Thursday, September 16, 2010
Aunt Pitty Pat Leaves an Impression
But it hasn't been all bad, last night was the first meeting of the Baltimore Applique Society for this season. Sue Troyan and her "very dear friend" Aunt Pitty Pat gave a lecture on the Power of Quilts (I apologize for not having any pictures of that, but I didn't have the chance to clear it before the lecture, so I didn't take any. It was a delightful lecture though, and if you ever get the opportunity to socialize with Aunt Pitty Pat, definitely take it).
She showed many quilts, both old and contemporary, and shared their stories and illustrated that just as the quilter influences the creation of a quilt, each quilt affects everyone it encounters. It was powerful (and I ~ in my currently pitiful perimenopausal state ~ cried through most of the program...but I wasn't alone). The stories attached to these quilts (that ranged from very elaborate to captivatingly simple) added emotional impact to the quilt itself and are literally touching generations. It shows how important it is to label and document your quilts!!
Quilters Hall of Fame at the Marie Webster House in Marion Indiana. I hope to visit here sometime soon, in the meantime the book has many full page color photos of beautiful historic quilts and some wonderful stories of the quilters that are honored. I'm looking forward to my easy-chair time tonight so I can delve more into it. You can purchase one here from the Quilters Hall of Fame gift shop :)
Lady of Victory Quilt. The original quilt is owned by Mary Koval who very generously allowed the BAS to trace the patterns. It is 109" x 109" and is dated to 1846-1848 based on both the block patterns and the fabrics used in the quilt. Stay tuned as the BAS members will be making two reproductions of this quilt, one of which will be raffled. I'm very excited about this project ~ this type of block is my favorite Baltimore Applique style, and I hope that I get to make a block for one of the quilts! I'll keep you posted on the progress of this project as it comes together :)
Enjoy the day!