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Clothesline Quilt Show – Airing of the Quilts at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 14th

● October 26, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

      The Edison & Ford Winter Estates will host the one-day annual Clothesline Quilt Show, Airing of the Quilts featuring quilts from the Southwest Florida Quilters’ Guild. The show includes both handmade art contemporary quilts as well as historic quilts from the collections of the Edison Ford. A separate ticket price is available for $5 and is FREE to Edison Ford Members and Members of the Southwest Florida Quilters’ Guild.

      Historically an airing or display of the quilts was an ordinary part of life when blankets and textiles were moved out of doors to air and freshen up before the cold winter months. Edison Ford has been fortunate to not only assemble a small collection of historic quilts but to engage the members of the Southwest Florida Quilters’ Guild who will join in by airing and exhibiting their collection of handmade contemporary, traditional and historical quilts. Members of the Guild as well as the Edison Ford Chief Curator will be on hand to discuss techniques and care.

clotheslineQuilters1      The basis for the quilt exhibit at Edison Ford 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 collecting extended from household objects and crafts to many important American buildings, among them the original 1886 Edison Laboratory from the grounds of the Edison estate in Fort Myers.

      Henry Ford and his wife, Clara, collected, celebrated and displayed what industry created as well as 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. In the event of rain, contact the Edison Ford Museum Office at 239-334-7419.


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