Join us for a free lecture and admission on
Saturday, March 9!
Noted quilt historian, author, and Bybee Scholar Teresa Duryea Wong will present a lecture based on her new book, American Cotton: Farm to Quilt. The event will take place on Saturday, March 9, at 3 pm, with Museum admission free beginning at 2 pm.
The book features more than 80 antique and contemporary quilts, and shares the important story of the American cotton farmers and the cotton that they grow and sell.
“Quilters are incredibly passionate consumers of 100% cotton fabric, and cotton batting is a critical element of quiltmaking. But rarely do we stop to think about where all that comes from and how and where it’s made,” Wong says. “On the highway, we whiz past farms on our way to somewhere more important. I wanted to slow down and find out more about American cotton farmers, and then connect their story to quilting cotton.”
American Cotton: Farm to Quilt also explores the efforts of those who want to revive and kickstart the direction of cotton farming and related businesses in the U.S.
“These days, lots of people are interested in the American economy and what is and is not made in America,” Wong adds. “We happen to live at a very interesting time where a few courageous companies and individuals are bringing back American made quilting cotton and commercial quilts and other products constructed from cotton that is both grown and manufactured here. I met these people to find out what drives them and how and where their products are made.”
Wong will sign books after the lecture, and copies will be available for purchase in the all-new Museum gift store.
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