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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Elizabeth Richardson at WKU Library

Barbara Brackman and Deb Rowden drove from Lawrence, Kansas. I drove from Knoxville, Tennessee. We met in Bowling Green at the Western Kentucky University Library. Recently, quilts, correspondence, and scrapbooks belonging to Elizabeth Richardson were donated to the library.

Why are these items so important? Elizabeth Richardson was a quilt historian and lecturer who corresponded with two of the most important people involved in mid 20th century quilt history: Florence Peto and Dr. William R. Dunton Jr. She bought quilts from Florence Peto and accepted historic cloth remnants from Peto who encouraged her to use them for her lectures and to make quilts.

She wrote to Dr. Dunton at the end of his life. He’d written his book Old Quilts, but bemoaned the fact that it had not been well received. He appreciated her interest and encouraged her to expand her quilt career.

> Quilt (Parrots and Pheasants) 1840-1860

Elizabeth Richardson Collection. Western Kentucky University Library

Deb Rowden and I leaf through letters from Dr. Dunton to Elizabeth Richardson

Letters from Dr. Dunton to Elizabeth Richardson (1939-1951)

More later. Thank you, Deb and Barbara! Safe travels!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Welcome to My Blog

Crazy Quilt (Mary Ghormley Quilt #190 International Quilt Study Center & Museum)

This is the beginning of the next chapter of my brilliant quilt career.

I was inducted into the Quilters Hall of Fame on July 17, 2009. I said at the time I would play and not worry about deadlines for a month and I did.

Now it's September 2, 2009 and I am starting a blog.

My very patient friend Barbara Brackman is here helping me set it up. Deb Rowden is also here cheering me on. What will I blog about? Hmmmm. I could simply share stories of the quilts that come my way in a serendipitous kind of way and entertain you all.

I'm sure I'll be sharing thoughts and photos of my favorite chintz medallion quilts, Sears Contest quilt stories, and doll quilts like the one above from my latest book Childhood Treasures: Doll Quilts Made By and For Children.

To read more about the induction weekend at the Quilters Hall of Fame, click here

and here are a few more pictures from my doll quilt book.

One-Patch (Mary Ghormley Quilt #470 International Quilt Study Center & Museum)

Flying Geese (Mary Ghormley Quilt #420 International Quilt Study Center & Museum)