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History Center focuses on fiber arts at Family Day event

POSTED: March 8, 2012 12:30 a.m.

Down-home artisans will be the focus of the Northeast Georgia History Center's Family Day activities this weekend.

The theme for their monthly event is "Quilts, Coverlets and Fiber Arts in Northeast Georgia," set for 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the center at 322 Academy St. NE in Gainesville.

The event, which is free and open to the public, was conceptualized around the center's current "Quilts, Coverlets and the Craftspeople of Northeast Georgia" exhibit.

Whereas the exhibit focuses primarily on quilting and sewing, Family Day is more inclusive.

"We wanted to include more of the fiber arts," said Julie Carson, history center education and volunteer coordinator.

"In addition to quilters, there will be spinners, knitters, crocheters and someone doing embroidery. We hope our visitors will stop and ask questions.

"Although they will have demonstrations, this isn't designed to teach people how to do it. Instead, we're hoping to spark interest to encourage people to explore it on their own."

As has become a Family Day tradition, a scavenger hunt begins at 2 p.m. Sunday that will take visitors throughout the center's galleries.

In addition, there will be hands-on activities such as quilt-inspired coloring sheets and patchwork bookmark making. Visitors will also have the opportunity to use the yo-yo quilting technique to make a flower-shaped refrigerator magnet.

"We think it's going to be a pretty busy afternoon," Carson said.

"We hope to not only attract our usual families, but also a lot of artisans."



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