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Museum workshop shows how quilters go green

11/9/2009
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BROOKINGS, S.D. — The South Dakota Art Museum will help quilters “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle – It’s time to go green” with a workshop on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Quilters Sandy Gamradt and Marilyn Eighmy will demonstrate how to turn old clothing into unique quilts.
Participants can watch the seasoned quilters demonstrate how to create memory and t-shirt quilts.
Eighmy, owner of The Quiltin’ Post in Bruce, will show how to turn screen t-shirts into creative, personalized quilts.
“This is a great way to get some fun use out of old t-shirts that still mean a lot, but might not get worn very often,” said Eighmy.
Gamradt, who runs the Quiltin’ Mum in Brookings, will explain how to create memory quilts, a style that uses memorable articles of clothing. She created the concept after working in a funeral home and seeing a need for it.
“It can often be difficult to part with loved ones’ clothing,” said Gamradt, “but rather than donate the items or leave them in storage, you can piece them together to make a comforting quilt, which helps keep their memory alive.”
Eighmy and Gamradt met through the Brookings Area Quilt Guild and have been working together for the past two years. Their demonstration is free to the public.
The South Dakota Art Museum is located at the junction of Harvey Dunn Street and Medary Avenue. Museum hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m to 4 p.m and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
For additional information, call 605.688.5423, toll free 866.805.7590 or visit www.southdakotaartmuseum.com
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