Thursday, October 17, 2013
Close to Nowhere
I’d never heard of Teasdale in Mississippi or anywhere else until I went to a quilt show there this past Friday.
It’s a very small town just outside Pope, which is a small town just outside Batesville, which is not a small town.
The quilt shop in Oxford owned and run by my friend and fellow quilt guild member Margie Hamilton (Sit and Rock Quilt Shop is a great quilt shop!) had a flyer in the store about the quilt show in Teasdale.
Daughter Dana, who has fallen hook, line and needle, headfirst into quilting recently, picked up the brochure and suggested we go.
Now, we all know that if there is a quilt show and I’m not dead, I’m going.
Friday morning, off we headed bright and early to find Teasdale. All I can say is I love navigation stuff on smart phones!
We headed through Batesville to I-55, got off at the Pope exit (a former pastor used to live there and I went to Pope Elementary School in Memphis, Tenn., so that one was easy!) and headed off somewhere into the wilds of Mississippi. Really pretty wilds, I might add. Early fall is a good time to wander back roads around here.
We finally arrived at Teasdale and didn’t have a bit of trouble finding the quilt show. Really small town, with a sign pointing the way. And with beautiful, bright polyester (yes! polyester!) quilts hanging gaily outside, the building was even easier to spot.
Note on polyester quilts from the 1970s: they’ll never fade, never wear out and would probably survive a nuclear blast. And they weigh a ton. No one wants to admit having one anymore, but I’d be secretly thrilled if I had one I could hide somewhere in my house.
This tiny community had one of the best local quilt shows I’ve ever been to. The building was small, but the ladies of the quilt guild had managed to artfully hang and beautifully display 157 quilts!
One of their prize quilt displays was a 100-year-old quilt with names embroidered all over -- folks donated 2¢ or 5¢ or even 10¢ to the cemetery fence fund and Susie Sims embroidered their names on the quilt.
The best part of the day was discovering Shirley Busby, widow of a former beloved pastor, Pete Busby. Shirley had several quilts on display and we got to see her and hug her and admire her quilts and it was wonderful.
There’s nothing like old friends and old quilts!
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