Saturday, November 19, 2011

I'm Back - Nancy Kirk Restoration Workshp

Sorry about the gap in posting, I arrived back last Sunday to be greeted with the 37C day.  I had left from Denver in the snow, so it was a bit of a shock.  I'm now over the jet lag (I think), seen to all the shop stuff, so I can sit down and look at my photos, and send out a blog.

In this post I will show you some photos from the Quilt Restoration Workshop I did in Omaha, Nebraska with antique quilt legend Nancy Kirk.  Wow.  Five days of visual learning about antique quilts, fabric dating and of course how to fix tears, stains etc.  I felt like I was in antique quilt Wonderland.

Day one was a trip to the International Quilt Study Centre and Museum, in Lincoln Nebraska.  This is a brand new purpose built quilt Museum.  Wish we had something like it here.

This is the staircase up to the Museum level.  Lots of glass (which is interesting in a quilt Museum where light is a real problem) but it works and looks great.

This is the major exhibition we saw.  Wonderful.  I recommend to any antique hexy quilt lover to buy the catalog for the exhibition. These are available directly from the Museum -

We could take photos in the exhibition, but no flash photography.  The combination of that and the low UV lighting used by the Museum have turned all the photos very yellow. I took these shots to give you an idea of what the Museum is like.

The rest of the Workshop was held in our hotel.  Just masses of information was shared.  I feel like I need to take a month off just to sort everything out.  Guess what I'm doing over Christmas.

Here is Nancy, with one of her treasures that she keeps in acid free boxes.

Workshop participants were asked to bring along some of their own quilts that needed restoration.  This little Cir. 1860's doll quilt was a winner.

These are a few of the wonderful fabrics and blocks in Nancy's Collection.

Just a fabric feast.  Who says antique fabrics are dull and brown?

I will send out another post looking at all the Crazy Quilts we saw. 

But only in America.  It was approaching Halloween when I was at the workshop.

Here is the standard pumpkin shot. 

This was a great place to have lunch.  Shame we were too busy to have dessert.

I bought this Halloween Sugar Cookie, but just couldn't eat it.


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