MEMORIES OF A QUILT SHOW IN BILLINGS, MT

MEMORIES OF A QUILT SHOW IN BILLINGS, MT

So far this year I have not been to a single quilt show, and I am missing seeing quilts by other quilters. Quilt shows are fun. Great way to meet other quilters, see quilts, and just generally enjoy being a quilter. I am sharing photos of a show many years ago. It’s fun to see how quilting styles and colors change over the years. Enjoy these memories of a quilt show in Billings, MT back in April 1995.

Scrap quilt with lots of small triangles.

Enjoy each day, the time flies so quickly. I was looking through photos and found these. Twenty five years ago I had small children, lived in the country in Montana, and was still feeling like my quilting style had to be similar to other quilters.

MEMORIES OF A QUILT SHOW IN BILLINGS, MT

Time and experience have taught me that my quilts do not have to look like other people’s quilts. I have grown comfortable with taking ideas from other quilts and making those ideas my own.

MEMORIES OF A QUILT SHOW IN BILLINGS, MT - 4 small quilts.

Quilting fills a need in my life that family and job do not fill. I love to quilt and hope to encourage you in the process and completed quilts that you make.

Unique row quilts at the Billings, MT show.

Look at these photos and enjoy the finished quilts. I do not know what inspired each quilt, but each one has a unique story. The makers are unique people so the quilts show be unique too, not just copies of other quilts.

Cowboy inspired quilts at Billings, MT quilt show.

MEMORIES OF A QUILT SHOW IN BILLINGS, MT

Scrap quilt of pinwheels and small squares.

MEMORIES OF A QUILT SHOW IN BILLINGS, MT

When you have a chance, please visit a quilt show. Take a friend along and make a fun day of it. My mom and I went to this one. She was not a quilter, and seeing the quilts through her comments was really eye opening for me. Enjoy the memories of a quilt show in Billings, MT back in April 1995. More importantly, enjoy the process of your own personal quilt journey.

Enjoy these other quilt shows:

https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2017/04/quilting-in-country-part-3.html

https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2018/04/paducah-ky-april-2018-part-1.html

https://indianaquilter40.com/quilt-show-paducah-ky-2013

Source: Bing clip art

PLEASE NOTE: 
ALL PHOTOS AND WRITTEN CONTENT ARE MY OWN UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

QUILT SHOW IN PADUCAH, KY 2006 (part 2)

Is it possible to over-dose on quilts and all things “quilty”? I believe most quilters would say no. Quilters seem to go to quilt shows to see other quilts and buy wonderful fabrics and other supplies. Here is more of the beautiful Quilt Show in Paducah, KY 2006 (part 2).

QUILT SHOW IN PADUCAH, KY 2006 (part 2)

In today’s world the term is “network” with other quilters. You know – trade ideas of what this particular fabric could be used for. Or how easy/difficult that pattern is. Maybe ask around about what sewing or quilting machine others are using successfully.

Quilted wall hangings on display

Then there are the kind (or not) comments about how that person would have done such and such on the display quilt instead of what was done. Let’s try to be kind or constructive – being snarky does not become us.

QUILT SHOW IN PADUCAH, KY 2006 (part 2)

When I ask other quilters what they like about quilt shows, the responses always include: other quilters, new ideas, shopping, and feeling revived or energized (especially to start or finish a project).

Castle themed quilt

The Quilt Show in Paducah, KY 2006 was four days of crowds, shopping, new ideas, wonderful displays, beautiful quilts, great classes, and energy. It was an amazing event. Also every year the quilts are different from the previous year.

Enjoy the Quilt Show in Paducah, KY 2006 !!

QUILT SHOW IN PADUCAH, KY 2006 (part 2)
Amish like quilt pattern with detailed machine quilting.
QUILT SHOW IN PADUCAH, KY 2006 (part 2)
Album quilt that looks very "old world" or maybe Lancaster County, PA.
Scenery quilt: trees, house
Quilt has 4 woman sitting on a bench
QUILT SHOW IN PADUCAH, KY 2006 (part 2)
Lone Star Quilt
Two quilts hanging side by side
Amazing quilt with beads or sequins that sparkle in the light.

I hope all the quilters reading this post enjoyed the photos. While the current crisis is not fun or to be taken lightly, being an armchair traveler is great. We can travel in our jammies, with our favorite food or project close at hand, and on our time table.

For other photos of the Quilt Show in Paducah, KY 2006 see:

https://www.anitashackelford.net/red-and-green-quilts.html

https://indianaquilter40.com/quilt-show-in-paducah-ky-2006-part-1/

Please note that none of the quilts in this post are mine, but the photos are.

QUILT SHOW IN PADUCAH, KY 2006 (Part 1)

QUILT SHOW IN PADUCAH, KY 2006

So many of us are in “stay in place” right now that I thought sharing some photos from the quilt show in Paducah, KY during 2006 might give you some new ideas. Or at least some different quilts to look at.

Applique quilt - fruits and vegies

I really try to make an annual trip of the show in Paducah each spring. There are just so many quilts to see, which means so many more ideas of quilts I would like to make.

QUILT SHOW IN PADUCAH, KY 2006

These quilts caught my eye for one reason or another, which means the camera comes out. Besides the actual quilts on display, there are vendors from all over with a variety of patterns, supplies, fabrics, sewing and quilting machines, books, and a whole lot more. Plus classes from some famous quilt teachers and designers.

Quilt of snowflakes

I have long since lost my handbook for the show so I can’t tell you any details about these quilts. But you can enjoy just looking at them, right?

QUILT SHOW IN PADUCAH, KY 2006

I am always amazed at the creativity and skill of the quilts on display. So many are one-of-a-kind designs solely for the purpose of making a quilt to display in the Paducah show.

Scenic quilt viewed through an archway.

If you would like to see more quilt images, another place to check out is: https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=aqs+paducah+2006&qpvt=aqs+paducah+2006&FORM=IGRE

Scenic quilt with brick wall and window

I left the photos large so you could see the detail of the quilts. After all, we are all about the details right.

QUILT SHOW IN PADUCAH, KY 2006

The Quilt Show in Paducah, KY 2006 was not one quilt show, but shows within the main quilt show. There were smaller shows of themed quilts, or regional quilts (Japan comes to mind).

I will post the rest of the photos from this show for the next post.

In the meantime, have fun with your quilting. This current situation will pass and we will once again be able to travel and enjoy time with other quilters.

If you want to armchair travel to some other quilt shows:

https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2018/04/paducah-ky-april-2018-part-1.html

https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2018/04/paducah-ky-april-2018-part-2.html

https://indianaquilter40.com/personal-quilt-show-road-trip/

https://indianaquilter40.com/quilt-show-powell-wyoming-1994

Quilty Pleasures

Please note that none of the quilts in this post are mine, but the photos are.

PERSONAL QUILT SHOW & ROAD TRIP

PERSONAL QUILT SHOW & ROAD TRIP – The corona virus is getting to all of us it seems. I love being home and able to do things here. But after a week of “quarantine” even I needed a change of scenery this past Tuesday.

My husband had the day off and so we decided to do a road trip to see if we could see any barn quilts. I also thought it would be nice to take along some quilts and stop at a state park to photograph them.

Most of our trip was in Vigo County, IN. The first thing of interest was a round barn.

Round barn on road trip

We also found two barn quilts. They actually seem to be getting more common and I watch for barn quilts now when I am driving around.

PERSONAL QUILT SHOW &  ROAD TRIP
Barn quilt on brick wall

Our road trip goal was Fowler Park, which has several things to do normally. We walked around the Pioneer Village and used it as a backdrop for taking photos of the quilts. The day was cloudy but warm and dry. The park had only a few other people walking around, so we could safely do the current status of “social distancing” while enjoying the outside.

Christmas Scraps

The first quilt to be shown off for my personal quilt show was Christmas Scraps. See more info: https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2017/10/christmas-scraps.html

PERSONAL QUILT SHOW &  ROAD TRIP
Another photo of Christmas Scraps
Toile backing of quilt
Toile backing

Autumn Color

I love autumn, in fact it is my favorite season. This quilt was super easy to make. It makes me happy every time I look at it. For more info see: https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2011/12/autumn-color.html

Autumn Color quilt

Queen Anne’s Star Whole Cloth Quilt

I love to hand quilt. It is so very relaxing. The beauty of the stitching and the quilting texture is very visible in a whole cloth quilt. I have shown this one off before on this blog so will simply refer you back to that post: https://indianaquilter40.com/queen-annes-star-whole-cloth-quilt-hand-quilted/

PERSONAL QUILT SHOW &  ROAD TRIP

Simply Squares

I saw a similar quilt on Pintrest and thought this would be a fun and easy way to use up some more scraps. The quilt top is done now except for the border. For more info: https://indianaquilter40.com/staying-busy-thursday-03-19-2020/

Simply Squares quilt top

Scrap Bonanza #1

This quilt started out as a Birds in the Air quilt, but I was not happy with how the blocks looked laid out that way. So after moving blocks around and combining them with more of the same blocks, I came up with this design.

Once the center was done, it needed a border and nothing solid really grabbed me, so I used more scraps by making a “piano key” border. See: https://indianaquilter40.com/staying-busy-thursday-03-19-2020/

Scrap Bonanza #1 quilt top

Homespun One Patch

This was a fun and easy quilt to make of 8″ squares. Made during 2010-11. Here is more about it: https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2011/07/homespun-one-patch.html

Homespun One Patch quilt

Teapots

This quilt was really fun to do. All the teapots are different. The tea cups around the border just give it a nice “finished” look. It was hand quilted. After looking at it again, I am thinking about making another one. For more info: https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2010/06/teapots.html

PERSONAL QUILT SHOW &  ROAD TRIP
It looks so nice hanging on the village church.
Teapot quilt

Irish Chain

This quilt is hand quilted. The fabric choice was unusual because the red is linen. The blues are cotton scraps. Look here for more info: https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2011/08/irish-chain.html

PERSONAL QUILT SHOW &  ROAD TRIP
Close up of the hand quilting
Backing of Irish Chain
Backing

Maine Ocean Waves

The colors in this quilt remind me of the ocean on the Maine coast – purples, blues, greens, and grays. Scrap quilt. In the photo, it is hanging at the front of the village mill. Here’s more info: https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2011/09/maine-ocean-waves.html

Maine Ocean Wave quilt
A PERSONAL QUILT SHOW &  ROAD TRIP

And so I come to the end of my PERSONAL QUILT SHOW & ROAD TRIP for this time. It was a nice way to spend a few hours outside and exploring an old pioneer village.

My Challenge to You

I know that right now we all need to be careful to stay healthy and avoid situations that may spread corona virus. However, part of staying healthy is exercise and sunshine.

Quilts look different outside in natural light. Usually the colors are brighter and the quilting design is more visible. Even if you don’t want to take a road trip, try taking a quilt (or quilts) outside and getting some photos of it (or them). Wash lines, tree branches, fences, and porches are also great places to display quilts outside.

Sometimes a change of scenery can be inspiring and encouraging. A new perspective can lead to new ideas.

Have fun and stay well.

Clip art - girl with quilt and sewing machine.

Please note that all the quilts in this post are mine. I also took all the photos. You are welcome to use the photos, but please give proper credit. Thank you.

ROAD TRIP FOR FABRIC

Last week I had a chance to combine work and a road trip for fabric !!! I was in Washington, IN for the day. Instead of eating lunch I made a fast trip into the Stitching Post for some fabric I had already perused on the website for a planned project. See here: https://stitchingpostquilts.com/index.html

Road Trip for Fabric - The Stitching Post

I haven’t been anywhere close to this store in a year or two. It has been here many years and always has an outstanding amount and variety of quilting fabric. If you are in the area, it is a great place to shop for fabric.

I like the wooden quilt squares on the outside too.

Wooden quilt square on outside of building.
Another wooden quilt square
Wooden quilt square

But you ask, “why were you there? You have made 2020 a year to work in scraps.”

Why? I saw some photos of several quilts I did 10-15 years ago that were super simple but had a definite theme. And thought it would be fun to make something to do with sewing /quilting in that pattern. The stash did not have enough of any themed fabric to do a planned quilt. Oh the distress…….

By looking at the website ahead of time, I knew the store had fabric that would work perfectly for what I had in mind. Even better the fabric I wanted had been moved to the sale room.

Road Trip for Fabric - the final purchases.

I purchased two yards of the burgundy fabric with the sewing supplies, and one yard each of the other three in the photo. I have plenty of solid black, solid burgundy, and a small print grey in my stash that will be worked into the design.

Road trips and buying fabric – quilters they go together so well.

Happy stitching today.

Other road trip ideas:

https://indianaquilter40.com/quilt-show-paducah-ky-2013

https://indianaquilter40.com/quilt-show-powell-wyoming-1994

https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2017/06/presque-isle-quilt-show-1991.html

QUILT SHOW – PADUCAH, KY 2013

Quilt Show - Paducah, KY
This beautiful quilt was done by the tent makers of Egypt.

QUILT SHOW – PADUCAH, KY 2013: For quilters, going to the quilt show in Paducah, Kentucky is a special dream come true. I am lucky enough to live a few hours away so I use a few vacation days and just go.

Four quilts hanging.
Hexagon quilt.
A detailed Santa quilt.

Please enjoy this small taste of the wonderful quilts that were on display at the Quilt Show-Paducah, KY 2013.

Purple and green quilt.
Applique flower quilt.
Two quilts on display

I attend the national quilt show in Paducah, KY because it is fun and inspiring https://www.quiltweek.com/workshops/paducah-2013/ . There are so many quilts on display (both the show and the vendors booths).

QUILT SHOW - PADUCAH, KY 2013
Quilt Show - Paducah, KY 2013
Star quilt in bright colors.

In 2013 there were two male tent makers from Egypt demonstrating how they do the applique for tents – fascinating.

Two quilts made by Egyptian quilt makers.
These quilts were done by the tent makers of Egypt.
More quilts by the Egyptian tent makers.
More quilts by the tent makers of Egypt.
Quilt Show - Paducah, KY 2013
The tent makers from Egypt made these too.
Another quilt by the tent makers of Egypt.
Another quilt by the tent makers.
Applique of birds
Applique of birds by the tent makers.

Paducah is a great place to be recharged with ideas for the next quilt. I thought that others would enjoy the photos I took at the show. The quilts, though, are so much better in person. There is no rhyme or reason for the quilts I took photos of except that these quilts caught my eye.

Blue and Yellow quilt.
Quilt of various blocks.
Quilt Show - Paducah, KY 2013

This does not seem to be a show for hand quilted quilts though. The show to all appearances is for machine quilted and/or art quilts. There are so many quilts to see it can be overwhelming. I come away from the show with so many ideas for quilts to make.

Lady with letter quilt.
Quilt Show - Paducah, KY 2013
Medallion quilt that has tiny flying geese and applique.

During quilt week, Paducah has shows within shows. The main show in at the convention center, but there is also a show at the Rotary Club. Plus quilts of all sorts are displayed in shops and around the downtown area of town. Paducah dresses up in quilts for this show. Just walk around downtown and be amazed. Each year is a new and different show.

Brown quilt with applique motifs.
Flag quilt
Appliqued peacock.

There are also vendors from around the country with every possible fabric, quilt gadget, and quilting book possible. It is wondrous to behold.

Quilt Show - Paducah, KY 2013
Carousel horse quilt.
Peter Rabbit quilt.

If you can get to Paducah during quilt week please do so. It is well worth the trip. Quilt shows are fun to attend and shop at, but Paducah is amazing.

Quilt Show - Paducah, KY 2013
Musical notes and harp quilt
Poodle quilt

Note:

None of the photographed quilts at in this post are mine, but I did take all of these photos.

Panda quilt
Quilt Show - Paducah, KY 2013

For more info on the Paducah quilt show:

https://www.paducah.travel/quilting/aqs-quiltweek-paducah/

http://paducahky.gov/events/aqs-quiltweek-2013

QUILT SHOW – POWELL, WYOMING 1994

Quilt Show in Powell, WY 1994

Quilt shows come in all themes, sizes and locations. I had the opportunity of enter quilts in the Quilt Show of Powell, Wyoming in 1994. While many people would not consider this a big quilt show, it was fun and easy to enter. A nice thing about my own (or your own) quilts hanging in a show is that they are seen from a totally different perspective than on the bed or wall of home.

2 quilts hanging in Powell show
The Christmas Sampler was made from blocks exchanged at the local quilt guild. This one has since been given away as gift.

Before moving to central Indiana in 1996, we returned to the area of Montana both my husband and I grew up in after several years in the military. Distance out there can make travel a challenge, especially in winter months. But road trips for quilting and scenery change are usually a learning experience on some level.

Small quilts at Powell, WY

This quilt show in Powell, Wyoming in 1994 would be considered small by many people. The variety of quilt patterns and themes was amazing. Quilts that were western themed, but also traditional scraps quilts too.

Give any quilter some thread, fabric, batting, and an idea and they will create beauty.

Large bed quilts at show
I made the Ocean Wave quilt from blue, purple, green, and gray scraps to represent the colors of the ocean in Maine.

Why go to a quilt show?

Attending quilt shows gives all quilters a chance to network with other quilters. Plus being surrounded by new color combinations, new techniques, and new patterns is like being in quilt heaven. It never ceases to amaze me how someone can take fabric, thread, and a pattern or idea and make it into a completely personal creation.

Colorful quilts hanging up for viewing.

I encourage quilters to enter quilt shows. If you’re a new quilter then a small local show is a great way to start. For the more experienced quilters bigger or more distant shows give you a chance to compare your skill sets to others.

QUILT SHOW - POWELL, WYOMING 1994

I look at these pictures and am happy for taking time out of my busy schedule to travel the distance to go to this show. So many ideas and inspiration to keep quilting. My life was chaos working full time and having two children not yet in their teens at home.

QUILT SHOW - POWELL, WYOMING 1994

Links to other quilts shows:

https://indianaquilter40.com/quilt-show-terre-haute-in/

https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2018/04/paducah-ky-april-2018-part-1.html

https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2017/04/quilting-in-country-1995-part-1.html

Note: I took the photos of the Quilt Show – Powell, WY 1994 but am not claiming any of the quilts as mine except the ones marked as such.