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This photo of Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Well, I'm about to embark on a massive quilting adventure.  I am spending TWO WEEKS at the Crow Barn in rural Ohio, beginning this weekend.

Nancy Crow, doyenne of the Crow Barn, is legendary in several ways (that's her quilt pictured above):

  • She's considered to be one of the leaders of the art quilt movement from the 1970s/80s.
  • Some would argue that she's the mother of Modern Quilting as she almost always uses plain fabrics in her work.
  • She has a reputation for being a tough teacher (students crying, etc.).
  • She has built a quilting mecca in her backyard: The Crow Barn.

Truth be told, I'm not at all familiar with Nancy's work.  I vaguely knew of the Crow Barn retreats by reputation.  When I decided that 2018 was going to be my year of quilting, I decided to sign up for a week with Nancy because it seemed to be a rite of passage for so many quilters.  BUT, you can't sign up for a week.  You have to sign up for TWO weeks.  And so I did.  And then the stories started coming in....  Over the past few months, whenever I've mentioned that I'm heading to the Crow Barn, the stories have come at me: 100 yards of fabric on the supply list, tears, fights, and general insanity.  But can it possibly all be true?

I have counted up a minimum of 96 yards of fabric on the supply list.  As you can see from the photo...

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...I bought more than 100 yards of fabric yesterday, so that part is true.  As for the rest, I guess I'll have plenty to report on when I get back from Ohio.  If you'd like to see things as they happen, follow my adventures on instagram or my vlog. Otherwise, I'll let you know in a few weeks!

If you'd like to learn more about Nancy Crow:

Wish me luck & thanks for stopping by!

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