Quilting is always about culture and preserving it for generations to come.
The community can learn to quilt at the Tutwiler Community Education Center, 304 Hancock
Street in Tutwiler this summer, with classes being offered Tuesday and Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m.
“Quilting has a rich tradition in the Mississippi Delta and classes will be taught in the African-American tradition using vibrant colors and creating unique patterns," said Melanie Powell, Director at Tutwiler CED. “All material, thread and sewing machines will be provided to participants.”
Lessons will be offered to a parent or guardian and one child, ages 12-16, starting in July.
Participants will have their temperature taken upon arrival for each class, class sizes are limited to only 10 participants per class and social distancing will be practiced.
The Women’s Foundation of Mississippi awarded a grant to the Tutwiler Center to teach quilting to two generations of participants.
“Historically, quilting skills and techniques have been passed down from one generation to the next,” said Powell. “The Tutwiler Center wants to encourage and continue this tradition with these free lessons.”
The Tutwiler Quilters began in 1984 when the Tutwiler Clinic and Tutwiler Center were founded by Sister Anne Brooks and Sister Maureen Delaney.
Hundreds of Tutwiler Quilts and thousands of potholders have been sold to people all across the United States and around the world. The rich tradition of the Tutwiler Quilters hand quilted items is appreciated by people from places near and far.
To enroll in the class or for more information, call the Center, 662-345-8393 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .