The Florida Quilt Museum located in Trenton's oldest commercial building
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 – March 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.”
Carol Henry working on a new miniature quilt
Presidents Quilt by Shirley Kerstetter
Merri McKenzie and Janet Moses at the entrance to their White Springs Quilt Trail exhibit
The White Springs Quilt Exhibit at The Florida Quilt Museum is a wonderful combination of pictures creating a context for each Quilt Trail Block as well as a close-up picture of each Quilt Trail Block and in many cases these wonderful photographs are accompanied by the actual quilt that was the catalyst for the Quilt Trail Blocks creation.
Several of the Quilts inspiring the White Springs Quilt Trail Blocks are shown below. Including and in addition to those shown, Visitors are encouraged to get a White Springs Quilt Trail Map and visit the following sites to see these beautiful blocks in person: 1 Yo-Yo & Double Wedding Ring sponsored by the Adams Country Store; 2 Log Cabin sponsored by Dennis & Dottie Price; 3 Patriotic Star sponsored by Veterans Park; 4 Magnolia sponsored by White Springs Bed & Breakfast; 5 Yo-Yo sponsored by Walter & Merri McKenzie; 6 Dresden Plate sponsored by Rhett Bullard; 7 Bears Paw sponsored by Scott Gay; 8 Thousand Pyramids sponsored by Jim & Sharon Grant; 9 Flower Garden sponsored by Barbara Dietrich; 10 Celtic Rhythms sponsored by Asa & Lucinda Maynard; 11 Yo-Yo sponsored by Mike & Julie Batustic; 12 Largemouth Bass sponsored by Randy & Rose Morgan; 13 Sunburst sponsored by Tom & Maddie Moore; 14 Chrysanthemums sponsored by Rosemary Canfield; 15 Crazy Patchwork sponsored by White Springs Library; 16 Flower Garden sponsored by Robert & Jackie Gaylard; 17 Dresden Plate sponsored by Carolyn Cannon; 18 Children's Hands sponsored by John & Boots Vassar; and 19 Dresden Plate sponsored by the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center
Kathy Cray and Teddy Pruett hanging the fabulous Basket Quilt Exhibit provided courtesy of the American Quilt Study Group
The Basket Quilts were Courtesy of the American Quilt Study Group & Quilt Museum Board Member Kathy Cray who coordinated the effort and hung the marvelous display.
The American Quilt Study Group encourages sound research in quilt history and provides opportunities for sharing discoveries. It was founded in 1980 by a group who believes that quilts hold unique stories and essential history.
The AQSG quilt study challenges members to learn the history of an individual quilt by selecting one that addresses a specified design, style, or period. Members then make a small quilt that replicates or interprets the original and share their discoveries.
The 2016 quilt study theme, 19th Century Baskets, addresses a popular American motif. The basket is the only human-made object that appears consistently in all styles, techniques, and periods of quilt making. It may be no coincidence that around the world baskets, like quilts, usually were made by women, often as a communal activity.
A basket is a symbol of women’s traditional daily work: the gathering, storing, and carrying of food and necessities. Baskets represent the burdens and joys of their lives. Filled with food or flowers, the basket becomes a symbol of abundance, hospitality, hope, and giving. Filled with eggs, it becomes a symbol of fertility. As quilt enthusiasts, baskets reach deep into our (mostly feminine) hearts.
The History Gallery proudly displaying Sixteen Decades of Quilts Collected by Teddy Pruett and Kathy Cray
Memorabilia from Millie Ramey a dear departed friend