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Clothesline Quilt Show and Airing of the Quilts – October 30

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 15th

The Edison & Ford Winter Estates and the Southwest Florida Quilter’s Guild will be “airing quilts” on clotheslines on Saturday, October 30 from 10 AM – 2 PM. There will be nearly one hundred quilts on display on clotheslines between the palms on the Edison estate, as well as antique cars, Edison era music, floor cloth demonstrations with Southwest Florida artist Marie Dyer, and workshops on textile care with the Estates Curator, Alison Giesen.

The show is a collaborative project of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, the Southwest Florida Quilter’s Guild and regional antique car clubs.  “Airing quilts was a regular fall activity more than a hundred years ago,” says Giesen.  “We are continuing the tradition of airing out quilts from the Estates collection as well as the new art quilts and personal collections of guild members.” 

Traditional live music performed by an old fashioned musician using the hammer dulcimer will be played on the Edison porch, handmade items will be available for purchase from Guild members and the Edison’s will be on hand to greet visitors.

The basis for the quilt exhibit at the Estates follows the interest of the Ford family in the early 1900’s as they collected quilts and other historical objects.  In fact, their interest grew so large that they created Greenfield Village in Dearborn Michigan, a museum complex established in 1929.    The collection extended from household objects and crafts to many important American buildings, among them the original Edison Research Laboratory from the grounds of the Edison Estate in Fort Myers. 

Henry Ford and his wife, Clara, collected, celebrated and displayed what industry created but also what ordinary folks had designed, produced and used during the previous two centuries.  In their efforts they created a museum complex on a massive scale.  Along with the wagons, buildings, machines and other examples of American life, they included quilts.  There was little question that quilts, often assembled from modest fabric scraps epitomized the resourcefulness of American women that the Fords so admired. 
Admission is FREE with an Estates Homes & Gardens Ticket and to Estates Members or $5 for Quilt Show only.  In the event of rain, the one day exhibit will be canceled.

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