Making one last look at the quilt piles to make sure I haven't forgotten anything. I am off to a guild in South Carolina to do my talk on 100 years of American Quilts. It is an overview of Quilting history using a trunkshow of parts of my own collection.
Lemoyne Star...North Carolina
Can honestly say I haven't done this the same way twice. First, I don't bring the same quilts. Choosing which quilts is always a huge deal for me so it would be easier if I just picked a dozen and always used those but what fun would that be?! Besides, sometimes that quilt may be up on the wall and that is where I draw the line...not climbing up on ladders and removing quilts from display to bring along. It isn't like I don't have others that fit the same time period...I've always had the "Noah's Ark" approach to collecting (I wan't to have two of each type) so this works for me!
Irish Chain with swag border...circa 1840, Marlyand
The second reason is I ask the guild members to bring quilts that we fit into the "timeline." Sometimes there are only 6-10 and once there were over 50! Definitely keeps me on my toes! (Have to admit to being a bit brain-dead after the 50 quilt day...quilt speed dating!)