Exhibits showcase new and old quilts
Clay Center curator Arif Khan said the distinctions between art and craft are certainly blurred with a new exhibit of historic quilts that opens today in the art museum.
A total of 25 quilts from the International Quilt Study Center & Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are included in the exhibit and they cover the years from 1870 to 1940. The alphabet quilt at left was never actually quilted - it is the top only.
This quilt was made by appliquéing tobacco silks to a background fabric. The silks, images of world leaders, sports figures and more, were once included with the purchase of tobacco products and were considered collectibles.
Clay Center board member Sallie McClaugherty commissioned a quilter to make this piece using neckties that belonged to her late husband, John. It is among local quilts selected by the Kanawha Valley Quilters Guild to be exhibited at the Clay Center.