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The YHM Annual Quilt Exhibit

 

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quilts and the artistry of their makers are the only things that remain the same from year to year.

The volunteers who set up the show arrange the quilts artfully throughout the first- and second-floor rooms. Walking in and quickly taking in this wonderful display of color and creativity is a treat to the eye. But quilt lovers soon abandon the big picture and head straight for the details.

Closer examination reveals all possible permutations on the subject of quilts, from one hot off the press and entirely machine made to a prized hand-pieced and hand-quilted family heirloom from 1830. Each quilt bears a large laminated tag giving its age, its owner, and the name of the person or persons who pieced and quilted it. There is plenty of room on the tag for a story, and every quilt has one-even if it's brand new.

A clever and colorful "skewed" log cabin baby quilt was one of my favorite new quilts in the 2007 show. Judith Engres made it for her only grandchild, Emily. Violet Jewett's pretty blue quilt was started by her and several family members in the 1930s and finished in the 1970s. The tag reads, "When Violet looks at the different fabrics, she remembers an apron or a dress." Sherri Vandercook loaned a stunning Bargello Hearts quilt she made in memory of a nephew who died of a severe heart problem. The tag says, "A brokenhearted quilt for a brokenhearted nephew."

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