Today is a dreary, gray, rainy day here. I thought it would be fun to “go to a quilt show” in Terre Haute, IN. I miss going to quilt shows (thanks to COVID) and thought all of us could use some new ideas and inspiration. Plus it will encourage us in our quilting activities.
The best part is that we don’t have to get out of our jammies, deal with rising gas prices, or see the show at a certain time.
This show was held in Terre Haute, IN in January 2006 by the Vigo County Quilt Guild. I attended this quilt show for many years because it was just plain fun. I came away with ideas for my own quilts because of the lovely quilts hanging at the show. And the guild folks were always so nice to visit with.
Why go to a quilt show?
I will go to any quilt show if I can fit it into my schedule. Check out the vendors – yes. Talk to other quilters – yes. Bounce quilt ideas of complete strangers at the show – yes. But for me the best thing about any quilt show is to see what other quilters do with patterns, fabrics, and their own creativity.
I usually end up asking myself, “why didn’t I think of that?”
If you get a chance to go to a quilt show, no matter how big or small, try to go. Look, ask questions, enjoy the camaraderie, and come away with lots of new ideas.
Quilt shows are found in any city or rural area. Bigger national shows are easy to find on the internet. I find smaller or local shows by asking at fabric stores, checking other quilt blogs, networking with quilters, or looking through quilt magazines.
These quilts are in no order. They are just colorful and fun.
I am not a purist, so I make some quilts to be hand quilted, and some to be machine quilted. So I always study how the quilt was actually quilted – machine or hand?
What is the quilting pattern? Does the quilting blend in, or is the quilting meant to be seen? Is the quilter experienced or starting out?
What is a quilt challenge?
I personally love to see “challenges” by a group of quilters. A quilt challenge is when the same fabric or same pattern is used in all the quilts of a challenge. Give several quilters the same pattern or fabric guidelines, and they will still have very different quilts when done.
Here are some ideas for quilt challenges.
To a quilt show we will go
Fellow Quilters Unite….. well maybe not, but let’s go to quilt shows if possible. It is so much fun, and just a great way to meet others who have the same interests we do.
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Please note that all photos and written content in this post are mine.