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Quilt museum showcases new exhibits

BY KATIE PAXTON kpaxton@paducahsun.com

Though the American Quilter's Society Quilt Show ended in April, the National Quilt Museum is abuzz with new events for the summer season.

A showcase that began in mid-June called "Masterpieces: Quilts of Inspiration" displays quilts that push the boundaries of traditional quilt making. They represent innovators in quilting and show works that push the boundaries of the question "What makes a quilt, a quilt?" The exhibit will continue until Sept. 9.

Another exhibit, called "Backstitch," began in late June and will continue until Sept. 16. Celebrating the silver anniversary of the New England Quilt Museum, this exhibit explores the changes in quilting over 25 years due to innovative tools, techniques and influential teachers. "Backstitch" showcases embellishment, fabric dyeing, fusing, machine quilting and applique, paper piecing, photo transfer and more.

From Aug. 7-9, the "Fabulous Fusible Feathers" workshop will offer students the opportunity to learn the basics of building a fusible flower quilt with a choice in clematis, hibiscus and poppy flower patterns. This includes using colors to create a realistic flower and designing the layout of the quilt. All skill levels are encouraged to participate, especially if timid about color and design.

The Market House Street Fair will feature the National Quilt Museum's education department with activities celebrating creativity and quilting for children on Aug. 16. This is a community event free to the public on Market Street with other hands-on stations to encourage creativity.

On Sept. 27, the National Quilt Museum will celebrate the Smithsonian National Museum Day with free admission for visitors with a Museum Day Live ticket. Tickets offer free admission to two visitors and will be available on SmithsonianMag.com starting Aug. 1.

The National Quilt Museum recently surpassed 500 quilts in its collection and averages 120,000 visitors per year.

Contact Katie Paxton, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8655.

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