I began quilting for the purpose of making doll quilts. They were to enhance my antique and vintage toy displays. That was 12 years ago and I still love doll quilts. I tend to collect them more than make them now. It was so fun to see five of my collection on display at the Grout Museum in Waterloo, Iowa.
Mine were just a small part of a large display of this fun part of history. Wow! Walls of doll quilts. The display was so well put together by curator Robin. Taking photos in a museum is usually a no-no, but I thought it permissible if it was my own quilts. It was so fun to see them as part of a delightful museum display.
To add to the fun week-end, the museum had arranged a two day quilt retreat with guest teacher, Jo Morton. Of course, Jo is the queen of doll quilts! She designs the cutest ones along with fabric lines to make small treasures. Jo claims not to be a historian, but she takes all her inspiration from fabrics and quilts of the past.
For this week-end the museum offered three classes taught by Jo. I did not permit myself to take a class, as I had taken three of hers in the past. Only one of them is finished! So I spent the day working on a six year old UFO! It is so fun seeing them come to life! Jo’s quilt was done in pinks and browns, but I wanted colors that fit into my house. All that is left is a border of flying geese. Does that sound trivial? I need to read just how many geese I will be making!
On Saturday I was allowed to vendor my quilt patterns and kits for the American Girl Dolls. Each one offers an American history lesson. I added quit history to each pattern.
A real plus to the week-end was that I was able to spend it with my sister. I think there was more chatting than sewing, but that was more important.