Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Face to Face in Wonderland!

I had a fantastic time at the AQSG (American Quilt Study Group) regional event at Old Sturbridge Village on Sunday. It was a great weekend all around.


First, I got to ride down and back with three fantastic quilt buddies (Cyndi Black – Busy Thimble blog, Laurie LaBar, Maine State Museum and Sue Rivers, who doesn’t have a blog, but is often on Facebook with her fantastic quilts) and yack all the way. And, we met our friend, Lynne Zacek Bassett for breakfast (I will be posting later this week about her new exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum, “Gothic to Goth”).

We woke up to whiteout conditions, which turned into a most beautiful white covering on a bucolic “Old Sturbridge Village”. I’m sorry I didn’t get a picture of the draft horses just coming around the corner.

We enjoyed some fantastic quilts from OSV, some close up in an auditorium venue and then a number of beautiful examples in the old houses on beds.


But the best part of the weekend was that I got to meet two blogging friends face to face for the first time. Cynthia Nanto from Wabi-Sabi quilts and Barb Vedder from Fun with Barb. I was so excited about all the quilts and seeing old and new friends that I didn’t take many photos! I missed taking Cynthia’s photo, and only got this one of Barb because she brought a few tops to share.



This was my favorite of the day. I have seen it before, but it was great to see it again. It has been published in Northern Comfort, by Lynne Bassett (if you can find this book it is well worth owning!!!) and I believe it is in the Massachusetts documentation book as well. It has over 12,000 pieces. Right up my alley! The quilts and the stories were wonderful.

If you do not belong to AQSG and are even remotely interested in quilt history, I highly recommend joining. It is such a wonderful organization. I have been a member since 1986 and have never met a member who wasn’t willing to share openly of their quilts and their knowledge.

A great time was had by all!


15 comments:

  1. Was sorry to miss this one!

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  2. Lucky youuuuu Wendy ! Reading your fun post, no doubt that it was very exiting and this quilt with pink is just...a masterpiece !!

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  3. omigosh! that is one uber-scrap quilt! I absolutely love it! reminds me of the 365 challenge....looks like a really fun day!

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  4. Looks like a great time! That amazing quilt looks huge too!

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  5. Wendy I just posted about our day too! It was so great to meet you in person!! I agree - the quilts and stories were wonderful!

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  6. Wouldn't it be a lot of work to re-create that antique quilt you show. I would like to meet Barb Vedder. She is a very interesting person both quilting wise and what she collects. You are an interesting quilter also.

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  7. Isn't it great to connect up with blogging friends! (and among all that inspiration too). Hope you can see Cynthia more ... I really miss her from our Tokyo days.

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  8. Thanks for the armchair tour, and that quilt is amazing!

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  9. Looks like a lovely setting and fascinating quilts!
    Would love to see Cyndi again, and would love to meet up with you and Barb. Don't know the other ladies mentioned, but I'd bet they are just as great! : )

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  10. The snow looked like a pretty way to start the day. Love the quilts - the one by Lynne is one of those that I could just look at all day long. I love seeing all of the different fabric choices that people make.

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  11. what a fun day we had - despite the missing of the double pink ;0
    great to meet you finally!
    xo

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  12. Oh my goodness - sounds like a wonderful way to spend the day!!! Thanks for sharing all the pictures you did take :D
    I've had that book on my radar and just ordered it recently - totally love it!

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  13. What a beautiful venue for looking at awesome quilts and meeting new friends. Quilting days don't get much better than that.

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  14. Wendy, the day was inspirational, wasn't it? Thank you for the great descriptions, and thank you for joining us! (I want to visit you all in Maine this summer.)

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  15. Looks like it was THE perfect day to spend with quilting friends. Love that quilt!

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