I belong to a quilt history study group called MOKA. That stands for Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Arkansas. It is a wonderful group filled with collectors and experts on quilt history. We met this weekend in Parkville Mo. Parkville is wonderful historic town north of KC. It is filled with wonderful shops, beautiful old houses and antique stores. We had our Friday night session in a store called Florilegium. It is unbelievable! Filled with buttons, lace, yarns, silks and just about every fiber you can think of. www.florilegium.com
Our topic for the meeting was crazy quilts. The quilts that showed up were spectacular.
This quilt above was owned by the store. In the center is a ribbon from Queen Victoria's celebration. It came from England and was formerly housed in a museum in Birmingham. The following day we had a session on quilt restoration and repair followed by crazy quilts of the utilitarian style. It was wonderful as usual. We also made a couple of stops at quilt shops along the way, Quilter's Harvest in Higginsville and Quilter's Station in Lee's Summit. It was a great weekend.