In 1876 in Philadelphia, for the 100th anniversary celebration of the founding of this nation, manufacturers created special fabric, and many women created quilts using that material. More than 10 million visitors attended the centennial celebration.
Quilt historian, Cindy Stuart, will give a presentation, Centennial Quilts: History and Fabrics, in which she will tell about the Centennial celebration and the commemorative quilts of the time. The program, sponsored by the library, will be Monday, September 8, at 7 p.m. at the Blount County Public Library.
Stuart recently purchased a special double-sided centennial quilt that has more than 15 centennial fabrics. She will have the quilt on display and will share research and findings about the quilt.
About Cindy Stuart
Quilt historian, Cindy Stuart, is originally from Alcoa, Tennessee. She started quilting in the 1990s and recently began restoring quilts after repairing a wedding quilt for her mother.
In order to restore quilts, one must learn how to date fabrics and use quilting techniques consistent with those used in the past. Stuart has attended courses in Paducah, Kentucky, in Quilt Appraisal Skills and Dating Quilts. She is a member of the American Quilt Study Group, the Tennessee Quilt Study Group, American Quilter’s Society (AQS), and Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild in Knoxville. She is formerly a Knox County School media specialist and is retired from FedEx. In addition to being a Blount County Friends of the Library volunteer, she is also a Blount County Master Gardener.
Free and open to the public, the drive is sponsored by Medic and the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville. For further information about library programs or services, call the library at 982-0981 or visit the Web site at www.blounttn.org/197.