[tabi] braille quilt here in Tallahassee

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  • Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 13:36:08 -0400

Feel the Words

Brittany Lesser 1:36 a.m. EDT September 21, 2014


Quilt with Braille on it (Photo: Special to the Chronicle )


Quilts often tell a story, sometimes of love, or memory, or a unique

But, few convey that message in braille. On display at the 33rd Annual
Capital City Quilt Show at the Museum of Florida History is a work titled,
"Braille Is." by Jeanine Kane. The work is among more than 100 fiber
artworks available for viewing through Oct. 19. The piece features a key
between the symbol for braille and a door.


The quilt reads, "Braille is the key to open the door."


Kane, a vision rehabilitation therapist at the Lighthouse of the Big Bend,
said she made the quilt to increase the awareness of the importance of
braille as a form of communication.

"Braille is just as essential for communication as print is," said Kane. "I
love working with students who learn braille and getting to see the
expression on their faces when they discover they can read again."

This is the second braille quilt that Kane has made. It was made two years
ago. The letters on either side of the key are made with rope and the quilt
itself is cotton. The braille print is made using fabric puff paint.

The quilt was chosen by Quilters Unlimited of Tallahassee for inclusion in
the annual show. "To my knowledge we have never had a quilt with braille in
the show before," said Museum Director Dr. Jeana Brunson. It is a unique and
original submission.


The partnership between the Museum of Florida History and Quilters Unlimited
of Tallahassee has a long history. This is the 33rd year they have
collaborated to produce the show.

This year's theme is "Starry, Starry Night" and features a quilt made by
Linda O'Sullivan and members of the Friday Frayed Edges Sit and Stitch
group. The show offers a Visitor's Choice Award selected by public vote, and
a silent auction that funds charitable initiatives of the guild. There is a
scavenger hunt and drawing activity for young visitors.


To see the braille quilt or any of the other beautiful quilts on display,
come to the Museum of Florida History at 500 South Bronough Street through
Oct. 19. The Museum is open Monday-Friday 9-4:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4:30
p.m., and Sunday noon-4:30 p.m.

For more information, visit the Museum's website at
museumoffloridahistory.com or see all of the quilts on their Pinterest page
at pinterest.com/museumFLhistory.




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