Patches and Pieces Quilt Show to be displayed at Bardstown’s historic Wickland Estate March 24

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“Please do touch” is the message of the museum-quality Patches and Pieces Quilt Show that will be on display at the historic Wickland Home of Three Governors estate, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 24. Considered one of the best Georgian-style houses in Kentucky, Wickland provides a fitting backdrop for the quilts with its airy main halls, massive rooms and 14 1/2-foot ceilings.

“The beautiful architecture of this 1828 home frames dozens of colorful quilts made by talented women of Kentucky,” said Dixie Hibbs, event chairperson and manager of Historic Wickland.  “Your eyes will be drawn upward to quilts draped over the 3-story stair railing.”


 
Two floors of this large mansion, on the National Register of Historic Places, will showcase vintage and modern quilts. Antique beds will be covered with quilts similar to their age. So appealing and enticing are the quilts that visitors will be tempted to reach out to touch the stitches of the past.
 
“And we won’t say, ‘don’t touch,'” promised Hibbs. “We will give you a glove so you can feel the connection to these needle artists of the past as you read the stories about each quilt’s creation.”
 
Although Wickland is named for its famous political men, it is a woman who carries on the family legacy. Julia Wickliffe Beckham — the only woman in the world to be the mother, sister and daughter of a governor — lived and died at Wickland and returns each December to share her stories over holiday teas.
 
“In 1855, at 20 years old, Julia married William Netherton Beckham,” said Hibbs. “The oldest quilt I’m showing was made in 1852 in Nelson County and has the date embroidered on it. Could Julia have known the maker?”
 
The Patches and Pieces Quilt Show will include educational displays about dating fabrics and dating quilts that will help quilt owners date their own treasures. Advice on cleaning and repairing quilts will also be available. At 11 a.m., a program of quilt designs and family research will be presented and then repeated at 2:30 p.m.
 
A $15 exhibit ticket allows all-day entry. The Patches and Pieces Quilt Show is sponsored by the Nelson County Democratic Woman’s Club. For more information, contact Dixie Hibbs, 502-507-0808¸ dixieh@bardstowncable.net. Learn more about Wickland Home of Three Governors at www.VisitBardstown.org. To see everything there is to do in Bardstown, visit www.VisitBardstown.com.

From Bardstown-Nelson County Tourist and Convention Commission

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