Month: March 2016

Rediscovered Stories: Charles Gruppe and The Hague School Influence

by Kevin Hudson – Charles Paul Gruppe was born in Picton, Ontario, Canada. At ten years of age, after the death of his father, he moved with his family to Rochester, New York, where he taught himself to paint. The family decided to travel around Europe, and eventually Charles settled in a fishing village1 in Holland just outside The Hague, around 1897. There, he was influenced by The Hague School, a […]

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Quilting as Community: A Trip to the Wood Memorial Library & Museum in South Windsor, Connecticut

The most vivid memory of my first visit to The Wood Memorial Library & Museum is of the 103 ½-inch-x-89-inch quilt that caught my eye when I walked in the main entrance and glanced toward the staircase that leads to the second floor. The South Windsor Bicentennial Quilt was unveiled at the town 1976 Spring Fair by members of The Wapping Community Church Women’s (WCCW) group. In celebration of our […]

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Celebrating National Quilting Month: Why I Make Quilts of All Sizes

– March is National Quilting Month. Poor Yorick celebrates with a series of essays reflecting upon this time-honored craft. Anyone can make a quilt. Seriously, anyone can do it. It’s like making a peanut butter sandwich, only with cloth, using the simplest tools imaginable: a sewing machine, or a sewing needle, and some thread. The truth is, it’s not hard, it’s immensely satisfying, and you can sleep under the finished […]

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