I learned to cross-stitch when I was five years old, and to knit when I was seven, and to weave when I was 19. I started quilting when I was about 40. Now that I am retired from teaching, and live on a peaceful tree farm in Texas, I can pursue those textile interests, and share what I learn. I am not an expert, just a very interested amateur.
Ulysses Grant Dietz, curator of Decorative Arts at the Newark Museum, arranged his first quilting exhibit in 1980, after being on the job only four months. His description of the exhibit perfectly expresses my goals for this blog:
It was not by any stretch of the imagination a scholarly effort. My selection was entirely based … on how each quilt appealed to my personal aesthetic. I have no shame in having done this: it filled a need and pleased an audience. I have no doubt that the visitors … went away a little bit better informed than when they arrived. Any curator who claims his or her job is grander than that is delusional. A curator’s interest is to spark interest and provoke thought.
from Unconventional and Unexpected: American Quilts Below the Radar, 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe
I hope the textiles you see here spark your interest and provoke thought!