Thursday, April 27, 2006
Janet Jolley and I have survived our first-ever quilt exhibit! And we had fun doing it!
Of course, we had major amounts of help. Mary Minor, Lemon Phelps and even my daughter helped get it all together (I have to admit, Mary did a whole lot more than Lemon and Dana.)
We had a wonderful exhibit — 49 quilts and a constant and enthusiastic stream of visitors.
I had a wonderful discussion with one gentleman — he was quite sure that one of the photos in a quilt I’d made for my brother was someone he knew. He had a nice discussion with the group he was with, telling them all about Mrs. Taylor. I hated to have to tell him that the lady was my Aunt Myrl and had never been a Taylor.
I am constantly amazed at the variety of folks who either quilt or love quilts — ranging from very young to very old and just about as many men as women. Some of the men who came through were very knowledgeable.
One of the men who came through was from the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at Ole Miss. He was quite impressed with the knowledge of our “white-gloved volunteers” — both 10-year-old girls; one of whom just happened to be my oldest granddaughter.
Rev. Winter and the First Presbyterian Church were exceedingly gracious in allowing us the use of their education building with a minimum of fuss and “oversight.” Janet and I both cannot say “thank you” enough to Rev. Winter for all his help!
Many, many have asked about next year. So Janet and I (sponsored by the Extension Service and The South Reporter) are going to take the plunge and are planning what we can do next year.
One thing is for sure! With 49 quilts this year and the crowd we entertained, we’re going to need a much larger building. We can only hope our next “landlords” will be as gracious and helpful as Rev. Winter and the First Presbyterian Church.
• Wednesday, my friend Jane, her sister Katy and I took off for Paducah, Ky. I didn’t get enough quilts in this past weekend, so off to the huge, annual American Quilting Society show I go!
We’re staying with my half-sister Jackie, who lives in Missouri. Last year, Jane and I stayed at a place in Illinois. The show is in Kentucky though!
Jackie grew up in Missouri and I grew up in Memphis, Tenn. There is also an enormous age difference — about 20ish years I think.
We didn’t know each other when I was a child and as adults have worked at establishing a relationship. Fortunately, she is very likable and an excellent cook.
And she has a sister on her mother’s side who also loves quilts. What more can you ask for from a sister?
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