Monday, June 22, 2015

Warrenton Quilt History Event 2015

Waiting to start - there's a stack of quilts under that sheet!
I just returned from a wonderful trip to Warrenton, Virginia - located in Fauquier county.
A special Thank you to Kelly Ann's Quilting who sponsored the event and my lecture.  This is beautiful country - wine and horse acreages abound.  A short drive from Washington DC makes it a great place to vacation and shop.  Did I mention I posted a box home...with all kinds of goodies!




My lecture was held at the visitors center to accommodate a large group of people.
This is enthusiastic quilt country!

I was able to set up the presentation 'in the round' and attendees were able to get up close with each quilt.



Noah and Matilda Group - Warranton

One of my goals was to enable Doreen's Noah and Matilda students to have their picture taken with the original antique quilt.
Mission accomplished!
I think Matilda would be happy too.
They are a wonderful, gracious, talented group of stitches and I am honored to have spent time with them.




We all agreed we could have stayed for hours talking quilts!  They enjoyed the information and I enjoyed hearing their reactions as each quilt was revealed.  They loved surprises like Karen's (Log Cabin Quilter) wool Radical Rose.
Sticking to the plan we ended almost on time - and made the short jaunt over the Kelly Ann's Quilt Shop.


Display quilts are Kelly Ann's Quilt Sampler Kits

At the shop I had the rewarding opportunity to visit with several attendees and sign pattern covers.  Some of the stitchers brought their projects to share with me.  So inspiring to see their work!!  These girls STITCH!  I wish I had taken pictures of their work.  You can see some examples HERE.
It was also fantastic to spend time with Maureen (Pursuit of Quilts).


Part of our group in front of the museum

After the Day 1 events, we shared good food and Virginia wine - with more quilt talk!

Day 2 was a bus trip to The Virginia Quilt Museum to see three exhibits:   Celebrate The Day, A Virginia Tribute to Jane Stickle and Civil War Quilts:  Antebellum to Reunion.
All great quilts.


160 of Doreen's students have completed Dear Jane quilts!


I'd visited the museum before, and had high expectations.     It blew me away!!
Doreen (Aunt Reen's Place) is the curator of the  "Virginia Tribute to Jane Stickle" exhibit.  She did a gallery talk for us, providing the story of each quilt.  Her curatorial eye was evident in the variety of quilts and stories presented.  From 2" blocks to creative settings - each example was a work of art.  Sorry, photos were not allowed.


More shopping, good company, food and wine wrapped up the day.
I am still savoring every wonderful moment!
You can read more about the event on Doreen's blog (Aunt Reen's Place)  HERE.
Have Quilts - Will Travel is my new motto!
Have a great week - Dawn


24 comments:

  1. What a wonderful opportunity for both you and Doreen's students. I'm going to have to hear your talk someday.

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    1. And you live so far away...Jet down sometime, and bring friends!

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  2. This sounds like a most wonderful adventure!! I can imagine the excitement for them to see your quilts up close and personal :0) 160 finished Dear Jane's - she must be a fantastic teacher!

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  3. Looks like everyone had a wonderful time. I know they all enjoyed seeing the original quilts up close.

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  4. It was a spectacular event! I enjoyed myself so much! ....And the quilts you shared with us! Swoon! I can't wait to start on my version of "Ferns and Berries"! Smooches! laurie

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  5. I visited the museum about 8 years ago I think it was, lovely,lovely place - I wasn't with a group though and we just wandered through looking at the quilts it was beautiful.

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  6. Looks like a such a great time. Read about it on Reens blog. What a success you both had having students. I'm so jealous, would have loved to have been there!

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  7. What an interesting trip. I enjoyed seeing the pictures of the group activities on your blog and Aunt "Reen's. And it was my first time to see a picture of you.

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  8. Looks like fun. hanks for sharing!

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  9. Sounds like a wonderful time and trip ! : ) Off to visit Reen's blog next, then! :)

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  10. Was wonderful to meet you! I hope you come back soon.

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  11. How exciting for you and I can believe the students were thrilled to see the original! wish I could have joined you to see and hear it all :)

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  12. Looks like everyone had a grand time!! That is a pretty large number of Dear Jane quilts completed---160!! Wish I was by the table to see the ahhhh quilt (N&M).

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  13. PS. There is a picture of Wendy's quilt from the Sydney show (Legends & Lace blog) and she credits you as the designer for the pattern. More pics on Hilda's blog (Every Stitch)

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    1. The Sydney show is not that requires the entry to have permission from the quilt owner and pattern maker to enter. Wendy is a great quilt maker - it was an honor to have her select that quilt to enter.

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  14. Sounds wonderful! I love that you are giving lectures now. That is so special. Now what about what you sent home??? :D

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  15. Looks like a really great experience. I would love to hear your presentation someday. You aren't that far away, but the guilds in my area really don't bring in speakers--it is the quilt shops that do it around here. The shop that does it the most really focuses on more modern quilting.
    Wish I could have been there to meet you and Maureen, along with learning from your wealth of information. Fun to finally put a face with your name.

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    1. Many people are very surprised at how colorful antique quilts are. Modern came from these quilts!

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  16. Looks like a wonderful time and a terrific presentation!

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  17. What fun to read your post about what must have been an amazing event. I read Aunt Reen's post too so it is great to have additional information. My first love is vintage fabrics and quilts and hope to attend one of your lectures/trunk shows someday.

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  18. This looks like a wonderful time! I would love to attend one of your lectures, maybe one day.....

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  19. Looks like fun - nice to see you still talk with your hands :) you look great too!

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  20. Glad you had a great trip - it sounds wonderful!

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  21. Well done on your lecture and presentation. Wish I had been able to be there. What a star! Sounds like a lot of very happy campers attended.

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