A group of local young men participated in the Hartsville Police Department’s annual Youth Summer Academy. The motive of the academy is to instill a sense of purpose, respect, and self-discipline in the lives of these young people. To experience history on a personal level, the youth enjoyed a general tour of the Hartsville Museum.
An enthusiastic group of girls from Hartsville Community Fellowship visited the museum for a general tour to explore the history of Hartsville. They loved playing with the cotton and learning about how it changes from “growing in the fields” to “wearing on our backs”!
November 16 brought in 25 active little “Boy Scouts -to-be” from Group 500, Southside. The cute little fellas were eager to learn about our early local Native Americans and enjoyed one of our most popular tours. How exciting to learn the legend of the turtle’s shell and to create with real clay from the banks of Lynches River!
Museum Director Kathy Dunlap models a Native American headdress much like the kind worn by our original residents.
Creating with “real” clay from Lynches River was a new experience for some of the boys. After learning the legend of why the turtle’s shell has cracks and hearing a tale about teamwork, it was great fun to mold one’s very own turtle!
Their attention was captured as the boys saw rabbit skins, deer fur, and turkey feathers as well as original arrow points and a burial urn.
Curious boys were fascinated with the exhibit that depicts an early Native American habitat.
: Fourteen years have passed since that tragic day of Sept 11, 2001. On this one day, the world changed forever. Not only at the sites of the Pentagon and the Twin Towers, not only in NYC or New York state, not only in the USA, but world-wide changes began when that first plane collided.
Today the memory of the horrific events is marked with music, meditation, art, prayers, community services, dances, poetry and storytelling among other activities. The date of September 11 has been officially designated by U.S. Congress as a National Day of Service and Remembrance.
Teachers search for ways to address the anniversary in a positive manner while taking advantage of the teachable moments it provides. Students from Carolina Elementary chose to commemorate the day by fashioning a quilt that honors symbols of the USA. The quilt resulted from a competition sponsored by a local restaurant – Bambino’s – which is no longer open. In 2002, third-graders from the classes of Mrs. Angelyn Bateman and Mrs. Rachel Atkinson Pletcher created 40 canvas panels. Kathy Atkinson, the mother of Mrs. Pletcher, then sewed all of the panels together onto a navy backing.
The quilt is adorned with paints, markers, glitter, and crayons. Ornamentation includes seashells, ribbon, appliqued patches, and fabric embellishments. Eighteen glittery star buttons surround the panels. Stars and American flags are a reoccurring theme. Other panels include baseball, the Liberty bell, the Twin Towers, the Great Seal, and the White House.
May I have a drumroll please? And the winner is … .
A wonderful variety of exquisite quilts was displayed during the Hartsville Museum’s latest exhibit. Thirty quilts and wallhangings made by members of the Swamp Fox Quilters’ Guild were hung in the W. Reaves McCall Gallery for museum visitors to view. The entries for 2015 were built around the theme of “Black and White Plus One.”
A highlight of each summer, the annual quilt exhibit brings the challenge of voting for the “People’s Choice” award. Museum visitors return year after year to see the beautiful quilts, tediously select a favorite, and then wait anxiously to hear the winner. The seamstress for the 2015 People’s Choice award was Leah Malasky of Lake City. Titled “Lonesome Beauty,” the masterpiece measures 84 inches x 84 inches square. Multiple black/white fabrics and a single red subtle print fabric comprise the winning piece. The winning entry was machine pieced and was quilted using a domestic machine. It is an original design that was inspired by pictures of several different Lonestar quilts. Malasky says that she fused three different quilts that she had seen on the internet. The center is Lonestar, the outer ring is Lonestar blocks, and then a diagonal border is made of strips. While assembling the top, Malasky noticed the outer edge of the Lonestar seemed to get a little “lost” next to the black and white border fabric. This inspired the addition of a skinny black outline throughout the entire Lonestar section. Malasky spent several months collecting the perfect fabrics to create the delicate shading from white to black. Far away, it looks as if there is gray fabric included. The size of the print in each fabric, along with the level of intensity in each print, gives the illusion of gray. Malasky chose red as her “plus one” color for one reason only – it is her favorite color.
While quilting, continuous curves were sewn in all of the diamond pieces and some freehand stitching exists in the “New York Beauties.” The borders were quilted with fancy feathers but one must look closely to spot them due to the busyness of the darker fabrics. In the words of Malasky, “All those hours of shopping for the right fabrics, cutting, sewing, and quilting paid off and I am excited to say the quilt won Best of Show in our little quilt show! It also won Best Piecing, Best Use of Theme, and second place for Machine Quilting! I am super excited!” And now she can add that it also won “2015 People’s Choice Award”! Additional photos and comments about “Lonesome Beauty” can be seen at quilteddelights.blogspot.com.
The sweltering heat of summer does not lead one to think of cozy nights under a warm quilt. However, the coolness of the Hartsville Museum will entice you inside to enjoy our quilt exhibit. Hosted by the Swamp Fox Quilters Guild, the annual quilt challenge is underway. Titled “Black and White Plus One”, the quilters were required to complete a piece using only the colors of black, white, and one other color of their choice. While one might think the black/white theme to be boring, it is amazing how the seamstresses have incorporated “just a little” or “a lot” of their one extra color.
Nancy Wright of Florence selected blue as her accent when constructing the “Bruised Pineapple” quilt. The lovely piece is 42” x 44 ½” and boasts triangles and squares of bright white. A wide black border surrounds the edge.
What is black and white and red all over? If you answered “a newspaper”, or “an embarrassed zebra”, or “a sunburned skunk” then you would be correct. However, the description can also be used to refer to two of the masterpieces at the Hartsville Museum. An annual challenge hosted by the Swamp Fox Quilters Guild showcases 30 creations in this year’s exhibit.
Following the theme of “Black and White Plus One”, both Lucy Caldwell and Bonnie Marsee opted to add the color red and both named their quilt “Black and White and Red All Over.” Caldwell’s finished product measures 70 inches by 87 inches. It was machine pieced and quilted on a long arm machine. The name of this quilt was chosen to honor Caldwell’s husband, Lamar, who was a stringer for several statewide newspapers. Now retired, he contributed many feature stories and photographs through the years.
Marsee’s quilt is in the bargello style. It is a wallhanging measuring 34 inches by 41 inches. The handiwork features machine applique and machine piecing with the quilting work done on a long arm machine.
One must look closely to find the additional color on Ramona Eggleston’s quilt titled “Puss in the Corner”, a fun play on words. Although the kitty isn’t exactly in the corner of the spread, Ramona says she didn’t want him to fall off the bed! Upon close inspection, it is obvious that the color on this quilt is found in the kitty’s vivid green eyes and the small bug he is playfully teasing. Measuring 85” x 101”, this is the largest quilt that Ramona has made to date and she stresses that it was quite a challenge to complete this size on a small home machine.
Quilted by Timi Bronson of Hartsville, the 34 ¼ X 45 ½ piece “Indian Star Synergy” boasts bright green as its additional color, inspired by Timi’s 2011 Synergy Green Camaro. The paper-pieced pattern, Indian Summer, came from the Dec/Jan 2012 issue of Quiltmag.com. It is machine-pieced, paper-pieced by hand, and quilted on a long arm machine.
On her quilt, “Lady Bug, Lady Bug”, Rita Studdard chose the accent color of red. Because the piece is primarily black and white, the red ladybug is vividly apparent. The printed fabric reminded Rita of the children’s chant, “Ladybug, Ladybug, fly away home”, and it brings to mind sweet memories of her special childhood friend, Carol Sue. This quilt is pieced using a long arm machine and was inspired by the pattern “Pineapple Blossom.
On her quilt, “Love Notes”, Lorene Bridgers Arnette chose the accent color of red. The artwork is comprised of three individual quiltlets which hang together to form a musical staff. The treble clef sign and the notes themselves are heart-shaped. Lorene loves music and quilting so this pattern designed by Karen Comstock of Cary, NC was a perfect choice.
This quilt is machine-appliqued and was quilted using a domestic machine. Fusible bias binding was machine-stitched using double needles for the music staff lines. The treble sign and the notes are fused and finished with machine stitching. This piece was completed by the use of “stitch in the ditch” quilting around the staff lines and a wave stitch in the open areas
One of this year’s favorite pieces is a quilt embroidered by Peggy O’Quinn of Timmonsville. “Garden Gate” required months to stitch by hand. The design was copied and enlarged from a drawing in a Dover coloring book. Neocolor II crayons were used to highlight the handwork. The background quilting was sewn using a Sashiko machine. Sashiko is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching from Japan. Originally used to reinforce or repair points of wear, sashiko is a running stitch technique that today is often used purely for decorative purposes. The tassels which adorn each of the quilt’s four corners were constructed from embroidery floss. The delicate stitches produced by Peggy were recognized by her peers. The quilt received a first place ribbon for “Best Art Quilt” from the Guild.
Photographs alone cannot begin to capture the exquisite stitches and detailed quilting on the piece known as “Night Bloom”. Elaine Tanner’s quilt utilizes the black and white required colors and then adds red as her color of choice. It was designed by using dinner plates traced onto brown paper. After the pattern was made, the “petal” shapes were cut out and appliqued using the trapunto method. Trapunto is an Italian word meaning “to quilt” and is often called the stuffed technique because an underside layer is slit and padded to produce a raised surface on the front side. Dense free motion quilting was done over the entire quilt background and border to make the center more pronounced. The piece measures 48 ½” x 48 1/2”; it was machined-appliqued and was quilted on a domestic machine. Elaine states that the biggest challenges of this original design were having to change sewing machines in the middle of the quilting due to a technical problem, and trying to quilt with black thread on black fabric. Her finished work was awarded the blue ribbon as first place winner of “Best Machine Quilting”.
A most unusual wallhanging was designed by Sara Simons. She has participated in the challenge for many years and always dreams up some original designs. Titled, “My Subliminal Morning Newspaper Pillowcase”, her piece uses the colors of black, white, and red and the three-dimensional feature of an actual pair of reading glasses (on loan from her friendly optometrist).
The wallhanging is 21” x 12” and is therefore one of the smaller entries. It was machine-pieced and quilted on a domestic machine.
Sewn by Wanda Moody of Quinby, this quilted piece is titled “Out of the Darkness”. It is a small 15” x15” square and utilizes both machine and hand piecing. Moody says the name of this quilt came about because it was NOT the design that she had originally chosen. Instead, she saw this quilt in her dreams for 3 or 4 nights and then knew it had to be the one!
Desiring a wallhanging to display beside a bookcase was the inspiration for Naomi Narita’s handwork. The theme for this year’s annual challenge of the Swamp Fox Quilters’ Guild is “Black and White Plus One”. Choosing red as her add-in, Naomi’s book-themed quilt evolved to become “Little Red Riding Hood”. “Once Upon a Time There Was” are the words featured – as with every good fairytale. Black wolves surround the border which also includes forest trees, granny’s house, and red tulips. The piece measures 28 ½” x 35 1/2”. It is machine pieced and received two 2nd place ribbons. The ribbons were awarded for “Best Pieced” and “Best Use of Theme”.