Bowdoinham Historical Society Quilt Show
BOWDOINHAM – Quilts are not just household linens. They are historical documents marking weddings, births, anniversaries and other major events that touch a family and community. They are also works of art employing a centuries-old craft that continues to evolve with each generation of quilters.
In celebration of that tradition, the Bowdoinham Historical Society is hosting a show of new and antique quilts, including several from its own collection. The show will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, and Sunday, Nov. 7, at the Town Hall. Volunteers from the Pine Tree Quilters Guild will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, to document quilts for a statewide database that so far holds photographs and information on more than 2,600 quilts. Maine’s quilts will then be added to a national database.
“We wanted to preserve the original history of quilting,” said Cyndi Black, co-chair of the Pine Tree Quilters Guild’s Maine Quilt Heritage Committee, which is in charge of the database.
Quilters and collectors are invited to exhibit their work by dropping off quilts at the Bowdoinham Public Library from Wednesday, Oct. 27, to Nov. 3 during library hours. (Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon, 2-5 p.m. and 7-8 p.m.; Wednesdays 2-6 p.m.; Fridays 2-5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Exhibitors may also drop off quilts in the Town Hall during voting hours on Nov. 2. Registration forms are available wherever you drop off your quilt, or can be downloaded here.
Anyone with a quilt made before 1960 who would like it documented as part of the Maine Quilt Heritage project may bring it to the show on Sunday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
Admission to the show is $4; exhibitors get in free. Raffle tickets will be on sale to win a quilt donated by a Bowdoinham quilter Sandy Hickey. The winning ticket will be drawn at the Christmas Tree lighting and Caroling on Friday, Dec. 3, at 5:30 p.m. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit restoration of the Jellerson School.