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Edison and Ford Winter Estates to host annual Quilt Show

By Edison and Ford Winter Estates - | Oct 1, 2020

Quilts blow in the breeze at the annual "Airing of the Quilts" quilt show at Edison and Ford Winter Estates. PHOTO PROVIDED

On Saturday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Edison and Ford Winter Estates will host the annual “Airing of the Quilts” quilt show. Dozens of quilts from the Quilters’ Guild will be on display, suspended from clotheslines between trees and select antique quilts from the 1880s to 1940s will be on display inside the Thomas Edison house, Henry Ford house and the Edison guest house. Quilters’ Guild participants will also have quilts available for sale.

Certified quilt appraiser, Lars Cain, will be on site and conducting appraisals from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. His vast experience includes the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution. He has been sharing his expertise for many years and has spoken to more than 1,500 quilt groups throughout the Midwest, New England area and in Florida. Since 1977, he has appraised more than 20,000 quilts. Visitors may bring antique quilts for assessment. Verbal appraisals will be offered for $20 and the fee for a written appraisal is $50 per quilt. 

Quilts have a long history with the estates. Henry Ford and his wife, Clara, collected quilts and other historical objects that were created and used by people from all across the United States. The quilts were often made from modest scraps of material, demonstrating the resourcefulness of American women. 

The quilt show is included with a self-guided or guided tour of the historic home site and botanical gardens. Tickets may be purchased online or at the ticket counter. Admission is free for Edison Ford members. For more information, call 239-334-7419 or visit www.edisonford.org

Edison and Ford Winter Estates is at 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers.