Sunday, January 8, 2012

Celebrating a 65th Birthday!

I think looking at textiles and quilts is a wonderful way to celebrate any birthday! My friend, Peg Juckett and I traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska to the International Quilt Study Center to see 'Elegant Geometry'.

We spent most of Thursday examining the fabric prints in each hexagon! We were captivated.

I did much of my graduate work at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (it transferred nicely into the History Program at Montana State University) but had not been back to see the International Quilt Study Center. It is an amazing facility. I highly recommend a visit. Friday was spent viewing Chintz Center Panel quilts in the Collection. I am working on a new project. It is an octagon appliqued in the center of another mosaic patchwork quilt. The fabrics used in the hexagons were as wonderful as the chintz center panel.

Saturday we were at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha to see a Currier and Ives Print Exhibit. I am always intrigued with that romanticized view of the West. Peg and I did also manage to fit in a 'few' Nebraska quilt shops!

Dinner Saturday night was at the very elegant Grey Plume in Omaha. To mark my 65th birthday, the menu was signed by the entire kitchen staff, including the chef, Clayton Chapman.

Now I am back in Bozeman, ready to begin teaching on Thursday and inspired to start work on my next Dargate fabric line.


  1. Happy Birthday Margo! We share a birthday and I was in your store on Saturday, stocking up as usual; now where do I put it all I ask myself? Loren was a very gracious host...what a gem. I'm sorry I missed you and sounds like you had a great trip. I started cutting up the new Dear Jane packet that I purchased. They are for the Eastern Star that I am hand piecing. It will be lovely. See you this summer I am sure.

  2. HappyBirthday,Margo. Sounds like you had a perfect celebration. I love the special cooper jam pan Ron got you as well.

  3. I too agree that this exhibit was fabu. and to boot you got to shop on the way home. happy birthday and many more

  4. Happy birthday, Margo. What a great way to celebrate. Best of luck on the teaching and the new Dargates.

  5. Margo,

    I have enjoyed your work since I was introduced to it separately by a friend in living history and my quilter mother. I envy your ability to do what you love. If I could, I would love to trade places with you. A very long time ago I did research in England on fabrics and prints available to the average sewer on the street. I miss those days. Keep up the good work, and all the movies you've worked on, I realize I have not been disappointed in the period clothes. Thanks for sharing the authenticity.

  6. Hi Margo,
    I was looking for vintage fabrics for dressmaking. I maintain a site with vintage sewing patterns. I happened upon your site and then your blog. I used to live in Omaha, and have yet to be back to see the quilt museum in Lincoln. Thanks for the "review" .Sounds like it is worth the trip. Belated Happy Birthday!