When I lived in Sleepy Hollow, NY, I belonged to a quilting club. As I went month after month, I loved seeing the quilts unfold, fruits of the imagination of this talented group of women. 

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"Mummy Bags" by Pat Pauly of Pittsford, NY

It was fascinating how each block of fabric was added with the common threads of our lives.  All of the pieces sown on one night might contain tales of our children’s challenges at school;  on another night, the woes of having husbands out of town;  yet another night, the joys or ambivalence of parents coming for the holidays pieced the quilts together.  These stories tied us together with laughter, compassion and friendship… building blocks in the quilts of our own lives.

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"Leaves II" by Joann Golenia of Venice, FL.

I watched with fascination, seeing scraps of fabric morph into masterpiece, to be showcased on baby cribs, family beds, tables and walls…tomorrow’s heirlooms in the making.

Throughout history, this communal aspect has added to quilting’s magic.  It is this legacy from which the show Quilts=Art=Quilts was born.  Yet this show, that runs from November 1, 2009 to January 10, 2010 and that is now in its 29th year at the Schweinfurth Memorial Arts Center in Auburn, NY, takes quilting to a new zenith.

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"Chutes and Ladders" by Leslie Joan Roliey, Skokie, IL

With close to 70 regional, national and international 70 artists exhibiting from as far away as Japan, Israel and Austrailia, you can see quilting done in every style, medium and color palate, pushing the creative borders on what can be crafted in this visual art form.

In addition to the exhibit, there are also the following special events being held in conjunction with the show:

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"Purple Sunset" by Marcia DeCamp, Palmyra, NY

The Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center is located at 205 Genesee Street, Auburn, NY and is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10a.m.-5p.m., Sunday, 1-5p.m.  Closed Mondays & major holidays.
Closing at 3p.m. Thanksgiving Eve, Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve.  Admission is $6.  Free for Members, exhibiting quilters and children under 12.

If you enjoyed this article, you might enjoy Liberty Cottage, A Haven for Handwork Artists (and Quilters).

Photos courtesy of Schweinfurth Memorial Arts Center.