Throughout Tunkhannock quilts will be displayed in windows, on porches, and on bushes during the annual Airing of the Quilts on Saturday, Oct. 5. To add to the festivities, the Dietrich Theater will be displaying Civil War Era Quilting in the gallery; 19th Century Appliquéd Quilts—An American Tradition will be presented at 11 a.m. for quilters and quilt appreciators by Arlan and Pat Christ; and a sale will be held of hand painted pumpkins, scarecrows, and homemade baked goods.
All are invited, and the exhibit is free. All proceeds from the sale of pumpkins, scarecrows, and baked goods will benefit children’s programming at the Dietrich Theater.
Installed by Margie Hovan, Peggy Lane, Dixie McGregor, and Ingrid Rogler, the Civil War Era Quilting exhibit aims to take the viewer back to the patterns and fabrics of the time.
Ingrid Rogler, Dietrich Theater quilting instructor invites all to “Come and examine fabrics of the time, including indigos and shirtings used to make quilt blocks. Also in the exhibit will be children’s journaling of what they think it might have been like for slaves to escape to freedom.” Civil War Era Quilting will be on display from Oct. 4 through Nov. 15.
The Dietrich Theater will also feature Arlan and Pat Christ in their presentation of 19th Century Appliquéd Quilts—An American Tradition, to complement Airing of the Quilts on October 5 at 11 a.m. The Christ collection was created to preserve the legacy of quilts from past generations.
Arlan and Pat Christ, from Berks County, will take attendees through the history of the American appliquéd quilt, explaining why these quilts became family heirlooms and why they are truly American treasures. The story of appliqué will feature various quilts that exhibit the talents of those who have prepared a path for quilters today. The “Captain James Andrew Baltimore Album Quilt,” dated 1849 will showcase the talent of one individual who created a masterpiece. Tickets to 19th Century Appliquéd Quilts are $5 each.
Visitors can stop by the Dietrich Theater’s Fundraising Committee display of hand painted pumpkins and handmade scarecrows.
For information or tickets to the 19th Century Appliquéd Quilts presentation, call the Dietrich Theater at (570) 996-1500.