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‘Quilts for all seasons’ at Dover Museum

Jun 05, 2018
Photo by: submitted Jo Crabb stands with her handmade quilts at Sunday’s presentation at the Dover Museum in New London.

Quilt enthusiasts gathered at the Dover Museum Sunday, June 3, to marvel at the beautiful quilted projects created by textile artist and former quilt teacher, Jo Crabb, of Mt. Pleasant.

Her works of art ranged from a February wall hanging of appliquéd, elongated hearts, each a different fabric to a table runner with shamrocks for March and a five-foot ‘Harvey’ rabbit wall hanging she hangs on her door for Easter. A favorite of hers is a quilt comprised of the embroidered sections of pillowcases, doilies and dresser scarves, whose boarder is made of feed sack fabric.

Many small pieces, some square, some rectangular, and others round, in various patterns, are used as accents on tables. July finds an 8”x10” American flag composed of 5/8” yo-yo’s in muted red, white, and blue, hanging in a special place as well as a large pieced flag, crafted for her late husband, which looks as if it is blowing in the wind.

Appliquéd pumpkins and leaves adorned the fall pieces and the red and white quilts she completed during the past year to remind of the Christmas season.

In 1983, she made a ‘crazy quilt’ Christmas tree skirt of neutral colors using satins, laces, braids, woven trims, and ribbons, further embellished with buttons, and appliques.

Crabb’s current project is disassembling a special old quilt top as the unbleached muslin blocks between the pieced ones were a thin, inferior fabric. She is appliquéing the pieced blocks onto new fabric before joining the blocks into a quilt. These blocks were made over a period of time as she has determined the age of some of the fabrics. A black and white block, was made of fabric dated 1810 with others through the 1930s.

On a piece of fabric, she signs her name and date, and sews this to the back of her quilts so that it can be identified in the future.

Several of the quilts Jo shared have been displayed in juried quilt shows in Kansas City, Mo.

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