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!