Cultural Heritage Series Concludes with Quilts and Quilting

Do you remember playing under a quilting frame as a child? At the Cultural Heritage of Quilts and Quilting community dinner, nearly a hundred people gathered together to share their family memories and beautiful quilts.

Dozens of community members participated in our quilt show including more than 35 members of the cultural heritage quilting class. KaLene Albrecht Chavis of Teasdale demonstrated traditional hand quilting techniques. The quilt she was making will be raffled off to support renovations to the Teasdale Cultural Hall.

Dinner participants created four-square fleece tied quilts as one of several table activities. Thanks to the teens who are completing the quilt project. These small fleece quilts will be donated to Color Country Animal Welfare for rescue puppies and kittens.

USU Extension Agent GaeLynn Peterson set up a large quilting frame where participants could learn traditional quilt tying techniques. The quilt was then raffled off at the end of the evening. This was GaeLynn Peterson’s last community event prior to her retirement. Her ongoing support of the cultural heritage series is appreciated.

Also, thanks to Ashley Oyler for all her work on the dinners this season. Special thanks to Marsha Chappell and Royals for their support in the quilting project.

In 2020, the Sparking Humanities Conversations project will be exploring six more cultural heritage themes. Until then, try some of our summer activities sponsored by the Entrada Institute along with other local organizations from May through October. These events will help continue the humanities conversations begun this Winter/Spring. 
Arts and the Park (June 5-8) Fruita & Torrey
Torrey Chamber Music Festival (June 20-23) Torrey
Pioneer Days Celebration (July 20) Torrey
Wayne County Fair (August 17) Loa
Heritage Starfest (September 27-28) Fruita & Torrey
Apple Celebration (October 5) Torrey

If you have ideas for future cultural heritage themes, please let us know. Or, if you have historical photos you’d like to contribute, please share. Contact Project Director Annette Lamb at for more information. This project is made possible through a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Entrada Institute and Wayne County USU Extension. LIKE us at – Annette Lamb

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