Registration underway for A Stitch in Time Quilting Workshop

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To further its efforts to “promote and perpetuate the art of quilting,” the Etowah Valley Quilt Guild is partnering with the Bartow History Museum for the A Stitch in Time Quilting Workshop Feb. 20.“We are very excited,” said Shelby Morris, a charter member of the Etowah Valley Quilt Guild. “... Of course, we hope that [those in attendance] want to become quilters afterward. Our motto at the quilt guild is to promote and perpetuate the art of quilting. So partnering with the museum is a perfect way to do that.”Spanning 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the BHM, 4 E. Church St. in Cartersville, the event will kick off with a lecture by Morris, followed by a pair of quilting workshops for novice and more experienced quilters.“[My presentation] will be a little bit about history, but I’ll also be bringing quilts that illustrate some of the traditional quilt blocks that you find that go back to events in American history and some that are just simply traditional quilt blocks — the simpler ones and the ones that have names that are interesting and so forth,” Morris said. “The very beginning of quilting was kind of interesting:“... The armor that the knights [in England] wore had quilted garments beneath the armor. Quilting has sort of disappeared from the scene during certain periods of history. Then it’s made a comeback each time. Of course today, it’s a multi-billion dollar industry. I read a fact that just blew me out of the water. It said that there were more than 21 million quilters in the United States. And I meet people every day that lament the fact that quilting is a dying art, and I don’t know where they’re living.”To attend the quilting offering, those interested need to sign up online at http://bartowhistorymuseum.org by Feb. 10. A registration fee of $35 is required.“We want to open up the doors and provide a forum where it’s safe to come and say, ‘I don’t know anything about this, but I’d like to learn,’” said Elise Petersen, educational program support for BHM. “We’d like to connect people with the quilting guild. We’d like to just get together and celebrate [quilting]. It’s a really neat American art form.”For more information about the A Stitch in Time Quilting Workshop, call Petersen at 770-382-3818, ext. 6284.