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Memories of Migration: Common Thread — Making a Community Story Quilt

Beginning June 5, Queens Memory will host 12 weekly workshops focused on making a community story quilt! Artist (and Queens College MFA candidate) Naomi Kuo will lead the Common Thread series, which will feature several local quilting instructors. Participants will learn different styles of hand-sewing to make quilt blocks as they join a conversation about craft, family and migration. Some stories will be recorded and incorporated into the quilt via LilyPads — small electronic components that will eventually be sewn into the quilt and play audio clips when pressed.

Quilters may come to one, some or all of the Common Thread sessions. The first eight weeks will be devoted to learning techniques and creating the quilt blocks, while the last four sessions will have participants work around a wooden frame to join the pieces into one large quilt and stitch in the LilyPads. The finished quilt will be on exhibit from August 27 through September 4 at the Flushing Library.

All sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the third-floor conference room of the Flushing Library. Registration is not required, but space is limited. For more information, contact us at digitalarchives@queenslibrary.org. Come contribute to a work of art that showcases the diverse voices of Flushing and eastern Queens!

This project is partially funded by an IMLS grant and is part of Queens Library’s larger Memories of Migration series. We also have received generous supplies from New York City’s Materials for the Arts program.

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