Historic Thomas Center Artfully Depicted in Award-Winning Slice Quilt


GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department was honored to accept the contribution of “The Thomas Center Quilt,” a “slice quilt” depicting the exterior of the Historic Thomas Center in 12 custom designed panels from members of the Fiber Art Bee, part of the Quilters of Alachua County Day Guild. The quilt is now on display in the Mary F. Prosen Conference Room on the Mezzanine level of the Thomas Center which overlooks the Spanish Court.

This quilt was constructed by enlarging a photograph of the Gainesville landmark and dividing it into 12 parts or “slices.” Each slice was then given to a member of the Fiber Art Bee, who proceeded to individually interpret their part of the master image in fabric, using different techniques and fibers. Finally, all the slices were assembled together to reveal a striking vision of our community’s beloved cultural jewel. Since its creation, the quilt has won a number of regional awards for its design and artistry.

The contributing fiber artists who created the piece are Celeste Beck, Gretchen Brooks, Jodi Colvard, Margaret DiNegro, Beverley Hilton, Debra James, Laura Jones, Amy Koester, Linda McSwain, Mary Peer, Jane Rhoden, Ellen Rosendahl, Carol Stetson and Vibeke Vala. The Thomas Center Quilt has been dedicated to the memory of Beverley Hilton, who was a co-founder of the Fiber Art Bee.

A photo of the slice quilt can be viewed at

The quilt can be viewed during normal hours at the Historic Thomas Center, which is located at 302 NE Sixth Ave. in Gainesville. For additional information, please contact Russell Etling, cultural affairs manager, at or 352-393-8532.