Milwaukee Saturday

Milwaukee Art Museum : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Another busy, busy weekend here – but I have a lot of photos to share! Saturday I woke up bright and early and headed north to Milwaukee. Lee and I had our third (and final) Pottery Barn Trunk Show scheduled, but before that began we visited the Milwaukee Art Museum. Lee and I were lucky enough to be invited to see their Uncommon Folk: Traditions in American Art special exhibit, featuring a few quilts from from Gee’s Bend, Alabama.

Milwaukee Art Museum : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Because I always leave for events ridiculously early, I was actually the first person inside the museum for the day! How cool is that? The space was so beautiful and full of light, right on Lake Michigan.

Milwaukee Art Museum : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The Uncommon Folk exhibit had whimsical sculptures, paintings, quilts, photographs…all sorts of fun and funky things really.

Milwaukee Art Museum : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Of course, the five or six quilts especially caught our eye.

Milwaukee Art Museum : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Above, from left to right: “Lazy Gal” Quilt (1993) by Revil Mosley; Four Block Housetop Quilt (2000) by Rita Mae (“Rabbit”) Pettway; Work Clothes Quilt (1935) by Rachel Carey George.

Milwaukee Art Museum : Fresh Lemons Quilts
Four Block Housetop Quilt (2000) by Rita Mae (“Rabbit”) Pettway

Milwaukee Art Museum : Fresh Lemons Quilts
Crazy Quilt (1883) by Margaret A. Beattie

I captured Lee taking a detail shot of this beautiful quilt.

Milwaukee Art Museum : Fresh Lemons Quilts
“Star of Bethlehem” Quilt (1875), American

It was a really fun morning! After we finished up at the museum, we headed over to the mall to grab lunch and set up inside Pottery Barn.

Vintage Quilt Revival Pottery Barn Trunk Show : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This time we got to set up right up front. What an experience!

Vintage Quilt Revival Pottery Barn Trunk Show : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Vintage Quilt Revival Pottery Barn Trunk Show : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Vintage Quilt Revival Pottery Barn Trunk Show : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Lots of people stopped by and it was so fun to meet everyone. Many told us that seeing quilts in person is such a different experience than seeing them in a book – and I cannot agree more!

I also finished my big deadline quilt yesterday (woo hoo!) so now I’m hard at work cutting into my Shimmer fabric in preparation for a blog hop after Spring Break. I’ll be posting some updates as I go along ~ paper piecing, yay!



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    March 24, 2014

    from experience I know what I great feeling it is to see your quilts laying out like that – I have a place that I have some of my quilts displayed at and I just so enjoy seeing them displayed for others to enjoy. Yours look so great like that at the store

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    Lorna McMahon

    March 24, 2014

    Love this post, Faith! The photos are a delight. Almost like being there. Seeing the set up at the Pottery Barn… Wow! Looks so inviting, Congratulations on your big deadline finish!

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    March 24, 2014

    I love your pictures. Thanks for sharing the museum with us!

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    Cindy M.

    March 24, 2014

    Wow…… Awesome photos you took at both places. I’m in love with your colorful quilts. Faith, thanks for incredibly sharing. : )

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    March 24, 2014

    Enjoyed seeing your quilts in Naperville.
    Thanks for the Milwaukee Museum tour. Would love to combine a museum outing with a trip to the Textile Museum.
    Can’t wait to see your new Shimmer fabrics.

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    March 24, 2014

    Thanks for sharing the museum shots. I’m a little obsessed with the quilts from Gee’s Bend, it must have been very moving to see those treasures in person.

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    March 24, 2014

    Your quilts look beautiful! Perfect setting.

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    March 24, 2014

    I so wanted to see you quilts at Pottery Barn. We are out of town but if there is ever a chance again I will be there. They are beautiful. I will also check the museum exhibit when I get back. It’s nice to have happenings near home.

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    March 24, 2014

    Beautiful images of the GB exhibit and the Pottery Barn display. Everything looks amazing. Congratulations again to both of you. Wonderful!
    Also, it is so wonderful to see recognition of handwork and quilts!

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    March 24, 2014

    What a beautiful building, I’m so glad you thought to take pictures and share. Your display at Pottery Barn looks great.

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    Sinta Renee

    March 24, 2014

    I wish I could have been there! What a perfect place to show off your gorgeous quilts. I love your book!!!

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    March 24, 2014

    Thank you for sharing your photos. Beautiful museum! And your quilts ! As always beautiful !!!

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    Lynda H

    March 24, 2014

    you got some awesome pictures of the museum empty of people – I love to take pictures like that – the second picture would make a great poster – you should talk to the museum folk about that.

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    March 24, 2014

    Love Pottery Barn, how fun to see your own quilts displayed there…..

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    Lisa Markham

    March 24, 2014

    Met Katie in Arlington and got 2 books signed! Thank you so much for doing the Pottery Barn events! It was wonderful seeing the quilts up close and meeting up with other quilting friends!

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    March 24, 2014

    What a wonderful collection of quilts and great setting,

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    March 24, 2014

    What a wonderful collection of quilts and great setting,

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    Crystle Minor

    March 25, 2014

    OMG….I was there on Saturday! I almost never go to that mall. My daughter and I were looking at those quilts and I thought that they just sold mass produced quilts. My daughter and I were looking at them and I was impressed with how “real” they looked. She even pointed it out to me. I looked a bit for a price tag but didn’t see one. I never saw the sign out front!!! Now I am sad I didn’t pay more attention!!

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      March 25, 2014

      Oh my gosh Crystle, that is so crazy!! And kind of funny really! 🙂 I’m sorry we didn’t get to chat, but I am very happy to know you got to see the quilts! 🙂

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    March 25, 2014

    That third photo is stunning! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Also, if you look at the photo of Lee taking a photo of the quilt it almost looks like the quilt moves because of the pattern. Hah! Or maybe I’m just weird lol.

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    Debbie Hartwig

    March 25, 2014

    Thank you for sharing the photos. What an amazing experience. I am very tactile, so though i was to feel the quilts, I can appreciate the pictures. your work is so fun to watch!

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    March 25, 2014

    The photos of the Museum–are breathtaking! The photos of the quilts you selected–also breathtaking and so bold! Love how your quilts just made the room light up and the modern furniture sparkle at Pottery Barn! Thanks for sharing how well all of your patterns and quilts will go with our own home designs!!! Off to sew another quilt!

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    April 1, 2014

    After reading your blog post last week about your Pottery Barn Shows (loved them!), and also reading about your trip to the Museum, I was inspired by seeing your photographs of quilts from Gee’s Bend. I thought to myself, “What is wrong with you? Here you are living only 2 hours from Gee’s Bend. Gooooooooo………”. So I planned a trip for the next day with my 10 year old granddaughter who is learning to sew and has made her first quilt top. We left early the next morning and made our way to the county seat and boarded the ferry for the across river ride to Gee’s Bend. Mary Ann Pettway met us at the the Gee’s Bend Collective and then 2 more Pettways joined us for a visit. I bought a large “House Top” block that Jennie Pettway Williams had just brought in and then 2 smaller blocks by Nancy Pettway, one each for my g-daughters. We visited for 2 hours and what an experience it was!! I have you to thank for inspiring me to go and if you are ever in Alabama and have the time, it is worth the trip. Just make sure to call Miss Mary Ann at the Collective so someone can meet you there. As a side note, Miss Mary Ann and another quilter had just returned from Illinois where they had done a show and class. I told her that I had read your blog and was inspired to take a Spring Break trip with Hannah. She sends you a hearty “Hello”!

    There is a 2 year wait for anything done by Miss Mary Ann! She is a delight to behold and a huge hearted and soulful person. I hope you get to meet her one day.

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    Mary Leonard

    April 7, 2014

    I am new to sewing and found your blog. Amazing fabric, awesome pics and I will be returning!


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