|Up on stage, photo by Siobhan Furgurson from her Yankee Quilter blog|
A big line formed for Show & Tell while I was over talking to Australian quiltmaker extraordinaire Margaret McDonald. My friend Mary Bywater Cross said I should go last in Show & Tell so everyone would stick around. Another person whose name I didn't get, came up and insisted I go first because some people had to leave. When I returned to the table to pick up the quilt and saw the line, I wasn't sure what to do. I slumped down in my seat, and let the folks running Show & Tell decide what they wanted to do with me. After three people showed quilts, the Show & Tell crew waved me up on stage.
|Chintz Medallion, c. 1820, Achsah Goodwin Wilkins, Baltimore, Maryland|
I'll admit, originally I did want to cause a stir by sharing this quilt during Show & Tell. I just didn't realize how much of a stir it would be. The following day, I had an opportunity to share it with a small group of people who had a specific interest in it, including the Triplett sisters, Merikay Waldvogel, Debby Cooney, and Barbara Brackman. We all gathered in the Triplett's hotel room and viewed the quilt, along with two incredible chintz quilts from the Poos Collection. My quilt was so large we had to drape it over two beds. As you can tell from the picture below, I was in heaven. That's Debby in the background, with the quilt draped over her lap, looking a little dreamy-eyed.
In the end, it wasn't much ado about nothing. Just the opposite. We all believe we're looking at a quilt from the Achsah Goodwin Wilkins workshop, and that's a beautiful thing. I was thrilled to share it, even though the mayhem at Show & Tell did catch me a little off guard. Next time I go to the AQSG Seminar, I may have to keep my plans for Show & Tell a little closer to the vest. Either that, or hire bodyguards!