No Idle Hands (2013)

The intent of this exhibit is to present work by thrifty islanders. These were produced to keep warm; fashioned to decorate their homes; created for use in their labors; and, occasionally, simply to amuse themselves or their children. Several generations of island families are represented from the Upton quilt of 1851 to a floral quilt made by Shirley Burgess in the 1990’s for the Hinchman family. Now considered collector’s items, handmade decoys and baskets were created for a particular purpose; but many of our whittlers took time to fabricate objects of whimsy as well.

We are fortunate to have these treasures made by Chebeaguers, preserved and available to us. We hope also to persuade some owners of such heirlooms to give them to the museum eventually for safe keeping. We hope that looking at these treasures will encourage Chebeaguers to be conscious of the special items that they own and to preserve them for the future.

Exhibit Committee: Martha O. Hamilton, Chair; Suhail Bisharat, Jane Frizzell, Philip & Sheila Jordan, Cathy MacNeill, Joan Robinson, Sylvia Ross, & Susan Stavropoulos.