Friday, November 09, 2007

African-American Quilt Exhibit

Last weekend, Thing One and I went to a quilt exhibit at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center in Brattleboro, Vermont to see an exhibit of African-American Quilts called "Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Four Generations of African-American Quilters".

This exhibit showcased the works of four quilters from one family: Laverne Brakens, Gladys Henry, Sherry Byrd and Bara Byrd. There were only about a dozen quilts in the exhibit, but they were very nice. Well worth the trip. The exhibit will be there until Thanksgiving weekend if anyone is interested in going to see it.

Thing One was very intrigued by these quilts. She has been itching to have me teach her to quilt, and I haven't done too much with her yet because, well, I'm impatient with her and she is easily frustrated. However...she loved these quilts and told me that she likes the fact that these quilters didn't worry about matching seams, making even blocks, etc. And she said "THATS WHAT I NEED TO DO". So I think that I'll just teach her improvisational quilting from the get go (while I work on it myself!). Since Tanya is opening a new "class blog", I think that I'll have Thing One learn how to quilt Tanya's way. Should be fun, and hopefully not too frustrating for her.

Here are some pictures of the quilts we saw:


Quilt Pixie said...

It's a great way to learn quilting since we all have some innate sense of design that "works" for us...

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

fantastic. I love these. so cool you got to so see them with your daughter AND that she wants to learn to quilt. tell her she can email me about the sewing if she wants - I know I got incredibly frustrated with my mom when she was teaching me too. Now I just regret I didn't do more of it.

Carol E. said...

Love the quilts, and your two Things look adorable on Halloween.

Finn said...

Hi Tracey, great pictures! Loved seeing them *VBS*
And a note to let you know the book from you is the feature today at the Train blog.
I've linked it back to your blog. Thanks so much for sharing with Carol E. and as it turns out, ALL of us! Hugs, Finn