Valdosta Daily Times


August 27, 2013

Patchwork Love

VALDOSTA — Every other year, the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts presents a treat with the Withlacoochee Quilters Guild show.

For two decades, the Guild has presented a quilt show, first in association with the Lowndes/Valdosta Arts Commission’s old headquarters and now with the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts.

Quilts are often art made practical. Art made social. Art made genealogical.

A quilt can take the chill from a winter bed. Making a quilt can be a community affair, involving numerous friends and relatives working together. A quilt can be a patchwork built from the fabrics of several relatives’ wardrobes or an heirloom created by one generation and passed to the next and the next.

Yet, there is impressive art in the craft of making a quilt. Designs can run from primitive simplicity to complex compositions of merging shapes and colors. Through intricate repeating patterns of sewn fabric, a quilt can create moving illusions for the eye. A quilt can present scenes in sewn studies of still-life or nature.

And often the most simple of quilts — those of large swatches of multi-colored and hued fabric stitched together — provide a touchstone to nature. Ever fly in a plane over a rural area and look out the window? The land looks like a large quilt from the sky. A patch of green textured forest. The yellow of a field. Deep blue of a pond. Whites and reds and grays of houses and buildings. Each connected by a hem of highway or a stream like thread sewing together the patchwork of the earth’s multitude of riches. As a quilt ties all that it binds in riches of skill, fellowship, memory and generosity.

It may be too hot for a big, thick quilt on your bed, but the Guild’s quilt show is always cool.

The show also offers tickets to an Opportunity Quilt Drawing and a People’s Choice Contest.

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