It was such a beautiful Fall weekend. . . .No way did I want to stay inside. . . .
so we headed west to Monette, AR for the Second Annual Quilt Show
at the Buffalo Island Museum.
I attended and assisted in numerous quilt shows when I was a member of the National Quilting Association and lived within 30 miles of Little Rock, AR, where many of the national and state shows were held. When I moved to Virginia and worked at Colonial Williamsburg, I was fortunate to have viewed first hand many historic and rare quilts of our nation's founding families. . . .But, I was never more excited about a show than I was about this one. . . .
True, the patterns were the same as many elsewhere in the country. . . . and, most of the vintage quilts were made with the same type of patterned feed sacks that I've found in other states. . . .But, these quilts were made in the Delta, by women whose last names I recognized. . . .That makes them special to me. . . . .The Delta is where I was born and raised. . . . .My roots are here. . . .
At most quilt shows I've attended, the entries were hung one way or another on the wall or from poles. That's what I expected. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the ladies at the Buffalo Island Museum did things a little different--they incorporated the quilts into their museum displays. For me, it added so much more to the overall experience.
We were asked to vote on our favorite in each category--vintage, handmade, machine quilted, hand quilted, baby, and artistic. It was certainly very hard decisions. I walked through each division many times before I could decide.
The ladies allowed me to take photographs--probably a hundred or more shots. . . .
I'd love to show them all to you--but had to pick just a few. . . .
Be sure to read the comment on the one below. . . .It's priceless. . . .
Aren't they all beautiful?
Lots of skilled needlework went into each and every one . . . .
It was a perfect afternoon spent with the ladies at the Buffalo Island Museum.
What a wonderful Fall escape into the past.
We promised them we'd be back and tour the museum again. . . . .
I'm sure we missed a lot of local history and memorabilia under all those quilts. . . .
Hmmm. . . .I feel another road trip coming up. . . . Soon. . . .
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