Friday, July 4, 2014

Shipshewana Quilt Festival...Part One

I am finally home from recent travels down home and I can post about the 2014 Shipshewana Quilt Festival, June 25-28 in Indiana Amish Country.  The day I went to the show wasn't the best day for me...I had been up and driving since the wee hours of the morning to take Riley to music camp on the Michigan west coast.  I didn't get to Shipshewana until 3:30 in the afternoon!  

With only a couple of hours to see the show and get pictures, it was not the quilt show experience I had hoped for.  There was not enough lighting in the two halls where the quilts were hung to get good pictures without using flash photography (which was prohibited).  I apologize for the pictures ahead of time.  Where the labels didn't photograph well (or at all), I will try to at least give you the quilter's name.

Someone was kind enough to take my picture with my quilt (WITH the flash...since it was my quilt, I didn't mind...).  My quilt was in such a dark place...and a minority (most quilts were machine quilted).

I loved all the tiny, scrappy houses (on my bucket list...) in this next quilt...interesting setting.

So many lovely quilt, so few ribbons (sigh)...

The following quilt won second place, "Pieced-Large."

The following quilt won second place, "Applique-Large."  It is called "I Dream of Wild Horses," made by Kristin Vierra.

The colorful machine quilting in the black areas surrounding the horses was very hard to photograph in that light.

The following quilt won third place, "Mixed Techniques-Large."  It was one of the few hand quilted quilts at the show!

The next one was made and entered by my blog buddy, Jill...such a beautiful quilt with nice hand quilting.

I have this pattern somewhere in the quilt was fun to see it in person...

The following quilt won third place, "Mixed Techniques-Small."
It is called "Bauer's Flowers," made by Mary Bauer (sorry about the blurry label).

The next quilt is small and the paper piecing is TINY!

It was fun to see a beautiful "Phebe" quilt there. and the judges had very different tastes...

Another lovely...

I love double wedding ring quilts, and this was one of two really nice ones that were in the show.

For those keeping score at home, three of the quilts in this post were hand quilted.  More quilts and more winners in the next post...

In stitches,
Teresa  :o)


  1. What fabulous quilts! Thank you so much for sharing them with us!

  2. Sorry you didn't get more time. Lighting is always a problem in large halls. Looks like the variety was there though. Thanks for sharing. Chris

  3. Thanks for sharing photos of these great quilts.

  4. Oh, my. Some lovely quilts here. I particularly love the quilting on the three horses quilt. And I'm not normally a fan of crazy quilts, but I really like the layout of this one. Makes it stunning and breaks up all that randomness.

  5. Yes, it was dark in the hall and difficult to take photos without flash. You did better than I on capturing quilts. Again, with so many wonderful quilts in one place, I experienced eye candy overload. Thanks for posting photos that I wasn't able to take with my camera.

  6. Thank you for sharing all this lovely eye candy.

  7. I am so grateful for this post. Although I live only 45 minutes away, I wasn't, table to get to Shipshe for the quilt show. Through your post I can see what I missed. Fabulous!

  8. would have loved to see it, sorry you didn't have much time to spend. glad you got to see your quilt hanging. I see several patterns that have been on my list to make - don't know if I ever will though!

  9. Thank you for taking the time and trouble to take these pics and post them here. I really enjoyed them.

    Sydney, Australia

  10. Thanks so much for taking the time to take pictures and post them. Another friend of mine went to the show and said there were not very many quilts. She is used to our local quilt guild show where we have 350 plus. One day I hope to see Shipshewana show and area. It looks lovely.

  11. I loved your hand quilted quilt. I thought it deserved a ribbon.

  12. OMG it was so nice to see a picture of your whole quilt, I hope to get to see it in person someplace soon! beautiful quilts . inspiration overload at this show.
    Hope the trip home was good…..thinking of you

  13. Thank you for such lovely pictures. I think your quilt is beautiful and it is so nice to see the fantastic hand quilting as well. It seems such a shame to me that so many quilts are now machine quilted by someone else though I know I'm probably in the minority and considered old fashioned!!

  14. what amazing quilts and great variety. soo many machine quilted now - your hand quilted piece looks lovely! thanks for sharing so many wonderful quilts

  15. Thanks for the picture tour! I wasn't able to get to Shipshe for the show this year - too many other commitments. Hope you had a good time even though it was short. I need to get down there soon for a batik fix.

  16. Thanks for all the great pictures. Even though I know it take tremendous skill to do all that amazing machine quilting I am still very partial to quilts that are hand quilted. They have a softness to them that is missing from heavy machine quilted ones.

  17. Thank you for sharing this fantastic show with us , your quilt looked amazing .

  18. What the heck? You didn't win a ribbon? Blasphemy!!

  19. Such wonderful eye candy! Thanks for sharing.

  20. Congrats again, to you! And thanks for sharing - what a lot of amazing quilts!

  21. I was thrilled to see the first picture of Baltimore Rhapsody - Symphony. I had followed the blog a year ago and watched the work that went into the creation of each block. Then I lost all my "blogs" in a computer snag foo so never saw the "finish". Fancy that I found you again through another blogger. From the reading here I see it is YOUR quilt and that it did not get a ribbon. Strange. Please keep entering it in competition and some one will register what a gem it is.

    Next: you may not have had the quilt experience you had hoped for but you sure provided a GREAT experience for me sitting at my computer in Texas. Thanks.


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