Reimagine Yourself… A Quiltmaker

Just an example to get you thinking.

You may accuse us of being too literal, but some of us have decided to make a quilt to accompany the opening show of the 2015 Mainstage Season. Why? Well, the play is titled The Quiltmaker(By the way, the show runs from May 2-16 and is written by Catherine Bush–the very same woman who adapted Walking Across Egypt which opened our 2014 season with great belly laughs!)

You’re probably thinking How creative of them to make a quilt for The Quiltmaker…  But that’s when we invite YOUR CREATIVITY into the project. Who wants to contribute a block to the Parkway Playhouse patchwork quilt? We have room for yours! We’re aiming for a queen sized quilt, but we’ll make whatever we get work. OR, if we get more than enough, we’ll do a wall hanging as well.

Here are some guidelines:

  • Please use only the designated fabrics you will find at Fabrics in the Fray (203 Skyview Circle in Spruce Pine – (828) 765-1288) so that the finished product is cohesive in color.
  • Chose whatever quilt block pattern you like! We want this quilt to be an expression of the talent in this region as well as a way for everyone in the community to be included.
  • Your finished product should be 12.5 inches square, so it will be an even 12” when pieced into the quilt top. (For a simple 9 patch, that’d be 4.5 inch squares.)
  • Mail your quilt block(s) to Parkway Playhouse; PO Box  1432; Burnsville, NC 28714 or turn them in at the Heritage Center in Burnsville or to Anita Dowd at Fabrics in the Fray. (Britt Kaufmann, Becky Gillespie, Carol McCrosky and Jeanne Ray Styles will also collect squares.)
  • get them in by Wednesday, April 8 to be sure they’ll be worked in

Britt Kaufmann (PP’s graphic designer and playwright) and Becky Gillespie (PP board member, member of a local quilter’s guild and passionate quiltmaker) went over to Fabrics in the Fray and selected fabrics that were like Parkway Playhouse’s 2015 “Reimagine Yourself” theme. And here’s a sneak peek:

PP Quilt Fabrics
Plus Anita is ordering one more small print with red/white/black. All new fabrics should be in by Monday (TODAY!).

So, get your creative juices going. Pick up some fabric. Do a little math or google some 12 inch patterns. And get sewing. More importantly, have fun!

If you do make a quilt block, be sure to take a picture of it (preferably with you!) and tell us a little about yourself, why you chose that quilt block, what quilting means to you, whatever — so that we can feature you here, on our blog. Send photos and stories in with your block, or email

Stay tuned for more information about a piecing party, what the local quilting guilds are up to, the wonderful people involved in this project, and how to get your raffle tickets!

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Parkway Playhouse, located in the Appalachian town of Burnsville, NC, is a haven of theatre talent. While people come to the mountains to get away, Parkway Playhouse is a natural gathering place to connect. Likewise, we are an extension of traditional mountain talents: singing, dancing, and, foremost, storytelling. By giving rise to energetic new voices and through a wide variety of plays and musicals, we invite our audience into experiences that are thought-provoking, adventurous, and entertaining. Together we reimagine the world in every live performance, creating dynamic conversations that last far beyond the curtain call. This blog is will feature stories, helpful information, insight and features about the performances.

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