From now until Saturday, December 1, the handiwork of the Patchwork Squares quilt group will be on display at ArtExposure in Hampstead.  

The group meets most Wednesdays at the Sneads Ferry Presbyterian Church on Hwy. 210 in Sneads Ferry. The group’s mission is providing quilts to the residents of Barium Springs Home for Children in Hendersonville, NC. Twice a year, handmade quilts are delivered to the children of Barium Springs. The last trip in October delivered 69 quilts. Since 2003, the group has made nearly 1,000 quilts for the children’s home. Six of the quilts displayed in the exhibit will be part of the delivery of quilts planned for this spring.

“We have a serious mission with Barium Springs,” said Andrea Barrett who established the group’s regular meetings at Sneads Ferry Presbyterian Church. “But we also quilt for ourselves, our families and our friends.”

Fifty-three quilts from the quilters’ private collections are displayed. From an all-pink quilt stitched to support a breast cancer survivor, to a quilt showcasing a first attempt at the Japanese art of Sashiko stitching, the quilts hang from the gallery walls, are draped over quilt racks or folded over tables for display.

“This quilt exhibit fits with ArtExposure’s vision as a gathering place for artists and the local community,” said Ellen Elder, founder of ArtExposure.“There are many quilters and quilt groups in this area and this display will showcase the craft.”

ArtExposure is located at 22527 on Highway 17 (just south of Lowes and Highway 210) and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 910-330-4077 or visit the website at

The Patchwork Squares quilt group welcomes quilters of all levels. Beginners and those interested in learning to quilt will find both encouragement and instruction; nearly half of the members are new quilters. For more information about the group, contact Andrea Barrett at 910-327-2586.