Thursday, May 19, 2011

Classes in Paducah

Several months ago, I started thinking about my job and my future.  I love my job, but to be honest jobs in the school system aren't as secure as they once were.  In addition this is my second career, so I still have lots, and I do  mean lots more years to go.  Sometimes I wonder if I can make it.  I thought about what I could do after retirement or if I happened to lose my job.  I love quilting, but don't want to do it for other people, I also love reading but don't think there is a career in reading for other people.  After some thinking I realized I could put together two of my loves, quilting and history.  I knew that there were people out there who appraised quilts and decided to pursue quilt appraisal as a third career.   I was advised to start reading about history of quilts which I have  been doing.  I was also advised to take the skills classes in Paducah.  I did and had the best time.I had three days of classes taught by Mr. Gerald Roy (of the Pilgrim Roy collection) and two wonderful ladies, Carol and Linda.  I never knew how much there was to know about quilt appraising.  This is not something that you  become an expert at overnight.  I have a long way to go, but am definitely working on it.
Quilt from Alabama in appraisal class.

Quilt blocks from Montana in our appraisal class.
I am still doing lots of reading and have started trying to put together a collection of antique quilts.  Wish me luck.


Carol G said...

Good for you--making a plan and working toward it. Sounds like some fun getting there too.

SpinningStar said...

Good luck - do you know about Quilt Study Center

That is an interesting site to go through for history...have fun.