Events, Museum

5. Graduation Quilt

On Sunday, July 17 the museum hosted “Quilt Walk”, an indoor / outdoor exhibit that included heritage quilts from the CMMM collections and more recent items created by local crafters. For those of you who weren’t able to attend, we’d like to show you, over the next week or so, the beautiful handiwork we had on display.

From Terri Paziuk:

My Graduation Butterfly Quilt. Maker: Gladys Hewson in an Appliquéd Butterfly pattern. Grandma Hewson was an avid quilter and sewist often receiving boxes of used clothing which were cut up and placed into her quilts. Everything – fortrel, cotton, silk, polyester, wool – was used in squares!

This quilt was my request for blue and white. It is made with a polyester cotton blend blue and white fabric, and is machine appliquéd and hand quilted. Circa 1983. Owner Terri (Coe) Paziuk.

Crafted by Gladys Hewson


Excerpt from “Timeline of Quilting History” compiled and written by the Clayton McLain Memorial Museum:

The process of making a quilt involves three steps: piecing, layering, and binding. Piecing is the sewing of the quilt top. Layering places the quilt’s backing, batting, and top in place. The main function of quilting is to hold the three layers together. Binding completes the quilt by finishing the edges with a trim of fabric.

Appliqué is a very popular style of quilting, which is basically sewing fabric onto fabric. On the quilt top, pieces of fabric are added, so it is almost like a fourth layer of quilting.

Motif is a style of quilting in which the blocks have a certain theme. For example, the quilt created by Gladys Hewson (above) has a butterfly motif.


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