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Learn the ABeeCs of quilting at Howell Farm on Oct. 7

Post Date:10/03/2017 12:55 PM
HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Howell Living History Farm invites the public to a free quilt show, quilting bee, demonstrations and other old-fashioned fun on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Quilts dating from the 19th century will be on display in the Howell Farm Visitor Center. Dana Balsamo, professional quilt appraiser and guest curator, will be on hand to answer questions and talk about her work with the farm's collections.

Visitors can vote on their favorite quilt for a chance to win a prize, join a “quilting bee” around an antique quilt frame, or try their hand at piecing fabric on a treadle sewing machine. In addition to the quilt exhibition, lacemaking demonstrations will be held throughout the day. The Cranberry Lacers of central New Jersey will demonstrate hand bobbin lacemaking and tatting, using the centuries-old techniques.

Children can learn about quilting and traditional quilt names during special scavenger hunts held at 10:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. The quilts will be on display Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. when the farm is open for self-guided tours.

Howell Farm is owned by the County of Mercer and maintained by the Mercer County Park Commission. It is located on Valley Road, just off Route 29, in Hopewell Township. The GPS address is 70 Woodens Lane, Hopewell Township, N.J. 08530. For more information, call the farm office at (609) 737-3299 or visit www.howellfarm.org or www.mercercountyparks.org.
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