I thought I would continue on the Kings Landing theme for one more post. Humour me, folks.... We were so fortunate at my Guild meeting on Tuesday evening to have Lois MacDonald from Kings Landing come to share with us some of the KL collection of quilts! These were original quilts which were all at least 100 years old, many of them older than that! All but one were in excellent shape. Lois is very knowledgeable about all things textile at KL - not just quilts but also hooked rugs, woven coverlets and of course all the period costumes worn by the staff.
We were all very interested to learn about the quilts she brought, where they had come from, how the collection is stored, etc. Kings Landing grew out of the Mactaquac Dam project in the 1960's. Many farms and properties along the St. John River above Mactaquac would be flooded when the dam was built, and many of the homes and artifacts now found at KL came from these homes and families along the river.
The quilts were quite amazing, considering their age and the fact that most would have been hand-pieced.
The "postage stamp" quilt (above left) was a favourite and drew many "Ooohs" and "Ahhhs"... But each one was much admired and appreciated. We were so grateful to Lois for this wonderful presentation. I'm sure I won't be the only one making a special trip to the Landing this summer for another close look at some wonderful "vintage"' quilts... (FYI It is possible to make arrangements for a tour of the Collection Centre to see these quilts. All you have to do is call KL and
Tonight I finished reading The Town That Drowned by Riel Nason. Riel grew up in Hawkshaw, not far from Kings Landing, and has written a fictional story set in the 60's at the time of the construction of the Mactaquac Dam. This story explores what local people would have gone through, finding out their lands and homes would soon be swallowed up by rising waters. Riel is a quilter and KVQG member... and a great writer! Edit: I've just been advised (thanks Sue!) that Riel's book has been nominated for the Canadian Library Association's 2012 Young Adult Book Award! Way to go Riel!! Best of Luck!!
Tomorrow I hope to show you another TAST effort.. I'm "just a bit behind"...
"History is who we are and why we are the way we are." ~ David McCullough