Today's guest blogger is longtime museum volunteer Judy Buswick. You can read Judy's blog here.
In an attempt to make today productive, I want to write a short piece on what volunteers do at the New England Quilt Museum.
I’ve had a wonderful experience learning about the niche library collection. If you think about it, books here can’t be shelved by the Dewey Decimal system, since all the books have something to do with quilts.
This library has the largest collection of quilt books anywhere. Cataloging and evaluating them takes special training; though we all greet visitors. We meet local friends and quilters from all over the world, as well as answering phone calls on topics from how to document a quilt to “Are there quilt books that show butterfly patterns?” Sometimes we do “scutt work” like putting labels on envelopes — someone’s gotta do it!
Some other volunteers enjoy sewing, either by hand or machine. Sometimes they put sleeves on the back of quilts to be hung in exhibits and sometimes they make new items for the Museum gift shop. Lots of tracing, cutting and appliqueing goes on, as well.
I haven’t even mentioned the creation of “Home of the Brave” and other charity quilts that volunteers work on. There’s always something going on that needs willing hands.
Debbie Janes seems to have a new project every time you see her.
Marie Leone showed up one day dressed to match the quilt she was working on!
~ Judy Buswick, Museum Volunteer
Lynn C applying stickers to a postcard mailing.
SPIRIT OF AMERICA: LIVE FREE OR DIE by Cocheco Quilters Guild, 2002
April 19, 2013
“Listen my children and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.”
~ PAUL REVERE'S RIDE
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
On April 18, 1775, Paul Revere made his now famous “midnight ride” which marked the beginning of the American Revolutionary War and our national independence from Great Britain. We celebrate this day every year with a state holiday, Patriot’s Day.
This past Monday, on Patriot’s Day, I went to watch the Boston Marathon as I do every year. My daughter was running, so I went to cheer her on and to cheer on all of the runners at this great event. It was a beautiful day for a marathon and a beautiful day to be outside. Unfortunately it ended tragically with death and violence. Although everyone I know personally is safe, this act of terrorism touched me personally, just as the events of September 11, 2001 touched me and all of us..
Quilters have a long history of expressing their political views and emotions through quilting. Perhaps the quilting brings some healing. After the tragic events of September 11, 2001, hundreds of quilts were made as a response. Last summer, during the Backstitch exhibit we had on display such a quilt made by Rosemary Bawn. Recently, the Cocheco Quilters Guild [based in Dover, NH] donated to the museum the quilt they made in response to 9/11. The quilt is titled, Spirit of America, Live Free or Die This morning, I hung this quilt in our classroom gallery.
~ Laura Lane, Collections Manager