Beautiful Designs, Family Stories Highlight African-American Quilt Show at Riderwood

SILVER SPRING, MD---Some were passed from generation to generation, while others were recently made.  But there was a meaningful story behind each of them. Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community, hosted an African-American Quilt Show on February 11th in the Chesapeake Room.  The event was sponsored by the resident-led Riderwood Quilt Club and the African-American History Club. The showcase featured eighteen quilts contributed by residents.  The quilts utilized African fabric and/or were inspired by African-American history.  Dorothy Sojourner, a resident, displayed a colorful nylon quilt measuring approximately 76" x 92" that she received from the family of her husband in the 1950's.  For Ms. Sojourner, the quilt represented "a welcome from my new family.  Whenever I see it, the word 'warmth' comes to mind." Technology even played a role in the most recently-made quilts.  Resident Rebecca Griffin utilized photographs printed to fabric to design and create "A Second Term: Barack Is Back."  The hand-quilted piece features scenes from the current President's re-election in 2012. Additionally, a documentary highlighting the inspirational history of the Gee's Bend, Alabama quilters ran continuously in Maryland Hall. [caption id="attachment_101247" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Riderwood resident Levern Allen stands next to her display at the African-American Quilt Show held at the Erickson Living retirement community on February 11th. Ms. Allen designed and made the quilt, called "Caribbean Fun" with its printed center and island scenes.[/caption] About Riderwood:  Riderwood is one of seventeen continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living.  Located in Silver Spring, Maryland, the scenic 120-acre campus is home to more than 2,500 residents.  Riderwood is the ideal greater Washington, D.C. retirement destination offering a true sense of community, convenience beyond compare and a sensible financial structure.

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