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.

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:

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:

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:


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:

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:

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:

Homespun One Patch quilt


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:

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:

Close up of the hand quilting
Backing of Irish Chain

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:

Maine Ocean Wave quilt

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.


  1. Love this quilt blog. You have some really refreshing ideas – like this post. Great idea to take quilts out to a different location to get photos of them. I am planning on doing this tomorrow weather permitting. Thanks too for all the great quilt ideas. You are an inspiration.

    1. It is fun to take quilts out and get photos in a totally different place than normal. Hope your road trip works out.

  2. Great idea ! My folks still have an old wooden fence on their property. As soon as the ground dries out after all this rain I am going to get some neat pics of my own quilts. Thanks for sharing this great idea.

    1. Have fun on your road trip. I really do enjoy taking some quilts out and getting photos in a different location. Happy quilting.

    1. Pick a nice day and take the quilts out “for a spin”. It is a fun thing to do. I am looking forward to doing this again in 2021.

  3. What a great idea for showing off your quilts, and getting out of the house on a beautiful day. Keep posting – love this quilt blog.

  4. My partner and I stumbled over here from a different quilt website. Wow, this is a great blog! So much info and great photos. I can’t believe how beautiful these simple quilts are. I think I have been stressing about making pretty quilts by using complicated patterns. Here you are making pretty quilts and the designs are so simple. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Oh my goodness! Incredible article! Many thanks for taking time to share this. Great way to get out and about without dealing with crowds and all the mask mess. This post makes me re-think how to make a fun day outside with quilts. Thank you again.

    1. Good morning,

      That day was fun to just get out and enjoy being outside and including the quilts in the trips. Think about somewhere in your own area that you could do a similar thing – even someone you know who will let you “borrow” an interesting building or fence to display quilts. Personal quilt shows are a great way to see your quilts from a new angle and get lots of pics you can show off.

      Happy quilting.

  6. What a great idea for an outing and to photograph my quilts. I have a place I could do this close by. Thanks for the suggestion.

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