Well, what atrocious rain we had yesterday. It was raining when I woke up and it didn't stop until the evening. And it was so heavy. So we had planned it just right. A leisurely start while DH read the papers and I did some sewing. I haven't done a huge amount of sewing but I have managed to finish a little redwork stitchery, which just needs borders to complete. Then we had a tour round the outskirts of Bath looking for likely areas to live (we didn't find any, I think we must have been in the 'wrong' part of the city) then on to the American Museum.
We had an early lunch in their cafe then went round the exhibitions. Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to take photographs inside, but their website is very informative, with lots of pictures and a digital tour. There was an exhibition of early American history, as well as different rooms depicting life at different times up to the early 19th century.
The textile room had rugs and tapestries as well as old quilts. It was rather dark in there, so difficult to see the quilts very clearly, but it was lovely to get so close to them. They ranged from real scrap/utility quilts that used up any leftover pieces of fabric (one had pieces ranging from crumb size to pieces about 10" x 25") to beautifully pieced log cabins and pieced quilts, to gorgeous crazy quilts with beautiful hand embroidery and finally a variety of appliqued quilts. How did they manage to make such tiny stitches? It's beyond me. What I was surprised at was the large size of some of the applique pieces.
The Titanic exhibition was fascinating, but by then I was really tired so looked round quickly then sat down while DH took his time. We didn't buy much in the shop. DH bought a map of the Wild West, showing where the Native American tribes originated. I bought a tea-towel with a schoolhouse patchwork pattern on it.
Today we return home, but hope to have time this morning to visit the Roman Baths and perhaps do a little more pig hunting - I can see a small quilt coming out of this (thanks to Candace for the idea).