Stitched is currently on view at the Valdez Museum & Historical Archive in Valdez, Alaska until March 11, 2018.
Because I was in Hawaii during the opening, the Museum staff and I thought a gallery talk and workshop in March might be a good thing to do.
Having lived in Valdez for seven years, I knew that flying there is always iffy. The pilots land the planes by sight, and if the town is socked in you can’t see the mountains. This past week, most of the flights had been canceled due to high winds.
Still I managed to get out on Friday morning.
If you hop on over to my instagram feed, you can see a very cool video that I took of our departure. I taped and stopped and taped and stopped until finally I got the lift off. I am sitting right next to the plane’s right side wheel.
On Friday evening we had a great gallery talk.
I was very pleased with the layout of the show.
Some pieces like Holey Rollers (the quilt on the left) rarely get air time, and seeing them hung in a show makes me remember how much I enjoyed the process of making them.
In some ways Holey Rollers is one of the most successful Color Grids. The grid is so difficult to find, and the black floats all by itself.
This will be the last public viewing of Colors Unfurled and it was very special to share this quilt in Valdez—the town where I learned to quilt.
At some point we always get around to looking at the backs of the quilts.
The museum strives to connect the Valdez community to history and art and the quilt McCarthy Day is about those things too.
I sold a few books.
The Hinchinbrook Lighthouse lens is part of the Museum’s permanent collection. It is made of brass and 68 glass prisms. In its day, the light showed the entrance to Prince William Sound and could be seen for 22 miles.
Now it is a great prism for my quilts.
Isn’t that wild?
Afterwards, I went to dinner with my dear friend Claudia Kipar. Many of the photos you see here were taken by her.
On Saturday, I taught Riffing on Tradition to an awesome group of students. Every time I teach in Valdez, I am reminded of what great quilters live in this town.
I am mad at myself for not taking more photos of student work, but they have promised me to send photos when they are done. The coolest thing about this room is that you can easily pin fabric to the back wall! It is so good.
One of my students brought this incredible quilt made by her great, great, maybe even great grandmother.
She lived in Ohio and it looks like she made use of every bit of fabric she had. The blocks were pieced and then individual quilted onto scraps and then sewn into a quilt.
If things had gone according to plan, I would be writing you this post from my upstairs office in Anchorage. Instead, the high winds kicked up again, and I am typing away in Valdez. The next plane leaves tonight. (We hope….)
In the meantime, I think I will take another walk around town. The skies are bright bright blue, the mountains are covered in snow. It is hard to imagine a more beautiful place.
Even the trailer parks have great views.