Monday, June 27, 2011

Shipshewana Quilt Festival 2011

Last week was the Shipshewana Quilt Festival in beautiful northern Indiana.  Bucolic hills among the Amish back roads of LaGrange County, friendly residents and wonderful comfort foods contributed to a memorable shop hop weekend for quilt lovers. 

Kaye England was the feature speaker.  Her "Memoirs of a Quilter" was a light-hearted conversation about quilt making with lots of beautiful quilts.  Kaye is a staunch 1/4" seam user, not a scant 1/4", but a 1/4" with the needle in the middle position of the machine foot.  I really appreciated her take on a scant 1/4" since it never made sense to me especially when a ruler with exact measurements is used.  Kaye has an extensive quilt collection of antique, civil war, 1800's era quilts.  Kaye's "Threads of Time" quilt collection - about 40 quilts - were magnificently displayed at the Hostetier's Hudson Auto Museum in the Shipshewana Town Center on impeccably restored 1900's Hudson cars.  Oh, I wanted to take pics soooo bad, but photos were not allowed. 
Besides authoring and publishing books, Kaye designs fabrics for Wilmington Prints.  Her Bread & Butter collection was unveiled at Yoder Shopping Center. 

This was my third year to teach SCHMETZ Needle Education at the Shipshewana Quilt Festival.  I always love talking with quilters and sewing enthusiasts in this delightful venue.  And to take quilting a step further along 90 miles of scenic roads are 18 quilt gardens in full bloom among 90,000 flowers.  Colorful!!! 

It's shop hop season and quilters are gleefully adding to their fabric stashes.  The Cotton Corner was not only part of the hop, but also celebrating their s.p.a.c.i.o.u.s new location.  Linda and her staff took a few minutes between sales for a couple pics. 
Imagine my delight when I saw their SCHMETZ needle display on their checkout counter. It's an easy reminder to start projects with a new needle or at least to pick up a couple needle packs rather than find yourself at 2AM without the appropriate needle.

Plan to attend the 2012 Shipshewana Quilt Festival - June 20 - 23, 2012.


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