Friday, March 27, 2009

Sharing Stories

Quilters and Journey to the White House quilt admirers came to the Banneker-Douglass Museum in early March for a workshop on documentary story quilting by Dr. Gaither. Participants learned about Dr. Gaither's unique form of quilting and how to create their own quilts in the same manner. Despite printers and sewing machines deciding to show their tempermental side, participants were able to design and produce amazing works of art.

Following the idea that learning happens while doing, participants created their own quilt squares using family photos and other materials to document someone or something special in their lives. Quilt subjects included children, weddings, births, special family moments, and pets making for quite an interesting mix of quilt squares. Each person brought their own creativity and personality to their quilt squares allowing for a real tapestry to emerge documenting the lives of the different participants in the workshop.

This was the fourth workshop Dr. Gaither conducted at the Banneker-Douglass Museum and as always the results were something to behold. Members of the Northern Arundel Cultural Preservation Society, Inc. assisted quilters with their squares and offered suggestions when people needed ideas to get the creative process flowing.

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