Each year in March the Delaware Main Library is home to a month-long display of quilts created by the Delaware Piecemakers Quilt Guild and presented in recognition of National Quilt Month.
Ten quilters, in addition to the members of the Piecemakers Quilt Guild have more than two dozen quilts hanging from the second story mezzanine of the library. They vary in style, texture, purpose and story.
For example, at the rear of the library, you’ll notice eight quilts that all look a bit similar. These quilts were all created as part of Snuggled in Hope Quilts, a group with a mission to provide a quilt or comforter for each camper who attends Flying Horse Farms camp in Mt. Gilead. Quilts are used during their stay and can be taken home when they leave.
Learn more about this group and their mission at www.snuggledinhopequilts.com.
It makes perfect sense that in this building full of stories, we’d also be displaying quilts that weave a story of their own. One piece created by Jeanne Ekelberry, titled “Family Ties,” depicts the last family photo taken with her son before he passed. It is a beautiful tribute to family, home, and love.
Quilter Laurie Ladd showcases three of her pieces in the display. One piece was machine-pieced and hand-quilted by an aunt in Michigan.
The other two come from unknown makers, but were rescued and restructured from Goodwill of Delaware. You’ll see a very classic Americana-styled one called “Stars of Freedom” and another depicting the log cabin quilt block that she calls “Cabin in the Spring.”
I can view one of my favorite pieces in the show right from my office. It’s front and center when you walk in the library, hanging from the walkway that connects the two sides of the mezzanine.
Donna England calls this piece “Blueberry Lime Twist” and it fits it perfectly. The piece is a bargello quilt in shades of blue and green. The style is full of motion with waves, curves and other shapes moving gracefully across the quilt top.
New DVDs are on order here at the library and you get the first chance to request them. Stop in or visit www.delawarelibrary.org to place your holds.
• Collateral Beauty. A man reaches out to the universe after a tragedy. Receiving unexpected answers, he begins to see how these things interlock and how even loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.
• Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Magizoologist Newt Scamander’s magical beasts are inadvertently let loose in 1926 New York, where the wizarding community is threatened by exposure to No-Majs bent on eradicating them.
• Fences. Set in 1950s Pittsburgh, the film adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play takes a passionate look at former baseball player Troy Maxson as he fights to provide for those he loves in a world that threatens to push him down.
• A Monster Calls. Felicity Jones and Liam Neeson star in this stunning drama about a boy who imagines a monster that helps him deal with his difficult life and see the world in a different way.