Rainbow of Quilts by award-winning quilt artist Margarita Blumkina, on display at Abbot Public Library
Posted by Christina Jedra March 28, 2013 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by Abbot Public Library:
The Abbot Library is pleased to present “Rainbow of Quilts,” an exhibit of selected quilts by award-winning quiltmaker Margarita Blumkina. There will be a public reception for the exhibit on Sunday, April 7th, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. All are invited!
The show highlights Blumkina’s extraordinary creativity in bringing together color and pattern, often making use of vintage fabrics which lend her quilts a quality of visual warmth, unusual in newly crafted quilts. In 2012, Blumkina’s quilts were included as semi-finalists in two separate American Quilter’s Society Shows, one of the most prestigious of competitive nation-wide quilt shows. In 2011, one of Blumkina’s quilts received a 1st prize Blue Ribbon at the Topsfield Fair; in 2012, she received a Blue, a White and a Purple Ribbon, at the Fair, for three of her quilts.
One of the quilts in the “Rainbow of Quilts” exhibit – “Snowflakes” – will be raffled off, as a fundraiser for the Friends of Abbot Library. (The Friends provide funding for most Library programs and for the discounted museum passes that many in the community enjoy.) Raffle tickets will be $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00. Tickets will be sold on three dates: at the public reception for the show, on Sunday, April 7th, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm; in the Gallery on Sunday, April 14th; and on Sunday, April 21st, beginning at 2:00, when the winning ticket also will be drawn as part of the special event (an illustrated talk on Isabella Stewart Gardner’s personal book collection) taking place at the Library, that afternoon.
Margarita Blumkina also will be offering a workshop on Saturday, April 20th, from 1:30 - 3:30 pm, where participants will make a decorated placemat, using the quiltmaking technique of English paper-piecing to create a design in the pattern known as “Grandmother’s Flower Garden.” A sample finished placemat is on view at the Library. The instructor will provide all materials; however, participants are encouraged to bring their own thimbles. Basic hand-sewing skills are required. The workshop will be limited to 10 participants. Please sign up at the Library’s Main Desk or by phoning the Library at 781-631-1481.
The Abbot Public Library is located at 235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01945. For additional information, please call the Library at 781-631-1481.