***Post edited to add quilt credits.
The International Quilt Festival/Chicago was held the first weekend of Molly's visit. Although we had other plans in the afternoon, it was close enough to sneak out early Saturday morning and spend several hours at the show. I wasn't sure if Molly would want to join me, but when she heard that Carolyn, Ms.GirlReaction herself, would be meeting us, there was no question about it. Since we got an early start, we were there when the doors opened which put us in (in my opinion) the very best exhibit in the show...alone! I immediately started snapping photos before more viewers would obscure the shots, and in my frenzy, somehow neglected to note the makers' names on each piece.
The exhibit was a collection of reproduction quilts made by a block exchange group in Texas called the 19th Century Patchwork Divas. I did a little internet poking around and was able to come up with this article about them, ironically tucked away on the festival site. Because I consciously try to avoid using the perfectly wonderful but chronically over-used words *amazing* and *awesome* anymore, let's call these quilts exquisite. Absolutely exquisite.
Now my dilemma. Show rules allow posting of quilt photos only with recognition of makers. Hmmm. These gorgeous quilts deserve a wide audience so I'm taking a leap here. I'm posting a few of my favorites and asking anyone who has individual identification info to please email me or leave it in the comments so that I can update the photo captions and give proper recognition.
Looking at these up close, it's difficult to believe that the blocks were made by a large group. There must be quite the vetting process to become a member of the Divas. I love reproduction quilts and this collection (of which my photos are a small sampling) really got the juices flowing to dig into my fabric and start something new...that looks like something old.
How about this one, Kathie? *Swoon* And if all of these were not enough, while browsing the vendors' space (more like galloping through on a horse...we only had 3 hours at the show), I was stopped dead in my tracks by what looked like...could it be?...my favorite quilt from this book! Remember? I wrote about it here.
Picture me, scooching down, making a fuss over the quilt, not realizing (a brief *duh* moment) that it was serving as the table cover for a book signing and sitting right there, a foot away from me, was Biz Storms. Mary Elizabeth Kinch, her co-author, popped in as we were chatting about the book. And blogging. And antique quilts. I tell you, I had a hard time restraining myself around that quilt. In fact, it probably wouldn't be difficult to picture Molly, standing to the side, rolling her eyes a little at me.
I'm really hoping that someone will come through with the Divas' individual names so I won't be asked to cease and desist. To remove the photos. Causing you to have to picture them, from memory.