June 04, 2020
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Quilt show sponsored by Thomaston Historical Society

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THOMASTON, Maine — Bonnie Dwyer, the “Quilt whisperer”will be showing more than twenty-five quilts from her personal collection, and explaining how to determine the age/era, condition and care of quilts in “100 Years of Quilts” at beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Federated Church on Hyler Street. After her talk, Dwyer will identify quilts brought in by the attendees.
Quilting was a traditional part of American life from the very beginning of our nation. They are a symbol of
our ability to use everything until it is no longer serviceable. In the past, many young women created quilts
for their hope chests. Quilting bees served as a way for women to socialize while working together to create something of value and utility. Old clothes, draperies, table cloths, coats, trousers, ball gowns, almost any
item could have an after-life as part of a quilt once it was no longer serviceable in its original form. Quilts are
a form of art as well as utility. They provide both visual and tactile pleasure, created by the choice of
patterns and the diversity of feel of different materials. The possibilities in design are endless and only the
imagination of the quilter restrains the variety.
Do you remember being covered by a handmade quilt when visiting grandparents? What fun it was to be
told what a particular patch had been and the story of the person who had worn or owned it. They are a
symbol of our ability to use everything until it is no longer serviceable. Come learn about this American
tradition that has brought together family history and individual talents in design and sewing ability to this
highly prized art form passed on from generation to generation. Whether you are a quilter or not, the
afternoon promises to be a delightful and educational experience. There is no fee to participate in this
program which is sponsored by the Thomaston Historical Society. Please join us for a cup of tea while you
learn more about quilts.