of our most dedicated volunteers, and she wrote this entry after attending last week's volunteer luncheon at the museum, where staffers prepare lunch for our wonderful volunteers and enjoy their fabulous show & tell!
I didn’t think I’d blog today, but after the Museum’s volunteer lunch, followed by a short Show & Tell, I have to write a few words. Many quilters know that Suzanne Knapp makes beautiful quilts inspired by Persian rugs; today I saw her “Arabian Gold” which is in the Museum’s collection. (It’s also mentioned, though not pictured, in my Sally Palmer Field book.) Seeing it up close is the best, but it's pictured here.
The Museum staff announced that the entire NEQM Library catalog is now online on a searchable database. Someone else mentioned that our library is the largest specialized collection on quilts anywhere! I think it’s accessed from the Web site, but haven’t searched that yet. I did see and started to read the Museum’s blog which has been in existence at least for a year. Quilters should check it out. Laura Lane had some great entries, as did guest bloggers.
I have to tell a little about the creativity that other volunteers showed after our delicious lunch prepared by the staff (of a mere 8 people). We saw Ethel Shulam’s polymer clay buttons that she’d made herself and plans to use with a fabric that she received as a gift from Debbie Janes, who leads workshops where volunteers sew items for the Museum gift shop. Wine bottle carriers, mug rugs, and quilts. Bright and cheery colors. Lots of
applique which Debbie excels at.
Another volunteer Bonnie (I missed her last name) brought a wall-hanging made with tucks and turns, a technique she’d learned from Caryl Bryer Fallert. See web for picture: http://www.bryerpatch.com/images/quiltrecords/Reflection17/Reflection17.htm
Sibyl Tarbell brought in a meticulously quilted small piece with a butterfly motif that mimics the book cover of the NEQM history written by Jennifer Gilbert. Frances Gedzium brought in a square she has made using ribbons,
embroidery, beads, and colorful threads. Since buttons had already been extolled and the closing of Windsor Buttons lamented, Frances noted, “The way you think about buttons is the way I think about threads.” You should see the details in her work up close!
Kim Oey-Rosenthal showed a piece of Indonesian fabric. She sells her homeland’s fabrics on eBay (type in textile.art) or search for ‘bali ikat’ to see her fabrics. Lynne Champion brought in 3 quilt tops she is working on.
I loved her trillium motif, which will eventually have some bottons on it!
Others had things to share and I should have taken more careful notes. But without pictures, I think I will close
for today. The women (and one man) at the luncehon formed a lively group. What creativity! And what a positive,
enthusiastic vibe was in the air!
~ Judy Buswick