A short blurb in the church bulletin alerted me to the fact that Shipshewana, in Indiana, was hosting a Quilt Festival in late June. With some quick adjustments to work schedules, my three quilting amigos and I were off on a road trip. We coasted into town, having enjoyed the passing landscape of Amish farms and horse & buggy traffic, and headed in to the Event Center to see the show.
Maybe because I’d never seen a display quite like it, I was fascinated by the Quilted In Honor exhibit, where quilts made to support Operation Homefront were draped over antique Hudson cars at the Hostetler’s Hudson Auto Museum.
I’m not a “car person” but the color and design of these cars captured my fancy!
So sleek, so pretty, so shiny 🙂
Back in the juried show we found many beautiful quilts to
envy enjoy, but two in particular really stood out for me. I was intrigued by the design complexity and painterly technique of Melissa Sobatka’s quilt, Venetian Menagerie.
|Venetian Menagerie (detail) by Melissa Sobatka|
And then there was the masterful Celebration! by Marlene Shea. I seriously covet it. Seriously. My photograph does not do it justice. Hand stitching, reverse applique, transfer technique and a message… ahh 🙂
|Celebration! by Marlene Shea|
Still on the docket for our group this summer is a trip to the Michigan State University Museum, in our own backyard, to see some great SAQA quilts.
Really, in quilting, does the fun ever end? 😉