Demonstration Quilting by Mary Ann Budral

Mountain Heritage Center to Present “Mini” Mountain Heritage Day-Style Event 

During the event, the Mountain Heritage Center will be open, displaying its exhibit “Quilts: The Stories They Tell.”

Quilting demonstration by Mary Ann Budral

The Mountain Heritage Center, a museum of Appalachian culture at Western Carolina University, will hold a crafts demonstration and music performance on campus Wednesday, July 20, 2022.

The 1-3 p.m. event will take place on the lawn between the Forsyth and Killian Annex buildings, in the style of Mountain Heritage Day, the university’s popular, fall community festival scheduled this year for Saturday, Sept. 24. The July 20 event is free and open to the public.

Sarah Elizabeth Burkey will perform traditional music, and several crafters will demonstrate and/or discuss their work: Mattie Davenport (weaving), Richard Tichich (quilting and old-time sewing machines), and Windy Gordon (Scottish tartans), who will also speak on historical influences. Featured crafters include Ramona Lossie, with Cherokee river cane basketry, and Cassie Dickson, whose work focuses on flax culture and weaving, with corn shuck toys and art.

Members of Dogwood Crafters in Dillsboro will also demonstrate quilt making, while Mountain Heritage Center staff will show Western Carolina College’s old beanies and lead participants in making corn shuck dolls.

During the event, the Mountain Heritage Center will be open, displaying its exhibit “Quilts: The Stories They Tell.” The exhibit includes 21 quilts from the MHC collection featuring Album, Crazy, and Patchwork quilt styles—including some that have never before been exhibited. The exhibition also showcases stories of quilters from Jackson, Macon, and Haywood counties, families and community members, and patterns, techniques and materials.

The Mountain Heritage Center is located in the Hunter Library building; the exhibit is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, until Aug. 26. The event is sponsored by the Mountain Heritage Center, the Office of Mentoring and Persistence to Success, and Hunter Library.

For more information, please visit, or call (828) 227-7129.


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