Last month Connie and I went to Lincoln, NE to the International Quilt Museum combined with an event in Omaha the following day. We also visited several quilt shops – we “needed” fabric – ha ha! Here’s our shopping show and tell from the hotel.
One of the collections on display was Bill Volckening’s double knit scrap quilts from the ’70’s. These quilts were pieced better than you might have thought possible for a stretchy knit fabric. And some were just so ugly. Bill had real vision when he snatched up these quilts! I remember jokingly telling a friend 30 years ago to burn her mother’s double knit pants suits instead of trying to sew with them. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Ha! This quilt was my favorite.
The next collection was Sacred Scraps from the “stan” countries like Khurzistan and the others around it. (I’m writing this from memory so apologize for misspelling.). The piecing was crude but tiny and nothing was wasted. Ikat fabrics were predominant. The book was sold out in the gift shop so my knowledge is limited but the collection was breathtaking.
On our way to Omaha the next day we had plenty of time to kill at an antique mall where I picked up a couple of real treasures which I’ll save for another day. We attended an afternoon Jubilee of Religious Vows for Sr. Carol Tlach who was celebrating 50 years as a nun. Carol grew up on the farm across the road from me and returns to visit her brother and stays here with Rick and me. It was a moving mass and lovely reception for 8 Notre Dame Sisters, one for 70 years, 3 for 60 years and 4 for 50 years.
Sr. Carol and me.