Mississippi River Quilts Exhibition

Tuesday, October 1, 2013-Saturday, November 9, 2013

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 5, 2013 | 3-5pm

The exhibition of “Messipi Threads” was a collaboration of over fifty artists in the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois. The show truly captured the art of quilting and the infinite application of fiber art. Visitors noticed the intricacies and versatility of needle and thread work, a compelling display of memories and moments, and a unique representation of how the Mississippi River threads through our lives.

Messipi Threads is available for exhibition to museums, art galleries, libraries, special events, and public and private venues interested in showcasing fiber arts, the Mississippi River, or both. MAE is proud to be a host to this unique exhibition.

The word “Messipi” is a French translation of the Algonquin/Ojibwa word “Misiziibi” or great river. Messipi was used from approximately 1666 until 1798 when Congress officially selected Mississippi.

For more information about the Mississippi River Quilts Project, please contact Sara Detweiler at 309.235.3530 or sloughpump@icloud.com. You can also view the Messipi Threads Video, created by Vicki Todd with music by David G. Smith. To purchase your own copy, contact Sara Detweiler.
Artist Statement

“I never imagined the interest and impact this project could have!” declares Sara Detweiler, the project’s originator. Sara began with the idea to have quilters share their memories of the Great Mississippi River. She found a fabric that resembled the muddy river. The directions were simple – create a quilt, 14 by 18 or 18 by 14 inches, and use the given fabric for the river, making it flow across your quilt. As the quilts came in, interest exploded! Sara bought more fabric. To date, over fifty quilters have contributed to this project, with more on the way.