UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: A Quilt Exhibit: Fabrics & Fabrications to Celebrate 10th Anniversary

Friday, November 11, 2011

A Quilt Exhibit: Fabrics & Fabrications to Celebrate 10th Anniversary

A Quilt Exhibit: Fabrics & Fabrications to Celebrate 10th Anniversary
in March 2012 at Southport Congregational Church; Call for Quilts Underway

Event Has Raised More than $200,000 for Designated Charities

FAIRFIELD, CT/NOVEMBER 9, 2011 – Planning is underway for the 10th Anniversary Celebration of A Quilt Exhibit:Fabrics & Fabrications to be held this coming March 2-3, 2012 at the Southport Congregational Church. An opening reception is planned for Thursday evening, March 1, 2012.
According to co-Chairs, Reverend Sharon Blackburn and Susan Kunkel, the event will honor its founders, Judy Reynolds and Cecily Zerega, both of Fairfield. “It’s very exciting to know that what began as a small project now draws nearly 800 visitors,” said Reverend Blackburn. “Over the past nine years, we’ve raised more than $200,000 for our designated charities – Emerge, Inc., Connecticut Make-A-Wish, and Project Learn,”.  Along with the display of some 160 quilts adorning the Church Sanctuary and Chapel, there will also be a Special Exhibit, “Reuse, Recycle, Rejoice!”, and a boutique of handmade articles. Quilts are already being gathered for display at the show; the boutique committee is hard at work on a variety of items; and the Church’s Bee Attitudes guild is in the process of creating three quilts to be donated to each of the charities.
With all eyes on the environment and the economy, this year’s Special Exhibit is going green, the co-chairs pointed out. Early quilters were conscientious in their use of materials on hand to create bedcovers for comfort and warmth. While their concerns were primarily economic, today’s recycling focuses on preserving our natural resources.
“And as we go about this work, we are finding that our efforts are good, not only for the environment, but also for the soul,” Reverend Blackburn added. “In this spirit, “Reuse, Recycle, Rejoice!” will present artwork and everyday articles that, through inspiration and ingenuity, have been created from materials originally serving other purposes. The exhibit will give visitors an opportunity to marvel at the imagination of artists and innovators in transforming objects into new forms for practical use and for pure enjoyment. Perhaps it will also serve to inspire some creative recycling on all our parts.”
Fabrics and Fabrications Co-Founder Cecily Zerega said, “It is amazing to see the colors and patterns each year. The exhibit never looks the same. Some of the quilts may be recently made in early 2012 or 2011, and some much earlier. One year we had a Civil War era quilt. Every year the collection is different. “
Who makes all these quilts? Zerega pointed out that some are made by highly-skilled quilters, beginners; school children and groups. The committee finds them each year by word of mouth, from previous exhibitors, from people who respond to newspaper stories and, from old trunks in grandma’s attic or in an antique collection .
The planning committee for A Quilt Exhibit: Fabrics and Fabrications would to include at least 160 quilts in this year's exhibit. Individuals who have a hand-made quilt that they made, bought or found at Grandma’s house, please call for a registration form to Chris Supernaw at 203-255-9721 or visit our new website, to download a form. The deadline for reserving a space for loaned quilts is February, 5th 2011. "The fee is $5 per quilt; we never exhibit a quilt twice; our maximum number of quilts is 150, first come, first served (so get your form in early)," said Supernaw.

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