If you could choose just one quilt from the approximately 6000 in the International Quilt Museum’s vast collection and make it your own, which one would it be? A gorgeous Baltimore Album? An exquisite French whole cloth? Grace Snyder’s amazing Flower Basket Petit Point patchwork with its 87,000 tiny pieces?
I was recently given the opportunity to answer the following rhetorical question: Which quilt in the museum’s collection would you sneak out of the building . . . if it weren’t a crime?
A series of online presentations, titled “Quiltside Chats,” debuts TOMORROW (Sunday, March 21, at 2 p.m. central), with me as the first guest. Each episode will feature a different quilt aficionado who choses the IQM* quilt they’d steal (if it weren’t a crime!) and explains herself (or himself) to IQM curator extraordinaire Carolyn Ducey. They’ll go on to examine what’s known (or not known) about the quilt and its maker, techniques used, and so forth.
The brand new program—sponsored by Quiltfolk magazine—is a collaboration between American Quilt Study Group (AQSG) and the International Quilt Museum in Lincoln, NE. Carolyn’s guests for the once-a-month program are AQSG members. Lined up to participate in future episodes are Pam Weeks, Mary Kerr, Sue Reich, Anita Loscalzo, Xenia Cord, and Merikay Waldvogel.
The quilt I chose is not a Baltimore Album or any other fancy quilt (though I love those, too). It’s a humble family record quilt that grabbed me when I first saw it years ago and has intrigued me ever since.
Join us tomorrow at 2 (CDST) via this link to cozy up and hear the story behind a remarkable quilt!
ALERT! There will be fashion!
*IQM is an acronym used by both the International Quilt Museum in Lincoln, NE, and the Iowa Quilt Museum, in Winterset, IA, my home town. You can drive from one to the other in less than three hours!