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'Centennial of Quilts' show at the Kingsport Renaissance Center

Matthew Lane • Sep 1, 2017 at 2:25 PM

KINGSPORT – Centennial-themed quilts are now on display at the Kingsport Renaissance Center, all courtesy of First Frontier Quilters of Kingsport – a nonprofit group dedicated to the preservation of quilting as an art form.

The display is called “A Centennial of Quilts” and it will be located in the second floor gallery from Sept. 3 through Sept. 26. First Frontier Quilters will hold a reception and antique quilt bed turning event at the gallery on Sept. 3 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Angie Cumbow, past vice-president of FFQ, said the quilts were made as part of a challenge where participants had to incorporate images celebrating the Kingsport spirit. The FFQ is bringing to Kingsport an out-of-town quilt instructor to judge the quilts, awarding the top three of the show.

Twelve quilts are on display are in the challenge, some with flowers and bright colors, another one mostly red with churches and a brown quilt with a dozen barns. Additional quilts, with some dating back to the 1940s and 1950s, will also be on display in an adjoining room.

An antique quilt bed turning will take place on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. and another one at 3:30 p.m. One of the quilts in the turning dates back to the early 1900s, Cumbow said.

“We get antique quilts from people in the community and we'll lay them on tables ... layer them and lift them up. As we lift them up we'll tell about the quilt and fold it over and go the next one,” Cumbow said.

FFQ members put the quilts on display Thursday morning and the judging will take place Friday morning. The display will be open to the public beginning this afternoon.

To make a quilt such as these takes up to a year or longer to complete, Cumbow said. One of the criteria for the show is that the quilt had to be made or finished within the past two years. The quilt also had to incorporate things from 100 years ago.

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