Saturday, February 19, 2011

Coming Soon: Northwest Quilters Show at Expo Center!

A pair of Rocky Mountain Road / Crown of Thorn quilts will be displayed.
The Northwest Quilters annual quilt show will take place at the Expo Center in Portland on March 10-12, and I'll be there. I am showing two antique quilts, possibly a few others, and will speak on Friday, March 11th around noon. I will also be at the show on Saturday documenting quilts with the Oregon Quilt Project.

The antique quilt display will include a pair of late 19th century Rocky Mountain Road / Crown of Thorn quilts. This pattern is more commonly known as New York Beauty, a name coined by the Stearns and Foster Mountain Mist company in 1930. But both of these quilts were made when many names were associated with the pattern.

These two quilts are part of a collection of 30 quilts made with the pattern or a variation. They directly relate to my Friday talk "Beauty Secrets: 150 Years of History in One Quilt Pattern", and serve as a preview for my "Beauty Secrets" quilt exhibit at the Benton County Historical Museum from August 5 - October 1, 2011. There will be about 20 quilts in that show, and there will be a catalog.

The antique quilt display at the Northwest Quilters show will be the backdrop for the Oregon Quilt Project documentation day on Saturday, March 12 from 10AM to 4PM. Quilt owners are invited to bring as many as two quilts, which will be documented at appointed times. To make an appointment to have your quilt documented, please contact Martha Spark at: We are also looking for volunteers interested in quilt history. If you're interested in volunteering, contact Jackie Nance at:

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