Jodie and Mark open the show from the Amish section of the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia. Opened in 1893 this delicious venue houses a full city block of food vendors. Taking time from a little “food research” the duo shows new products for easy quilting and organization and play a video in which a new rotary ruler is tested by both a non-sewer and a seasoned quilter to see if it really works.
Wrapped in a “who knows how long” woolen scarf a la Dr. Who, Mark strolls the sidewalk in Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood. Janneken Smucker is Mark’s doorknock guest this month and her husband is a huge Dr. Who fan, thus the costume.
Janneken is a quilt academic with a PHD in Amish quilts to prove it. She shows Mark her quilt collection including ones she has made, covering Amish quilts from the past and Amish quilts now.
Janneken Smucker (a specialist on Amish Quilts) and Jodie show how to use the Quilt Index, a project of the Alliance for American Quilts. This is a tremendous resource with over 60,000 quilts available to view and best of all, it’s free. We think of Amish quilts as the ones made in the early 20th century that were latched onto by collectors in the late 20th century. However, as the index shows, the Amish made all kinds of quilts. Amish women are connoisseurs of fabric. They love the hand and textures and color.
Back at the Reading Terminal Market, Jodie and Mark do their book reviews (this month featuring applique) and show quilts from the books. They finish up by learning the difference between Chicken Pie and Chicken Pot Pie and topping off their meal with Whoopie Pies. Yummy!