2007 Library News

Mothers’ Day Celebrated With Quilt Show at Libraries

A quilt is more than a means of keeping warm on a cool night.  An upcoming quilt show at two Metropolitan Library System libraries proves that.

To honor Oklahoma's women who have sacrificially given of themselves throughout the years to make Oklahoma the great state it is, the Bethany Library at 3510 N. Mueller, is hosting a free Centennial Quilt Trunk Show and Storytelling Party Thursday, May 10, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. with refreshments served after the show.

The quilt show will also be held at the Edmond Library at 10 S. Boulevard Saturday, May 12th from 10 to 11:00 a.m. Refreshments and free gifts will be given to all mothers attending.

The show moves to the Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave., from 2 to 3:00 p.m. that afternoon.

As owner for thirty years of Buckboard Antique Quilts, Judy Howard has a collection of historic quilts she'll display featured in her three official Centennial book projects. These stories reveal Oklahoma history seen through the courageous eyes of Oklahoma's pioneer and contemporary women.

  “Quilts are like a magic carpet transporting us back in time,” Howard explained.  “They stitch our past to the present. They record community and family history in memorializing lost loved ones, welcoming new babies, smiling upon new marriages or celebrating an anniversary or graduation. Quilts record women's hardships, sufferings, victories and joys. Each quilt story shows how everyday heroines stitch true tales of courage against insurmountable obstacles into heart-warming patchwork.”

 Since 1976, Judy Howard has been the owner of Buckboard Antique Quilts and is the author of three books on the art and history of quilting, “Heavenly Patchwork,” “Heavenly Patchwork II,” and “Centennial Stitches.”  You can visit her website at www.buckboardquilts.com.

“One of the quilt story tellers was 101 year old Maude Chenoweth Leaman,” Howard said.  “Included in the trunk show is her Eagle Appliquéd Quilt top made in 1860 by Mary Chenoweth for her civil war soldier son Benjamin Franklin. Mary is Kristen Chenoweth's great-great-great-grandmother.”

Howard interviewed 101-year old Maude Chenoweth and recorded her story.

For more information about the Centennial Quilt Trunk Show at the Edmond Library, call 341-9282.  For information and to register for the show at the Downtown Library, call 606-3879.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah.