The Old Depot Museum might look a little more comfortable this winter.
The newest exhibit, “Around the Block: Traditional Patterns in the Quilts of Vera Anderson,” is set to showcase traditional quilt patterns from the Franklin County resident in February and March at the museum, 135 W. Tecumseh St., Ottawa, according to an Old Depot Museum news release.
Born in 1920, Anderson lived most of her life in both Miami and Franklin counties where she graduated from Rock Creek Grade School and Wellsville High School in 1939, the release said. Anderson’s earliest quilts were functional simply because her large family needed bedding, the release said.
After Anderson retired from Hallmark Cards, she began making quilts again. As a member of the Ottawa Quilter’s Guild, Anderson made more than 100 quilts and decorations, the release said. Anderson’s quilts are contemporary but with older patterns including the Nine-Patch and Triple Irish Chains, the release said.
In addition to the exhibit, the Franklin County Historical Society plans to offer programs celebrating the historic quilts and their stories, the release said.
On Feb. 21, Chris Campbell, owner of Chris’ Corner Quilt Shop, 3593 U.S. 59, Ottawa, will share her own vintage quilt collection in her program, “If Only These Vintage Quilts Could Talk.” In addition, the public is invited to bring their own quilts in to be examined by Carol Elmore, a quilt expert, during her program “Do You Know What You Have ... In Quilts, That Is?” Further details and locations will be announced later, the release said.
The exhibit is expected to be on display through March 26. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 p.m to 4 p.m. Sundays.