The Friends of the New Providence Memorial Library’s community quilt show begins this Sunday, June 2 at the New Providence Memorial Library and runs through the end of July, with several quilting-themed events planned.  Friends of the Library co-curator Louise Wheeler said, “It’s going to be an incredible show. It’s amazing how many talented quilters there are in town.”

Earlier this spring, quilters were asked to submit applications for their quilts to be considered for this summer’s community quilt show.  Preference was given to quilts made by New Providence residents, though quilts having other ties to New Providence were also taken into consideration. 

The quilts will be on display in the Conti room and in the reading area in a two-part exhibit, in order to showcase the talents of as many quilters as possible.  Part one of the show runs from June 2 to June 29, after which the quilt exhibit will be refreshed with new quilts.  Part two is on display from July 2 to July 31.

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On quilt show’s opening day, Sunday, June 2 at 3 p.m., the curators of the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts in Madison will make a presentation on the museum’s current exhibits, Narrative Threads: NJ Quilts and Textiles and Working the Land, plus their upcoming exhibit Sweet Treats.  The curators will also discuss the museum’s historic building.   This event is sponsored by the Friends of the NPML and everyone is welcome to attend.  Residents interested in visiting the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts are encouraged to check out the library’s museum pass.

The following Sunday, June 9 from 2  to 4:45 p.m., the Friends of the New Providence Memorial Library officially kick off the quilt show by hosting a reception with the quilters whose work is part of the exhibit.  Quilting will be demonstrated at the reception.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

A special quilting story time is planned on July 11 with the children’s librarian telling quilt stories at 1:30 p.m. in the Conti room, where the quilts will be displayed. The quilt story time is followed by a free quilt-inspired craft for children in the Coddington room at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome to this free event. No registration is required.

A quilting workshop with the Fabricland education coordinator, “Quilting Basics: Piecing It Together” is planned for July 16 at 7 p.m. Participants will take turns on the sewing machine, sewing quilt squares together.  This class is free but registration is required. Please e-mail or register online here.  

Two quilting documentaries will be screened in the Conti room to complement the quilt show.  “Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt” will be shown on July 11 at 3 pm and at 7 pm. This documentary tells the powerful story of the first decade of the AIDS epidemic in the US, and how the AIDS quilt came to be unfolded in Washington, DC.  Please note that subtitles are not available for this film.

The second documentary film, “A Century of Quilts: America in Cloth,” will be shown on July 25 at 3 p.m. and at 7 p.m. This documentary by PBS celebrates the art of quilting by featuring selections from the best 100 American quilts of the 20th century, the stories behind their creation, and the quilters as they work. Please note that subtitles are not available for this film.

The New Providence Memorial Library is at 377 Elkwood Avenue, one block west of downtown New Providence.