Bonnie Dwyer, the “Quilt Whisperer,” will show more than 25 quilts from her personal collection; and explain 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. Following her talk, she will be available to identify quilts brought in by attendees.

Quilting was a traditional part of American life from the very beginning of our nation, serving as a symbol of our ability to use everything until it is no longer serviceable. In the past, many young women created quilts for their “hope chests”; and 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. Everyone, whether quilter or not, is invited to come learn about this American tradition via this delightful and educational experience.

There is no fee to participate in this program, which is sponsored by the Thomaston Historical Society. Tea will be served.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or