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!