Quilts on display at Oren Dunn

TUPELO – Quilts are more than just a pretty blanket, and the Oren Dunn City Museum is proving that with a new exhibit.
“How to Make a Tupelo Quilt” is an exhibit on display at the museum through Nov. 21.
“It’s based upon community, and how a community is put together like a quilt,” said Rae Mathis, outreach coordinator with the museum. She asked the community to loan their quilts to the museum for the exhibit. Most of the quilts are on loan from members of the community, but some are from the museum’s collection.
Mathis collected the stories behind the quilts, and those stories will be on display with them.
One woman who donated a quilt told Mathis she learned her craft from her grandmother.
“She hand-sews her quilt pieces, and she was telling me about how she learned (how to make a quilt) from her grandmother,” she said.
The quilts are on display now, and the museum will provide tours by appointment.
“While the Gum Tree Museum has fine art, there’s really nothing around here that helps promote folk art,” Mathis said. “We try to promote the lost arts, and quilting is becoming a lost art … We just don’t want it to die out, because it’s a part of who we are as a community.”

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