...in a good way!
I've been fighting with deadlines all week, trying to Get Things Done before leaving next Tuesday. The Quilt Restoration Workshops will take up most of next week. I hear there are a few spots left...this is your chance to learn all about quilt repair, restoration, fabric dating and textile history from one of the great masters in the subject, Nancy Kirk. Yours truly will also be doing some teaching, including a half-day class on how to date textiles.
It's not too late to sign up, though it soon will be! The workshops are in Omaha, NE --
Sept. 23 - 26, including a bus tour to the world-famous International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln, NE
You can choose to come for just one workshop -- or attend them all. But don't miss it; this most probably will be Nancy's last year of teaching.
Go to the Quilt Restoration Workshop site for more info, or e-mail me at email@example.com . But don't delay; time's a-wasting.
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I am happy to report that Quilts of the Golden West is a reality! We got a phone call yesterday that the books had arrived in Kansas City, and were being shipped our way. It's hard to realize that something I've slaved over for years is finally a reality. I'll believe it for sure when a copy is in my hot little hands...and even then, I'll have to pinch something.
You can get your own copy, signed, sealed and delivered, for only $24.95, including shipping! Use the link to my earlier post for specifics, or just e-mail me for now. We'll be offering the book officially next week on the Brickworks website...
Which, thanks be to God, is FINALLY up and visible again. It never actually went away, but when your server is down, the websites go with it.
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Yes, there's a winner for the quilt kit giveaway! I'll announce this tomorrow.
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And finally, news from the Department of Treasures Found:
The latest photo gallery on ancient treasures discovered, including a set of very early footprints in Africa. (One of the treasures, a tiny carved gem showing Alexander the Great, is discussed more thoroughly here.)
And a family who found 10 twenty-dollar Double Eagle gold coins in a deposit box. The gold pieces are dated 1933, at the height of the period when the U.S. said it was illegal for private collectors to own any gold. The coins already minted were melted down, except for two coins sent to the Smithsonian and a few scattered samples...including these.
The only problem: the family sent the coins to the U.S. Mint, which determined they were genuine...and kept them. Stolen goods, the Mint argued. The family's grandfather was a coin broker, and involved with other 1933 Double Eagles. He probably had some kind of arrangement with a crooked employee at the Mint, to get his hands on this many coins.
(Bear in mind that these coins were never officially released by the government, and were supposed to have been destroyed. No one should have gotten any, legally.)
Nonsense, the family says. No doubt their grandfather obtained the coins in a perfectly honorable way. And besides, even if he didn't, they're legal now.
The only 1933 Double Eagle ever sold brought $7.6 million, so we're not talking chicken feed here.
Stay tuned for this interesting case. The dealer who handled the $7.6 million coin back in 2002 was first arrested for trying to sell it ($1.5 million), but arrived at a 50/50 split with the government before the coin was auctioned off. That decision made it legal U.S. tender, and able to go on the auction block.
I wonder if this family will come to the same conclusion. I won't mind if they do. Hey, a few million dollars extra here and there could only help with the national deficit!