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Knot Sew Fast - Quilt Exhibit - *NEW ADDITION*

Tue, August 29, 2023 7:31 PM | Anonymous

Knot Sew Fast - Quilt Exhibit - *NEW ADDITION*

The 'Women of Influence: Each Block a Story' quilt has been returned to the Seneca Iroquois National Museum for their upcoming exhibit 'Here, Now, and Always Haudenosaunee Beadwork' opening in Salamanca NY on September 23rd. We hope you'll plan a visit!

For the remaining four months of the 'Knot Sew Fast: Patchwork of Tompkins County' quilt exhibit we will have the quilt 'Here Comes the Sun' on loan from the 40 Quilts for 40 Beds project, coordinated by the Community Quiltmaking Center

The Community Quiltmaking Center and a growing group of individuals and organizations across Tompkins County have come together with free fabric and resources to help make the Alcohol & Drug Council of Tompkins County's vision for handmade quilts on every bed at their new Open Access Detox Center a reality. Together, through this collaborative quilt project, they also hope to increase our community’s awareness and understanding of addiction, and lessen the stigma attached to this illness that impacts the lives of so many.

This quilt officially joins our exhibit on Septembers First Friday Gallery Night (9/1 - 5-8pm) along with the quiltmakers story that inspired the design. We are very excited to be able to include this quilt in Knot Sew Fast, and to continue to highlight the many ways quilts, quilters, and quiltmaking have been ongoing point of community connection, skilled work, and a cultural practice of caring and expression across generations in Tompkins County. 

The Community Quiltmaking Center is seeking more quilters to get involved with this project. Reach out to them here

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