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Quilt block exhibit in Norman highlights 100-year history of Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service

Quilt blocks from 47 Oklahoma counties were on display to highlight the 100-year history of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service.
By Jane Glenn Cannon, Staff Writer Published: July 17, 2014

Quilt blocks designed to tell through textiles the story of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service were displayed at the Embassy Suites.

The exhibit this week was part of the annual meeting for Oklahoma Home and Community Education, an arm of the extension service dedicated to continuing education in all aspects of home and community life.

The quilt blocks — 152 from 47 Oklahoma counties — are the result of a Quilt Block Challenge this year to commemorate the extension service’s 100th anniversary.

“The unique challenge is a way to engage people across the state in the celebration,” said Recia Garcia, co-chair of the centennial and former family and consumer sciences specialist for the northwest district of the extension service.

The best quilt block entries in terms of workmanship and telling the extension service’s story will be incorporated into an official centennial quilt, Garcia said. The quilt will be used in the fall as a backdrop for an Oklahoma State University Homecoming Parade float highlighting the extension’s centennial celebration.

“Quilts have a long tradition of marking milestones such as marriages, births and friendships, and that’s true even today,” Garcia said. “Quilters are good at telling stories using textiles.”


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