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Rivers and Spires Quilts of the Cumberland exhibit opens tonight


Rivers and Spires FestivalClarksville, TN – On Thursday, April 14th, the Rivers and Spires Festival’s award winning Quilts of the Cumberland event will kick off at Madison Street United Methodist Church at 5:00pm. Quilts of all shapes and sizes will be on display.

The exhibit will take place all three days of the festival, April 14th-16th. The show will display local artisans with a variety of quilts from traditional to one of a kind art quilts.

Quilts of Valor on display at Rivers and Spires Quilts of the Cumberland Exhibit.

Quilts of Valor on display at Rivers and Spires Quilts of the Cumberland Exhibit.

Quilting is a centuries old art form where the quilters use colors, shapes and their creativity to express themselves through the use of fabrics, various textiles and embellishments. Quilting is still a tradition in many households.

The 2014 Quilting in America survey found that there are 16 million active quilters in the country. Quilters in the United States spend a whopping $3.76 billion a year on their fiber art passion, a 5% increase in the value of the market over the last four years.

“We want to share the love of quilting,” stated Wanda Morrison. “Most quilters like to share what they do and tell about their techniques. I think it’s a fun way to express art in the form of fabric and thread.”

The Quilts of the Cumberland is also hosting a Trunk Show on Thursday, April 16th at the Madison Street United Methodist Church at 5:30pm. Starr Howell will be presenting a lecture and quilt trunk show entitled “Our Quilts tell Stories”. Starr’s specialties include trying new techniques, combining machine piecing and machine appliqué, experimenting with new  tools, and using many fabrics and small pieces in unusual combinations.

New this year is a Viewers Choice Award. People that come and see the show will get the opportunity to vote for their favorite quilt.

This year’s categories are:

  • Traditional Bed Quilt (max width 90?)
  • Non Traditional Bed Quilt (max width 90?)
  • Art/Wall Quilt (max width 90?)

Awards for each category are:

  • Best in Show – $200.00
  • Viewers Choice – Gift Certificate
  • First Place – $100.00
  • Second Place – $50.00
  • Third Place – Gift Certificate

Quilt and Sew at Golden Threads quilt shop in Trenton Kentucky has donated gift certificates for the Viewers Choice Award and for 3rd place winners.

“This event is sure to entertain and open people up to a whole new art form,” Morrison said. “I would love for everyone to come out and support the Quilts of the Cumberland.”

Quilts of the Cumberland is open Thursday and Friday from 5:00pm – 8:00pm and Saturday from 10:00am – 6:00pm.

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About the Rivers and Spires Festival

Clarksville's Rivers and Spires Festival.The 14th annual Rivers And Spires Festival will be held April 14th-16th in Downtown Clarksville. This event has five stages of entertainment with over 100 entertainers performing all three days. From children’s activities, arts and crafts, car shows, military exhibits, shopping and so much more this is truly an event for the whole family. Admission to the Festival is free including all games, activities and concerts.

Rivers and Spires is one of the biggest festivals in the southeast. Hours this year are: April 14th and 15th from 5:00pm-10:00pm and April 16th from 10:00am–9:00pm. The Family Fun Zone Hours: Friday, April 15th from 5:00pm-8:00pm and Saturday, April 16th from 10:00am–8:00pm. Toddler Town Hours: Friday, April 15th from 5:00pm-7:00pm and Saturday, April 16th from 10:00am–7:00pm.

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Make your way to the Madison Street United Methodist Church and take in the amazing Quilts of the Quilts of the Cumberland display.




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