|Waiting to start - there's a stack of quilts under that sheet!|
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.
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