Among the experiences we had was an old fashioned "quilt turning". We viewed many Vermont quilts and learned about the history of each.
Mark Dunn, founder and president of Moda Fabrics (foreground)
admires the beautiful antique quilts
Amongst the treasures were a number of pieces owned by Kathy. She was given several quilts, along with a group of pieced "Grandmother's Flower Garden" blocks. While lovely, I was absolutely thrilled with the exposed paper on the back of each hexagon. The handwriting is exquisite, and I love that the maker used her old letters and bills to piece these blocks. The blocks are circa 1870's. Take a look:
While much is known about the quilts we viewed at the turning, we know that so many beautiful quilts, antique and contemporary, become disconnected from the maker. Without proper documentation of both the quilts and their makers, part of the beauty of the quilt is lost forever.
The Alliance for American Quilts is dedicated to the preservation of these stories. I currently serve on the board of directors of this marvelous organization. Many of you are familiar with the project, "Quilters: SOS (Save Our Stories)". Did you know that this project part of the Alliance?
We are currently challenged to match funding, dollar for dollar, by an anonymous donor, up to $30,000.
This is a tremendous opportunity for the Alliance! I encourage you to consider joining, if you are not currently a member. There is such a wealth of information on the website! Please take time to read some of the interviews from QSOS, as well as browse the immense Quilt Index. For those of you attending the International Quilt Festival, Houston TX, the Alliance will have an exhibition and several special events during the show. I personally invite you to click the link to our website. Please consider becoming a member. Alliance for American Quilts