Sunday, October 24, 2010

Signed and Dated Bed Curtains - 1709!

From the 2006 Cora Ginsburg catalogue.

Talk about signing and dating our quilts! Here is one smart lady who signed and dated her bedcurtains. No "ANONOMOUS WAS A WOMAN" is she!

Read the story here.

Take some time to browse thru all the Cora Ginsburg catalogues on this site. Best get yourself a cup of nice hot tea or coffee first...and maybe a plate warmer. Your tea is going to be cold by the time you get thru the first couple of catalogues!

I have much to share about my recent trips to the Cuesta Benberry Symposium hosted by Michigan Stage University Museum in Lansing Oct 7-8, plus my five days of volunteer work at the museum.  It will take a while to share all of this.

Meanwhile, take a peak at the Symposium selections here.

There were four very interesting papers presented plus a documentary—The Skin Quilt Project. My head is still buzzing from the excitement. I bought three of the DVDs of the documentary to share with other quilt friends. (You can order one here.) I gave one to my good friend Lisa Portwood to pass around among the Mid-West Quilt Study Group members so be looking for it.

It was such a thrill to see so many of Cuesta's quilts on exhibit, plus a selection of her quilt history ephemera.  Cuesta was inducted into The  Quilters Hall of Fame in1983. I first met Cuesta at Sally Garoutte's home in Northern California in 1985 on my way to my first AQSG Seminar.  I attended her funeral in late August 2007.

 From Lansing I flew to Minneapolis, site of this year's AQSG one annual trek I am determined to make if I can attend only one seminar a year. Stay tuned for more news and photos infuture posts.

This was the last Live Auction item of the night at Seminar. L-R: Ginny Gunn,
Pam Pampe, Laurel Horton and Emer Fahy. 

The above quilt was won by Emer Fahy (the visiting Irish quilter in the plaid shirt). She is working on her dissertation in a quilt related topic. She believes the quilt either came from Ireland or was made by someone who knew the Irish quilt traditions from the homeland. I'll get back to you with additional info as I am able to track it down. By that time of the evening I was half asleep and didn't catch all the details.

Though I have been a member of AQSG since 1981, I could only attend about every 5 years as I was working and raising kids. But in 2000 I started attending every year.

You need to be a member of this group if you are at all interested in quilt history!  Download this year's Seminar brochure just to give yourself some idea of the topics we cover each year.

More Trip Report later! Meanwhile, enjoy the Ginsburg catalogues!