Quilt Show captures memories of people, places and beloved books

Wonda Allain hangs up her “Catch of the Day” quilt in the library conference room

This month when you come to the library look for blue crabs, exotic-looking fish and some amazing book covers. All are quilt art created by some of the Northern Neck’s talented artisans of the Tavern Quilt Guild and are a stop on Virginia’s Artisan Trail.

Each year, the guild holds a special challenge for its members. The book covers in the exhibit resulted from a challenge created to honor and remember Betty Turner, who passed last year. Turner gave a great deal of her time to the library and to her community.

“Betty was so active in the library and was the Quilt Guild’s librarian,” said Allain. “She loved books.”

And so the Guild created the “Betty Turner Challenge.” Held earlier this year,  quilters were asked to turn their favorite books into quilts. Many, like “The Kite Runner,” by Khaled Hosseini and “Chesapeake, ” by James Michener will be familiar because they were best-sellers.

There are other special quilts honoring people from the quilting community.

The Friends of the Library are sponsoring an Arts Alive!  reception on Friday, September 14 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., where you can learn more about these fantastic pieces and the stories behind them. Light refreshments will be served.


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