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Quilt Exhibition at the Branigan

Blending Old New- Dutch Sampler (courtesy of the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY)

The Branigan Cultural Center presents Blending the Old and the New: Quilts by Paul D. Pilgrim, a tribute to a master quilt maker and ardent quilt collector. This show begins on Friday, September 6 and concludes on Saturday, October 26. A reception is to be held from 5:00pm – 7:00pm on Friday, September 6 during the monthly Ramble.

Paul Pilgrim was a voracious collector of antique quilts. Along the way also found stacks of “orphan blocks.” These were quilt blocks that had been completed but had never found their way into a finished product. Exhibit curator and Pilgrim’s partner, Gerald E. Roy, stated:

Blending Old New- Shoo Flies Toads & Ts (courtesy of the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY)

“After completing a quilt from blocks left by his grandmother, he stretched the custom of using inherited pieces to include many unfinished projects from former unrelated generations…he began incorporating antique blocks and fabrics into his own work.” These joyous creations form this exhibit. Each of these is accompanied by text that allows these works of art to “…become a wonderful compendium of textile and block design history.”

This exhibit has been developed by the National Quilt Museum, the world’s largest quilt museum, located in Paducah, Kentucky.

The Braingan Cultural Center is located at 501 N. Main Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For more information, contact the Branigan Cultural Center at (575) 541-2154 or visit the Center’s web site at

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