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EXHIBIT: 9/11 Peace Story Quilt

5 Nov

While in NYC for the September 11th 10 year anniversary memorial, Wrapped Up in Sports founder, Kate McCullough, came across the 9/11 Peace Story Quilt at the MET. We hope many of you get the chance to see exhibition.

9/11 Peace Story Quilt

August 30, 2011–January 22, 2012

The 9/11 Peace Story Quilt was designed by Faith Ringgold and constructed in collaboration with New York City students ages eight through nineteen. The quilt poignantly conveys the importance of communication across cultures and religions to achieve the goal of peace. Comprised of three panels, each with twelve squares on the theme of peace, the quilt will be displayed alongside several original works of art that inspired its content.

Faith Ringgold is well known for her story quilts: art that combines painting, quilted fabric, and storytelling. Her work has been exhibited in major museums around the world and can be found in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and The Museum of Modern Art, among others. In addition to writing and illustrating eleven children’s books, she has been the recipient of more than seventy-five awards, fellowships, citations, and honors, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Fellowship for painting, two National Endowment for the Arts Awards, and seventeen honorary doctorates.


EXHIBIT: North Carolina Arboretum

9 May

This past Friday was National Public Gardens Day and I decided to explore the North Carolina Arboretum which is only 15 minutes from my new apartment.

Little did I know that when I arrived there would be a number of quilting related exhibits to view.

One of the first gardens you come across when you enter the Arboretum is a QUILT GARDEN.
Have no idea what a quilt garden is? Don’t worry, I didn’t either.

North Carolina has a rich history of quilting, which can be viewed on their quilt trails and the immense number of guilds throughout the state.

The quilt garden was absolutely beautiful, creative and inspiring

From AboveClose Up of Square

There were also two art exhibits, the first was of quilted pictures made of paper by artist Carol Funke.

The second were these gorgeous quilts from the local area (Asheville, NC).

My favorite was the shoe quilt.

If you ever have an opportunity to visit the NC Arboretum, I would highly recommend it.

Please share your experience with any quilt gardens that you’ve visited or created!
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This blog post was contributed by Lauren McCullough, a volunteer for Wrapped Up in Sports, INC.

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