slaughter, Gilbertsville, NY, and historical items from the Museum's collections.

Visitors can try quilting by creating a block using Appliquilt, a simple and rustic method developed by quilter and author Tonee White. Visitors can also quilt on the Log Cabin quilt in the More House.

Fenimore Quilt Club members will be quilting their raffle quilt for their February 2014 show. Susquehanna Valley Quilters will demonstrate machine piecing and display quilts from clothes and feedsack fabric, table runners, hand-applique techniques, and doll and comfort quilts. The Farmers’ Museum staff will demonstrate scrap quilting using reproduction fabrics from the mid-19th century.

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Quilts and Quilting Weekend is held at The Farmers’ 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. 

The Farmers’ Museum is located at 5775 State Highway 80, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

Sponsored in part by NBT Bank.

Publication Date: 
September 2013
Press Release Contact: 

Todd Kenyon, Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail: