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Peabody Historical Society presents a quilt exhibition

Posted by Marjorie Nesin  March 21, 2011 10:00 AM

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Residents can get a glimpse of local quilt-making through the centuries at a special exhibition the Peabody Historical Society  is presenting April 2-3  at its Smith Barn museum, 38 Felton St.  ‘‘Common Threads: A Celebration of Quilts and Community,’’  is designed to bring together quilters, textile enthusiasts, collectors, Historical Society members, and the public to experience a wide array of antique and contemporary quilts not typically on public view. The exhibition, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 2 and from noon to 4 p.m.  the following day, will include antique quilts from the Historical Society’s collection and contemporary quilts created by local guilds and sewing groups. It will also feature vendors selling fabrics, notions, patterns, sewing machines, and other tools. Events are planned throughout the weekend, from an opening reception on April 2 from 10 a.m. to noon,  to quilt appraisals and demonstrations, an exhibit of antique sewing machines, and quilting activities for children. Admission is $5,  free for children under 12. For more information, go to www.peabodyhistorical.org.  —John Laidler, Globe Correspondent

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