Inspired by the award-winning children’s book, The Quiltmaker’s Gift, the Thimble Pleasures Quilt Guild of Mendon, Massachusetts crafted twenty full-size quilts to give to charities. To commemorate the service project, the guild made miniature versions of each of the 20 quilts. This traveling exhibit is on display at the Public Library for Union County in Gallery 255 throughout the month of September.
“In the fable, The Quiltmaker’s Gift by Jeff Brumbeau, the quiltmaker gained enormous pleasure and gratification through her acts of charity,” said guild member Rhonda Edmison. “Likewise, the once greedy king learns to give up his vast wealth, and live a life of community service.”
Using the companion book, Quilts from the Quiltmaker’s Gift, the guild recreated the quilts in the book by holding free community workshops with groups of people of all ages.
The group which consists of 80 women, aims to promote interest in quilt making, to help members develop their skills and to share their gifts with those in need. Over the years, quilts and handmade items have been donated to many around the country, including families, hurricane victims, seniors and hospitals. “These acts of kindness and charity fill our hearts with love and keep our hands doing what they love – quilting,” said Edmison.
Artists and organizations are encouraged to apply to exhibit items of artistic, cultural and intellectual interest in the library’s gallery and/or display cases. For more information, visit http://unioncountylibraries.org/home-page/info/displays.