The Piecemakers Quilt Group has been holding their annual show for about 12 years. This year the exhibition began on March 30 and will continue through Saturday, April 21. Many of the groups members also belong to the Mayfield/Graves County Art Guild, the parent organization for the Icehouse Gallery. This quilt show has become well-known throughout the area.
The Piecemakers Group has quilt challenges for their members every year. This year challenge is called the “Crayon Challenge.” Each member picked three crayons from a box while blindfolded, then were asked to produce an 18 x 24-inch quilt based on the three colors they had picked. The resulting 18 quilts are displayed as part of the exhibit this year. They show the broad range of styles and techniques that make artist groups like this so interesting.
Two members of the Piecemakers Group – Lou Ann Philpot and Phyllis D. Miller - are known for their textbooks on quilting. They, along with the rest of the members, are always ready to help other quilters in discussing techniques and ideas.
Piecemakers Group members will be available throughout the week of April 16 through 21, between the special hours of 9am and 5pm, to discuss their work. The members also contribute fabric, tools and other quilting items for a Quilter’s Bazaar held in the workroom at the Icehouse Gallery throughout the week. The proceeds from the bazaar are donated to the Icehouse to help fund our arts programming.
This event is part of the reason the Icehouse exists. “We provide a venue so that groups like the Piecemakers can gather and show their work without having to fund their own facilities,” Ric Watson, Icehouse Director told me. “We’re proud of all of the folks out working in their chosen media, producing artwork that they’re glad to share with the rest of the community. As director I am thrilled to highlight this group’s achievements and I am glad to see other quilters stopping by to see their work. The Icehouse has a strong commitment to the town and we hope to have the Piecemakers back for many years to come.”
The Icehouse Gallery is located at 120 North 8th Street, one block north of Broadway and the Courthouse Square, in Mayfield. Admission to the Gallery is always free. Contact them at 270.247.6971 for more information or visit the website at icehousearts.org.