ART: Quilting exhibit to open at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum

October 4, 2013 Updated: October 4, 2013 at 7:49 am
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photo - "Field and Furrows Log Cabin Quilt," used on Helen Hunt Jackson?s sleeping porch, circa 1850-1885. Gift of William S. Jackson Jr.  Photo courtesy Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum.
"Field and Furrows Log Cabin Quilt," used on Helen Hunt Jackson?s sleeping porch, circa 1850-1885. Gift of William S. Jackson Jr. Photo courtesy Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. 

A selection of quilts from the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, Saturday through April 19, Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., free; 385-5990, cspm.org

A quilt can tell a story without words.

"They reflect the historical community and history of the person who made them," says Leah Davis-Witherow, archivist at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. "They're so personalized. They're works of art."

"A Needle Pulling Thread," which attempts to tell those stories, opens at the Pioneers Museum on Saturday. About 25 quilts from the museum's collection of more than 300 will be on display. The exhibit is guest curated by Judi Arndt, a local textile aficionado.

Arndt focused on log cabin quilts, crazy quilts, a handful made by Ida Chambers Melugin, a quilter made famous in the book "Quilted All Day: The Prairie Journals of Ida Chambers Melugin," and some from the 125-piece collection of quilts by 20th-century quilter Lula Evans.

Jennifer Mulson at 636-0270, jen.mulson@gazette.com

OTHER EVENTS

"Ashes to Art" Auction Fundraiser - 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Garden of the Gods Club, 3320 Mesa Road, Steve Weed's art from the ashes and artifacts of the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires, free; coloradosprings together.org. "An Evening of Cowboy Poetry" - Al Mehl, Dick and Jane Morton, Roger Stone, Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Price Strobridge and cowboy poetry open mic, 4-7 p.m. Saturday, East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., free; 531-6333, ppld.org.

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