Do you know who she is? Well neither did I until just recently, but I did a little search when I heard her name.
Joanna Semel Rose
She was an English Major, an art collector, an intellectual, prominent philanthropist, and doyenne of a leading New York real estate family. She was formerly the chairperson of the Partisan Review. However, what is most interesting to me is that she owns at least 650 quilts!
Impressive yes, but it gets better than that. All of these quilts are red and white!
When asked by her husband what she wanted for her 80th birthday she suggested ...and I quote
" Something I've not seen before and something that would be a gift for New York City." Seeing all of these quilts at the same moment would be the ideal gift. "
This is what resulted from her birthday request.
There are not a lot of occasions to make me
wish I lived in or near New York, but this is
definitely one of them. A quilt show of this
all free of charge!
Joanna has the birthday and we get the gift!
Happy Birthday Joanna Semel Rose