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Quilt exhibits in libraries

There seems to be a plethora of quilts being exhibited in libraries this month. What a wonderful way to brighten up winter in Maine! I stumbled on the first one at the Falmouth Public Library – such beautiful quilts, including one made with old handkerchiefs. These quilts were made by the Cobblestone Quilters, a group of over 85 members who are interested in quilting, fabric art, and sewing.  Cobblestone quilters are active in the community donating quilts to Maine veterans, Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, the neonatal unit at Maine Medical Center, and Meals on Wheels.  They make raffle quilts to support Habitat for Humanity, Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Boys and Girls Club. Over 25 quilts by Cobblestone Quilters are on display during the month of February.  These quilts represent a variety of quilting styles, techniques, and fabric choices.

Then I read about an exhibit being held at the Portland Public Library downtown branch:

http://www.portlandlibrary.com/events/words-art-quilts-maine/

This is a traveling exhibit: Members of Art Quilts Maine, a statewide guild chapter dedicated to the exploration of contemporary quilt art, respond to an annual challenge with diverse and colorful results. This year’s challenge, issued in October 2013, is titled, “By These Words . . .” Quilts were to be inspired by Words—poetry, quote, idiom, saying. Eight members met the challenge, and the collection went on view in July at Maine Quilts 2013. Since then they have been on exhibit in Farmington and Skowhegan, and will travel to Waterville when they leave Portland.

Finally, I just came across this exhibit, held at the Wells Public Library, of quilts by Ernest Nason, a local artist who worked as a carpenter for many years. When an injury took him off his feet for a while, he decided to take up quilting.

I leave you with a picture of one of our island quilts, exhibited this summer at the Long Island Historical Society space:Quilt at the Long Island Historical Society

Cookies, cookies, cookies

Happy New Year! It’s been a wintry year so far, with bitter cold, snow, wind, and even some rain. Perfect time to do some serious cookie baking, and eating. In order to celebrate the fine art of this culinary pleasure, we’ve installed a new exhibit in the library
to inspire you.  This exhibit of cookie cutters, collected by Nancy Noble throughout the years, has been installed in the glass case between the library and the small meeting room. These include not only Christmas cookie cutters, but also other holidays, from Presidents Day to Thanksgiving, as well as animals, teapots, fish, boats, and even Mickey Mouse. Come visit the exhibit, if you can, and pick out your favorites! A few cookie recipe books are also displayed (so, yes, there is a book connection)cookie exhibit at LICL