|Thank you, Marilyn Hines for this lovely "inchies" quilt. Great Job!|
Monday, February 9, 2015
Almost time to do it again!
This month has flown by. What with the Farm Fest and Quilt Show at the Pioneer Florida Museum, I have barely had time to catch my breath, but it is nearly time for the next workshop. It will be held on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at the Pioneer Florida Museum in Dade City, Florida. If you need additional information, contact the Museum at 352-567-0262.. I know that Quilting is not part of my dyeing blog normally, but I want to share with you a tour de force by a dear friend of mine in her 80's. One day (two years ago) a lady came into the Museum with a box of cut patches and a few started quilt blocks and said that an 80 year old friend of hers had given her the patches over 30 years ago but that she had not been able to make anything from them. She didn't want to throw them away and wondered if the Museum could use them. I looked through the patches and saw a lovely collection of 1920's and 1930's fabrics and said "Yes, this is a great historical collection of fabric designs that can be preserved for history." I asked one of my dye students, who is also marvelous hand quilter, if she thought she could put these patches together to make some wall hangings that could be displayed at the Museum. My friend took the box of patches and last week presented me with 7 little quilts to hang in the Quilt Show.. One of the little quilt was an "inchies" pattern with 1,088 little pieces put together with 1/8" seams. It won the Curator's Choice Award at the show. I just wanted to share the photo with you to show that no matter what your age, you are still able to be creative and create art in several forms. The 7 little quilts will become a part of the permanent collection at the Pioneer Florida Museum. I hung the quilts last Fridasy, and on Saturday, opening day of the Quilt Show, the lady who had donated the patches returned and asked if anything had been able to be done with the patches. I told her I had just hung the little quilts made from the patches.on Friday, and that the quilter who had put them together was up at the barn where the show was hung, making pine needle baskets. The lady was overjoyed and went up to see the show and ifnd the quilter. They met and she thanked Marilyn profusely, took photos of the little quilts and e-mailed them back to her friend's granddaughter who was overjoyed that her grandmother's work would live on. A great day for all!