Common Threads: Adirondack Quilts Tell Their Stories. A lecture by Hallie E. Bond.
New York's Adirondack region has been the home of a vibrant quilting tradition for over 150 years. These patchwork quilts record the hardships of life in the Adirondacks among close-knit families and communities, as well as the influence of a wild natural beauty. They document national quilting trends, while also displaying delight in the creation of art from bits of fabric. In this lecture we explore the common threads running through Adirondack quilts, as well the diverse influences on the region's quilting traditions. From plain and fancy bedcovers meant to keep families warm during long mountain winters, to the stunning art quilts of the 21st century, the audience learns how Adirondack quilts tell unique stories of life in New York's mountains, while also holding up a mirror to national trends.
This lecture is a part of the New York Council for the Humanities Speakers in the Humanities Program and supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.