Day 3 of their visit - Petra, Judith, Laurie, Patti & I headed off to the VA Quilt Museum. It was a blustery cold day with just a few snowflakes teasing the sky.
We immediately warmed up once we were all inside.
Gloria Comstock (the Museum's curator) was happy to take Petra & Judith on a behind the scenes tour of the Archives room and explain how each quilt is carefully processed and documented.
A very special quilt had just arrived... created by a cousin of Abraham Lincoln.
Would we like to take a peak at it resting downstairs in the vault?
Why yes of course we certainly would!
And Petra was even allowed to photograph the quilt.
Off to lunch and a visit to Patchwork Plus quilt shop.
Petra purchased some fat quarters of 1800's reproduction fabrics. As soon as we arrived back home she began mixing them into her own collection of Dutch fabrics. She said "these will make for a wonderful scrappy quilt" and knowing Petra's work, I have no doubt it will be gorgeous!
It was a very exciting day!