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Quilt Show grows into Quilt Festival, set for March 6
Two years ago, the Southern
Tenant Farmers Museum, 117 Main Street, Tyronza, hosted a small
quilt show as a part of the annual celebration of Women’s History Month.
That show was so popular that the museum could not
contain all of the quilts last year. The museum reached out to the
Tyronza community for support and got it in the form of five local
churches and the elementary school each hosting a display of quilts.
This year, the show has expanded again, with the assistance and support
of the Sunken Lands Regional Chamber of Commerce. On Saturday, March 6,
the towns of Tyronza, Marked Tree, Lepanto, and Dyess will each host
individual quilt shows in various locations throughout the communities
and will include not only quilt displays, but food and crafts as well as
lectures and classes.
Dyess will host a display of quilts at the historic Dyess Colony Circle
and Administration Building. Lepanto will feature quilts at the House
of Books, next door to the Goldsby Library on 240 Greenwood Street, and
possibly at the Painted House (Greenwood and East Oak Streets, Lepanto).
Marked Tree will feature quilts in two locations. The Marked Tree Delta
Area Museum (308 Frisco Street, Marked Tree)
will have a large quilt display, as will the United Methodist Church
(304 Frisco Street, Marked Tree) located next door to the museum and
near the main business district. The United Methodist Church will also
feature a line of crafts for sale and food items.
Tyronza will feature quilts at the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum, the
Upper Room Apostolic Church (164 South Main Street, Tyronza), the First
Baptist Church (244 South Main Street, Tyronza), the First Pentecostal
Church, and the Tyronza Church of Christ (107 School Street, Tyronza).
The Upper Room Apostolic Church will host a
bake sale in conjunction with the event, and the First Baptist Church
will again host their general store and beans and cornbread dinner in
the fellowship hall. View the
complete schedule of events in Tyronza. The
Southern Tenant Farmers
Museum website also has a
pdf version of the
schedule to download or print.
The Tyronza Church of
Christ will be the site of three presentations on quilts and quilting.
Marjorie Hunter, West Memphis High School teacher and Heritage Studies
PhD student at Arkansas State University, will reprise her well-attended
lecture, “Codes in the Quilts,” discussing the use of quilts as
maps and symbols during the days of the Underground Railroad. Dr. Mike
Luster, director of the Arkansas Folklife Program, will present “The
Arkansas Sesquicentennial Quilt Project: Lessons Learned in the Last
Twenty-Five Years,” based on his experiences with the project. Rachel
Reynolds-Luster, co-director of the Coalition for Ozarks Living
Traditions (C.O.L.T.) and Heritage Studies PhD student at Arkansas State
University, will present “Tell Me Everything You Know: Quilting Circles
as a Function of Community Past and Present,” a look at the
traditional quilting circle or quilting bee.
Four classes will be offered on a limited enrollment basis and free of
charge. The Tyronza Elementary School Library will host two classes.
Machine quilter and teacher Marjorie
Hunter will again lead her
popular class on the early twentieth century yo-yo quilts on Saturday
morning in which students will complete several yo-yos. The afternoon
session will feature a class on fusible appliqué, in which students will
complete a small pillow top. The Southern Tenant Farmers Museum
classroom will be the site of two classes for beginning quilters. The
morning session will be Hand Piecing for Beginners and the afternoon
session will be Hand Quilting for Beginners. Both classes will be
instructed by museum staff member Freda Grisham, a fifty-year veteran
quilter with a gift for teaching in a manner that makes
and enjoyable. Supplies will be furnished for all of the classes, but
space is limited and reservations are encouraged.
Maps of the quilt show locations in all four towns will be available at
each site. Contact Linda Hinton,
assistant director of the
Southern Tenant Farmers Museum at (870) 487-2909 for information and
to reserve class space. E-mail the museum at
firstname.lastname@example.org. View a
slideshow of last
year's events online. The Southern Tenant
Farmers Museum is an Arkansas Heritage SITE of Arkansas State
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