Friday, April 24, 2015

New England Quilt Museum to Host 1812 Quilt Exhibit

If your summer travels take you to the Boston area be sure to visit the Great Lakes Seaway Trail War of 1812 Traveling Quilt Exhibit at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, MA. The 26 best-of-show quilts from the 2012 challenge will be on display until late July.

The exhibit of 26 quilts newly-made, but true to 1812-period quilting patterns, fabrics and colors and Great Lakes Seaway Trail “storyteller” interpretive panels on “America’s second war for independence” is traveling to quilt shows, museums and historic venues across Canada and the U.S. through 2015.
1812 style quilt by Diane MacLeod Shink, Montreal

The Great Lakes Seaway Trail is a National Scenic Byway that follows the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Niagara River and Lake Erie in New York and Pennsylvania. Much of the War of 1812 was fought along this strategic freshwater shoreline.

The traveling exhibit includes 20 American-made “cot-to-coffin” quilts from 11 states and six Canadian-made quilts from three provinces. The 30-inch-wide by 70-inch-long sizing represents the average height of a man during the war.

"The Great Lakes Seaway Trail Quilt Show War of 1812 theme inspired quilters on both sides of the international border to learn more about that period in history and the struggle for North America, to interpret the War’s Bicentennial in many interesting and personal ways, and to share their own family ties to that time. We are pleased to share these unique quilts with visitors to the New England Quilt Museum,” Great Lakes Seaway Trail Project Manager Lynette Lundy-Beck said.

Story cards with each quilt share the factual history represented by the quilt or the imagined tale of a family sending a loved one off to the war.

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