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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Quilts Featured in Art Museum Exhibit

The Quilters' Connection is a group of art quilters. They offer an annual show and their goal is to "encourage, preserve, and development of the art of quilting." The group's 400 member are primarily from the greater Boston area but also includes members from as far away as Japan.

Formerly, the group met in Arlington, Massachusetts. Their current annual show can be enjoyed at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, Massachusetts. Admission is $8. dollars per person.

The show this year is amazing. Most all of the quilts seem to have been made entirely by machine. There were few pictorial quilts or appliqué quilts. The show seemed to be very representative of the Modern Art Quilt Movement which relies heavily on incorporating simple shapes: rectangles, squares, or circles (geometric shapes) and relies on densely-spaced lines of machine quilting stitches for finishing a quilt.

Hours today are 10-5 and tomorrow 11-3

No photography is allowed.

A video that features images from last year's show is available at the following link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3y45LWsZvm8&feature=youtu.be

We braved the heavy traffic through Somerville and Cambridge to arrive at our destination. To say the very least, the show was very "different" because of the types of quilts on display. The venue (an art museum) was a very appropriate space in which to display the art quilts. If you are in the area, be sure to see this extraordinary exhibit!
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