Their first project will be based on a Chimney Sweep album quilt in the Museum’s collection. This sweet 1853 quilt, pictured right, is believed to have been made for a bride by her friends in Sumter, South Carolina.
Please consider participating in Phase One of the project by making a quilt block. Block instructions are available online [PDF File]. Blocks are due no later than August 31, 2009. Your time and contribution are greatly appreciated.
After the selected blocks are prepared for quilting, Phase Two of the Charleston Museum Quilting Bee begins this Fall. The album quilt will be out for Museum visitors to try their hand at quilting two Saturdays per month. Please consider volunteering to work with the public on the hand-quilting of this project. Volunteer for just one Saturday or sign up for once-a-month duty – the choice is yours!
For more information, please contact Rachel Chesser at (843) 722-2996 ext. 235 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of an ongoing rotation of quilts from the Charleston Museum’s permanent textile collection, the Museum displays thirteen quilts in an exhibit called Starry, Starry Nights. Ranging in date from 1840 to 1900, each piece offers a unique interpretation of a star theme. Dating back to even the earliest pieced quilts, stars made of diamonds or triangles appear in borders, blocks and as central motifs. This exhibit is available until November 29, 2009.
The Charleston Museum, America’s first museum, showcases a variety of cultural and natural history artifacts that tell the story of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Visitors of all ages are transported back through time, viewing artifacts from ancient fossils and an enormous whale skeleton to elegant costumes and Charleston silver. Kidstory, the Museum’s new interactive children’s exhibit, is now open! $10/adult, $4/children 3-12, under 3 free. Museum hours: Monday-Saturday 9-5, Sunday 1-5
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