Thursday, September 26, 2013

Willa Cather and Quilts at the Library

The following is the library's weekly column, published in the Dakota County Star.

This week we focus on the See the Byway Quilt Show on October 11th through the 13th.

Evelyn Haller will give a presentation entitled Willa Cather and Quilts, on Saturday October 12th at 2:00 p.m.

Willa Cather and Quilts tells us that Willa Cather’s earliest memory of art was sitting under quilting frames as a child. This early experience of art as craft — listening to stories and looking at thoughtfully arranged materials of everyday life — remained with Cather. Throughout her life Cather chose to work in places that recalled the small space under the quilting frame, including the attic room in her Red Cloud home, the attic sewing room Isabelle McClung prepared for her in Pittsburgh and the tent where she wrote in Grand Manaan. Slides illustrate quilts Cather names in her fiction as well as related Cather sites and materials.  

Willa Cather and Quilts is one of approximately 300 programs offered through the Nebraska Humanities Council Speakers Bureau. The more than 165 available speakers include acclaimed scholars, writers, musicians, storytellers and folklorists on topics ranging from pioneer heritage to ethics and law to international and multicultural issues, making it the largest humanities speakers’ bureau in the nation.

Most speakers are available to any non-profit organization in Nebraska at the cost of just $50 for each. Each program lasts 30 minutes to an hour, plus a question-and-answer period.

The most frequent users of the NHC Speakers Bureau are primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, libraries, museums and historical societies, agencies for the elderly, rural organizations, churches, arts organizations and ethnic organizations. The Nebraska Humanities Council sponsors the largest Speakers Bureau program in the U.S. according to the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For a information detailing the available speakers and guidelines for booking them, please access our website at (Speakers and Resources page) or contact the Nebraska Humanities Council at 215 Centennial Mall South, Suite 330, Lincoln, NE 68508, phone (402) 474-2131, fax (402) 474-4852 or e-mail
The Byway Quilt Show is held on Friday October 11th to Sunday the 13th.  It costs $1 per person to tour the quilt show, to help defray the costs of promoting the event.  The quilt show will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. 

We still have space available for a few more quilts.  Contact Lois at (712) 281-0657 to have your quilts shown during this event.  We also have slots open for volunteers to take money, help display quilts on Thursday the 10th, and take down the display on Sunday October 13th after 4:00 p.m.  Call Dan at the library 402-494-7545 to volunteer for any of these volunteer opportunities.

Books and Materials about Quilts and Cather:

Bright and Beautiful Cozy Modern Quilts by Kim Schaelfer offers 18 brand new quilts to infuse your home with fresh color and modern flair. This follow-up to Cozy Modern Quilts has an impressive variety of color ways and styles, and Kim's new designs are both innovative and irresistible! Choose from lap quilts, wall hangings, or runners to cheer up your space or whip up a gift. Straight-line piecing with squares & rectangles makes it quick; bright, bold fabrics make it sophisticated.

See Red:  Sewing and Quilting for Women’s Heart Health by Laura Zander presents over thirty sewing projects designed by sewing and quilting celebrities that feature the color red to highlight women's heart health, and features personal stories as well as facts, resources, and heart-healthy recipes.

The Simple Joys of Quilting:  30 Timeless Quilt Projects by Joan Hansen and Mary Hickey.

Willa Cather:  Her Life and Art by James Leslie Woodress.

Willa Cather in Person:  Interviews, Speeches and Letters by Willa Cather and L. Brent Bohlke.

All of these activities and more are available at the library.

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