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At the New England Quilt Museum, on view now through August 4:
IN PRAISE OF SILK
The World's Favorite Fabric in Quilts and Clothing


The origin of silk production and weaving is ancient and clouded in legend. What is
certain is the silk industry began in China, where it was discovered that the cocoon of one
silkworm yields 1,000 yards of thread that can be spun and woven into opulent fabric.
Today, China produces 78% of the world’s silk, and America is its number one importer.

Among the first luxury items brought with the early colonists to America were whole cloth
quilts made from silk. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, scraps of dressmakers’
silk were used to make intricately pieced mosaic quilts comprised of hexagons, triangles
and other geometric shapes. The fad for crazy quilts in the late nineteenth century
inspired thousands of elaborately embroidered silk quilts made by women of diverse
economic classes.

Depending on the weave, silk fibers reflect light and absorb dyes in seemingly magical
ways. The unique qualities of this surprisingly strong fabric continue to charm
contemporary quilt and textile artists, who sculpt the surfaces of their works with intricate
designs and patterns.

In Praise of Silk at the New England Quilt Museum, May 1 through August 4, 2019, spans
three centuries of quiltmaking in America and includes gowns from the UNH Irma Bowen
Textile Collection. To complement this exhibition, a selection of silk quilts from the NEQM
permanent collection will be on view in the Donahue Gallery.
UPCOMING SHOWS, SHOP HOPS
& ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Maine Quilts show presented by Pine Tree Quilters Guild, Inc.
July 25-27, 2019, Thurs.-Sat. 9:00-5:00

Augusta Civic Center
76 Community Drive, Augusta, Maine

Admission: $10 daily, $15 multi-day
Children 12 & under free with paid adult
Groups $8 with advance registration

Over 500 quilts, antique to contemporary
Special Exhibits:
Botanicals in Fiber by Andrea Brokenshire
Comfort and Community: an Exhibit Preview from the Maine State Museum
Best of QuiltCon 2019 from the Modern Quilt Guild
"Buoy! Oh Buoy!" Challenge
Champagne Preview Wednesday night 7-9 pm
Dinner and Lecture with David Taylor, Friday July 26
Merchants Mall
Demonstrations
Workshops
Lectures
Quilt Raffle
"Quilters' Walk": Raffle Baskets and other Raffle Items
and more!

For more information:
​Also at the Museum:
American Quilt Study Group Challenge
June 25 – August 18, 2019

AQSG members were challenged to select and study a nineteenth century quilt with a
basket motif and create a new quilt using the original as inspiration. This exhibition
includes 25 study quilts, photographs of the original quilts and statements from the
quiltmakers about their process and what they learned.


Quilt below by Kay Ross, Long Beach, CA
Inspired by The Album Summer Coverlet, ca. 1850
in the collection of the New England Quilt Museum
















AUGUST 1, 2019 AT 12:30 PM
Brown Bag Thursday


19th Century Basket Quilts  
 
    
Join the NEQM Collections Manager, Laura Lane, for an in-depth look at our Genre
Gallery exhibition, 19th Century Basket Quilts, on loan from the American Quilt Study
Group (AQSG). Members of the AQSG were challenged to study a basket quilt from the
19th century and create a new quilt of their own that was inspired by the original. The new
quilt could be a reproduction or simply reflect the original in a way that spoke to the
maker. Among the inspiration quilts are three from the NEQM permanent collection, which
will be on view in the Museum’s Donahue Gallery.
Bayberry Quilt Guild's 38th Annual Quilt Show,  August 8, 9 & 10, 2019
Resort and Conference Center, 35 Scudder Rd, Hyannis, MA

New air-conditioned location!  Over 250 quilts; raffles; many demos; merchants' mall;
boutique


Bayberry Quilters of Cape Cod invite you to their 38th Annual Quilt Show, running from
August 8 to August 10 at the Resort and Conference Center in Hyannis. The show will
feature more than 25 vendors, exhibits of new and vintage quilts and a special exhibit
featuring the work of Robin Maguire. Activities for kids and others interested in quilts and
textile art will run throughout the show schedule and include free demonstrations by guild
members and vendors.

Show passes are $10 and admit visitors to all days of the show.

Handicap accessible

Free parking available onsite

Food is available at the event are available as well as many nearby restaurants


To see the show flyer:
Bayberry Quilt Guild show flyer
To see the demo schedule: Bayberry quilt show demo schedule
Silver City Quilt Guild show, Sat. & Sun., September 28 & 29, 2019
Friedman Middle School, 500 Norton Ave, Taunton, MA 02180

Admission $8
Raffle Quilt "A Day at the Zoo", raffle baskets, over 150 quilts, Quilts of Valor, merchants
all and more!

To see the show flyer:  
Silver City Quilt Guild show poster
Click on the photo at the right to see a
larger image.
World Quilt New England
August 15-17, 2019
MassMutual Center
1277 Main St
Springfield MA 01103


Admission: $14; Children under 16 free

NEW Location! Same Summer Dates!

Mancuso Show Management is proud to bring the seventeenth annual World Quilt Show
to Springfield, Massachusetts. As it has for the last twenty-two years, the World Quilt
Competition XXIII will be featured, carrying on the festival tradition of being the most
internationally diverse event of its kind in the world of quilting and the textile arts. A
talented faculty will also present an array of workshops and lectures at the show. In
addition, a special Meet & Greet Ice Cream Social with the entire faculty will take place,
and is included with your festival registration. We hope you will join us for some
summertime fun!

Handicap accessible
The Big E Creative Arts Competitions
September 13-29, 2019
Eastern States Exposition
1305 Memorial Ave.
West Springfield MA 01013

www.thebige.com

$15.00

Free tickets to The Big E Fair with received entries to one of the contests.

45 Departments of Creative Arts Competitions to enter including Quilting, Photography,
Fine Arts, Horticulture, Knitting, Crocheting, Canning, Food Contests, Woodturning,
Needlework, and many more.

Handicap accessible
Merrimack Valley Quilt Guild Show: "39 & Counting"
Fri. & Sat., Septemober 27 & 28, 2019
11 Hale Street
Newburyport MA 01950


http://mvquilters.org/

Admission: $8; $5 per person for groups of 10 or more
Quilt show with something for everyone – vendors, penny raffle, silent auction,
demonstrations, boutique and awesome quilts for viewing.

Handicap accessible

Parking is available with easy access to the entrance.

Lunch will be available for purchase at our kitchen.