During my visit to Texas, while teaching at the Creativity Center, we took a road trip in the middle of the afternoon. This is something I don’t usually do in the middle of a workshop. But, I have to tell you it was one of the best road trips ever.
We went to the Texas Quilt Museum. www.TexasQuiltMuseum.org
The museum is located in La Grange, Texas. The museum was an idea and goal of its founders for decades. The founders took thousands of great quilts to International Quilt Festival (www.quilts.com) in Houston each year since 1974. Since the annual show only allowed people to view a small collection of their quilts for a short time they wanted a place where more people could view the quilts for longer periods. They found this wonderful 19th century building.
It took two years to restore the building. During my visit the back room had a small collection of antique quilts.
The main exhibit was in the front of the building. I love the old original stone walls. What a great backdrop for the quilts.
During my visit, it was the final day of the Butterfly exhibit. There were fifty some artists’ work exhibited in this collection of magnificent quilts. When you visit the museum website you can find more information and about the book of this exhibit which is now available.
This is one of Velda Newman’s amazing quilts. To find out more about Velda go to www.veldanewman.com/gallery.html
What a fabulous mural on the side of the building.
Right beside the museum is the most amazing quilt and yarn shop. www.thequiltedskein.com
As you walk in the door it is a color explosion. I thought I died and went to heaven.
Best quilt shop sign ever.
My girlfriend gave me James Patterson’s book “Unlucky 13″ on audio.
Good book to listen to while driving. It held my interest but was not too involved that I missed any of my turns! Detective Lindsay Boxer and her Murder Club friends are always finding trouble. This time they are being stalked by a killer. There are three story lines, none hard to follow.
Hope you find some good summer reads.
Vicki Mangum took the two day workshop at the Creativity Center and sent me this photo. She is just about finished with her machine applique. Way to go Vicki!!!!
Until next week…..