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Quilt Exhibit and Special Events in February

The Branigan Cultural Center presents a series of educational programs and guided tours of Number, please…, an exhibition of quilts from the 2015 Las Colcheras Quilt Guild Challenge. The exhibit opens Friday, February 6, during the First Friday Downtown Arts Ramble, 5-7pm, and will be on display through Saturday, March 21. Don’t miss this series of presentations by the members of the Las Colcheras Quilt Guild.

On Friday, February 6, 5-7pm, quilters from the guild will be present during the First Friday Ramble and opening reception to lead guests through the exhibit and answer questions about the quilts.

On Saturday, February 7, 10am-noon, in conjunction with Las Cruces Connects, members of Las Colcheras will lead guided tours of the exhibit, showing visitors unique features of the quilts on display and discussing the annual quilt challenge. These guest museum guides will also show how the themes of numbers are reflected in each of the quilts.

Throughout the run of the exhibit, every Wednesday and Saturday, 9am-noon, a group of quilters from Las Colcheras will work on a large quilt in the gallery. They will be present to answer questions and assist viewers in the exhibition, as they demonstrate quilting techniques.

On Saturday, February 28, at noon, we present a roundtable discussion of quilting techniques and styles. A number of quilters will be on hand for this casual conversation. Bring in your quilting questions or come to see the variety of designs and styles incorporated into the work of the Colcheras. The guild members will bring in completed and in-progress quilts that visitors can examine up-close, as they learn about the range of outcomes possible through quilting.

The final program will be a hands-on workshop on Yoyo Quilting to close out the exhibit on Saturday, March 21 at noon. Participants will learn about this popular technique for creating quilting segments without the use of a sewing machine! This workshop is free and supplies are provided, but registration is recommended, as space is limited. Please bring your own small scissors to the workshop.

Las Colcheras Quilt Guild is dedicated to promoting the art of quilting in the Mesilla Valley.  The Guild endorses the philosophy of community service and engages in activities that support that philosophy.  Each year, they issue a guild quilt challenge, followed by a judging for rosettes and cash awards. Entries are displayed publically in Las Cruces in the months of January or February, a tradition dating back to 2005.

This year’s challenge revolves around numbers. Quilters demonstrate have sharp math skills in measuring, fitting, and stitching a quilt. Las Colcheras quilters take this idea a step further in 2015, by incorporating numbers into the titles, designs, and repetitions found in the quilt.

The Branigan Cultural Center is located downtown at 501 N. Main Street, next to the Museum of Art. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. For more information, contact the Branigan Cultural Center at (575) 541-2154.  Find our events calendar and announcements on our Facebook page, or visit the Center’s web site at

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