Freedom Quilt Codes Workshops

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Freedom Quilt Codes  Join us! February 16, 10:15 am & March 16, 10:15 am.
Be part of fiber art project with artists across Dallas. VET will present a workshop series entitled “Freedom Quilt Codes,” a three month-long, textile-arts project that involves a series of quilt piecing workshops across the city.  Attend one, or all of the sessions: two will be held at Lochwood Library, 11221 Lochwood Blvd. Dallas 75218 
Participants will create quilt blocks based on Freedom Quilt Code designs. Each of the first nine classes will be dedicated to making a single pattern, the 10th class is for assembling your blocks into a quilt. This event-series culminates May 18th at the South Dallas Cultural Center. On that morning, your quilt blocks will be assembled for display, with an exhibit reception to follow that afternoon. There will be blank panels on hand for those that did not attend all of the workshops. Participants will keep their art quilts.  
This is a fun and free workshop. All supplies are provided, and no special skills are required. Blocks will be made from fabric, using glue and hand stitching. 
Sign up now! Register for classes at:
Email your name(s) and date(s) to: 
 Learn more about Freedom Quilt Codes Folklore suggests that certain quilt patterns were used by African American slaves to leave secret signals to aid others that were escaping to freedom. Oral testimony of Ozella McDaniel, a descendant of slaves, was the basis of a book published in 1998, Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad, by historians Jacqueline Tobin and Raymond Dobard. 

Hosted by Lochwood Branch Library Friends. Funded by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, Cultural Projects Funding.