Edison Ford and the Southwest Florida Quilters’ Guild will be “airing quilts” on the traditional clotheslines. There will be dozens of quilts on display on clotheslines alongside Orchid Lane and the Edison Home. Antique quilts belonging to Guild members will also be on display. To add to the nostalgia of the outdoor quilt show, there will be antique cars displayed. The Edisons and the Fords, the living history characters, will be on hand to greet visitors.
An airing or display of the quilts was an ordinary part of life a century ago when blankets and textiles were moved out of doors to air and freshen up before the cold winter months ensued. Edison Ford has been fortunate to not only assemble a small collection of historic quilts but also 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 curatorial staff, will be on hand to discuss techniques and care.
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. Their interest grew so large in collecting Americana they created Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan, a museum complex established in 1929. The collection expanded 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. Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members $5 (admission for Quilt Show area only).
In the event of rain, the one day exhibit will be cancelled. Contact Edison Ford at 239-334-7419 for more information.