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

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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

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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
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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.

A ROAD TRIP AND BEAUTIFUL QUILTS

Clip Art - road trip with car and family

Today was a fairly nice day for early December in central Indiana. No snow, no rain, in the 40’s temp range, partly cloudy that eventually turned blue. I wanted to be outside but couldn’t think of a real reason to be there – I needed to be getting some fabric cut. Um….how about a road trip and beautiful quilts thrown in.

So six Christmas quilts got chosen to go along and get their photos taken outside and/or in an interesting location. Ended up in Sullivan County, Indiana with my trusty side kicks (AKA hubby and grand-daughter).

The first stop was the county courthouse which is listed as a National Historic Place. Has a really pretty roof (stained glass?) and marble pillars. https://www.cityofsullivan.org/sullivan-county-courthouse

Stained glass roof of rotunda at Sullivan courthouse.
Roof of Sullivan courthouse rotunda 12/06/2019
Staircase at Sullivan courthouse.
Staircase at Sullivan courthouse 12/06/2019

The below quilt is named “Lettuce Be Berry” and was completed in 2014. https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2014/09/lettuce-be-berry.html

Lettuce Be Berry (a green and red log cabin quilt).

The photo below is “Christmas Stars and was finished in 1999. https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2011/12/christmas-stars.html

Christmas Stars quilt

And here they are hanging together. People who were in the courthouse stopped and commented that they were pretty. I provided an unexpected quilt show.

Two Christmas quilts in red and green.

Next stop – The Sullivan County Public Library. It is a Carnegie library and is a neat looking building also with a rotunda and stonework exterior. https://www.sullivan.lib.in.us/locations/main-library/

This one is “Christmas Scraps” completed this year (2019). https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2017/10/christmas-scraps.html

Windmill blade quilt in red, green, and black.

Here is a “Christmas Stars completed in 2000 for our son. It still lives at our home. https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2011/12/christmas-stars_17.html

Black border, white stars, and red and green blocks.

This one is “Grandma Came for Christmas”, is hand quilted, and was completed in 1997. https://indianaquilter40.com/grandma-came-for-christmas-hand-quilted/

And finally a “Flying Geese” quilt that was finished in 1999. Flying geese quilts are so much fun and they look great in any color choice. https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2011/04/flying-geese.html

Flying geese are red and green with a medium blue border.

Taking photos of quilts is fun and honestly, who doesn’t want to show off the quilts they make? Look around for interesting places to use when taking photos of your quilts – it can be your own personal quilt show and a fun road show at the same time.

CHRISTMAS IN PARIS 1985

Clip art of sky line of Paris.

We lived in Germany for five years during the 1980’s. The short version of this story is that I lost the coin flip and we spent Christmas in Paris 1985 (instead of Rome). It was certainly exciting to be in Paris, and we saw all the tourist places during those five days (Arc de Triomphe, Norte Dame, the Louvre Museum, Versailles, Eiffel Tower, etc.).

Not to mention walking around downtown and getting lost, or that my husband got food poisoning. It was a memorable once-in-a-lifetime experience (he is rolling his eyes right now).

Never did I think of making a quilt as a keepsake for the trip – I had lots and lots of photos that are still fun to look at. However, I was in a fabric store recently, the Rockin Bobbin https://www.rockinbobbinquiltshop.com/ and there was some really pretty Paris themed fabrics.

Clip art of Eiffel Tower

The light bulb went off – a quilt to commemorate the Christmas in Paris 1985 trip would be fun so I picked up several different pieces. After washing and ironing the fabric, I cut it up without thinking to take photos before this fabric was cut up, but here a close up of a piece that is used as an alternate block for the quilt.

Close up of black and white Paris themed fabric

I went through my Christmas prints and chose some that were glittery (like Paris, right). The goal was a simple wall hanging so I cut 8″ squares of the Paris fabric, and a few glittery Christmas fabrics for a total of 20 squares which I sewed together 4 squares x 5 rows.

A gray stone looking fabric was chosen for between the blocks and the glittery music outer border.

Christmas in Paris 1985 pieced together.
The completed top – Christmas in Paris 1985

It was easily pieced in a day and is ready to go for machine quilting. The finished size is 41″ x 48″.

The backing is a Paris toile and I will hand cross stitch a pretty tag to put on the back once it is quilted.

I am normally the person taking photos, I am not fond of having my own picture taken but here are two photos of a much younger me in Paris during December 20 – 25, 1985.

Photo of Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.
Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France

Life’s events can certainly be commemorated with a quilt, either simple or complex. What life event would you like to commemorate with a quilt?

Clip art of Paris tourist destinations.