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Overzicht 2006



Zaterdag 18 februari 2006:


FRIES MUSEUM, Turfmarkt 11, Leeuwarden


Samen met conservator mevr. Gieneke Arnolli en mevr. Rosalie Sloof heeft  An Moonen van 11.00-16.00 uur een merklappen spreekuur gehouden.

Er was een enorme opkomst, en het was ongelooflijk wat er getoond werd aan ons. Ook was de hr. Martin Ex als taxateur bij deze bijeenkomst aanwezig. Tevens werden de merklappen afkomstig uit Friesland gefotografeerd en beschreven ten behoeve van de documentatie.

Dit alles ter gelegenheid van de geweldige merklappen tentoonstelling en publicatie van Gieneke Arnolli en Rosalie Sloof: LETTER VOOR LETTER gehouden in het Fries Museum te Leeuwarden.




Dinsdag 14 maart 2006:


Bibliotheek Bergen [bij Boxmeer]

Rembrandtplein 4, 5854 EM Bergen

Aanvang: 20.00 uur


Een knusse bijeenkomst met een ter plekke gemaakte tentoonstelling van quilts gemaakt door enkele quilters uit die regio. Een prima avond! Met dank!




Zaterdag 18 maart 2006:


Zoals gebruikt in antieke  Nederlandse quilts.

TOMATENDAG [bijeenkomst leerlingen van Ted Storm]

S’Gravenland, cultureel centrum

Aanvang 13.30 uur


Zoals steeds is een Tomatendag bij Ted Storm een onvergetelijke happening!

Waarom Tomaten? In het culturele centrum van s’-Gravenland zijn de zalen in het gebouw vernoemd naar de groentes die er gekweekt worden. De grootste zaal is de tomatenzaal: dus daar wordt logisch de Tomatendag gehouden! Ook lagen er in een aparte ruimte interessante antieke textilia, die bekeken konden worden. Leuk Ted! Weer een heerlijke dag, dank!




Woensdag 5 april 2006:


Firma Lohuis, Steenstraat 26, Oldenzaal

Aanvang: 14.00 uur


In een prachtige kleine oude zaal in het plaatselijke museum waren veel belangstellenden voor mijn lezing aanwezig. De firma Lohuis is een quiltwinkel en had dit bijzondere evenement georganiseerd. U zult begrijpen dat ook voor mij om een dergelijke lezing te geven , altijd een feestje is! Het is geweldig om op deze manier zo nu en dan je kennis kwijt te kunnen en je weer verder op weg te helpen om de gehele Nederlandse quilt geschiedenis in kaart te brengen.




Juni 2006


Door de veranderingen in het programma van de QUILT EXPO X in Lyon, en er geen onderwijs en lezingen meer gegeven zullen worden, zal ik deze keer dus niet mijn gebruikelijke lezing en/of workshop geven tijdens deze QUILT EXPO.


Because of the changes in the QUILT EXPO X program in Lyon, France, I will not be present to give a lecture or workshop as I used to do over the last 10 years.


Lyon bleek een afsluiting van Karey Bresenhan en Nancy O’Bryant en hun Europese biënnales. Enige maanden na de Quilt Expo X kwam het bericht dat ze definitief stoppen met de organisatie van deze Europese manifestaties. We hebben er allemaal enorm van genoten en kunnen niet anders dan Karey en Nancy hartelijk bedanken voor dit geweldige werk wat ze hier verzet hebben en de geweldige stimulans die ze het Europese quilten hebben gegeven. Door hun werk hier in Europa, hebben ze ongetwijfeld alle quilters samengebracht en verenigd.


Thanks to Karey Bresenhan and Nancy O’Bryant for the work they did during the last almost 20 years in Europe. We all remember you with a lot of love in our heart. THANK YOU!




October 2006


An has been asked as a speaker for the annual meeting of the American Quilt Study Group [AQSG] which took place in October 2006 in Connecticut, USA.


I went to New York end of September, and the meeting of the AQSG took place in Farmington Ct. from 4 until 8 of October 2006.


Here a review of one of the people who organized this all, my dear friend:

 Mrs. Sue Reich from Connecticut.


Three years ago, the Connecticut Quilt Search Project decided to formally end by hosting an AQSG Seminar in Connecticut. The success of our documentation book "Quilts and Quiltmakers Covering Connecticut" through the support of all of you in the world of quilt history, gave us the wherewith all to complete the cycle of our first charge of 15 years ago - "to promote the love of quilts and quilt history."

The intention of the Board of Directors of CQSP was to give quilt history researchers a first hand view of the wonderful quilts we saw during our 46 Documentation Days. It also gave us the opportunity to showcase some of the smaller museums and historical societies in Connecticut holding specific quilt gems in their collections. For the Connecticut Quilt Search Project, it was all about sharing some of the finest Connecticut has to offer.

This event was for me - magical. It was as if all of our stars were aligned in perfect order, enabling us to set our best quilts forward to share with 240 people.
Connecticut was ablaze with autumn color, and the harvest moon lit our way.

The weekend worked something like this. On Thursday night, at Nook Farm, the home of the Mark Twain House and Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, we shared nearly 100 quilts and bed coverings that were old (for us), pre-1840. On Friday, particularly at Wethersfield, we saw older - mostly c.1690 to 1840.


Then with the addition of An Moonen and Bridget Long's presentations on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we saw the oldest. These two ladies marched us right back to the Middle Ages sharing slides from their own quilt research taken in the bowels of European museums, manor houses and private collections. They gave us ancestry for our American bed coverings, a point of reference we often lose sight of in the U.S.

There were three planned tours; Litchfield, Wethersfield, and Sturbridge. Only Sturbridge is a reconstructed village. All date to pre-1840. Tours of Litchfield and Wethersifield, gave people a glimpse of eighteenth century and early nineteenth century life in Connecticut, setting the quilts in historic context. At each of these three venues, we had a behind the scenes viewing of some of the oldest textiles in their collections.

Our Friday night opening featured Edward Maeder's keynote address "Not Just Another pretty Quilt." Edward is the textile curator at Historic Deerfield, just up the Connecticut River from our fair state. With the humor Edward is so well known for, combined with his vast knowledge of textiles, he set the tone for the theme of our Seminar. As he expressed (I am paraphrasing this) "Quilts didn't just pop out of a clam shell that arose from the Deerfield River."

Throughout the weekend, there were 8 Study Centers. Study Centers have become a hallmark event for AQSG Seminars. Members of our organization, and quilt historians such as Bridget Long, An Moonen, Richard Cleveland, Alden O'Brien, curator at the DAR in Washington, D.C. and Lisa Evans, Medieval textile expert, prepared 2-3 hour interactive presentations. The topics varied from the study of quilting diaries of the early eighteenth century to signing tools for quilts, from the techniques presentations of cut-out appliqués to the British piecing over papers, to quilting characteristics of Dutch, British and New England quilts and their southern sisters. Presenting a study center is a labor of love. The presenters expend a huge amount a energy to prepare sharing, artifacts, expertise, handouts, etc. I am always truly amazed at how generous this group is each and every year. Participants truly recognize the time-intensive work applied to each and everyone of them.

Although the Dutch founded Connecticut first, it was really the British and the Dutch who settled Connecticut. For CQSP, it was especially meaningful to have quilt historians from both countries here to present their quilts. An and Bridget gave a combined presentation to a large audience in which they shared the famous Kaiser Wilhelm quilt now housed in the Netherlands.

The Connecticut Historical Society brought 12 quilted items to the hotel for viewing, and a virtual tour of their collection. One of my favorites is a framed quilt with British trades marks in the selvages visible on the top of the quilt. They also shared two bed ruggs. (Bed ruggs are eighteenth bed coverings worked with embroidered stitches or hooked in designs elements similar to those found on wholecloth quilts.) This was a very popular event because it gave those members with problems ambulating an alternative event that was of high quality.

The above were offerings particular to Connecticut. Every year at each Seminar one can enjoy academic papers presenting the most updated quilt history research. This year's choices were especially fine. AQSG 2006 offered 7 presenters with everything from the ongoing research of Hawaiian quilts to the ground-breaking, scientific analysis of twentieth century Amish quilts. The quilts of four ethnic groups were focused on, and two particular designs, a political pattern called Polk's Fancy and the ubiquitous Crazy quilt.

Adjunct to all of these events are the Members' book sales, vendor sales, endless networking, round table discussions, and last but not least - the Study quilts. This year's challenge was to reproduce a pre-1840 bed covering - not exclusive to quilts. Nearly 30 smaller versions of historic antique quilts and bed coverings were reproduced - highlighting the needlework expertise of our members. Each time I entered the Study quilts, there was a hush of respect as attendees stood in awe of their combined effect.

That was AQSG 2006 in-a-nutshell. I am sure that I have left something out.
Next year, it will be back on the East Coast of the U.S. as we descend upon Lowell, MA. We are always thrilled when our quilt historian colleagues from across the pond share this event with us. We have so much to learn from you and your quilts. Hope to see you at AQSG 2007.

Sue Reich, Washington Depot Ct., November 2006


Thanks to the board of the AQSG, and all the people who managed also to give me a scholarship, to make this all possible to me. THANK YOU AQSG!

And also many thanks to Jane and David! Without them it was impossible to manage it all!




November 2006


Ter gelegenheid van het eerste lustrum van de gefuseerde vereniging voor Kostuum Kant Mode en Streekdracht, werd in het Westfries Museum te Hoorn een tentoonstelling georganiseerd met voorwerpen uit de collecties van de leden.


HARTENLAPJES was de titel, en dat dekte de lading helemaal.

Ook van mij waren er 2 quilts, de speelgoedwinkel met manufacturen van mijn grootmoeder uit 1875, de 17de eeuwse merklap uit Marken, de stoplap uit 1694 en een zilveren kluwenhouder uit omstreeks 1825. het was een echte KIJK tentoonstelling dus, afwisselend, boeiend, mooie dingen, een met je neus op het glas tentoonstelling!

 De opening was op 17 november en de tentoonstelling werd afgesloten met een eendaags symposium over collectioneren, alle “ins and outs” in januari 2007!

AndAAnd also many thanks_._,_.___

An geeft regelmatig lezingen over diverse onderwerpen.

Hier de agenda voor de komende maanden.





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