Dec. 13, 2010
The Art of Quilting for a Cause
The Tea Time Quilters have created quilts for a variety of organizations over the last 12 years. Members of the group recently gathered to hang their latest works in an exhibit at the Salmon River Fine Arts Center. The quilts will be donated to Project Linus in February. Pictured from left is Sandy Miller, Peg Battles, Judy Moore and Dona Van Allen.
The Salmon River Fine Arts Center on Lake Street in Pulaski is hosting a quilt show in their Community Gallery. The exhibit features the work of the Tea Time Quilters and will run throughout the month of December. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday, 12 to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free and donations are accepted.
The exhibit features beautiful quilts of a variety of sizes and patterns. One unique feature of these quilts is the "Fat Quarter Challenge" that was part of the creative process. Each quilter was given a "fat quarter" of fabric (18" x 22") to use in their design. They were instructed to use at least 75 percent of it in the quilt; however, they could use more if they were able to find a fabric match.
In February, the quilts in this exhibit will be donated to Project Linus, a not-for-profit organization that provides new, handmade blankets to children who are seriously ill or traumatized, in hospitals, or otherwise in crisis.
The Tea Time Quilters have worked with other organizations as well, such as Quilts of Valor, which gives quilts to wounded military veterans who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. The group has also made mini photo memory quilts for children of deployed service personnel from Fort Drum in a project called Kid Comfort.
The 19 members of the group hail from communities across Central New York, including Central Square, Mexico, Parish, Pennellville, Liverpool and Syracuse and their skill levels range from beginner to advanced sewer.
The Salmon River Fine Arts Center is also hosting their annual Winter Art Show, which features a collection of fine arts created by its members, and a free drawing class for adults and children. The show runs through February and the class takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday nights.
For more information about the Tea Time Quilters or to learn how to get involved, call Peg Battles at 315-668-8252. For details about exhibits and classes at the Salmon River Fine Arts Center, call the gallery at 315-298-7007.
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