Heritage Quilters exhibit shows patterns of their lives

Members of the Heritage Quilters are, from the left, first row: Louise Spruill and Mary Terry; second row: Portia Hawes, Ihsan Abdin, Ruth Chambers, Leo Kelly, Jr. and Margaret Bullock; third row: Wilhelmina Scott-Ratliff, Ellen Pankey, Cathy Alston-Kearney, Wallace Evans, Earlean Henderson, Belinda Alston, Connie Kenney and Jereann King Johnson. Not pictured: Gladys Foster-Young, Terri Grady, Krista Larkins, Dorothy Luis, Victoria Lynch and Jackie Privet.

Traditional, contemporary and ethnic quilts will be featured as the Heritage Quilters holds an exhibition this Saturday and Sunday, as well as Oct. 23 and 24, at the Jacob Holt House in Warrenton.

Titled, "Patterns of Our Lives: A Tradition of Giving," the exhibition will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 16 and 23, and from 1-5 p.m. on Oct. 17 and 24.

Jereann King Johnson, coordinator, explained that the exhibition will include a total of about 35 quilts, all made by the Heritage Quilters, which includes women and men from Warren, Halifax and Vance counties.

The exhibition will include about 16 quilts in traditional, ethnic and contemporary designs, including artistic works such as a collage of treasured items, and a quilt showing a woman wearing a hat.

The group's fifth biennial quilt show also will feature about a dozen quilts completed as part of the group's black-and-white challenge.

"These are smaller quilts," Johnson said. "All will be made out of black and white fabrics. (Quilters) can use one other color at their discretion."

All challenge quilts were also required to incorporate a specific selected fabric as well.

Members of the group started on the challenge quilts in January.

"This is the first time that we have done challenge quilts," Johnson said. "We wanted to do something special for this year. We wanted to do something we had not done before. Other quilt groups and guilds had done challenge quilts."

Established in 2001, the Heritage Quilters has grown to include 20 members. While many in the local area are familiar with the group's talents, Johnson said that Heritage Quilters is not just a "quilting club."

"We have established ourselves as a giving circle," she said. "In addition to quilting, we are dedicated to community building."

The organization provides college scholarships to area youth, and works with the Warren Education Fund to sponsor a tour of Warren County for new teachers and school staff members.

Heritage Quilters recently formed a giving circle to address a variety of issues facing the local area. The circle, hosted by the Triangle Community Foundation, is a member of the Community Investment Network.

All quilts featured in the upcoming exhibition have been crafted by members of Heritage Quilters. The organization displays their works in a variety of settings, including area festivals.

The upcoming exhibition is free of charge and open to the public. The Jacob Holt House is located at 122 S. Bragg St., Warrenton.

For more information, call Portia Hawes at (252) 257-9194 or e-mail jereking@ncol.net.