On Wednesday afternoon I presented "Every Quilt Tells a Story" to the Antioch Woman's Club. It's a big club, with over 100 members on the rolls. About 70 people attended. I've given the program a half-dozen times now so I'm comfortable with the sequence of the quilts I show and the timing. I include vintage quilts from my collection, among them my own baby quilt (made by my mother's church circle) and my first quilt (a Bucilla cross stitch kit, made when I was in library school (1973-74)). I also bring some of my recent work. I invite club members to bring quilts of their own to share the stories. This time there were four quilts, two Double Wedding Rings and a Dresden Plate from the 1930's and a yo-yo quilt from the late 80's.
Afterwards one of the club officers (herself a quilter) said, "Everyone enjoyed it! There were some people who don't care about quilts, but you made it so interesting and they really listened."
One woman gave me a half dozen quilt magazines. "I hope you can use these," she said. "I'm legally blind." I thanked her and then added, "It must be hell not to be able to see." She smiled and said, "It certainly is! I'll be 91 this year." Good for her!
Another woman said, "I don't have any use for these. Would you like them?"
You bet! These are uncut linen towels/runners from Sweden (Dalsjofors, Hellinne).
The woman said she believes someone gave this to her mother. The squares are 2" finished. I don't know if I'll keep this, but at least I made it "disappear" for the donor.
My next EQTAS presentation will be in May. It's such fun to talk about quilts!
P.S. I charge a modest honorarium + mileage.