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Monday, June 26, 2006


Quilt to showcase Pittsburgh area's history

Preserving local history is the mission of the California Area Historical Society, a task society Vice President Patricia Cowen takes very seriously.

For her latest project, she is making a quilt that will display the signatures of people who have had an impact on the area's history. The quilt will consist of 84, 6-inch patches with signatures of prominent historical figures, such as Civil War veterans, and former California University of Pennsylvania professors and administrators, Patricia Cowen said.

They are being sewn into the quilt using computer-generated patterns taken from the authentic signatures. In addition, Cowen also hopes to include signatures from current California-area residents who wish to highlight their presence in the community by having their names displayed on the quilt.

Read the full article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006


Quilting Short Takes

"Heart Of America Quilt" Coming To Memphis

Several panels from the "Heart of America Quilt" will be on display July 10th through the 14th at the Memphis Convention Center. See full story here.

Special Quilt to Benefit Buffalo Philharmonic

Thirty years ago Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra musicians displayed their artistry in a realm beyond music. They took up needle and thread, fabric and imagination, to piece together a quilt that's a mini-history of the orchestra. Now Buffalonians will be given a chance to bid on this quilt at a silent auction during the Sept. 16 Gala Opening Night when violinist Sarah Chang appears with the BPO for the first time. Full Story.

Play Inspires Quilt on Lives of Gang Women

The story of Ned Kelly and his gang is both celebrated and condemned throughout Australia, yet the story of the women behind these men remains largely untold. Last year a Beechworth play called Quilting the Armour told the Kelly story through the eyes of the Kelly women. This play has inspired locals to create a quilt that celebrates the life of the women. Full Story.

"Lost Quilt" Rediscovered after 50 Years at South Dakota Church

About three years ago, church members of Christ Church in Lead, SD were working together to clean out stored items that could reasonably be discarded. In one of the drawers they opened they discovered a box that had evidently been placed in the drawer more than 50 years ago and forgotten. So began what the church women term the "Tale and the Trail of a Lost Quilt." See full story.

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