In Photos: Gainesville’s Thornebrook Village Hosts Quilt And Bluegrass Festival

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From handmade flutes to a variety of quilt patterns, the Quilt and Bluegrass Festival displayed creative work of all types on Saturday at Thornebrook Village in Gainesville.

The hand-crafted wooden housewares included spoons and bowls, and the quilts, hung with clothespins, swayed as festival-goers walked by.

The event featured a line-up of musicians that included the Front Porch Backsteppers, Patchwork, Boilin’ Oil and the Tucker/Williamson Band.

Judy Robinson, one of the vendors, makes musical instruments by carving wood she collects from different trees. She also makes spoons.

“Making these spoons, I’ve learned that you don’t want to use cedar because cedar has toxins,” she said. “You wouldn’t want to leave it in your tea.”

The Quilters of Alachua County Day Guild sold handmade tote bags, quilts and stuffed animals, and the organization plans to donate the funds to community-service programs.

The Front Porch Backsteppers perform onstage at Gainesville’s Quilt and Bluegrass Festival. (Natalie Bauta/WUFT news)
The Front Porch Backsteppers perform onstage at Gainesville’s Quilt and Bluegrass Festival at Thornebrook Village in Gainesville. (Natalie Bauta/WUFT News)

 

The Quilters of Alachua County Day Guild has over 150 members who gather once a month to make these crafts. (Natalie Bauta/WUFT news)
The Quilters of Alachua County Day Guild has more than 150 members, who gather once a month to make crafts. (Natalie Bauta/WUFT News)

 

Handmade pieces are sold by the Quilters of Alachua County Day Guild. “The money we make we send back into the community to buy the batting — it’s what makes the quilts fluffy,” said member Debra James. (Natalie Bauta/WUFT news)
The Quilters of Alachua County Day Guild sells handmade pieces at the event. (Natalie Bauta/WUFT News)

 

Patchwork, the all-female band, gives the crowd a taste of bluegrass tunes. (Natalie Bauta/WUFT news)
The band Patchwork gives the crowd a taste of bluegrass tunes. (Natalie Bauta/WUFT News)

 

Audience members Christine Harris (left), Susan Levi and Don Peregoy sit for Patchwork’s performance. (Natalie Bauta/WUFT news)
Audience members (from left) Christine Harris, Susan Levi and Don Peregoy listen to Patchwork’s performance. (Natalie Bauta/WUFT News)

 

Festival spectators cheer along to the bluegrass tunes performed by the all-female group Patchwork. (Natalie Bauta/WUFT news)
Festival-goers cheer along with the bluegrass tunes performed by Patchwork. (Natalie Bauta/WUFT News)

 

Judy Robinson carves wood to make an art piece. She is making an owl out of what used to be a square block of wood. (Natalie Bauta/WUFT news)
Wood carver Judy Robinson turns what had been a square block of wood into an owl. (Natalie Bauta/WUFT News)

 

Carved and painted by Judy Robinson, this piece originated from a cherry tree branch from North Carolina. (Natalie Bauta/WUFT news
Robinson holds a carved and painted piece that had been a cherry-tree branch from North Carolina. (Natalie Bauta/WUFT News)

 

A festival-goer observes the “Fall Flowers” artwork pieced and quilted by Karen Alberts. It is not up for sale. (Natalie Bauta/WUFT news)
A festival-goer observes the “Fall Flowers” quit by Karen Alberts. (Natalie Bauta/WUFT News)

About Natalie Bauta

Natalie Bauta is a reporter for WUFT news. She can be reached at nbauta21@ufl.edu or (786) 270-8991. Her twitter handle is @nataliebauta

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