Shipeshewana Quilt Show!!

June 2016



As most of you know my passion is quilting!! I love to look at the wonderful designs, feel the buttery soft cottons, cut a perfectly good piece of fabric into little pieces and creatively making those little pieces into a beautiful new creation.


When we arrived in Shipshewana I was pleasantly surprised to see that there was going to be a quilt show, my sweet husband said he would go with me…(I think to make sure I didn’t buy anything). I have attended many quilt shows, some traveling to Texas and California, I sure miss attending them.

A quilt show consists of multiple components, there are teachers that come from all over the world to teach what they specialize in, there are numerous classes that go on all week, you register in advance, as there are supplies you must purchase the for the project of the class you decide to take. There are also numerous vendors displaying all the new products, supplies, and fabrics. If you are a quilter you know there is always something you need!!

Grand Prize winner (art quilt)

Many quilts are sent in by women and men from all over the world to be judged, there are numerous categories of judging, small pieced quilts, large pieced quilts, appliquéd quilts, art quilts, modern quilts, miniature quilts, this is just a sample of the many categories.  After judging they are then hung in a special area that is monitored by volunteers, they make sure the quilts are not touched, no flash photography is taken, they must wear white gloves, if someone would like to see the back of the quilt, volunteers are the only ones who may touch a quilt.

The quilt above won the grand prize, the card gives the information about the quilt.


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The show can last anywhere from 5-7 days, the first few days are open for classes, it opens to the public mid-week usually Thursday – Sunday, they then may purchase a ticket and shop at vendor booths, and see the quilts on display.


These pictures are really hard to see the stitching that was done on them. They truly were a work of art.

There was an added bonus to the quilt show which I think Guy was looking forward to which was included in the price of a quilt show ticket, the Hudson Auto Museum which was right next door. What started with a single vehicle more than 25 years ago has grown to include the largest collection of Hudson automobiles in the world. The collection includes the Hudson, Essex, Terraplane, Railton, and Dover brands.

The cars they had were so beautiful that it was fun just looking at them and the different pattern quilt on each car.

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These were only a few of the wonderful cars!! I just love the wooden wheel.


If you aren’t interested in quilts this was probably boring but it was something I just needed to share. I miss my quilt room and the fabric I so lovingly stashed in my closet, or laying so pretty around my room.   Through my travels around our country I have been to many antique stores and have purchased many antique quilts, those have been sealed with the quilts I have made and are stored in our storage unit, someday they will be back out to be on display again.

This is a Tee Shirt quilt, I took this picture for Tracy P as she is collecting tee shirts from her travels and would like to make one.


My 1950 Singer feather weight machine is stashed in the coach with enough fabric to make 2 quilts. I have made two in the coach while traveling in the last 2 years, and have started a Log Cabin, and a Grandmothers Flower Garden that is being done all by hand.


We don’t sit in one area long enough for me to sew very often but on those rainy days I love to bring it out work and get as much done as I can.

But come on back and see what else the Nomads did while they were in Shipshewana!


11 thoughts on “Shipeshewana Quilt Show!!

    1. Mariel, Im so glad you appreciated them. Making quilts is such a labor of love. I give away most of the ones I have made and love it when I know someone loves it as much as me.

  1. Know you were almost in Heaven. Keep traveling and enjoying life. Make
    Guy give you some money to buy at least some rare thread.

    1. Bob he is so good that if I had wanted to buy something he would have encouraged me to get it. But as you know if something comes into the coach then something must go out!!

  2. Glad you got to feed your creative soul. I understand the feeling of being deprived of a part of your very being. I feel that way about music. My beautiful satin ebony Yamaha grand piano (which I’ve had and loved longer than my two adult children) is in storage.

    1. Im so glad someone understands!! My machines and quilt machine are in storage as well. My husband is so patient with me, and goes into all the quilt stores so I can atleast touch the fabric and look at everything.

  3. I don’t quilt but because of you I have developed an appreciation for them and stop whenever we see a quilt store or show now, so thanks for that. Combing classic cars and quilts is absolute genius…whoever had that idea deserves a prize! Thanks for posting the T-Shirt quilt…still working on ideas in my mind!! You do know of course Tracy is going to make it really means Sue is going to help Tracy who is not crafty at all not make a complete mess of it 🙂 We may need to spend some traveling time together ;lol

    1. I wish, Tracy, that you and I had taken some time to go and get some supplies while we were in Birmingham together. Then you could have started while you have a little free time in Alaska. We can figure something out so you can get working on it.

  4. It’s hard to believe that some of those masterpieces are quilts. Lucky you stumbling upon a quilt show. I hope you had a chance to take in some of the many quilt patterned gardens too. They’re a feast for the eyes.

    1. Gayle, it is amazing how talented some people are!! The quilts when you are able to see them are truly amazing! Someday if you ever see a quilt show happening take the time to look at the quilts!! There is a museum in Paducah Ken., they have some pretty awesome ones there!

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