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Airing of the Quilts will be celebrated on Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Dietrich Theater and throughout Tunkhannock.

This event attracts hundreds of quilt enthusiasts from near and far, a rain or shine event. The Dietrich Theater will feature two quilting attractions: an exhibit in the Earnshaw Gallery of Kent Ward‚??s eclectic quilts and a presentation at 11 a.m. by quilt designer Joyce Hughes entitled My Journey into Quilting.

All are invited to view Kent Ward‚??s unique quilts that will be exhibited at the Dietrich Theater October 2 through November 15. Using his ‚??authentic imagination of early American quilting patterns and the spirit of making-do, Ward uses contrast to bring new energy to the old,‚?Ě according to Ingrid Rogler, Dietrich Theater Quilting Instructor.

Using bright colors, Ward does not strive for machine-like perfection, instead he relies on mistakes, either real or planned. This unique and colorful collection of scrap quilts features his machine pieced, hand quilted works of art. His quilts are original and unique expressions, breathing new life into the spirit of the early American Quilting tradition.

Ward, a Tunkhannock resident, was discovered by Chitra Publications in Lancaster several years ago. This exhibit can be viewed free of charge anytime movies are shown or by appointment.

An extra added attraction of the quilt exhibit will be the 80 Year Old Quilt just completed by Fern Boyce and her friends Alice Edwards, Jill Presko, Mag Froncvkliewicz, Dottie Hibbard, and Mary Ann Dymond. Newly discovered quilt squares sewn by Boyce‚??s mother in the 1930‚??s were lovingly sewn into a quilt by Boyce and her group of friends and completed this September. All are invited to see the quilt, the story, and photos of Boyce‚??s mother and her group of friends who brought an 80 year old project to fruition.

Joyce Hughes is the featured speaker at the Dietrich Theater for Airing of the Quilts on October 6 at 11 a.m. Hughes has been quilting for five and half years, having started her journey by making a T-shirt quilt for her daughter when she graduated from high school.

‚??I like to do Art Quilts," Hughes said. "My art quilts allow me to be free and open with designing and trying new techniques and embellishments. I draw my inspiration from my imagination. Most of my quilts are personal, pulling from memories of special people and places.‚?Ě

Most of her quilts are raw edge appliqué, thread painting, free motion quilting with added embellishments. Hughes' topic My Journey into Quilting will tell her personal story of her accidental journey into quilting and the benefits of being open minded and free. Her unique quilted purses will be on sale at the Dietrich following her presentation.

Also on sale for Airing of the Quilts will be hand painted pumpkins, whimsically and artistically designed by the Dietrich Theater Decorative Painting artists. Scary, funny, or beautiful, all are masterfully executed. Or is it a scarecrow that is needed for your autumn and Halloween decoration? A variety of hand created and designed scarecrows will also be for sale. And to make the day complete, homemade baked goods, including pumpkin cookies, pumpkin bread, and many other delectable items will be for sale. All proceeds of these sales will benefit cultural programming at the Dietrich Theater.

Tickets for My Journey into Quilting can be purchased at the Dietrich Theater booth or reserved at 570.996.1500.
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