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1860 quilt Donna Wisnowski Edna DeFordDonna Wisnowski, left, and Edna DeFord display a quilt from 1860Quilts in America were originally strictly utilitarian articles, born of the necessity to provide warmth in bed and over doors and windows that were not sealed well enough to keep out the cold. The earliest American quilts, made by English and Dutch settlers, were so intimately connected to everyday life of the early colonists that no record of them exists.

PebbleCreek’s Donna Wisnoski, quilt appraiser and historian, and Edna DeFord, who teaches quilting and documents them, will trace the history of quilts in America from the late 1700s to the present time. They will describe how quilts evolved over time to become special works of art that incorporate the techniques seen in quilts made today through illustrations and quilts from various periods.

Among the quilts they will bring to the class is a special World War I Challenge Quilt from the Kansas City Star 2015 Challenge, which was shown at the National World War I Memorial in Kansas City. They will also describe how quilts are now documented as to the maker, pattern, fabric and family, so that future owners and generations will know the quilt’s history.

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TIME/DATE: Thursday, March 14, 1-3 p.m.

LOCATION:  LLL Center

MAXIMUM: 24

COST: $20