Judy Kaman Grow
Judy has been building her historic quilt collection for over 30 years, with an eye for best of type and state of preservation. Part of her collection was exhibited at the Eustis Museum of Art during December 2017, and will be shown at the Florida Quilt Museum in Trenton, FL, Dec. 2018 – February 2019.
Judy has been involved with needlework since watching both her mother and grandmother ply their needles in all their spare moments. While home with her own infant children she used her interest and skills to write and illustrate two books, “Creating Historic Samplers” and “Classic Needlework” which both translated designs from varied antique sources into modern needlework techniques and materials. Both books were BH&G Book Club selections.
Judy has participated in numerous quilt history and conservation seminars and workshops across the country both as student and speaker. As co-chair of the 2011 National Conference of the American Quilt Study Group she arranged lectures by experts in textile and quilt history and field trips into collections for close to 250 quilt historians from all over the United States and some foreign countries. She initiated and ran the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Study Group which for 12 years met bi-monthly at her home or on field trips to the archives and exhibitions of public collections of historic quilts.
Although her schooling prepared her for her first jobs as a public school instrumental music teacher, for 31 years Judy ran a picture framing business in Lawrenceville NJ, where she specialized in using the most advanced archival techniques. After retiring in 2010 she volunteered at the Hunterdon County Historic Society, where she was named Curator of Textiles. In that capacity she did fundraising, assessing, and arranging archival storage for the vast quilt, coverlet, and costume collection and arranging for exhibitions of the collection, including writing the catalog for an exhibition of 50 quilts celebrating the county’s 300th anniversary in 2014.
Judy is currently a member of the Lake County Quilt Guild and has won ribbons in their past 3 quilt shows, including a Viewer's Choice ribbon.
She is married to the artist, Allan Grow and has two grown sons. Her older son, Matthew Grow, is the director of the Ocala Airport. Her younger son, Justin Grow is an antiques buyer in Portland Oregon for the company “Rejuvenation.”
These wonderful quilts were donated to The Florida Quilt Museum by Peggy Peterson
The Florida Quilt Museum is located in Trenton’s oldest commercial building, a 1910 dry goods store that once sold horse collars and coffins.
Long time quilters Teddy Pruett, an internationally recognized quilt and textile historian and Kathy Cray formerly a member of the board with The American Quilt Study Group, are constantly bringing outstanding exhibits to The Florida Quilt Museum for visitors to study and enjoy. Kathy (on the ladder) and Teddy are shown hanging our current exhibit of Basket Quilts that Kathy acquired from the American Quilt Study Group.
The Florida Quilt Trail originates in Trenton and encompasses twenty nearby cities. Five of Trenton's Quilt Trail Blocks, painted by Florida Folk Artist Janet Moses, are on the South wall of The Florida Quilt Museum
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