I still have so many quilt related things to share from my trip to Japan, but something exciting has happened and I really wanted to share it this week.
During my annual pilgrimage to Paducah last Spring I had the amazing opportunity to be interviewed TWICE at the National Quilt Museum. The first was an interview of the finalists in the New Quilts From an Old Favorite contest, done by the museum. We were each able to tell about our adventure in making our Oak Leaf quilts. I did a blog topic about my “Oak Leaf and Swirl” quilt and included the link to that interview in the post. Please click here to find that link and watch that interview.
The second interview came about in an interesting way. Amanda Neuhouser, from TCT Television Network, had contacted Bonnie Browning, the Executive Show Director at AQS, and asked if she knew of any “Christian quilters” who would be willing to be interviewed during Quilt Week. Bonnie gave her my name and I am so very grateful.
I met with Amanda and her assistant, Kelsie Babisz, in the museum and we set up in front of my quilt. These two women were delightful.
I must admit – I was a bit nervous. But the interview was fun and these dear ladies were a joy to work with.
Plus – my quilts love to travel and be seen.
I wasn’t sure what would ever become of this and didn’t really think about it after I returned home, until a few weeks ago when Amanda contacted me to say the video was almost done. She needed one more thing from me and the next thing I knew – it was finished and Kelsie sent me the link!
Before I share it with you, I have to praise God for this opportunity and give you a bit of background. This past year was the 35th anniversary of the Spring AQS Quilt Week and in honor of that the center gallery of the National Quilt Museum was filled with most of the 35 Best of Show quilts from the preceding years. It was an awe-inspiring exhibit – plus there were other amazing quilts in the side galleries.
If you’ve never been to the museum in Paducah, and even if you have, I think you will be blown away by the quilts shown in this video.
That being said – Only the quilt behind the three of us in the photo at the beginning of this post, and the ones I’m holding in the video were made by me.
I’m humbled that mine, along with the CEO of the museum, Frank Bennett, are the only voices you will hear while you view these breathtaking quilts made by so many amazing artists. As I watched it for the first time I wanted to shout out – “that’s Corona II by Caryl Bryer Fallert Gentry”, or “that exhibit features the quilts of Hollis Chatelaine”, and the list goes on.
Yet, I am honored to have been asked to be a part of this lovely video. May God be glorified.
I hope you will enjoy it. Please click here – and let the show begin!
Next week – Fiber Art Stops in Japan – part I!