The Floyd Quilt Guild is presenting four expertly-crafted quilts, one for each letter of the word “LOVE.” All four quilts were made by members of the Floyd Quilt Guild as part of the LOVEwork program supported by Virginia Tourism Corporation. The guild will present and donate these four quilts to The Jacksonville Center for the Arts in an event at 10:15 AM on Monday, September 21.
The quilts are exquisite examples of multiple quilting styles. They represent the four letters of the word “LOVE” in a variety of red fabrics with a variety of cream fabrics in the background. The Jacksonville Center for the Arts, located near the center of downtown Floyd, Virginia, will display the quilts indoors, and intends to make high-definition weather-proof reproductions of them in order to display them outside.
At Monday’s event, a presentation on the quilts will be offered by quilt collaborators Sallie McCauley and Gwen Goepel. The quilts will be officially presented to Jeff Liverman, Executive Director of the Jacksonville Center for the Arts.
“I couldn’t even begin to calculate the amount of time that went into this,” said Elaine Boyd of the Floyd Quilt Guild. Boyd says that the initial idea of the quilts came from The Jacksonville Center for the Arts. The response from the quilt guild was overwhelming, leading to the formation of a LOVE Quilt Committee within the guild.
“To have quilts as a part of LOVEworks is very unique,” said Boyd. “We thought that this would be a great way to extend ourselves with a new challenge and to cooperate with The Jacksonville Center in supporting the LOVEworks around Virginia project.”
The quilts became an intensely collaborative effort, with most of the guild’s 60 or so members playing some role in its creation. Guild members, who meet twice per month, pulled from their personal stashes of fabric to produce a wide array of red and cream fabrics, they planned the piecing of the quilts during their meetings, and they participated in sewing afternoons to piece everything together. The quilts were periodically presented at meetings in different finished stages, and working on a joint project together helped guild members to deepen friendships.
“Quilting is an art form that is an honored tradition of Southwest Virginia,” said Jeff Liverman, Executive Director of The Jacksonville Center for the Arts. “We are proud to display these phenomenal quilts as part of the LOVEworks program, in order to showcase our amazing local quilters, support Virginia tourism, and present the breadth of beautiful, traditional Virginia art.”
The quilt tops were coordinated by guild members Sallie McCauley and Gwen Goepel. The sample block background behind the letter L and individual letters were a true group project. Special recognition goes to Gwen Goepel for piecing the curved block background behind the letter O, Bobbie Trail for stiching the applique borders surrounding the letter V, and Sallie McCauley for piecing together the string-pieced background on the quilt with the letter E. Other members sharing their talents and skills include Sue Bainter, Elaine Boyd, Judy Bradley, Linda Crabtree, Madeline Demchak, Gwen Gearheart, Daisy Hylton, Debbie Journell, Mary Locke, Juanita M, Cathy Maycock, Jennifer McEnvoy, Karin Tauber, Pat Yanhko, and many others. Long arm machine quilting was done by Betty Norris Tyree from Roanoke, Virginia.
“In creating these quilts, the guild has shared its love for Virginia,” said Boyd.