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Quilts on display

SoVaNow.com / March 06, 2009
Currently on display at the South Boston-Halifax County Museum of Fine Arts and History is an impressive collection of quilts. These quilts are the creative products of several local artisans, with a few coming from areas far as Atlanta. Many are the familiar patterns such as "Dresden Plate", "Pinwheel", and "Birdhouse", while others carry the unique titles given to them by their designers.
A variety of styles and purposes are represented in the collection. Most quilts illustrate the typical patchwork quilt goal of warmth and comfort. This is evident with Appreciation Quilts by Ellie Jacobs of South Boston, the Thimble Minded Quilters of Roxboro and the White Oak Mountain Quilters of Danville. Destined for US military hospital patients in Iraq, these quilts also illustrate our support and appreciation to the many soldiers who have received them. Ruthann Anderson’s focus is on providing memories. Among these are the college memories quilts and "Wedding Sampler" quilts made of fabrics associated with the event. Memory blocking applicade examples are displayed along with helpful suggestions.
In addition to the those previously mentioned are the works of the following contributors: Lori Mitchum Burns, Pat Burrows, Callie Brandon, Gary Chrutchfield, Jim Cline, Belinda Cross, Vickie Fitchlee, Polly Fitchlee and Mom, Donna Mistal, Mildred Moon, Mrs. Slabach, and Louise Shepard. On loan from the L. E. Coleman African American Museum is the Underground Railroad quilt code sampler, which is part of the Black History Month display.
The South Boston-Halifax County Museum of Fine Arts and History is honored to display this fine collection. The quilts will remain on display throughout the month of March.


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