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Constructed Color: Amish Quilts
April 4 – September 6, 2009

Public Programs

Public Gallery Talk & Tour: “Constructed Color: Amish Quilts”
Rebecca A.T. Stevens, Consulting Curator, Contemporary Textiles
Saturday, April 4
11 am
FREE; no reservations required. Limited to 35 participants.

FAMILY FIRST SATURDAY
A Stitch in Time

Saturday, April 4 • 2 – 4 pm
Unfold the world of quilting as you explore the exhibition Constructed Color: Amish Quilts. Listen to a story about a young Amish quilter and stitch your own quilt block hanging to take home.

EVENINGS AT THE TM
That’s a Quilt?! Tracing the Lineage of Contemporary Quilt Art
Thursday, April 16 • 6:30 pm
Complementing the exhibition Constructed Color: Amish Quilts, opening April 4 at The Textile Museum, Kate Lenkowsky, author of Contemporary Quilt Art: An Introduction and Guide, examines how tradition influences contemporary artists. A book signing precedes the lecture. You can find Lenkowsky's book in The TM Shop.
Fee: $15/members; $20/non-members. Call (202) 667-0441, ext. 64 or click here for a registration form.
Evenings at The TM is funded by Eleanor T. and Samuel J. Rosenfeld
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TM SHOP QUILT PRESENTATION & TRUNK SHOW
Power and Beauty
Saturday, April 18
1–5 pm
Join Donna Radner for a presentation of her quilts and what has inspired her creatively through the years. See how her love of fabrics has shaped her themes, designs and color palettes. A special selection of quilts and wall hangings will be available for purchase. Refreshments will be served. FREE; no reservations required.

FAMILY FIRST SATURDAY
Design Your Own Quilt Block

Saturday, May 2 • 2 – 4 pm
Create your own quilt pattern! With the help of members of the Annapolis Quilt Guild, choose from different fabrics in square and triangle shapes to make a quilt block. See and touch the elements used in the quilting process.

TM SHOP QUILT PRESENTATION & TRUNK SHOW
A Mother's Tradition
Sunday, May 3
1–5 pm
Bring your favorite women to hear about traditions passed from mother to daughter. Textile designer Carol Cassidy recounts the work of her NGO and the creative women from Laos and Cambodia who take part. Enjoy shopping from Cassidy’s new collection of handmade silk scarves and décor. Refreshments will be served. FREE; no reservations required.

EVENINGS AT THE TM
Reinventing Quilts in a Digital Age
Thursday, May 7 • 6:30 pm
Complementing the exhibition Constructed Color: Amish Quilts, open April 4 through September 6 at The Textile Museum, Michael James, chair of the Textiles, Clothing & Design Department at the University of Nebraska, will discuss how he uses state-of-the-art technology in the creation of his beautiful art quilts.
Fee: $15/members; $20/non-members. Call (202) 667-0441, ext. 64 or click here for a registration form.
Evenings at The TM is funded by Eleanor T. and Samuel J. Rosenfeld
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TM SHOP QUILT PRESENTATION & TRUNK SHOW
A Mother's Tradition
Saturday, May 16
1–5 pm
Meet local quilter Leslie Bowman as she shares her unique quilted wall hangings and home décor, as well as fun and colorful handcrafted fashion accessories. Learn about her hand dyeing techniques and just how she goes about designing her special collection. Selected merchandise will be available for purchase. Refreshments will be served. FREE; no reservations required.

CELEBRATION OF TEXTILES
A Tribute to the American Quilt

Saturday, June 6 • 10 am–4 pm
Sunday, June 7 • 1–5 pm
Quilts are deeply rooted in American culture, and have a long history of evolving materials, function, aesthetic and patterns. In colonial times, quilting might have been used to extend the life of old blankets and demonstrate skill in sewing and patterning. Handmade quilts today not only ward off chilly nights, but tell stories, adorn various interiors — from upscale boutiques to grandmother’s bedroom — express evolving aesthetics and provide a sense of heritage and community. This year’s 31st annual Celebration of Textiles festival, A Tribute to the American Quilt, honors this unique tradition through quilting demonstrations, displays, hands-on activities, sheep-shearing (weather permitting) and more. Don’t miss this annual Textile Museum event!
FREE; no reservations required. Rain or shine.
Celebration of Textiles is part of Museum Walk Weekend, organized by the Dupont-Kalorama Museums Consortium; visit www.dkmuseums.com for more information.

AN AMISH QUILTS OUTING
Saturday, June 13 • 10 am – 2 pm
Enjoy a special program celebrating Amish quilts and D.C.’s beautiful Kalorama neighborhood. Meet at The Textile Museum at 10 am for an exclusive tour of the exhibition Constructed Color: Amish Quilts led by Rebecca A.T. Stevens, Consulting Curator for Contemporary Textiles, as well as highlights from the exhibition Recent Acquisitions. Following the tour, walk a few blocks to Restaurant Nora for a delicious organic lunch featuring Amish farm ingredients. The first organic restaurant in the U.S., Nora is also home to a wonderful collection of antique, museum-quality Amish crib quilts. Participants will have an opportunity to view the collection after lunch.
Fee: $60/members; $75/non-members. Advance registration required; space is limited. Call (202) 667-0441, ext. 64 or click here for a registration form.
Sponsored by the New Horizons Committee, a volunteer group dedicated to expanding the community of Textile Museum members and supporters.
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RUG AND TEXTILE APPRECIATION MORNING
Tracking Today's Trends in Quiltmaking
Saturday, June 27 • 10:30 am
Join Jean Ann Wright for this exciting discussion of the evolution of fabrics, patterns, techniques and more in modern quilting The audience is invited to bring clean, well-vacuumed examples related to the title of the program. Seating is limited, so please arrive early. FREE; no reservations required.

   
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