we made it!
Yes, the tents and quilts and I have arrived safe and sound in Minneapolis, to live out the next two weeks in the hospitable quarters of Attic 19. A new city to me, Minneapolis is brimming with awesomeness- beautiful houses, bikes everywhere, and more arts community than you could wrap your arms around.
Since my last update, I spent some quality time in Iowa- getting to know Cedar Rapids, Kalona, and Iowa City as much as I could in a few days. With my local-history-buff-hostess, Sonya Darrow, I visited an Amish quilt museum and admired Czech textiles. Quilt Stories received a very receptive welcome at the bustling Cedar Rapids farmer's market, and visitors spent some real time stitching on the collaborative quilt the next day at College Green park in Iowa City. My drive from Iowa through Wisconsin was spotted with tourist wonders, like the Dickeyville Grotto, and the scenery became more and more beautiful and nostalgic as I headed north. I spent the Fourth of July with a very special old friend in Eau Claire and we had a full day of BBQ hopping- complete with a jump in the lake, a pontoon ride, and shared quilt stories. Rolling into Minneapolis the next day my odometer clocked in at 3,874 miles.
It is here that I end this leg of tour. I see this collecting phase of the project occupying me for the next year- extending my travels to the East Coast in the fall, the South in the winter, and back to the West Coast and Southwest at some point. I will have a few more Midwest stops at the end of the month, and will keep you updated. If you are a backer and have not received your reward package, this is my chance to get those put together and sent out to you. I will be transcribing stories, continuing to collect and photograph, exploring the city, and taking the project into another form.
As I settle in and spread my thoughts out, the project I need to do here will come to me. Tonight, I am thinking it would be very appropriate to create a quilting retreat at the residency- I have heard many stories about these gatherings where stitching, chatting, and snacking are priority....