In The Lobby

The Threads That Bind

Quilts by Rebecca Nelms

I don’t think of myself as an artist. I joke that quilting is my therapy…a chance to relax, plan, review, create, revise, reflect and ultimately to share. I want quilts to be used and enjoyed so I don’t think of mine as artwork but a way to take something functional and make it beautiful.

A quilt starts with fabric that is cut apart and sewn together into a pieced top. But to have a quilt the top must be joined with an additional layer of batting and a backing fabric. Quilting is the thread process that binds the layers together.

In some ways, I think of quilting as a common thread that binds me to some amazing women in my family.

I still have two cherished quilts my great-grandmother, Monnie Lenore Nutt made for me. I remember visiting her house in West Virginia where an entire room seemed filled with her quilts. Another memory is the awe of great-aunt Bess Sprinkle’s quilt frame that lifted “magically” to the ceiling of her dining room in Madison County. My grandmother, Avalene Rose Lewis, was an expert seamstress who even made my wedding dress. While she grew up with quilting, she refreshed her skills by taking a class at AB Tech after she retired.

I started quilting around the same time while I was living in Beaufort, SC in the late 1980s. Over the years I’ve enjoyed marking the joys of a marriage or the birth of a new baby with a quilt gift. As I find more flexible time with my family grown I’m exploring more of the artistic side of quilting. This display ranges from the second quilt I ever made to a Block of the Month quilt. I’m happy to share this passion with members of the Beaucatcher Quilting Bee, where I recently learned one of our members, Mary Field, is the same woman who taught my grandmother to quilt at AB Tech.

The Lobby Gallery is curated by Sara LeDonne. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 10:00 am -4:00 pm and when the Box Office is open for Mainstage shows.