At Maywood Library, Quilts On Parade

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Quilts hanging on display inside of the Maywood Public Library. | VFP 

If you haven’t gotten over to the Maywood Public Library, 121 S. 5th Ave., in Maywood, you should do so now.

As soon as you enter the library’s chasm-like entryway, you’re struck by a colorful array of quilts suspended overhead, as if floating in a parade.

The works of art were created by the quilting class that meets at the library each Tuesday, from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The works of art are showcasing throughout February and March, which is fitting in both instances.

Why February?

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Quilts hanging on display inside of the Maywood Public Library. | VFP 

According to a 2004 Chicago Tribune article:

“The history of African-American women in quilting is almost as old as America itself. Black slave women were needed for spinning, weaving, sewing and quilting in wealthy households, and some became highly skilled.

“Before the abolition of slavery, members of the Underground Railroad used quilts to mark escape routes and houses of refuge for runaway slaves. During and after the Civil War, most quilts were made for everyday useand used scraps of fabric.”

Why March?

That’s a bit less obvious. March is National Quilting Month, which has been sponsored by the National Quilting Association since 1991. The month-long celebration of quilting evolved from a single day, National Quilting Day, which is still commemorated on March 18.

For more info on the course, call (708) 343-1847. VFP

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