Macon County quilting enthusiasts are making final preparations for a new festival debuting in Franklin this weekend that will showcase the art and artistry of quilting. As part of the first annual “Airing of the Quilts,” downtown merchants and homeowners will be “airing” their quilts on Saturday, May 7, by hanging the bright bursts of color on storefronts, porches and fences throughout Historic Downtown Franklin.
Mother’s Day weekend was intentionally chosen as the ideal weekend to hold the event. “We're honoring mothers and grandmothers and the tradition of quilting,” said Deb Heatherly, chairman of the Macon County Quilt Trails and owner of Deb's Cats and Quilts.
Asked where the idea of an “airing” festival came from, she explained: “A long time ago, bed linens and things weren't washed during the winter. When spring cleaning came, you had to air everything out – clean the windows, sweep out the house and air your bed linen. That's where the term ‘airing of the quilts’ came from.”