Each year Quilting in the Garden at Alden Lane Nursery is special, unique and amazing. Hundreds of quilts from celebrated artists and the quilting community are hung for display throughout the nursery. Our enormous and beautiful heritage oaks serve as both support structure and background for this wonderful 2-day display of color. The quilts go up by 9:00 each morning supported by dozens of quilt lines. Quilts come down each night. Every year the show features a well-known quilter and a guest artist as well as quilts submitted from the quilting public.
This year, our featured artist is a little different than the past. We are featuring the artists at C&T publishing.
C&T Publishing started when quilting teacher Roberta Horton told quilt-shop owner Carolie Hensley that she wanted to write a book on Amish quilts, but hadn’t found a publisher yet, Carolie quickly said that she and her husband Tom would publish Roberta’s book. The Hensley’s launched C&T Publishing from their garage and now, 33 years later, C&T Publishing’s catalog includes more than 1000 titles in print and over 300 products to inspire creativity. The business is run by their sons who are assisted by a staff of more than 50 employees.
C&T Publishing’s list of authors includes many winners of the coveted Silver Star and virtually every other major quilting award. 60 quilts from the creative minds at C&T Publishing will be on display during this year’s Quilting in the Garden.
Jennifer Sampou is a textile designer who studied textiles and surface design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and worked at Laura Ashley in Wales. She was the creative director for P&B Textiles before opening Studio Sampou, where she created best-selling fabrics for Northcott Monarch Fabrics and Robert Kaufman Fabrics. We are so excited to have Jennifer showing her work here at Quilting in the Garden.
Pokey Bolton’s Curated display in the Greenhouse
“Live Your BRIGHTEST Life: A Tribute to Yvonne Porcella” will be a featured art quilt exhibit hosted by Pokey Bolton at Quilting in the Garden in the greenhouse here at Alden Lane.
Whether you knew her or knew of her, Yvonne Porcella was one of the brightest lights in the quilt world. She unabashedly loved color, whimsy, and was a person of incredible strength and fortitude. Having founded Studio Art Quilts Associates, exhibited in countless exhibits worldwide (including the Smithsonian), authored books, served on a number of boards, taught hundreds (possibly thousands) of students, she embraced every challenge with strength, wit, and humor. Not even a cancer diagnosis could slow her down. Yvonne was a class act, and she knew what it meant to really live.
Out of the Box quilters will have a special exhibit in Ruthie’s Room.
Quilters may wish to signup for one of several classes during the week before or after the event. Learn more about classes and register here.