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  • R. John Howe
    Dear folks - This email announces the post of a virtual version of a Textile Museum Rug and Textile Appreciation Morning program given way back in 2009. This
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      Dear folks -

      This email announces the post of a virtual version of a Textile Museum "Rug
      and Textile Appreciation Morning" program given way back in 2009.

      This program was in conjunction with an exhibition of Amish quilts the TM
      had up at that time.  You can see a description and one piece from this
      exhibition if you use the link below (the description is the seventh down).


      Jean Ann Wright, the speaker, is an experienced quilter, an editor of
      quilting publications, and active in the field of quilt design.  One of her
      quilt design activities is to work with fabric manufacturers, using fabrics
      they are producing to fashion quilt designs with them that can be used to
      create "kits," to be sold to would-be quilters, who prefer not to take on
      the tasks of quilt design and fabric hunting themselves.

      Ms. Wright's program was entitled "Tracking Today's Tends in Quiltmaking."
      It had two parts.  First, she lectured to projected images of a variety of
      quilt designs; then, in the second part, she led an examination and
      discussion of some quilts she and members of the audience had brought into
      this session.

      Ms. Wright agreed that I could take photographs in her session and create a
      virtual version of the program afterward.  Attending and participating in
      this session with me (we both brought pieces) was, Dottie Reed, an expert,
      long-time, quilter friend from the Washington , D.C. area.

      Dottie Reed worked closely with me in fashioning this virtual version of
      this program.  She provided a great deal of related comment and background
      for this virtual version.  I have chosen to keep most Dottie's sometimes
      rather detailed comments for their possible interest to real quilting
      enthusiasts.  I have tried to warn off other readers by labeling some
      passages as likely for the "very interested." But you are hereby doubly
      warned that some of the introductory material and other elaborating comments
      do sometimes "go on" a bit for some tastes.
      Although considerable work was done fairly soon after the session, things
      stretched out as they can, and I have now lost contact with both Ms. Wright
      and Dottie.  So the virtual version of this program is incomplete and does
      not, as it stands, reflect the advantages that complete editorial work by
      Ms. Wright and Ms. Reed would have provided.  Designs are often not
      described, and you may be driven back, occasionally, to something close to
      "eye candy."  Nevertheless, this RTAM program and this post contains a great
      deal that, I think, is potentially enjoyable to those of us interested in

      Quilting, its enthusiasts know well, is an activity that, potentially, has
      many parts.  The selection-creation of the overall design, the
      selection-collection of the fabrics to be used, the decision about character
      of the quilt face, if sewn, whether the quilt face will be hand-stitched or
      machine-stitched, and this decision must be made again when the quilting,
      proper: the sewing together of the face, the batting and the back, is
      Some quilters take on all of the activities that comprise quilting, but
      there is considerable occasion for various divisions of labor, that allow
      participation in quilt-making, even if that is considerably circumscribed.
      One thing I have come to admire in quilters is their acceptance, even
      encouragement, of participation in quilting at whatever level a given person
      can manage. If you buy a "K-Mart" quilt kit, with a "cheater" front panel,
      and put it together with machine quilting, no one will pretend that it is
      not what it is, but you will likely hear positive sentences about your
      efforts from most quilters.

      There is something to be learned here by collectors who spend a lot of time
      sorrowing about other collectors who are not acquiring the sort of material
      they, themselves, admire.  (End of sermon.  :-) )

      You can reach this post by clicking on the link immediately below or by
      copying the link and pasting it into your browser.


      You can also simply do a computer search for "Textiles and Text R. John

      All of these methods take you to an "about" page on my blog.  The posts
      being announced are the first two in red in the column on the right.

      There are, again, a large number of images in these posts, so you may have
      to be a bit patient while they load.

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      I do not permit direct comments in this blog, and do not particularly
      encourage any, but if you have something that you feel is useful to share,
      you can send it to me at the email address above, with your permission to
      quote you should I decide to publish it.
      I hope you enjoy this even more "virtual" than usual, post which may be,
      simultaneously "unfinished," and still, perhaps, for some, sometimes


      R. John Howe
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