FREE MAKER MORNING: Quilting Generations Together

July 30, 2022 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Newport Art Museum

Family Album Quilt Making

Enjoy a creative morning at the Museum reveling in the sumptuous Velvet & Silk: The Palmer Family Quilt exhibition and contributing your own quilt square to our Community Album Quilt. An Album Quilt is just that – a grid of squares, each featuring a memorable person or event. Perfect for all ages and skill levels, this is your opportunity to reflect upon family histories, and memorialize an event, person, or place of importance to you with fabrics and trims. Bring a photo to inspire you, or create your square from scratch!

Museum Educators will be joined by local quilt maker Veronica Mays to provide guidance, design suggestions, advice on how to use the materials, and tips on construction as you sew, glue or draw a design on your own quilt squares.

A visual celebration, our Community Album Quilt is displayed in the Museum’s gallery and will be continually added to all summer.

FREE ADMISSION 10am – 12pm
All ages welcome, all materials provided, and no sewing skills required. 

This event was made possible with a grant from the John Clarke Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee

Meet our Special Guest

Veronica Mays is a fiber artist who loves to design and create art quilts that reflect her heritage.  As a 2018 Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Grant recipient, she created art quilts for the Dr. Martin Luther King Center, The Newport County Branch of the NAACP, Mixed Magic Theater and The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society. She is also a 2019 recipient of an Assets for Artists grant from the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Although she learned to quilt while living in Fairbanks, Alaska in 2004, she has been quilting in earnest for the past six  years. Working with fabric places her in a zone of peace and joy!  Mays notes, “As an artist, I love the process of developing and executing an idea.  I am partial to using African-inspired fabric to create pieces that reflect my culture. Portrait quilts are a particular interest of mine.” Find her work at