When I began quilting erm……. many years ago, Libby Lehman was one of my heroes. I loved her ribbon quilts and even went so far as to experiment with her technique in my April Journal Page. Not nearly as clever as her artwork but an interesting concept I wanted to try.
As the Quilt Museum remarks – her quilts are based on spatial illusions which I am very fond of and am trying out in my Anamorphic quilts. Mine are more trick the eye illusions whereas Libby’s work is 3-dimensional. But we both love fooling the viewers perceptions.
Sadly, Libby suffered a devastating aneurysm and stroke which she is still recovering from and I am delighted the Quilt Museum are honouring her work with this lovely exhibition entitled ‘Joy’. The exhibition is on until October 17th, 2017.
For those of you who enjoy watching quilt videos (in between quilting…..), then the National Quilt Museum now has a monthly video which covers exhibitions at the museum, and discussions about the work and the artists. It’s not a substitute for actually standing in the museum and looking at the work yourself but it does give you a better idea of how the shows look in each gallery.
Ever since I got involved in the quilt world I’ve been fascinated at how modern quilters interpret old block designs. Each year a classic block is put out there by the National Quilt Museum and each year I am amazed at how they are interpreted.
This year is Flying Geese.
At first I looked at the winning quilt by Susan Morgan and didn’t really get it. But somehow the colours and design stuck in my mind, and when I saw the title it made sense. Very clever.
I used to think I would make one of these quilts one day but I think I’ll leave it to the experts! Go see some of the other winners.
Many years ago I used to knit. (I still can, I just don’t any more due to time and other interests etc…….). A small group of us would gather at Bob Kelly’s shop, which in those days was in Middleburg, Virginia and is now at Hunt Country Yarns in the Plains, Virginia. Kaffe Fassett was originally known for his incredible knitting patterns and Bob worked as his assistant. There were a few fun anecdotes about Kaffe – none of which I will repeat!
I still have a couple of Kaffe’s knitting pattern books which I keep thinking – one day I will make something – at least a knitted vest maybe….
Anyhow – as you can see, colour is very important to Kaffe – and this exhibition highlights his design senses.
This is an email I received from the National Quilt Museum:
It’s time for the National Quilt Museum’s 2017 Quilts for Quilting Campaign to begin. The Quilts for Quilting Campaign is one of The National Quilt Museum’s largest and most important fundraisers. Last year over 500 quilt enthusiasts participated. We hope that you will participate this year and help the Museum achieve its fundraising goals.
How it works? The program is simple and everyone can participate. To get involved simply donate a full size quilt or miniature quilt to the Museum for fundraising purposes. The quilt can be a new creation or an antique and it can be any size. Most donated quilts will be a part of one of our three annual auctions. In a few cases they are held to be used in later events. The Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization so all donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.
The Museum is currently in its 6th consecutive year of growth. This is only possible do to the generosity of the people that fund our efforts. The dollars raised from this program and others have helped us expand several programs and diversify promotional efforts. Ultimately, the contributions of people passionate about quilting have led to thousands more people experiencing the work of today’s quilting community through educational programs, in-facility exhibits, travelling exhibits, and other programs.
In addition to helping the Museum, each contributor will receive a free gift.
How to donate your quilt to the “Quilts for Quilting” campaign:
Send quilts to:
National Quilt Museum
215 Jefferson Street
Paducah, KY 42001
Please write “Attn: Q for Q” on the box.
Please include your name, address, and contact information so that we may send you a receipt and a gift.
There is no limit to the number of quilts you may donate to the campaign. We welcome multiple donations. If possible, please donate by April 1, 2017.
If you have any questions about this program please contact Frank Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org or 270-442-8856.
And if you want to just plain donate money go to their Donate page.
If you’ve never been I urge you to go, once in your lifetime. Years ago I won a scholarship to the museum (when it was called the American Museum of Quilts). I took a class with Ruth McDowell – brilliant. The Museum is such an experience. In fact the whole town is a quilter’s paradise.