Paducah exhibit features journey of quilt-making

Paducah exhibit features journey of quilt-making

Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 6:46 am
By: By The Associated Press

The Messenger 01.17.12

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — A new interactive exhibit at the National Quilt Museum focuses on the work of three accomplished quilters.
The exhibit titled, “Quilt Journeys: Three Quilters,” shows how the work of each woman has progressed through the years.
Museum curator Judy Schwender told The Paducah Sun that the message of the exhibit is that all quilters — experts and amateurs — have the same beginnings (http://bit.ly/vDWoyP).
Schwender said quilting is a skill that’s acquired over time, and that’s what the exhibit shows.
“These women really found something that made them stand apart, and they honed their skills,” Schwender said. “You don’t wake up one morning and suddenly you are a world-class quilter. It’s a journey, and that is what this is about.”
The exhibit displays work from Diane Gaudynski, Dorris McManis and Doreen Speckmann.
“Diane was worried about showing some of her early work,” Schwender said. “But then she just understood. That was the point.”
Gaudynski has won the national machine workmanship award five times. Speckmann was known for her work with templates. McManis’ journey consists of “footies,” one-foot-by-one-foot designs that she did each week for a year.
Schwender said she got the idea from a Smithsonian traveling exhibition called “Journey Stories.”
“They were collecting stories from the people who settled America,” Schwender said. “I wanted to connect that to us and create a journey of mind and ability.”
Museum CEO Rank Bennett said it is one of the most interactive exhibits to be shown at the museum. It was funded with a grant from Murray State University and includes educational information such as lesson plans and a video interview with Gaudynski.
“You look walk through the exhibit, and you start to see the similarities between the quilters and their journeys,” Schwender said. “It’s a real source of inspiration.”
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Information from: The Paducah Sun, http://www.paducahsun.com

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