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EXHIBIT OPENING - Knot Sew Fast: Patchwork of Tompkins County

  • Fri, February 03, 2023
  • 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Tompkins Center for History & Culture - 110 N Tioga St Ithaca NY 14850

Knot Sew Fast: Patchwork of Tompkins County

Join us for OPENING NIGHT of 'Knot Sew Fast: Patchwork of Tompkins County.' Knot Sew Fast pulls from the extensive textile and fabric arts collections held by The History Center to lay out the stories these functional artworks tell about Tompkins County history.


Join us for First Friday Gallery Night from 5-8pm to discover our new Tompkins history exhibit!

This event is open to the public. We are a mask-friendly space, and encourage visitors to pursue Health & Safety practices most comfortable for them.


Piecing together the story of quilts encourages us to consider shifts in technology, industry, transportation, and materials over generations of local life. As we unravel (figuratively) each quilt we consider the hands that did the work, and the stories they captured in every knot and stitch. In addition to historic quilts from rural townships of Tompkins, there will be interactive patternmaking stations. The practice of quilting was a skill developed and practiced equally by historic Ithacan city-dwellers, as well as our rural township communities of Trumansburg, Groton, Dryden, Lansing, Caroline, Newfield, and Danby. The merging of this functional skill, and the hundreds of hours and handwork displayed in each quilt shares narratives about community, history, home, and skilled labor.

Learn more at On display February - August 2023.

This event will occur in the traditional and contemporary lands of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫˀ Nation (Cayuga), one of the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Learn more at

Physical Address

Located inside the Tompkins Center for History & Culture

110 North Tioga Street

(On the Ithaca Commons) 

Ithaca NY, 14850 USA

Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫˀ Territory


Exhibit HallWednesday-Saturday 10am-5pm - CLOSED Sun-Tues

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