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Monday, May 23, 2011

Appraisal Day with Gerald Roy

Above is a photo of Gerald Roy looking at the 12 miniature quilts I brought to the National Quilt Museum for him to appraise.  If you look closely you will notice white batting sticking out of one of the quilts.  It is the Mariner's Compass and it is one of two that aren't finished.  The other one is the Hex/Star.  He said that wasn't a problem, as he would assume they would be finished in the manner of the others.  Just let me say that Gerald was gracious, polite, and informative.  He was everything and more that you would expect from such a quilt expert.  He was very kind to me and my husband.
Above is a photo of Pat Lewis, Gerald Roy and me.  Go back to the quilt show and me standing in line and chatting with two of the Yo-Yo Group.  I was holding my portfolio and Pat asked me what was in it.  I told her it was my miniature quilts and I brought them to show to one of the vendors - that's another story for another day- Pat asked if she could see them and I said sure.  About that time the doors opened and we went in, went to the bathroom and put the portfolio on the Baby Changing Station and Pat immediately became my biggest fan.  She asked me to bring them to the Museum the next day.  My husband and I did and she proceeded to make everyone look at them.  She introduced us to Gerald and we asked him to appraise them and he said he would, but would really like to do them as a collection.  So, we met Pat on appraisal day, gave her some more fabric for the Yo-yo Group and we had lunch.  We always have to bring our own food as discussed before, but we had fun.  We asked Pat to come to the appraisal since she was really the reason it all was happening and she did.  It was a great day.  We were not disappointed in what Gerald had to say. The official paperwork will arrive sometime soon. 
Till next time.......
Sheila

Friday, May 20, 2011

The Yo-Yo Group of Paducah

What do the Yo-Yo Ladies and stash reduction have to do with each other?  Ahh, it is a long story.....
Go back to last month and the Rotary Club Show in Paducah.  I was standing in line waiting to get in to the show, and not being shy, started chatting with the two ladies behind me.  I didn't know it at the time, but it was two members of the internationally famous Yo-Yo Group of Paducah.  There are a total of 4 ladies: Pat Lewis (on the right in the photo above), Virginia Hancock, Charlotte Roberts, and Anita Manning.  When the group formed in 1998 there were six of them, but sadly, two have passed away.  They told me who they were and during our conversation it came up that they have raised a staggering sum of money for charity.  To date it is $66,000!  These women are truly amazing.  I asked them if they took donations of fabrics and supplies and Pat said something like oh yes, we have to have donations, otherwise all the money would go for supplies.  Ladies, I said, I can help you!  Here's my part of this saga - we are moving.  We spent 25 years in one spot in KY and moved to IL a couple of years ago and sigh oh sigh, we are moving again!  We have some how turned into roving people.  How did that happen?  One word: employment.   Confession time here:  I am a pack rat of fabric, batting, craft stuff in general and it is way past time to clear it all out.  In the photo above you see the second load of fabric (some batting thrown in)  that we have delivered to Pat.  Yes, it is a huge amount.  And no, you probably don't hoard fabric like that.  Although, some of you probably do, truth be told. Our SUV was full both times.  No, I don't know the yardage.  Do I feel better now? Yes. Do I still have fabric?  Yes.  Could I part with more?  Probably. A small word for my defense - I used to make kits and BOM kits for a quilt shop and I supplied all the fabrics, etc. for them.  However, I had way more fabric than necessary.  That is the story of my stash reduction.
The saga will continue with Pat, Gerald Roy and the Portfolio Collection.  Till next time....
Sheila


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day to us all!

Hi to all,
In my blog header photo, the woman seated is my great-grandmother on my father's side.  She made the quilt shown above.  The lady standing is my father's mother and the seated lady's daughter.  My cousin mentioned beside the photo above was my great-grandmother's favorite and I was my grandmother's favorite.  The lady seated was a quilter,  The lady standing wasn't.  My cousin got the quilt and I didn't.  When my father passed away, my cousin and I spent a lot of time together cleaning out stuff in his house.  That's when we compared family notes and my cousin found out I had no family quilts.  Being the generous person she is, she produced the above quilt and gave it to me.  Someday I hope to draw up the patterns and share it on this blog.  Sort of pass on a family gift.  We don't know anything about the quilt, but the fabrics speak for themselves, don't they? I hope you all have a wonderful Mother's Day and have a cousin as dear to you as mine is to me.
Sheila