Have you been to Nashville . . . Indiana? It is a weekend destination for Indianapolis area citizens who love gift shops packed with both country crafts and upscale merchandise. Additionally, there’s homemade ice cream, pioneer history and crafts, and nice eateries in rustic buildings.
On Saturday my friend, Julia, drove me to Nashville to join the throngs enjoying fall foliage and shops AND the Brown County Historical Society’s 36th Annual Quilt Show. I snapped several photos of antique quilts which are always an inspiration.
Over 100 quilts were in the judged portion of the show – some simple, and some complex. We both enjoyed the colorful display and variety of designs. The Bargello, “Michael’s Gift” by Kenneth Ramsey was awarded Judge’s Choice. “El’s Kitchen” by Donna McElwain took Best of Show and Best Machine Quilting and Best in the Mixed Technique category.
As at most quilt shows, we could vote for our favorite. I chose a star with four mini “Nine Patches” in its center. The quilting with golden tan thread perfectly complements the patchwork. Since I have some spare “Nine Patches” from a guild exchange, I just may have to try this design! At quilt shows it’s fun to marvel at the super intricate and ultra time consuming quilts, but it’s also inspiring to find a design that prompts me to say, “I want to make a quilt like that!”
And speaking of being inspired at quilt shows, if you live near Sanford, NC consider attending the Heart and Hands Show at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center. Dates and times: Friday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Will you be there? I hope to attend Friday morning.
Pictured: R. Andrea Barber’s “The Amana Block” – inspired by an antique block found in an antique store in Amana Iowa, Lu Brunnemer’s “Nine Patch Irish Chain” – wonderfully hand quilted, R. Andrea Barber’s “Autograph Quilt” – an international block exchange, Connie Pockevich’s “More Morris.”