Door County Art: “Telling Stories with Quilts & Words” Opens in Gallery 242

On Tuesday, October 7, the Trillium Quilt Guild will open “Telling Stories with Quilts & Words” in Gallery 242, located on the lower level of the Fairfield Art Center in historic downtown Sturgeon Bay. The exhibition, which incorporates a selection of 16-by-20-inch quilts in conjunction with a series of poems by the Wallace Poetry Group, was the brainchild of Judy Roy, poetry group member and quilt guild president.

Last year, while preparing for a display at the Meadows at Scandia Village, the Wallace group discussed possible themes for its exhibition poetry. Someone suggested textiles. Roy knew the Trillium Quilt Guild was looking for a place to display its upcoming mini-quilt show, so she suggested a unique theme: writing poems about the mini-quilts.

Although some are originals, the 16-by-20 quilts primarily comprise patterns by Lori Smith. Once the quilters completed their work, they provided the quilts to the Wallace Group so the poets could find their inspiration and begin to write. The result is a remarkable exhibition that celebrates artistic expression on more than one level. The quilters reveal their vision through choices of fabric and color, while the poets express their own feelings in words.

“Telling Stories with Quilts & Words” was first displayed at the Meadows in July 2007. The exhibition also appeared at the Sister Bay Library. After the Fairfield show, it will go on to appear at the Door Community Auditorium’s Link Gallery in Fish Creek.

The Trillium Quilt Guild is the largest quilt guild in Door County with 56 full- and part-time members. Founded in 1998, it grew out of a class at the Clearing in Ellison Bay, and its enthusiastic members are dedicated to making quilts and learning more about the vast world of quilt-making. The group meets from 9:30 am – noon on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at the Sister Bay Fire Station. To learn more about their organization, visit

Founded in 2001, the Wallace Poetry Group also developed from a Clearing course. This group of nine poets meet monthly to study the techniques of writing poetry as well as to critique each other’s poems. In addition, the Wallace Group writes poems on a particular theme each year; afterward, they select poems for exhibition and put them on display at the Meadows.

“Telling Stories with Quilts & Words” will appear in the Fairfield’s Gallery 242 through Friday, October 31. The show will be dismantled on November 1 in preparation for the next Gallery 242 exhibition, “Renee Schwaller: Inspirational Symbols in Clay,” which will open on Tuesday, November 4.

The Fairfield Art Center is open free to the public from 10 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday; and 10 am – 4 pm Saturday. For more information call 920.746.0001, send email to [email protected] or visit