An update from host Kim Baird
We’ve had 2 meetings so far of this small group, and it looks like we could continue for a long time, just showing off our heritage quilts!
Seems like the main concern at these meetings has been cleaning and repairing our old quilts. I just googled that topic and found LOTS of not quite accurate information out there!
We have learned that the goal with old quilts should be STABILIZATION, rather than repair. We are learning some ways to accomplish this.
There are 4 technical quides published by the American Quilt Study Group. These are available to order from their web site. They only offer the printed copies, not PDF versions, but each is only $3.00.
I have been a member of this group for years, and just finished 2 terms on their board of directors. Anyone with a serious interest in historical quilts should consider joining. Many of their members are quilt collectors; all are interested in research on quilts and their makers. They publish an annual journal of research papers. I have them all, and you are welcome to borrow any.
The best thing about this group is their annual Seminar. You meet the most interesting and knowledgeable people! You also get the chance to view fascinating old quilts and tour behind the scenes at museums.
Since COVID, they have also added some virtual workshops and activities, which you can attend without travelling.
I know not everyone in our group is into research, but if you are, AQSG is a good place to start.
At our most recent meeting, we also considered re-using or upcycling old quilts or tops into smaller items, such as clothing.
Hope to see you all again on MAY 18. To sign up for email reminders of group meetings, sign up here.