Fall Quilt Expo coming Oct. 8-10


The Newnan-Coweta Historical Society will present its first-ever Quilt Expo Oct. 8-10 at the Depot History Center on East Broad Street.

The expo is being organized in conjunction with the new “Stitches In Time” quilt exhibition ongoing at the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s recently-reopened Male Academy Museum at Temple Avenue and College Street.

There will be displays of vintage and newer quilts, as well as vendors and organization displays, at the Depot’s three-day event in October.

Quilts may still be loaned for the Quilt Expo. Applications should be sent with photos and descriptions of the quilts being offered for loan to NCHS, P.O. Box 1001, Newnan, GA 30264. Or stop by the NCHS offices at McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson Street. Quilts must be received by Oct. 1 for the Oct. 8-10 event.

NCHS is seeking volunteers to help put up and take down the expo and to be “white gloved attendants.” Anyone interested in lecturing, demonstrating, or holding a class should also contact NCHS offices at 74 Jackson St., Newnan, or call 770-251-0207.

Along with the display of vintage and newer quilts for viewing, several vendors and groups plan to be on site with booths. They include:

– Quilts and Fixins from Jonesboro. There will be a display of products from owner Karen Jones including kits, precuts, samples, panels and fabric yardage.

– Southern Stitches from Thomaston with a products display: kits, notions, precuts, fabric and gifts.

– A Fine Notion from Newnan. Barbara Reed will display all quilting tools and notions, patterns, books, 18-inch doll patterns, clothes and shoes, along with specials and sales for this show.

– Pretty Penny Precuts from Peachtree City. Owners Laura and Mike Bosma will display wool applique, die cut kits, patterns, notions and supplies.

– Southeast Sewing from Atlanta. Owner Mel Tramell will display Brother and Juki sewing and embroidery machines. They are giving away a $6,000 Brother embroidery machine. Tickets are $5 each to benefit the Cancer Society.

– Shades Textiles studio of Marietta. Owner Stacy Michell will display patterns, tools and hand-dyed fabric.

There will be several area groups with booths presenting information:

– Common Threads Quilt Guild of Newnan.

– Quilters Guild of the Southern Crescent, Fayetteville and Peachtree City.

– Quilts of Valor – Coweta County, based in Moreland. They provide quilts for veterans who have been touched by war and will be accepting donations.

– Southeast Quilt Museum of Carrollton.

Newnan-Coweta Historical Society will also be offering fabric and will have information on the society’s programs and how to get involved.

Hours of Quilt Expo will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Oct. 8-9; and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10. Admission for the expo is $5. The Depot History Center is at 60 East Broad Street just east of Newnan’s Court Square. There is ample free parking.

Newnan-Coweta Historical Society also operates the Male Academy Museum at 30 Temple Avenue, at the corner of College Street, which is reopened after recent repairs with a new exhibition of quilts. There are several quilts with stories related to the Civil War or connected with the daughter of the founder of the one-time Newnan school for boys. Hours are 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and by appointment.

The NCHS headquarters is now in the McRitchie-Hollis Museum at 74 Jackson Street, at the corner of Clark Street, just north of downtown. The museum presents ever-changing exhibitions on historic and decorative arts topics presented in the setting of a restored grand 1930s home. Hours are 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. General admission is $5, and $2 for students and seniors. For more information call 770-251-0207.