Friday, 26 February 2010 00:00
Laura Borley of Jericho is getting her act together and entering her latest quilt creation in the Long Island Quilters’ Society’s biennial quilt show, Asian Inspired, in Garden City at the Field House at 295 Stewart Avenue on March 20 and 21.
“About a year ago, I bought a Moda [manufacturer] Jelly Roll [set of fabrics] at a quilt show,” said Borley of her Borley’s quilt, which is entitled That’s How I Roll. “It was a collection of 1930s reproduction prints. The name of the collection was Hello Betty. I love these kinds of prints and one day not that long ago I decided I should finally stop staring at the Jelly Roll and put it to good use.” The result is her entry into the quilt show.
Many of the 1930s quilts were made with flour sack material. Back then, flour came in fabric sacks instead of paper bags, and thrifty Depression-Era homemakers would transform these sacks into useful items, some of which were quilts.
Borley continues, “I named the quilt That’s How I Roll because 90 percent of the prints used in the quilt came from the Jelly Roll and this was my way of showing them off. I used a few extras from my stash to finish off the quilt, which is approximately 60 inches square.”
Anyone interested in viewing Borley’s completed work may do so at the Long Island Quilters’ Society’s biennial quilt extravaganza, “Asian Inspired” on Saturday, March 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Garden City Field House (a new location for this show), located at 295 Stewart Avenue (near the Garden City LIRR Station). The show will feature more than 200 traditional and art quilts created by regional quilters. The event will also include vendors, members’ boutique, Challenge quilts on display, along with a fashion show at 2 p.m. on Saturday featuring locally-made quilted garments. March 20 is National Quilting Day; and the Guild plans quilting demonstrations, charity quilt construction and sharing information about the quilt-making process with the general public.
The Long Island Quilters’ Society, Inc. is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to furthering an interest in quilting, encouraging the preservation of our quilt heritage, and offering year-round instructional opportunities for its members. The society provides networking opportunities where Long Island quilters can support each others’ growth and development.