Bonnie Dwyer, the “quilt whisperer” will be showing more than 25 quilts from her personal collection, and explaining how to determine the age/era, condition and care of quilts Saturday, Aug. 16, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Federated Church on Hyler Street in Thomaston.

Following her talk, she will be available to identify quilts brought in by the attendees.

Quilting was a traditional part of American life from the very beginning of this nation. They are a symbol of the ability to use everything until it is no longer serviceable. In the past, many young women created quilts for their hope chests. Quilting bees served as a way for women to socialize while working together to create something of value and utility. Old clothes, draperies, table cloths, coats, trousers, ball gowns, almost any item could have an after-life as part of a quilt once it was no longer serviceable in its original form. Quilts are a form of art as well as utility. They provide both visual and tactile pleasure, created by the choice of patterns and the diversity of feel of different materials. The possibilities in design are endless and only the imagination of the quilter restrains the variety.

Remember being covered by a handmade quilt when visiting grandparents? What fun it was to be told what a particular patch had been and the story of the person who had worn or owned it.

Come learn about this American tradition that has brought together family history and individual talents in design and sewing ability to this highly prized art form passed on from generation to generation. There is no fee to participate in this program, which is sponsored by the Thomaston Historical Society.