Before the Quilts

Last time, I promised you I’d be back soon to show you what I saw before Teddy and Bill caught up to me at Crystal Bridges. I had decided to go a little early so I would have a chance to check out some of the nature trails around the museum. It was a beautiful day and I wanted to see what they were all about.

I wish I could tell you which of the trails I walked, but I can’t. I didn’t have a map. I know, I know, hiker rule number one: Don’t go without a map. The trails were all short and led either downtown or to the museum. I figured it was impossible to get lost.

I’ve got photos below to show you some of what I saw. The trails were great, very easy, ¬†with just a few small hills, and well-maintained. At the end, you’ll see where I ended up, just before I went into the museum.

Be forewarned: it’s heavily treed and there are lots of fungi shots. I could try to entice you to take a look if I pronounced that “fun-guy,” right?

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At the end, I happened upon this:


It’s the Bachman Wilson House, designed by none other than Frank Lloyd Wright. The house was originally built in the mid-1950s in New Jersey, but due to repeated flooding, the owners decided to sell it to someone willing to relocate it. Crystal Bridges was the lucky winner. The house was disassembled, moved, and rebuilt here in 2015. I hadn’t taken time to see it before (just because there is NEVER enough time to see everything at the museum). This time I was lucky enough to get in (without a ticket, even) and take a look inside. Sadly, there are no photos allowed inside the house, but you can see a bit more on the Crystal Bridges website.

True to form, the house is kind of bland-looking from outside, but wonderfully light-filled inside. It is not large, and it is very spare, with lots of clean views. My photos are somewhat lacking, I’m afraid, mostly because I was trying not to get random tourists in them. It was tough on a holiday weekend!


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Pop over to the Crystal Bridges website to see more photos. Could you live there?

If it’s Tuesday…

…it must be Springfield. Or Brussels. Or something like that. You haven’t heard much from me (here, at least) in quite a while. Here’s why…

Many of you know by now that September and October have been idiotically crazy for me. Good crazy, but crazy nonetheless. It’s show season so I have been all over the place, and loving every minute of it.

Out of Time
Out of Time hung at two shows in September, and got a ribbon!

I started in mid-September at the Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild show, “Celebrate Quilting,” in Springfield, Missouri. I gave two lectures and a day full of appraisals. I also had three quilts hanging, “Out of Time” (which won a ribbon earlier in September at the Little Balkans Days show in Pittsburg, Kansas; “Round Holes, Square Peg” (more on that one another day); and “Trading My Sorrows.” It was, in a word, wonderful! The show was lovely, they kept me busy with appraisals, and treated me so well.

Hello, Springfield!

The following week I was in Springfield, Illinois (yep, Springfield again. See what I did there?), for three days of appraisals at MQX Midwest. Janet-Lee Greer Santeusanio and Mary Schilke and their amazing crew run a top-notch show. (They are a seriously hard-working bunch of genuinely nice folks.) This was the first year they had the show in Springfield, and it was a terrific choice. The hotel (the Crowne Plaza) provided a wonderful, all-in-one venue to see quilts and vendors. I met some new friends there and got to give some quick hugs to others. I am keeping my fingers crossed that MQX will come back to our neck of the woods again.

A little detour

I had only one little glitch, a detour in St.Louis on my way home, but hey, that’s not bad at all. I was grateful that it was Saturday evening, though, and not rush hour. There are Starbucks everywhere (as in most cities), so after I wove my way through the detours, I fueled up before driving the last leg home.

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Wonky Houses, ca. 1930. Hanging at the Powers Museum all month!

This past week I have been getting ready for a small exhibit of my Schoolhouse-pattern quilts, as part of the Maple Leaf Quilt Show at the Powers Museum in Carthage. After sewing eleventy-million miles of sleeves, we finally got my quilts hung. This is the first time most of these quilts have hung and I am so excited to be able to share them! The show will run all month so if you’re in the area, stop in. The hours are 10:30-4:30 Tuesday- Saturday; 12:30-4:30 on 19 October, and 6:00-8:00 p.m. on 20 October.

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At the entry to Crystal Bridges

Today I head to Arkansas for a weekend with the Missouri-Oklahoma-Kansas-Arkansas Quilt Study Group. Tonight we’ll enjoy a presentation on “Cousins: Coverlets and Quilts.” Saturday will be all about The Master Quilter of Mississippi–Martha Skelton. I’ll get to hang out with some of my buddies too. (IF I can squeeze it in, I’ll be stopping by Crystal Bridges for a few hours. The last time I was there was January for the O’Keeffe/Stieglitz exhibit, I’m sure things have changed!

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Dare to Dance by Mary Kerr

Next week I’ll be zooming to Kansas City for the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Overland Park and as many appraisals as I can fit in all over the city. I am really looking forward to seeing Mary Kerr’s exhibit, “Dare to Dance.” You might remember that I was so fortunate as to have one of my quilts included in the book. Now I’ll get to see at least a part of the rest of the them. Hugging my pals will be high on my do list for the weekend too.

Also in October…four days appraising at the museum, a day at an art gallery in Kansas, and maybe a Tuesday or two sleeping in my own bed. Maybe.

Have I mentioned that I love my job? I really, truly do. Yes, it gets a little hectic at times but what could be better than what I do? I meet terrific people and see fabulous quilts. Does it get any better than that?