Well, this year has seen the fulfilment of a long held dream: leaf peeping in New England in the Fall. We hit peak leaf colour: it was amazing! I have rarely seen anything so beautiful. As we criss-crossed Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts walking, cycling and just plan goggling with our mouths open we had a marvellous time. And of course no Ice Bear Quilts trip is complete without a little quilt therapy!
Our first quilty stop was the lovely Shelburne Museum in Shelburne just outside Burlington in Vermont. This is a fabulous open-air and American Folk Art Museum and we had the luck (it was just a coincidence, honest!!) to visit when there were three special quilt exhibitions in additions to the museum’s own famous collection.
These were ‘ Homefront and Battlefield: Quilts and Context in the Civil War which was a fascinating display of quilts and other textiles related to the Civil War period (1861-1865) in America.
The quilts were all beautifully presented: slightly angled for support and held in place using small coloured round magnets that means nothing has to be pinned or otherwise put under strain, a method I had not come across before. The magnets were coloured to match the quilts, so were almost invisible.
There was also ‘All Star Quilts: The John Wilmerding Collection” which was a fabulous exhibit of Lone Star, Star of Bethlehem, Exploded Star and other star quilts. Some of the hand stitching was almost invisible.
Last but not least there was a modern exhibit Nancy Crow: Seeking beauty: Riffs on Repetition which showcased the new direction in Nancy’s work where she is exploring printing her own abstract textiles.
These quilts were in a gallery adjacent to the museum’s permanent collection of historical quilts, do the contrast was huge, but very dynamic!
All in all very inspirational and well worth a visit (take a day!) if you are in the area.