Sewn Together

Two Centuries of Alabama Quilts

A collaborative exhibition between the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and

the Alabama Department of Archives and History 

 

The Exhibition

SEWN TOGETHER: TWO CENTURIES OF ALABAMA QUILTS presents examples of Alabama-made quilts of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries drawn from the extraordinary collections of the Alabama Department of Archives and History and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. They are presented as “exemplary pairs,” illustrating comparisons of the various techniques, themes, and traditional patterns as seen throughout two hundred years of Alabama quilt making. The exhibition can be viewed at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts from January 28 - April 16, 2017. Use this website to learn more about the quilts, quilting origins, and additional quilts not included in the exhibition. Select one of the themes below to get started. 

Beyond the Exhibition

A wealth of rich resources beyond the Sewn Together exhibition to enhance your understanding and appreciation for Alabama's rich quilting heritage 

ORIGINS, TRADITIONS,

& MORE

Explore an interactive map, learn about quilting traditions in Alabama today, listen to a curated playlist inspired by the exhibition, & learn how to care for your heirloom quilts at home

EXHIBITION STORY

Learn more about the collaboration between the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and the Alabama Department of Archives

and History

ADDITIONAL QUILTS

Can't get enough Alabama quilts? See more that are not on display in the exhibition

 

News & Events

For more info, call (334) 240 - 4333

or visit mmfa.org 

JAN 26

Join us Thursday, January 26, at 5:30 P.M. at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts as we celebrate the opening of Sewn Together: Two Centuries of Alabama Quilts and Nature, Tradition, & Innovation: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Gordon Brodfuehrer Collection

Immediately following the reception, Jennifer Swope, Assistant Curator, and David and Roberta Logie Department of Textile and Fashion Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, will explore the work of Alabama and other American quilters in the context of their transformation from bed covers to art.

JAN 21 - 

MAR 26 

ARTWORKS Corridor of Student Artwork Exhibition
Threaded Through Tradition
MMFA

An innovative show of student artwork inspired by Sewn Together: Two Centuries of Alabama Quilts. Sponsored by Regions Bank

FEB 11,18,

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STUDIO CLASSES 
Exploring Textiles
MMFA

In this unique class, students will learn about traditional quilting patterns and techniques while also experimenting with batiking methods. (Ages 6-13)

Instructor: Sarah Struby

Time: 1:00 to 2:30 

Cost: $65 members/ $90 non-members

FEB 7,14,

   21, 28

 

SHORT COURSES
Alabama Quilts
MMFA

Join us for this short course to learn more about Alabama quilts and explore Sewn Together

Time: 12:00

 

February 7: Mary Elizabeth Johnson Huff and Carole King, co-directors of the Alabama Quilt Book Project, will present an overview of the Anglo and African American quilting traditions in the state and highlight a few recent discoveries. 

February 14 and 21: Exhibition co-curators Margaret Lynne Ausfeld and Ryan Blocker will address the pairs of quilts on view in Sewn Together. 

February 28: Margaret Lynne Ausfeld will explore the widely recognized and influential quilts of Gee's Bend. 

FEB 9

TEACHER WORKSHOP
Art Ed Central 
MMFA

Enjoy a gallery talk in the exhibition and experience related lessons to use in your classroom at this FREE teacher workshop. 

Instructor: Sarah Struby

Time: 1:00 to 2:30 

Cost: $65 members/ $90 non-members

FEB 16

Dr. Jacqueline Trimble and Dr. Cat Gubernatis Dannen of ASU will lead a gallery talk 

Time: 6:00 

FEB 26

Let the music move you as you create artwork to take home - bring the whole family for this FREE fun activity. 

Time: 2:00 to 4:00

MAR 4

STUDIO CLASS 
Exploring Textiles
MMFA

In this unique class, students will learn about traditional quilting patterns and techniques while also experimenting with batiking methods. (Ages 6-13)

Instructor: Sarah Struby

Time: 1:00 to 2:30 

Cost: $65 members/ $90 non-members

MAR 16

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
The Mount Ida Quilt Project: One Community, Two Quilts, Three Centuries
Presented by Sarah Bliss Wright 
At the Alabama Department of Archives and History
archives.alabama.gov 

Hear the fascinating story of the Mount Ida quilt, as seen in Sewn Together.

Time: 12:00 to 1:00 

Cost: Free

MAR 18

GALLERY TALK
Quilting with Ellen Baker
MMFA

Enjoy an engaging gallery discussion on quilting techniques and traditions led by Ellen Baker, followed by a book signing of her book 1-2-3 Quilt. 

MAR 18

STUDIO CLASS
Quilting Workshop
MMFA

This weekend workshop will begin with an engaging discussion on quilting techniques and traditions led by Ellen Baker, which will be followed by a signing of her book 1-2-3 Quilt. 

Time: 10:00 to 3:00 

Cost: $90 members/ $120 non-members

 

Visit

Sewn Together: Two Centuries of Alabama Quilts will be on display at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts from January 28 through April 16, 2017

HOURS

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Thursday, 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Sunday, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Tel: 334.240.4333 |www.mmfa.org| 1 Museum Drive, Montgomery, Al, 36117

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