Quilts by Margo J. Clabo to be displayed in the Museum Center lobby
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Margo Clabo
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Throughout the Stitches-In-Time exhibit, the Museum Center at Five Points will host a series of one-week exhibits in the museum’s lobby featuring different area quilters and quilt collectors.

By attending these weekly exhibits, visitors will have something new to see each week during the six weeks of Stitches-In-Time in addition to the 130 quilts on display in that exhibit.

The lobby display from Feb. 8-12 will be an exhibition of quilt creations by award-winning quilter Margo J. Clabo.

Although she didn’t get serious about quilting until 1991, Clabo actually made her first quilt in 1963.

Her mother never quilted, but she was a professional seamstress who made slip covers for interior decorators.

Clabo sewed on her mother’s machines when she was a young girl and bought her first sewing machine with babysitting money when she was in high school.

Her Granny, who sewed on a treadle machine, was intrigued with the decorative stitches, and she helped Margo make a machine appliquéd Dutch Doll quilt that they then machine quilted.

A few more quilts were attempted, but it was another 28 years before she got serious about the craft, and several more years before she learned to really love appliqué.

She now does both machine and hand appliqué and, since 2008, has done all of her quilting on a Handi-Quilter 16 which is a mid-arm quilting machine.

Margo has had quilts in the AQS Shows in Paducah, Ky., Nashville and Knoxville, the International Quilt Festival in Houston and the Machine Quilter’s Showcase in Overland Park, Kan., as well as many local and state quilt shows.

Currently her quilt “GRAM SAYS” is featured in the 2011 AQS Quilt Art Engagement Calendar, and her quilt “FROM THE HEART” — one of quilts that will be on exhibit, — is featured in the February issue of The Quilt Life magazine.

A charter member of TheQuiltShow.com, a world-wide Internet quilting community, Margo has been previewing the Block of the Month designs for the show’s designer, Sue Garman. Five of the quilts on display are the result of that collaboration.

“Bouquets for a New Day” was their first design in 2008, but Margo got carried away with the border on this quilt which is nothing like the original design.

This quilt features both needle-turned appliqué as well as raw edge machine work and will be among the many beautiful quilts on display at the museum.

The Museum Center at Five Points preserves and interprets the history and culture of the Ocoee District of Southeast Tennessee.

The museum hosts exhibits and education programs. The Museum Store sells Appalachian arts and crafts from the region.

For more information, call 339-5745 or visit www.MuseumCenter.org.