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Special Exhibits

Best of QuiltCon 2019 Traveling Exhibit

The Modern Quilt Guild developed out of the thriving online community of modern quilters and their desire to start meeting in person. The founding guild was formed in Los Angeles in October of 2009. Through blogs and the Internet, word spread quickly of the fun they were having and soon guilds started popping up everywhere. The MQG is made up of more than 100 guilds and 6000 members around the world. Their mission is the development of modern quilting through art, education, and community. Each year, the Modern Quilt Guild curates a small selection of quilts from the show and creates the Best of QuiltCon Traveling Show. This year at Maine Quilts we are honored to present the 2019 Best of QuiltCon.

Modern Quilt Guild

Botanicals in Fiber: Contemporary Fiber Art Quilts

Andrea Brokenshire is a well-known art quilter that uses her background as a biologist and her love of the natural world as inspiration for her art quilts.  Clearly her love (and knowledge) of plants and flowers has flowed throughout her work as an artist to create realistic imagery in fabric. Andrea uses a variety of techniques in her work including fusible appliqué, painting on silk and thread painting to create her work. During this lecture Andrea will discuss her journey as an Art Quilter and how her quilting has changed over the years. She will also be discussing her 2019 ME Quilt Show exhibit entitled “Botanicals in Fiber, Contemporary Floral Art Quilts”. 

Special Exhibits 2019 - Botanicals in Floral
Special Exhibits 2019 – Botanicals in Floral

Comfort and Community: An Exhibit Preview  

Presented by the Maine State Museum and Lurie LaBar, Chief Curator of History and Decorative Arts    In 2020, the Maine State Museum will mount the largest-ever display of Maine’s historic quilts which will feature quilts ranging from the 1770s until the 2010s. This summer, visitors to the 2019 Maine Quilt Show will get a preview of this exciting exhibit. Curator Laurie LaBar will select a group of quilts that give you a taste of the larger exhibit. “Comfort and Community” is really two exhibits in one: the show will open in July, 2020 in time for the Maine Quilt Show. In January of 2021, the display will close for a week so that the museum staff can install new quilts for the second half of the exhibit. It will close on the last day of the 2021 PTQG Maine Quilt Show, giving members a chance to see new quilts each year. Many of these quilts are spectacular, and most have not been displayed before. The exhibit will explore the communities that form when quilters work together, and the ways that those communities have affected Maine’s history in subtle ways.

Comfort and Community
Comfort and Community

“Comfort and Community” will also be a book, featuring over 125 Maine quilts from the 1700s to the 2000s. If you know of any Maine quilts that have wonderful stories to share, please contact Laurie right away: laurie.labar@maine.gov or 287-6606. And come check out the sneak preview at this summer’s quilt show!