Monday, February 13, 2006
Voted Bonnie's most likely
I can't believe I don't have a full shot of this quilt top! It came from the same family as the cheddar and when I first say it I immediately thought of Bonnie! The blocks are almost 7 inches square and are a variation on the monkey wrench. The blocks are set in a lightning strip with some wild black and white stripes. Mixed in the bunch is a bit of silk and velvet! Talk about maverick!
The owner is a wonderful, refined southern woman. She lives in a beautiful antique filled home "on the hill." When I went to view her collection she said,"oh my family ran moonshine so there was some money there." I didn't know what to say...was she pulling this yankee's leg? What is the appropriate southern lady response? I decided to stick with what I know, "well, they sure could quilt" was all I said.
I had some questions about what demonstrations we did at the museum. We brought a bit of everything (my approach to every quilting event is to fill the Tuscon...then maybe I'll have what I need when I need it!) We had some handpiecing so we could show how templates were used and how to follow a pattern. In this case it was a carpenter's wheel done in repro fabrics. We has several examples of hand quilting - both a whole cloth and a "cobb quilt" pattern from Mimi Dietrich's book from the Smithsonian. Since there was a honeycomb quilt from the 1940's on display I also had my english paperpiecing project with me. (one gentleman from Chile was convinced I was using a machine somehow and got nose-to-stich with the piece!) Rachael had a crazy quilt block to show various stitches. Finally we had a couple of applique blocks with paper-n top and needleturn. I wish we had more folks attend...both from the guild and visitors. The museum isn't very good at getting the word out on anything.