Saturday, June 25, 2016

Shipshewana Quilt Festival

Yesterday I drove north to Shipshewana, Indiana, along with two friends from our Thursday sewing group, to the annual quilt festival.  I go to Shipshewana a few times a year, but this was the first time I had been there during the quilt show.  It was wonderful, and I always enjoy my visit there.  It was so nice to visit with so many friends there that I hadn't seen in a long time.  I had a great time.  

I'm going to share just a few quilts from the show.  Some are prize winners, and others are just some that I really liked.

This first one is the Best of Show by Nancy Prince, On This Winter Day.   I neglected to get a close up photo of the info above the ribbon, but it took her 7 years to complete the quilt, and I believe there is something like 7,000+ yards of thread in it.  A lot of the things were heavily thread painted.  It was really an awesome quilt to see in person.

Here is a close up of one of the houses on the quilt.  Look at the people in the windows!

Here's another house with a close up of the machine quilting.  

I neglected to get the name of the maker on this quilt, but it was my favorite.  The flowers in the baskets are all dimensional and embellished with embroidery.   Since there was no ribbon awarded, I don't have the makers name on the winner's list either.  

This quilt is by Sandra Peterson, Bohemian II:  Ferris Wheels and Kites.  Third place in the large pieced category.

This quilt is by Janet Stone and is called No L.  She won 2nd place in the mixed media-large category.

The rest of the quilts have photos of the info cards with them.  This one has 1,573 pieces.  The logs were very narrow.  

This pattern is called Insanity, and it appeared on the front cover of Australian Patchwork & Quilting magazine Volume 16 Number 6.  I bought that magazine just in case I ever get the urge to make this quilt.  Once in awhile I pull the magazine out just to look at the large, colored photo of this quilt.  10,509 half inch hexagons.  I'll probably just keep looking at the nice photo.

I've made several baskets that look similar to the ones in this quilt.  I've added mine to an applique' center on point a bit like this arrangement and am working on English Paper Piecing an outer border for it.  I like this quilt.  The center applique' is made of wool.

This quilt is just striking.  There is lots of tough piecing in this one.  

Here is another neat log cabin arrangement with tiny logs.  The machine quilting looked just like hand quilting.  It was done on a Baby Lock Sashiko machine.

There is a car museum adjoining the conference center where the quilt show and vendors were.  Most all of the cars had an antique quilt on it.  Someone told me that the quilts were from the collection of Eleanor Burns.  

This was a nice way to display the quilts, and a lot of people there were having fun looking at the old cars.  

Here are my purchases for the day.  Some are from vendors, but most are from Lollys and Yoders.  It's a pretty small haul, but I have uses in mind for most everything.  OK. I don't have a clue what I'll use that little pile of trims for, but my friend Michele texted me before I got to Shipshewana and said I should stop by the booth and check out the rick-rack with the checks and dots.  I thought it was probably something I needed in my stash.  The trims are from Heritage Quilt Shop.  You can get them on line!

I bought this little basket at Rebecca's Arts and Antique store. It's always nice to see Rebecca and visit with her for awhile.  This little basket is perfect to hold my trims!

I haven't done any sewing yet today.  I went to the porch to take the photos above and fell asleep on the love seat there.  It's really warm and humid today, but I'm going back out and do some stitching before time to get dinner.

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.


  1. I love it when you go to a quilt show........ You always share amazing quilts.......

  2. Thank you LuAnn for sharing this amazing quilts with us. Gorgeous is all I can say. Okay, so 10,509 hexies for a quilt! Ouch!! I love the blue /white one. It almost doesn't look like log cabins. Seriously gorgeous! Thanks again. Enjoy your purchases. ;^)

  3. Some really incredible quilt!
    Looks like you showed great restraint among the vendors. How do you do that? : )

  4. I used to belong to the same quilt guild as Nancy Prince. Such a nice lady.

  5. Looks like a wonderful day filling yourself with inspiration from such gorgeous quilts and then adding in some well needed goodies.

  6. I love On This Winter Day, how beautiful! Thank you for sharing :-)

  7. Fantastic quilts! I'm going to another quilt show in about a month. Love the variety of quilts on display. I hope to get to Shipshewana some day.

  8. Thanks so much for sharing these photos of the show LuAnn! I have wanted to go to Shipshewana for quite sometime now. Now, that I know there is antique car museum there, I know I can take my dad and he can have something to do now! LOL

  9. I loved all the quilts! Thanks for sharing :-)

  10. thanks for sharing these fabulous quilts!


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