Sackets Harbor will once again turn back in time as the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Discovery Center showcases the War of 1812 Bicentennial Quilt Show.
The 12th Annual Quilt Show will showcase the history along the St. Lawrence Seaway Trail during the War of 1812. This year the show will feature 120 quilts from 119 quilters.
In true 1812 fashion, the newly-made, ‘cot-to-coffin-sized’ quilts depict stories of family members of those who served in the war, as well as modern takes on the historical moments and special designs.
“What is unique about our quilt show is our quilts have stories,” said Lynette Lundy-Beck, Project Manager for the Great Lakes Seaway Tail Discovery Center in Sackets Harbor.
Two quilters that will be featured in the show took their experience living an Army life and translated the history into their own takes on what quilts would look like during the war.
Erin Miller, a quilter and military spouse, used the old style of dying fabrics and traditional style quilting in her 1812 quit.
“I looked back at 1812,” said Erin Miller, a military spouse and long time quilter. “I got involved thinking well what about the women in the 1800’s that sent the men off to war like we do here.”
Miller using a traditional method of dying fabrics using types of food and flowers and looked to a gift from her husband to assist in dying her fabric red.
“He had sent me roses over Valentines Day from Afghanistan,” said Miller. “I snipped all the heads off the roses and boiled them, and that’s how I got this kind of lavender color.”
She says that the quilt is dedicated to her husband who has served with the Headquarters Headquarters brigade with the 10th Mountain Division for many years.
Another quilter tied to the 10th Mountain Division is Mary O’Keefe, a retired Sergeant 1st Class.
O’Keefe says that there are many similarities between quilting and military service.
“Attention to detail, and a focus on what you are doing, and I guess you could say accomplishing the mission- which would be finishing the project,” said O’Keefe.
Having quilted for many years during her 14 years of service O’Keefe says that she found comfort in quilting while deployed. She used many different star patterns in her quilt representing different states during that period.
The 12th Annual Quilt Show will be held March 16th through the 18th starting at 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Cost for admission is only $5 and free for military members and their families.
For more information, to hear from this years featured quilters and to get a sneak peek into the show, watch the complete video story.