Tualatin Historical Society presents “The Fabric of Our Lives” Quilt Show

The Tualatin Heritage Center
The Tualatin Heritage Center
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The Tualatin Historical Society is presenting “The Fabric Of Our Lives,” a quilt show and program March 9-11, 2023 at the Tualatin Heritage Center in Tualatin, Oregon. The show will feature a display of historic and vintage quilts owned or made by area residents. Show times are Thursday, March 9 from 1 – 3 p.m.; Friday, March 10 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; and Saturday, March 11 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

The Tualatin Historical Society has five historic quilts in their collection, all made in Tualatin, the oldest sewn in 1916. A small group of interested members displayed these five quilts and their stories at a short program last fall. The response was enthusiastic, and the group decided to expand to a show and share even more vintage and historic quilts with the wider community. 

Loaned quilts will be on display during Heritage Center open hours on Thursday from 1-3 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Expanded hours on Saturday, March 11 will feature two guest speakers. At 11 a.m., Karen Stephens of Speckled Hens Quilts in Aurora will discuss the history of feed sack fabric and its use in quilts. At 2 p.m., Helen Fedchak of the Oregon Historical Society will present a bed-turning of historic quilts in their collection.

In addition to the guest speakers, visitors to the show on Saturday will have the opportunity on-site to sew a block of red, white, and blue pre-cut fabrics. These blocks will become a quilt to be donated to Quilts of Valor. 

Don’t miss the chance to buy a raffle ticket for only $1 to win a hand-sewn quilt top donated by Tualatin Historical Society member Chris Tunstall. The drawing will take place on Saturday afternoon at the close of the program. Winners do not have to be present.

We are still in search of historic and vintage quilts to display with interesting stories and fabrics. If you have a noteworthy heirloom quilt and want to participate, email us at ask@tualatinhistory.org for details and an application form. 

For general questions, call 503-885-1926 or email ask@tualatinhistory.org