The Gloria Cachion Gallery at the Southbury Public Library will display handmade quilts by members of the Southford Falls Quilt Guild from October 1st through October 31st, 2019. Quilting today is both craft and art, building on its rich history dating back to a quilt made in 1360 which is now in a museum in London.
Some estimates indicate there are over 22-million quilters in the United States. It is a 4-billion-dollar industry. Although some continue to quilt by hand, most quilters today use sewing machines which are computerized and highly accurate.
Quilt Guilds are everywhere and range from small and informal to large and incorporated. The purpose of a guild is to support its members as they improve their skills but also, guilds have a strong commitment to their community. Southford Falls Guild has given hundreds of handmade quilts to various charities, handmade pillow cases to the Department of Children and Families for foster kids, handmade placemats for meals on wheels and special, handmade “Quilts of Valor” presented to individual veterans. In addition, the Guild donates all profits from its shows to local charities.
Quilts being shown at the Southbury Library are all handmade by members of the Southford Falls Guild. A quilt has three basic parts: the top, the batting and the back. The quilts in the show are cotton fabric on top and back while the batting may be cotton, wool or even bamboo. Once the quilt “sandwich” is created, the quilter then secures the 3 pieces with stitches which are called “quilting”. Most quilters today use a sewing machine to create the decorative stitching.
When you visit the quilt show, notice the thoughtfulness and planning as well as the skill that went into the creation. You may recall a quilt from your past made for you by someone who loves you. If you want to learn more about how to create a handmade quilt there will be a presentation by Guild members at the library on Wednesday, October 2 at 2:00 o’clock in the Kingsley Room. Registration is required. Please call Reference at 203-262-0626 ext. 130. The program is made possible by the Southford Falls Quilt Guild.
The exhibit will be open during regular library hours which are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.; Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 A.M. to 9:00 P.M.; Saturday from 9:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. and Sunday from 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.