Quilters Sew Depiction of Montezuma County History for New Museum

3/31/2021
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Blocks Without Borders, a local quilting group, created a quilt depicting iconic landmarks and historical scenes in Montezuma County that it will donate for display in the new Montezuma Heritage Museum. You can help fund the displays by sponsoring one of the blocks.

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While the Montezuma

County historical society

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plans the new exhibits and displays

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in the soon to open Heritage Museum.

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At least one piece of artwork

has earned a permanent place

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on the museum's walls.

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I'm Wendy Graham Settle.

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A Montezuma County quilting

group recently completed a quilt

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of historical scenes and places

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for display in the new

Montezuma Heritage Museum.

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And it just happens to

be a fundraiser too.

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You know, it, it started out,

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we knew that the history

museum was a long time coming

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for the city of Cortez.

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And every history museum needs a quilt.

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And so, in Cortez

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we have a group called

Blocks Without Borders

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and, and that's the way

we, the way we roll.

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It's, everybody is very

creative and artistic.

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And I went to the group and asked

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if they would be willing to help make

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a hist- a quilt for the museum.

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And,

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13, very talented women

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jumped in and made 20 blocks.

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The historical society provided

us with historic photos,

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and all of the quilter artists,

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picked a photo that

they wanted to work on.

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Some pick two or three,

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and used those black and white photos,

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and then translated them into fabric.

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The quilt depicts iconic scenes

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from Montezuma County's heritage

and historical landmarks.

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Including Kiva, old school

and commercial buildings,

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cattle ranching, shepherding

and the fruit orchard economy.

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13 volunteers took eight

months to complete 20 blocks.

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We figure that the entire quilt

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probably took about 350 hours,

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total. When you combine everyone's hours,

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for the planning and design and assembly.

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The quilt will be displayed

in the new museum's

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meeting and presentation room.

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With the quilters names and sponsors

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included in the exhibit text.

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You can sponsor one of the

blocks for $250 a piece.

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Eight blocks are still available.

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The museum is expected to open

in late summer or early fall.

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To donate, contact the museum county

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historical society at montezumamuseum.org

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Thanks for watching

the Local News Network,

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serving Montezuma County,

Durango, Pagosa Springs, Telluride

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and Farmington, New Mexico.

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I'm Wendy Graham Settle.

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