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It’s the land of folk music, award-winning bourbon, a world-famous horse race, and quilts that could stack as high as the Appalachian Mountains. It’s Kentucky, of course, and we’re bringing you along for the ride in Issue 12 of Quiltfolk!
In each issue, Quiltfolk takes you on a roadtrip to see incredible quilts and meet remarkable quilters and quilt lovers, always against a different, gorgeous American backdrop. Well, “gorgeous” might be an understatement when you’re talking about Kentucky. The hills, valleys, and pretty red-brick houses in the city of Louisville paint a picture of the truly triple-crown state.
The only thing more lovely than Kentucky itself? The “quiltfolk” living, working, and making quilts and quilt history in the Bluegrass State. We’re so glad you’ll be joining us on our journey across Kentucky. If you’re ready, there’s only one thing left to say:
If you’ve never seen a horse munching hay next to a pretty patchwork quilt, you’re in luck: We’ve got a picture for you. We were thrilled to learn about the quilts and horses of Sue Marshal, a down-to-earth Kentucky quilter with an outsize personality, a doting husband, and three very special, hay-chewing family members.
Shelly Zegart isn’t just one of the most prominent “quiltfolk” in Kentucky: She’s one of the biggest names in the world when it comes to quilts in America. She was a founder of The Quilt Alliance, the Kentucky Quilt Project, and the Quilt Index, and if you’re interested in quilt history even a little bit, you need to discover Zegart at her Louisville home.
No Kentucky quilt adventure would be complete without a visit to Quilt City USA for a look inside AQS QuiltWeek. Thousands of quilters descend upon charming Paducah every year when quilts take over the town, and in Issue 12, we’re bringing the show to you. No one’s ever covered Paducah like Quiltfolk and we’re excited to show you what we found.
You’ll want to propose a toast to the lovely and talented M. J. Kinman, who makes expertly pieced quilts inspired by color, gemstones, and Kentucky’s favorite export: bourbon. Kinman’s story is one of true creativity and inspiration for any quilter, no cocktail required (unless you want one, of course).
One of the founding members of the Studio Art Quilts Associates and a lifelong artist working in the quilt medium, Jane Burch Cochran shows us around her cozy Kentucky log cabin and takes us on a tour of her work, bead by bead, glove by glove, and stitch by experienced stitch.
Many quilters are charmed by temperance quilts, and we thought there was no better issue than Issue 12 to take a closer look at them. Famous temperance activist Carrie Nation was born in bourbon-loving Kentucky, and the history of her mission inspired the complex tradition of temperance quilts.