The Jesse Stuart Foundation will have an open house Aug. 9 to celebrate the author’s 107th birthday.
Stuart was born Aug. 8, 1906, in Greenup County and was known for writing short stories, poetry and novels about Kentucky Appalachia. He was poet laureate of Kentucky in 1954.
During the open house, the Book Cover Quilt will be displayed. The quilt bears the appliqué likeness of many of the covers of his books. It was created by his sister, Glennis, and his niece, Betty Lowmiller. The women made the quilt in 1958.
Nancy K. Osborne, curator of Jesse Stuart’s family quilts, said the quilt isn’t often displayed. “We have this quilt out in the board room with about 40 books that match the books on the quilt,” she said. “This quilt has not been on display to the public for a long time.”
Osborne said Mrs. Stuart covertly took the women the book covers so the quilt could be a surprise to her husband.
“They would make copies into appliqué of the books. These were appliqués with the titles embroidered on the fabric that they hand quilted,” Osborne said. “Some of the book covers have uncompleted embroidery work on the titles.”
In addition, other quilts made by family members in honor of Stuart will be displayed.