Last month was so much fun gathering the with pixels2Pages team to work and have some fun together. One of the places we traveled to was Paducah, Kentucky, where Jan McCallum grew up. It is a beautiful town filled with warm people and yummy food! Twenty blocks of the city’s downtown have been designated as a historic district and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. I think my favorite moment in Paducah was visiting the National Quilt Museum. The National Quilt Museum is an art museum that exhibits fiber art and quilting from around the world. The museum is recognized by USA Today as one of the world’s top quilt displays. Unfortunately, you are not allowed to take photos inside. Trust me, if you enjoy needle work, this is a must visit!
As soon as I walked in and saw all the quilts displayed, all I could think about was my grandmother, Ruth Parker. My grandma was a quilter, among other things. I remember her working on quilts. Often, when I stayed with her, she had a quilting frame up in her dining room. She made quilts for her grandchildren when they got married. She won ribbons at county fairs for her beautiful creations. She passed on her love of handcrafted projects to me. I was probably around eight (or so) when she first began teaching me how to use a needle. She was so kind and patient in teaching me how to embroider, knit, and crochet just to name a few projects.
One of my most precious heirlooms is a quilt she made for me. She passed away when I was 13. So I never imaged that I would have a quilt made for me. When I turned 16 her sister surprised me with the quilt she had prepared especially for me.
I credit a lot of my “crafting” desires and ability to her. She was a very kind, warm, and loving person. I wish I’d had her longer than I did. Every once in a while I bring the quilt out and put it on my bed to enjoy.