Publication Date: 
August 2014

Step Back in Time Weekend: Quilts and Quilting

September 20–21, 2014, from 10 am–5 pm 
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — August 29, 2014 — Experience the many sides of quilting on September 20-21 at The Farmers’ Museum. During Step Back in Time Weekend: Quilts and Quilting, you can view a wide range of quilts, watch demonstrations, and try quilting yourself. 
Step back in time and see a range of quilts and quilted pieces. 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 an ongoing interest in this area and throughout the country. 
Members of local guilds will demonstrate sewing, quilting, and fiber-related skills such as felted animals and dyeing. Susquehanna Valley Quilters will demonstrate machine piecing and display quilts from clothes, table runners, hand-applique techniques, hand-dyed printed fabric applique, and comfort quilts. Fenimore Quilt Club members will be quilting their raffle quilt for their February 2015 show. Handmade fiber items of various sizes and prices will be for sale.  
View "Stitching New York: A Quilted Perspective," an exhibit that celebrates the diversity of New York State. The result of a contest of the Quilt Consortium of New York State, "Stitching New York" features a variety of pieces, including one by Susquehanna Valley Quilters member Julie Pollak, who received a first place award.
Try quilting yourself! 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. Learn how you can get started on your own or with a group.
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.
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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.
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.  
The Farmers’ Museum is located at 5775 State Highway 80, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Sponsored in part by NBT Bank.
Press Release Contact: 
Todd Kenyon, Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
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