Yesterday, I had the wonderful opportunity to present my “Quilts in U.S. History” lecture to the Cornerstone Quilt Guild in Charlton, Mass. Not only did I see some stunning quilts during Show and Tell but one guild member also brought a top from 1876 from her collection to share.
I mentioned a few things during my lecture that I wanted to follow up on and provide links for:
- Nancy Kirk of The Quilt Collection is a tremendous resource to learn how to care for and restore antique quilts. Books and DVDs are available from her website: http://kirkcollection.com/
- Mood Fabrics in NYC is where I found cotton velvets to use in restoring crazy quilts – now available online! https://www.moodfabrics.com/fashion-fabrics/cotton/velvet
- A quick eBay search for feed sacks shows that they are bringing $10 – $20 apiece so using them to make something wouldn’t be crazy. I would still recommend trying to find a feed sack expert to take a look at the collection first just in case there’s a rare feed sack worth hundreds of dollars among them.
Week 22 of my journal quilting project in 2011 was a fun one for me. I’d long had on my list to attend a Quilt Restoration Workshop with Nancy Kirk and I was finally on my way there. I flew to Omaha, Nebraska where the workshop was held and when I went to pick up my economical, small rental car, the agency told me that they didn’t have any of those available anymore and that they would upgrade me at no charge to this:
I asked if they’d pay the speeding tickets.
Happily, I didn’t get one, but I did have a great time at the workshop. Our first day was an optional one before the official start of the workshop and we went to the International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln, NE. After that, I had a week of fabric dating, pieced, applique, and crazy quilt restoration, and wonderful time spent with quilters, which I enjoyed despite the morning sickness. I also posted to Facebook about being in Omaha and had the unexpected treat of having dinner with a school friend I hadn’t seen in almost 20 years who had just moved to Omaha.
It was a great week and I am so glad that I went ahead and did it. I booked it before I got pregnant and had I waited, I’d still be waiting to go!