I’ve been thinking a lot about home lately. I tend to be nostalgic and hang onto old objects, memories and friendships.
The home where I grew up and learned printmaking, photography, and how to sew, and met many life-long friends, sits catty-cornered from the high school I attended. Sadly, that school, built in 1938, will be demolished later this year after we celebrate our fortieth high school reunion in it this spring.
My cousin has been helping our aunt sell the home that she shared with our grandma and to disperse the contents. I will treasure having the last quilt grandma made, her cedar chest, and the sketches and drawings my aunt made for a 1930s-era artist correspondence course – some of my quilting and artistic roots.
Now, after almost twenty years in Colorado, my home is back in the college town where I earned my degrees in art, started my career in graphic design, began quilting and met Mr. Wright. For me, all of these recent thoughts of home tie directly into the 2012 Alliance for American Quilts contest theme – Home Is Where the Quilt Is.
This year the quilts will be home shaped. It’s a fun challenge; I’m already playing with ideas for my entry. The quilts are always small; the design and theme parameters are wide; and all of the donated quilts are auctioned to support the terrific work of the AAQ. Here’s my little quilt – Cow 2 Redux– from the 2010, New from Old contest. Photos of all of the quilts from each contest are documented in their online Quilt Index.
Watch for our Readers Quilt Show in the April/May issue of Quilters Newsletter to see a show of some of the 2011 AAQ Contest Quilts. And visit www.allianceforamericanquilts.org for the contest entry details.