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By Donna di Natale Spring is in the air, and in many parts of the country, that means quilt shop hop. It’s time to get out and see what’s new in the shops. Here in Kansas City, April is when … Continue reading
Boy do we have some eye candy for you! To honor International Spring Quilt Market being in our hometown of Kansas City this week, we’re putting more than 150 quilts on display! Check out quilts from the collections of Blackbird … Continue reading
As you know from last week’s blog, I went to the AQS show in Des Moines, Iowa. It was much like going to the show in Paducah. Of course there were a few things lacking, such as Hancocks of Paducah and the Quilt Museum, both standard stops when I go to Paducah. On the plus side, the quilts that were hanging were wonderful.
There was a special exhibit of Judy Martin’s quilts. The quilts are featured in her books that have been published throughout her career. I found her log cabin quilts of particular interest. I hadn’t realized how many ways you could turn a log cabin block and come up with a different design. I had my camera along, and many times I missed the overall effect of the design until I looked through the camera’s lens. (I’d love to put up a photo gallery, but AQS has a policy that says I can’t do that without their and the quilt maker’s permission.)
AQS offered many classes with nationally known teachers such as Eleanor Burns, Karen Stone, Cynthia England and Mark Lipinski, to name a very few. It seems they offered a class to suit just about anyone, whether you were looking for long-arm classes, piecing, or appliqué.
We have quite a few quilter fans along the West Coast, from California up to Washington. We like to think it harks back to the westward trails that have their origins here in Kansas City … the Santa Fe, the California and the Oregon trails, to be precise.
There’s a well-known stopping point for those trails – well-known at least in these parts – called the Shawnee Indian Mission. The brick compound, nestled in the small suburb of Fairway, Kansas, used to be a school for children from the Shawnee and Delaware Indian nations, from 1839 to 1854.
Though a school, the spot also was a supply point for travelers headed west on the trails.