Common Threads: Selma, Alabama

The final Common Threads program I attended was in Selma, Alabama. It was my first time visiting Selma and I carpooled there with Sunshine Huff, a quilting expert that I am lucky to have become friends with. The hour car ride went by quickly listening to Sunshine's many stories of working for publishers in New York City, running a bed and breakfast in Mobile, and growing up in Monroe County. She's an incredible person with an incredible history.

The day started with a presentation from Agnes Pool, an author and master quilt maker. She spoke about quilt documentation and how to record family heirlooms. She wrote a great book on the subject which is available here.

We had lunch in the Old Live Oak Cemetery, possibly the most beautiful cemetery I've ever seen, with Spanish moss dripping from the branches of the live oaks. We were given a tour of some of the history of the cemetery, including the graves of Civil War soldiers and a Confederate monument.

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After lunch, we did a show and tell of family quilts we had brought, with Sunshine and Agnes offering quilt appraisal expertise. I brought a quilt my grandmother had made from a kit in the 1960s, which has sadly shredded due to poor fabric quality.