Wednesday, January 24, 2018

April Meeting at the New England Quilt Museum

Our April  21st meeting will be held 1-3 pm at the New England Quilt Museum, with museum admission for members covered by the guild. This is everyone's last chance to see the amazing Quilts Japan exhibit, which displays quilts from the 13th Quilt Nihon from Tokyo.  The quilts range from traditional to modern (and beyond).  The workmanship (mostly women of course) has to be seen to be believed.  

Quilts Japan postcard

Pam Weeks, the Curator, has agreed to give us a short talk on the evolution of Japanese quilting, which is a relatively new artistic endeavor in Japan.  After Pam's talk, we will have show and tell.

We will meet in the classroom, behind the elevator, where a second exhibit, by local quilter Gladi Porche of the Cocheco Quilt Guild, is on display.  In addition to amazing traditional quilts, many of her own design, she has a number of Asian-themed quilts that complement Quilts Japan nicely.   

The Museum is located at 18 Shattuck Street in downtown Lowell. For those who are not familiar with Lowell, from Rt. 3 or Rt. 495, take the Lowell Connector exit.  From the Connector, take the Thorndike St. exit and follow that road around until you see the sign on the right at a light for the National Park parking lot (a mile or less).  Grab a ticket, walk through the mill complex, stopping at park headquarters to get it validated, and proceed down Shattuck Street to the museum.  It's less then a 10 minute walk.  There is also street parking ($2 for two hours); handicapped parking is free on the street.

Museum hours are from 10 am - 4 pm so you'll have time to attend the meeting and see the quilts (you are welcome to arrive before 1 to see the museum before our meeting or stay after).  Get to Lowell early and check out the National Park as well.   There are plenty of restaurants where you can have lunch before the meeting or an early dinner afterwards. You can find them online, but we'll supply a list at our February meeting.   

New England Quilt Museum building
For more about the museum, visit their website at
This meeting is free for current BMQG members. Non-members are welcome to attend; we ask that you pay the museum's $9 admission fee.

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