Wednesday, May 18, 2011

May 27, 2011 - Home Ec Workshop, Iowa City, IA

7:00PM - "The Road Home" presentation with Q&A session/trunk show
Home Ec Workshop, 207 N. Linn Street, Iowa City, IA

photo courtesy of Randy Wolfmeyer

Thanks to all who attended! Another full house! Special surprise guest - my cousin Randy Wolfmeyer (Platteville, Wisconsin). Was also thrilled to meet Patti Zwick, celebrated Iowa City quilter and fellow former Quincy, Illinois resident. Also met the parents of one of my favorite (formerly local) artists, Meera Gessner. I was very honored when another audience member showed me the quilt her late daughter made, stitched together and quilted with dental floss. An all-around wonderful night - only wish I'd had more time to visit personally with everyone.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

May 3, 2011 - Hannibal Piecemakers, Hannibal, MO

7:00PM - "The Road Home" (debut!) presentation with Q&A session/trunk show 
Park United Methodist Churh, 2335 Palmyra Rd, Hannibal, MO

With my cousin, Susan Scholz holding a quilt I made as a wedding gift for my neice, Jeny Fausset. The fabric is all hand-dyed and printed in West Branch, Iowa by artist Susan Shinnick. Native Iowa flora and fauna are featured in the designs. Shinnick mostly makes women's clothing with the fabric. The hand-quilting was done by one of the last remaining Amana (Iowa) quilters, Caroline Trumpold. Traditional Amana quilting uses embroidery thread, and quilts are typically whole cloth (no piecing, other than perhaps one or two seams to bind panels of the same fabric into one).

photos courtesy of Ellen O'Bryan

I was honored for the Hannibal, Missouri Piecemakers Quilt Guild to be my first official launch site for "The Road Home". About 70 members were in attendance, including extra special guests: Hallye Bone (St. Louis, MO), Susan Scholz (Quincy, IL), and her mother/my aunt Alice Lee Solter (LaGrange, MO).