Thursday, March 15, 2012

"Beauty Secrets" Lecture in Eugene

New York Beauty, c. 1940, Idaho

Just got home from another lecture with the Emerald Valley Quilters in Eugene. It was my second time speaking to the group, and I'll happily go back any time they want me. What a fun group. They were very interested, asked great questions, and at the end many people came up to say hello. It took a while to get packed up and hit the road, but that was just fine with me. I enjoyed seeing more familiar faces this time around. Guess I'm starting to get to know the quilters here in Oregon, and that's a very good thing.

I brought 12 quilts with me, and have included all of them here in this blog. I presented them in chronological order, from 1850 to present.

c. 1850, Kentucky - the first quilt I ever bought over 22 years ago
c. 1860, Kentucky - recently appeared in "Why Quilts Matter"
MacMillan Family Quilt, 1868, Monroe County, Kentucky
c, 1870, Kentucky
c. 1870, Virginia
c. 1870 by Florence Caldonia Corley Shealy, Saluda County, SC
c. 1880, Kentucky, formerly from the collection of Phyllis George
c. 1910, North Carolina
Mountain Mist New York Beauty, c. 1930
c. 1940, California
Lady Liberty, 2011, Marita Wallace, San Diego, CA
Audience members sat up in their seats to get a better look at each quilt, and I imagine it must have been a spectacle to see such a stellar group of these quilts. Sometimes I forget just how good the quilts are because I'm used to having them around. But when I see how others, especially quiltmakers, react to them, it's a good reminder of just how special the quilts are. Thank you to the Emerald Valley Quilters for another fun, memorable evening!


  1. Yours is an impressive collection. I love the design, though havenever had one in my collection.

  2. I never get tired of seeing these quilts...

  3. Ann- it's probably because I bought them all! ;)

    Siobhan- I agree. Even though these lecture recap blogs are mostly repeat quilts, posting them here is useful to me in another way. If I get invited back to lecture a group I've visited before, I can remember what I brought the last time by checking my blog, LOL!

  4. I am so glad I found your blog - I am just staggered by these pictures! I use quiltblocks and textiles in general as inspiration for my work, and have noted your blog so that I can have a cuppa and a really good look around. Your stuff is awesome! xCathy

  5. Outstanding collection of NY Beauties. All I can say is Wow!!!

  6. I NEVER tire of seeing these quilts, to me I always find some new to look at when I see them!
    thanks again for sharing, someday I will make at least one nyb! Thanks for sharing them again.....great post.