The Quilt Royals and Me

I don't really know how to introduce this because it's just so insane. So I'm just going to spit it out: Last month, I had lunch with and spent the afternoon in a back room of a museum studying early 19th century quilts with Barbara Brackman and Merikay Waldvogel. Just the three of us. Here's proof: Yes. That Barbara and that Merikay. Their current joint research project is chintz panel quilts, of which there are several fabulous examples at the Atlanta History Center Museum. What an honor it was to be any part of that with them. You can read about the Atlanta History Center chintz quilts in a series of posts Barbara's doing on her Material Culture blog, starting with...Read More

Improv Workshop with Gee’s Bend Quilters

We do not remember days, we remember moments. ~ Cesare Pavese Yesterday's Gee's Bend workshop at Heritage Hall in Talladega, Alabama was filled with beautiful moments. China caught me picking apart some fabric strips (which I thought was going rather well), took them from me and just started pulling them apart. Just grab and pull. I would have thought that would warp the fabric or something, but nope. They came apart as if she'd already pulled the stitches out. My table mate and I got a huge laugh at me over that. I really wish I had it on video because it was hilarious. Of course, China and Mary Ann sang as we worked. https://youtu.be/h_fuB1sJgFQ What I admire most...Read More