Last weekend I travelled to Marion, IN to visit the Marie Webster House which is home to the Quilters Hall of Fame. The highlight of the trip was the induction ceremony for Meredith Schroeder, AQS President, into the Quilters Hall of Fame, such a well-deserved honor.
It was raining and thundering when I was there so didn't choose a good drenching in order to take photos outdoors. The Star quilt exhibit by the American Quilt Study Group was fabulous, new interpretations of vintage quilts, plus some of the old ones on display too. They were both hand and machine quilted, a pleasure to explore all their details.
The house has been beautifully restored, with its moldings, windows, gorgeous front door and leaded glass, and lovely ceramic framed fireplaces. It is a perfect backdrop for the quilts on display, and the rain pattering on the windows, floors creaking a bit as I walked from room to room only added to the feeling of stepping back in time.
There were exhibits and classes for the event, including a special invitational exhibit of quilts that Meredith Schroeder assembled called MasterPieces. I am very honored to have a quilt in this exhibit which will be seen in August at the AQS show in Grand Rapids, MI and later at the National Quilt Museum. It is a spectacular exhibit with quilts from leaders in the quilting movement, so see it if you can.
The ceremony was happy, yet lots of teary eyes as we paid tribute to Meredith who has affected so many of is and our lives and careers in a very good way. Her warmth and generosity and ethics, along with the skill to lead AQS have contributed so much to the quilt world. We had towering fields of corn surrounding us, delicious IN food, and the joy of seeing old friends at such a momentous occasion.
Now I am back home, re-inspired and grateful for the quilting experiences I have had. Oliver missed me, is still running and chirping in happiness. Time to start thinking of a new project.....
Next post I will answer some of your widespread questions on various subjects in your comments, all here in one place.
Keep quilting! It gets better every day....