Thursday, July 31, 2014

Museum Talk

Today I had the privilege to participate in a lecture series at the Washington County Museum regarding the scholarship and romance of quilts. A small and wonderful group was in attendance. Afterwards, I was able to share a little bit about each of the ten quilts that I have hanging in their current exhibit: A Summer Wrapped in Quilts!

The lighting in museums is intended to protect, not illuminate, your treasures, so I have only two photos worth sharing.  The first shows me pointing out the similarities and differences in these two quilts – the blocks are identical, with one exception. Where there is a 9-patch in the Cherry Chocolate quilt, there is a quarter-square triangle in the What's Up? quilt.  Change the colors and, voila, a new pattern is born!

The second photos shows a Margaret Miller pattern originally called City Lights. I used fabrics with a hint of safari theme and renamed it Oasis. Margaret Miller is well known for designing patterns that look like they're paper-pieced, but the units are sewn over-sized then trimmed with acrylic templates. 

Yes, that's Bill Volckening hanging out on the left of the photo! He came to every presentation this summer at the museum and always brought fantastic quilts to share!