Thursday, July 29, 2010


I have a few leftover pictures from Shipshewana to share. The above is from a garden behind one of the shops near downtown Shipshewana, I believe the store is called De Vine now, it's changed recently so I'm not sure. If anyone knows what this plant is I'd like to know, it's beautiful (and huge)!

This is on the porch outside of Lolly's fabric store. They don't usually hang quilts outside, this is there because of the quilt show. I love that old bike, I need to find some kind of basket for mine so I can hang flowers on it.

This Broken Star quilt is in the Lolly's Quilt store. Lolly's has three (!) stores in the main building in town; one is chock full of quilts for sale (hand quilted by Amish and Mennonite ladies I believe) and is also a Lang store, one sells fabrics, patterns, books & the usual things you'd expect in a large fabric store, and downstairs they have a store where they sell the 'outdated' fabrics for $5.95 a yard. There are a lot of great fabrics down there so if you ever visit Shipshewana, don't miss the basement store.
This porch just outside the main floor Lolly's has a row of rocking chairs & is a great place to sit and rest in the shade after you're all worn out from that fabric buying spree!

Check out the hand quilting on this quilt! I love scrappy quilts. Below is another pic from the walk-through garden.

I thought the mini-horse below was cute, but didn't notice the Wells Fargo sign until I had the pics on my computer. Small town Wells Fargo delivery wagon- ha!

And, last but not least, a couple of pics to prove that I'm actually getting some work done. I finally finished the last block from the Tisket A Tasket quilt from Bunny Hill Designs. Now I need to get to work putting the top together.
And here is the top that I've put together from the free blocks of the month from Gail Pan, called A Christmas Wish. It was fun working on both of these projects, I'm enjoying doing some embroidering along with quilting. Though I really DON'T want to be thinking about Christmas, summer is rolling by too fast as it is!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

One last post of quilt show pics~

This very unique quilt is called Woven Wind Flowers and was made by Delores Keaton of Pacific, Missouri and quilted by Sandi Wagner. The quilt is made of recycled quilt blouses from thrift shops. Here's a close-up....

This is A Day At The Lake by Beverly Schacht of Portage, Michigan for her grandson. It was quilted by Patti Bradtke. The fabrics and colors are so perfect for this pattern & she did such a nice job on the applique.

Here's a closer look- This next quilt, called Granny's Garden was made and quilted by Jane Stamper of Francisco, Indiana. Her blog is Just Plain Jane Quilts.
Beautiful quilt, and the quilting is amazing.
This next one is another "WOW" quilt by Barbara A. Perrin of Pullman, Michigan. It's named Rich's Millennium Stars and was made for her son's graduation. It's from the pattern Legacies Of Love by Susan Garman.

I didn't have a tape measure with me, but believe me, these are little squares and there are a lot of them.

This sweet Sunbonnet Sue quilt was made and quilted by Donna Ayers of Jonesville, Michigan.
This next knock-out quilt was made by the Heritage Quilt Guild of Crown Point, Indiana and quilted by Sandy Rice. Unfortunately my picture of the entire thing didn't come out, so you'll have to get the idea from my close-ups.
It's the Heritage Guild's 2010 Charity raffle quilt and is based on an enlarged Edyta Sitar pattern. Twelve members of the guild worked on this. I'd love to be able to visit some of those guild meetings & see the guild member's quilts.

I hadn't heard of Edyta Sitar before, if you haven't seen her work you should click on her name above and check out her website. Her designs are really beautiful. I love this border design!
This wholecloth quilt won the award for best quilting & you can see why! It was made my Janet Atkins of Athens, New York, and is named Pocantico. The color isn't right, it was more yellowish, I hate when my camera does that. The quilting on this is so fine and even, I wonder how long it took to make this, it's just amazing to me. That's it for the quilt show. I have some more pics of quilts around town but I'll save them for the next post.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Yet more Shipshewana quilt show!

I still haven't run out of quilt pics from the Shipshy quilt show, so here we go! This pretty little applique wall quilt is called Jessica's Flowers, made by Linda Vreeland of Kalamazoo, Michigan (my hometown). It was quilted by Bev Anderson.

Again, I apologize for my poor photographic skills. I was trying to get shots quickly while there were no people in front of the quilts, and it seems that I'm shooting a bit crooked these days. This quilt is named Home Sweet Home, by Lois Timmons of Granville, Ohio. It was quilted by Cheryl Lorence. I love house quilts, and this one is really charming.
This quilt is named Baby Baltimore Wedding & was made and quilted as a wedding gift by Lynn Cunningham of Fletcher, North Carolina. The pattern is from the book Baltimore Elegance. Here's a close-up....

Next is another quilt by Barbara A. Perrin, this one is called My Sarah Johnson Quilt. The pattern is by Frances Quinn Hoopla, published in Enduring Grace by Celia Y. Oliver.

It's another quilt that just makes you stare and say "WOW".
I do love batiks & so of course this next quilt really appeals to me. This is called Fiesta! and was made by Meredith Yoder of Goshen, Indiana & was quilted by Jill Lilly.

This last picture is of the center piece of a quilt called Nancy's Flower Patch. It was a round robin so several ladies worked on the quilt, but Nancy of Burr Oak, Michigan appliqued and embroidered the center square.

There were a few more quilts I'd like to show you, but I'll have to save them for another day. Hope you're enjoying the quilt show!

Monday, July 05, 2010

More Shipshewana quilt show....

I'll start with Barbara A. Perrin since her work is amazing & she also lives in a nearby town, Pullman, MI. Hope I can meet her someday. Just look at that quilting!

The pictures can't do justice to this quilt, I'm not sure how far her quilts travel, but hopefully you'll be able to see her work in person someday. She named this quilt Jamie's Jubliee, she hand appliqued it and it's machine quilted. The pattern is by Jane Lohmar, from the Leisure Arts book, Great American Quilts 1998.

Next is Garden Scraps by Delores Keaton of Pacific, Missouri. It was quilted by Sandi Wagner.

Next up is a quilt made by Charlotte Smith of Zanesville, Ohio. She calls it Shanon's flowers. She found the pattern at the library, but didn't give any more information about it. She designed the border, machine pieced the blocks, then hand quilted and embroidered the quilt. It's really unique, her embroidery adds a nice touch.

Next up is an applique quilt by Sandra Corbett of St. Lousiville, Ohio, it's called Flowers From My Garden. It was quilted by Cheryl Lorence, the pattern was by Lori Smith.

This is so pretty and wonderfully quilted as well. As someone who always has a hard time picking sashing & border colors, I'm really impressed with how perfect everything goes together here. I'm sure this brightens up whatever room it's in. I just love quilts like this next one, colorful scrap quilts are definitely one of my favorite things. Though I had plenty to love at this quilt show, they really did such a great job finding outstanding quilts. I've never been to a really large quilt show, someday I'd really like to get to Chicago and see what a huge quilt show is like, but of the shows I've been to I think Shipshewana has by far been the best. This quilt was made by Lois Dunten of LaGrange, Indiana. It was quilted by Lorene Miller. She said it was designed following a charm quilt seminar by Jinny Beyer in 1998. There are over 1,100 triangles in this quilt.

That's all for today, but I still have more pics to share another day!