WALLINGFORD — Members of the public and town officials gathered at Town Hall earlier this week to unveil a plaque honoring the people who created the town’s 325th anniversary quilt more than 25 years ago.
The plaque includes the names of the people involved with creating the award-winning quilt, completed in 1995 for the town’s 325th anniversary.
Former Arts Commissioner Lawrence Takores designed the quilt, which features scenes from the town’s history, including the deadly tornado of 1878 and the historic train station.
“I kind of got a vision of what I wanted everything to look like and kind of sketched that out,” Takores said.
Takores said the quilt was made to fit over a queen-size bed. It took dozens of quilters led by Janie Shaver working on the piece a little more than two years to complete. The centerpiece image alone, which displays an image of Simpson Court in the 1890s, took around 1,500 hours to finish. The silhouettes showcase significant people in the town’s history.
“I think that the people really need to be recognized,” Takores said of the quilters. “They’re part of history.”
Before the plaque, only a framed, typed description of the quilt was displayed beside it. The plaque lists the names of the crafters, historians and committee members that were involved with the creation of the project.
“It’s great to honor the people who created this work of art so that they are remembered,” said Mayor William W. Dickinson Jr.
Christine Mansfield, co-chair of the Wallingford 350th Jubilee Committee, said a similar quilt will be made for next year’s celebration.
Mansfield said plans are in the works for quilters to make a piece that will be representative of the town history and today. She said a dynamic community of local quilters will work on the quilt to contribute to the 350th Jubilee.
“Replicating this rich history of quilting as one of the first businesses of Wallingford, it’s exciting to have this reborn and represent our culture,” Mansfield said.