Saturday, April 30, 2011

Paducah 3

I guess I could do these posts in chronological order...would make more sense no? While here in Paducah I suffer from sensory overload so making sense is much more difficult than it should be...but here goes.




Day one I signed up for an early lecture on Civil War quilts however the presenter was not able to make it due to the weather so Sue Reich stepped in and presented Quilts of World War II. I went to the exhibit last year but it was still wonderful to hear her speak on the quilts and their history. (I believe many of the lectures are steaming on the AQS website so you may be able to see it online!)





She curated the Antique Quilt exhibit at the Rotary again this year. The theme was quilted gardens. Again a wonderful exhibit. Some familiar patterns and some quirky ones that just make you smile. And as always the human stories and historical context was laid out for us. The quilt photos in this post are a sample of what was on display...






I met up with janette Dwyer, The Farmer's Daughter, who I met last year in the appraising class. She introduced me to Merrily McKim Tuohey who is the granddaughter of Ruby McKim. We went to the pie place near the giant cow (if you've been to Paducah that makes sense!) and had lunch with Merrily, her Mom and Merrrily's daughter. They told me about how they saved the origianal patterns and other ephemera of ruby McKim's from being destroyed after her death. They are self publishing the old series like Rolly Polly, The stories of the bible, and Alice in Wonderland. The books are really nice (I bought three...I love Ruby McKim embroidery patterns and see them often in vintage quilts around Georgia.) She has a website http://www.mckimstudios.com/







Janette and I in the back and Ruby McKim's Great-granddaughter, granddaughter and daughter in law.







Well off to down a protien shake with some more coffee, load the car and get down to the quilt museum for my test!

6 comments:

Impera_Magna said...

I went to the Knoxville Quilt Show last summer... and I know exactly what you mean about sensory overload. I was very thankful for the park bench rest area and the lunch areas... sometimes I just had to sit still and decompress.

I love the flower quilts... and the morning glory (I think) quilt is stunning...

Thanks for sharing all the photos and your experiences!

Quilter Kathy said...

I am greatly enjoying your Paducah posts...loving the photos when I can say "I've been there"! Great shots of the quilts!
Good luck on your test!

Karen said...

I am too late to wish you well on your test. I know you must have studied long and hard. I met someone a number of years ago that was studying for the test. She was telling me about the classes and how hard it was to learn everything.

debbie said...

thanks for the update and info on Ruby McKim family website for patterns! It is so cool that the family understood the importance (to some of us at least) of her original works. I would much rather purchase patterns and books from the families of designers than an annonomous printing house.
Will be looking forward to the post on how wonderful you've done on your test.

Beth said...

OH! thank you SO much for posting the Ruby McKim site! I had my first quilting 'class) (we were really just a small group) in the early '80 at Torrejon AB, Spain. Ruby's book was the very first book I purchased. It is dog eared and falling apart, but I would not part with it for anything! I am so glad to see her granddaughter bringing her patterns to life!

Willy Wonky said...

Wonderful to meet you. Hope you had a great time, and I'm sure you did beautifully on the appraiser's test. Thanks again for the tip on the NYB top!! :)