National Quilt Museum, Paducah, Kentucky
Trip Start Jul 03, 2010
23Trip End Jul 24, 2010
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Flower Power was a 62" x 65" whole cloth quilt by Philippa Naylor or East Yorkshire, England. Whole cloth quilts are made with a single top fabric and stitching. When I looked at the quilt I thought it was painted or made with muted fabric but the shades of the quilt were created solely by quilting thread. Yellow, green and orange. It was my favorite quilt at the museum. It was fun to see Libby Lehman's quilt Escapade because I took a class from her and also have her book Thread Play
One of the most amazing quilts was made of 4,083 1" x 2" American Flags of different red, white and blue fabric. It was called Memorial Day by Kathleen Loomis of Louisville, Kentucky in 2008 to commemorate the 4,083 US military dead in Iraq. She made a flag for each of them. They were connected by continuous stitching with only thread in the space between the flag. Hard for me to explain.
My favorite quilts were in the main show, although I did enjoy seeing the room dedicated to quilts from 1860-1940, mainly Amish and Mennonite quilts.
The miniature quilts were no bigger than 24" x 24". I had to take my glasses off and look up close to see the types of piecing, applique and stitching, all totally amazing.
We spent at least two hours at the museum with Jim enjoying it as much as I did. We couldn't take pictures but I was able to take pictures of the quilted stained glass windows of the museum. I'll post them soon.
After the museum we headed to Nashville and the beginning of the Natchez Trace Parkway. More on that tomorrow.