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.

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.

QUILT SHOW – Terre Haute, IN

Quilt with triangle blocks and appliqued flower border.

Today is a dreary, gray, foggy day here and I thought it would be fun to “Go To A Quilt Show” in Terre Haute, IN for fun new ideas and inspiration, and to encourage us in our quilting activities. The best part is that we don’t have to get out of our jammies, drive anywhere, or see the show at a certain time.

Quilt of solid colors with center star, and card trick borders

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 always came away with ideas for my own quilts because of the quilts hanging at the show. And the guild folks were always so nice to visit with.

Trip around the world quilt done in solid fabrics.

Why go to a quilt show?

I will go to any quilt show if I can fit it into my schedule. Sure the vendors are usually worth at least a good look at, there are other quilters to talk to and bounce ideas off of, but for me the biggest thing is simply to see what other quilters did with patterns, fabrics, and their own creativity.

Quilt with cream background with red bias tape designs.

I usually end up asking myself, “why didn’t I think of that?”

Quilt: Mariner's Compass center with star and 9 patch blocks around it.

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.

Red, white and blue quilt with appliqued eagles in the center.

Quilt shows can be 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 blogs, networking with other quilters, or looking through quilt magazines.

Scrap quilt in all hexagons.

These quilts are in no order, just simply what caught my eye that day.

Solid fabrics look like woven ribbons against black background.

I am not a purist, so I make some quilts to be hand quilted, and some to be machine quilted. Besides the pattern and colors, I always study how the quilt was actually quilted – machine or hand?

Two geometric quilts in solids or batik fabrics.

What pattern was it quilted in? Does the quilting blend in, or is the quilting meant to be seen? Is the quilter experienced or is he/she starting out?

Blue background with Chinese lanterns quilt.

What is a quilt challenge?

Two wall  hangings - one is flying geese and one is a woven pattern.
Two challenge quilts – the floral fabric in these had to be used in the quilt top.

I personally love to see “challenges” by a group of quilters. A challenge is where the same fabric or the same pattern is used in all the quilts. Give several quilters the same pattern or fabric guidelines, and they will still have very different quilts when done.

Ideas for quilt challenges: http://sillygoosequilts.blogspot.com/2015/01/ideas-for-quilt-challenges.html

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. What is your favorite quilt show to attend?

Scrap quilt of nine patches set at an angle with arrow sashing.