Quilt-Block: Historical Sewing Workshop for Girls June 2

Presented by the Fishkill Historical Society    

On June 2, the Fishkill Historical Society will present a quilting workshop based on the book Quilt-Block — a History of Pioneer Days. The workshop will be held at the Van Wyck Homestead in Fishkill from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

The workshop is a hands-on sewing and story telling of the pioneer experience through the eyes of Sarah Cobb.  Girls (and their moms, or even dads) will be instructed in piecing together a 4×4 quilt of their own.  Sarah Cobb is a young pioneer traveling with her family in the “Year of Our Lord 1852.”  Sarah’s family leaves their home in Philadelphia – selling most of their possessions – and begins a long and difficult journey to a new home in the Ohio Valley.  

 Travel with Sarah over the Cumberland Road and make a quilt with her as they go.  Sarah’s plan is to make a travel memory quilt so she has stashed away little scraps of fabric from their home in Philadelphia.  Her family and friends also give her some bits of fabric to remember them.  Along the way they meet other families and her “bits” of material grow.  In the early evenings when they settle down for the night, Sarah records the day’s events and sews her pieces together.  At the end of the journey she presents the travel memory quilt to her mom and they display it proudly over the mantle in the cabin they’ve built. 

This workshop is designed to encourage an interest and develop skills in sewing and an appreciation for American history.  The girls and their moms will be encouraged to recycle old clothing and bits around the house to make their own memory quilt.  Create an artful and creative display of your own history that will be cherished for years to come. 

Registration is $25 and can be done through e-mail: asklynch@yahoo.com or by calling 845-896-9560.

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