Quilt Basting Day

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Get a sneak peek at the 2020 Raffle Quilt! Those wishing to help set up and ready the quilt on the rack should come to the museum at 9:30 a.m. "Basting," the long stitches used to hold the the top, batting and backing of a quilt together while the quilting is done, starts at 10 a.m. It will be followed by a "brown bag" potluck, in which everyone brings a sandwich to cut in half to share plus a dessert.

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“Needlework as a national art is as dead as the proverbial door-nail; whether or not it ever regains its position as a craft is a matter of conjecture.  Personally, I incline to the belief that it is absolutely extinct.  The death knell rang for all time when the sewing machine was invented. “

– “Chats on Lace and Needlework”  
By Emily Leigh Lowes, London, 1908

Quilting clearly is not passé. They remain present, a thriving reminder of our artistic – and functional – past.

The Heritage Quilters’ 2021 raffle quilt effort, “Small Town Square,”  features two basic units: the nine patch and the curved block. The nine patch, first documented in 1898 and popular during the Civil War, is one of the oldest designs. Easy to do, it is good for teaching piecing. The curved block – a pattern also referred to as “Drunkard’s Path,” “Mill Wheel,” “Rob Peter to Pay Paul,” Snowball” and “Quarter Circle,” was incorporated into Civil War-era quilt crafted in 2013. It was popular in the 1890s.

The square imagery of this quilt reflects the downtown squares of Woodstock and Huntley – even Ringwood. The side of the building adjacent to it was used for showing outdoor movies and people would gather in the square to watch. These gathering places even have been used for protests, from women’s rights to the milk strikes back in 1917.  Dairy farmers, who held out for better prices, dumped their milk in the streets in order to generate attention to their cause.

The color scheme features popular gray, with alternating reddish and bluish blocks, and a paisley in light gray.