There are places I never knew existed, places in America that I didn’t have the slightest understanding about. One of those is the Museum of Appalachia in Norris, Tennessee. We visited the museum and spent hours wandering the grounds, exploring the varied log cabins that are open to the public and admiring all the beautiful, handmade, and well-loved quilts.
Because I could only learn so much during my wandering, I bought “A People and their Quilts” by John Rice Irwin, the founder of the museum. It’s a wonderful, in-depth look at many of the quilts seen in the museum as well as dozens more. I’ve got more to read (it’s dense!) and so much to learn.
I’ll share more as I discover because there’s something to this exploration that has exposed an itch that I didn’t know about, yet seems only to be enhanced by my work on my great-grandma’s quilt. Stick around, there’s a lot to uncover here.