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Volume 26, Number 12 — December 2018

Quilts: A! Extra

Holston Quilt Guild's Sesquicentennial Quilt
Holston Quilt Guild's Sesquicentennial Quilt
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Community Projects

December 06, 2006

The Holston Quilt Guild made Bristol's Sesquicentennial Quilt, which is on display in the Artspace on the second floor of the new Bristol Public Library. Entitled "Postcards From Bristol," the quilt contains three different block patterns and features postcard images from Bristol's past. It also has applications of Virginia and Tennessee state birds and state flowers.

Laura Quesenberry of Bristol, Va. says, "In quilting circles, I have made many new friends and have lots to talk about — no need to only talk about people. Quilting has become a social event as it was in the past for our mothers and grandmothers — great friends for visiting and support, and a place for newcomers to learn about their community."

Cathy Cardwell was in charge of a project to create a quilt for the Johnson City (Tenn.) Chamber of Commerce to use as a door prize for the 2006 Economic Summit held in October. She explains, "They were looking for a prize that was representative of the heritage of our area. The Blue Ridge Quilt Guild made an 85"X 92" quilt that features a central 'Moon Over the Mountain' block surrounded by hand appliqu? and several of the traditional blocks on local 'Quilt Trail' barns. We used 1930s reproduction fabric, and all fabric, batting, machine quilting and quilt construction was donated by local shops and guild members."

Diane Sack and her husband opened the Abingdon Quilt Cottage in 2005, one week before Christmas. They recently joined a nationwide project called "Home of the Brave" which carries on the tradition, which began during the Civil War, of giving quilts to the families of fallen American soldiers.

Diane says, "I have been sewing for as long as I can remember — making doll clothes, stuffed animals, crafts, and small blankets. About four years ago, I developed a passion for the art of quilt making. My husband and I wanted to start a small family business, and opening a quilt shop has been a blessing for us. I am inspired by our customers who tell about the quilts they are working on. Some even bring their quilt in our quilt shop for us to see."

She adds, "Our 11-year-old son designed one of the quilts hanging in the quilt shop. He chose the fabrics, the design, and the layout. I sewed the pieces, but he did all of the designing and fabric choice."

Members of the Wolf Hills Quilters Guild have worked on the following community projects:
? Raffle quilts to raise monies for local schools and the Virginia Highlands Festival Fiber Arts program
? "Love Knots" for the Children's Advocacy Center of Bristol, Va. and Faith in Action in Abingdon
? Guild member Kristina Morris has sent many quilts to people in Mississippi whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Katrina

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Close-up of the cardinal in Holston Quilt Guild's Sesquicentennial Quilt.


Close-up of the dogwood blooms in Holston Quilt Guild's Sesquicentennial Quilt.


Close-up of the I.D. postcard in Holston Quilt Guild's Sesquicentennial Quilt.


Close-up of the irises in Holston Quilt Guild's Sesquicentennial Quilt.


Close-up of the mockingbird in Holston Quilt Guild's Sesquicentennial Quilt.


Holston Quilt Guild's "Keep on the Sunny Side" quilt.


Holston Quilt Guild members display their quilts at the YWCA Quilt Show.


Holston Quilt Guild members display their quilts at the YWCA Quilt Show.


Holston Quilt Guild members display their quilts at the YWCA Quilt Show.


Holston Quilt Guild members display their quilts at the YWCA Quilt Show.


Holston Quilt Guild members display their quilts at the YWCA Quilt Show.


Holston Quilt Guild members display their quilts at the YWCA Quilt Show.


Holston Quilt Guild members display their quilts at the YWCA Quilt Show.


Holston Quilt Guild members display their quilts at the YWCA Quilt Show.


Holston Quilt Guild members display their quilts at the YWCA Quilt Show.


Quilt made by Wolf Hills Quilters Guild for the Advocacy Center


A Wolf Hills Quilters Guild member sews pieces together for a quilt.


Needle turn applique by Wolf Hills Quilters Guild.


Wolf Hills Quilters Guild piecing a quilt.


"Challenge 2004" by Ann Cowan


"Challenge 2005" by Ann Cowan


Quilt made by Ann Cowan for a friend with cancer.


"Lynne's Going Away" by Ann Cowan


Wedding quilt made by Ann Cowan


Cat-themed quilt by Karen Northrup


Cat-themed quilt by Karen Northrup


Cat-themed quilt by Karen Northrup


Cat-themed quilt by Karen Northrup


Quilt by Grace Elswick displayed at SVCC's New Art Center


Quilt by Grace Elswick displayed at SVCC's New Art Center


Quilt by Grace Elswick displayed at SVCC's New Art Center


Quilt by Grace Elswick displayed at SVCC's New Art Center


Quilt by Grace Elswick displayed at SVCC's New Art Center


"Bird Bath" by Jeanine Wilder


"Dutch Doll Calendar" by Jeanine Wilder


Christmas tree quilt by Jeanine Wilder


Quilt displayed at the Jonesboro Quilt Festival


Sylvia Richardson's "Home Between Two Ranges"


Sylvia Richardson's "Joy Quilt"


Sylvia Richardson's "Lollipop Tree"


Quilt at L. Earhart Barn (on Tennessee's Quilt Trail)


Quilt at the Massengill Barn (on Tennessee's Quilt Trail)