Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FCCJ's Learning Center Stitches Together Quilt Exhibit; Several of Julie Mainor's Masterpieces Will Be on Display until Dec. 18

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FCCJ's Learning Center Stitches Together Quilt Exhibit; Several of Julie Mainor's Masterpieces Will Be on Display until Dec. 18

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Byline: AMELIA A. HART

YULEE - Julie Mainor says she's not very good at following directions. That independent streak has lead her to strike out on her own path when it comes to quilting.

Mainor set herself on the road to learning how to make quilts about seven years ago when she agreed to make one for a raffle at her son's school. After about four years, she took what she had learned making traditional quilts to meet her own creative needs.

"None of my quilts call to mind quilts as they're usually thought of, bed covers made of traditional piece blocks," she said. "They truly are art, art that you hang on the wall."

And that's just what Catherine Hodges, manager and librarian at the Florida Community College at Jacksonville Betty P. Cook Center in Yulee, has done.

Thirteen quilts by Mainor form the centerpiece of an exhibit on quilting at the library. The exhibit also features a variety of quilts from around Nassau County, using both traditional and innovative quilting techniques, including works by Stacey Ward and Robert Morris.

"We wanted to show a variety of quilts and how it doesn't have to be just your standard quilt," Hodges said.

This is not the first time Mainor's fabric art has been publicly displayed. She and a quilting buddy made a quilt specifically for "Follow the North Star," an exhibit two years ago at the Learning Center about the Underground Railroad.

And one of her quilts in the current exhibit, Secrets of the Suwannee, hung earlier this year in the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida in Gainesville as part an exhibit of fabric art that featured Florida's plants, animals and natural environment.

Secrets of the Suwannee not only depicts wildlife that make their home on the river, but includes a map of the river itself as well as the springs that feed it.

Mainor, who grew up near the Crandall pasture, said nature, particularly the forest, is a favorite subject. …

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