Community Quilt Hang Out
Get ready to let it all hang out (again). On Sunday, May 4, 2019, Fogo Island will host its second annual community quilt hang out day. Residents of Fogo Island are invited to hang their favourite quilts out on a line in celebration of the rich tradition of quilting. Quilting is an integral part of the culture of Fogo Island, and quilts made here are easily recognized by their vibrant and spontaneous array of patchwork, and hand-embroidered, decorative herringbone stitching. Emerging out of necessity and thrift, these quilts began as odds and ends from pieces of clothing that had run their course, and when combined with other patches, became something utilitarian but also something beautiful.
Today, Fogo Islanders remain engrossed with the practice of quilting, not only for the product but also for the practice itself: friends and neighbours will often quilt together, turning the craft process into a social event. Every bed in the Fogo Island Inn is graced with a handmade quilt that changes with the seasons and has the name of the local quilter who crafted the piece sewn into it. Guests wishing to be dazzled by the colourful displays of Fogo Islanders' craft and creativity can book stays on A Crazy Quilting Experience itinerary, which includes all meals, planned quilting courses and full use of the Inn's facilities. A two-night minimum stay applies. More immersive courses (full-day, two and three days) are available by enquiry.
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