This past week we had gorgeous weather in Chicago. I know, it surprised me too! To take advantage of it I met my buddy Shannan, a fellow ChicagoNow blogger of the always useful Tween Us for lunch. Shannan let me pick, trusting friend that she is.
We had lunch on the patio of the Public Landing. Their patio is lovely and it was the start of a really wonderful day.
After lunch I suggested we take a walk to the branch of the Illinois State Museum in Lockport. I told Shannan that it was a small wonderfully curated museum and free!
What I didn't tell her was that I had heard, but didn't know for sure was that the exhibit was on quilts. But in my defense, I didn't know for sure.
Shannan was game and even excited, she is one smart cookie so the mixture of history, women and quilting piqued her interest.
If those three topics interest you, I think you would love this exhibit and it's your last chance to see it. It's been to the other locations, after this the quilts will be stored in Springfield. The exhibit will be in Lockport until October 17, 2014.
As we moved through the quilts we saw artifacts, read the signs and had the history of this time period come alive through the perspective of the women, especially the quilters, who lived during this time.
Not every newly married couple would undertake this as a honeymoon activity.
It is named the Seven Stars Quilt and was made by Mary Elle and Georges James.
As you walked through the intimate exhibit, there were so many beautiful quilts, all with a fascinating story.
I gave a dollar donation to the museum and received the guide. What a wonderful stories and background information there was. I suggest you not only go, but get a guide yourself..
I adore blue and white quilts and then an Irish chain besides?
The quilter, Henrietta (Kiler) Rhoades made this quilt to provide solace as she waited for her husband to return from the war. Talk about Quilting as Therapy!
This whole exhibit full of wonderful examples of heartfelt quilts and history.
Was my day over once we had toured the museum? Well, no because there is also a terrific quilt store in Lockport. I've written about it before, Thimbles, and I knew they would be disappointed if I didn't stop in. Don't ask how they would know, they just would.
And amazingly enough, I found some fabric to buy.
Lunch, quilts and fabric?
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I love museums, whether they are small like this one or a special show at a huge museum at the Art Institute of Chicago.