History of quilts in Rockport

Mar 01, 2014
This 1928 signature quilt made up of 4-inch square of mixed cotton fabrics arranged in a traditional 12-inch, 9 patch design was made by the ladies of the Hilltop Club of Appleton and raffled to raise cash for local projects. The Hilltop Club was formed around 1914 and met until 1930. The CRHS collection houses quilts dating back to the late 1700s.

Rockport — On Sunday, March 9, the Camden-Rockport Historical Society Maine Living Series will feature board member and volunteer quilt coordinator Jan Kelsey speaking on Quilts in America.

The art of quilt making comes down to America from England, India and other parts of the world. American quilts have evolved since the 17th century from utilitarian and essential means of keeping warm to an expressive art form and reflect social, cultural, economic, political and fashion trends in the country. Whether the quilter lived in an East Coast mansion or a pioneer log cabin, she expressed in her needlework our social as America was settled and became an industrialized nation. This session will give an overview of quilt trends across the centuries, illustrated with quilts from the Historical Society’s collection.

Kelsey has been quilting for 35 years and has a collection of old family quilts which she is repairing and preserving. She is a member of Coastal Quilters and studies with the Maine Quilt Study Group.

The program will begin at 2 p.m. and will be followed by refreshments. There is no admission fee, but donations are appreciated.

The Camden-Rockport Historical Society is located just south of the Hannaford store at the Camden-Rockport town line.

For more information call the Camden-Rockport Historical Society at 236-2257 or visit conwayhouse.org.

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