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50 ways to keep a quilter happy while on vacation 22, 21, 20,19

 

I turned the page of the calendar the other day, which makes August the last month of summer vacation before everyone gears up for the fall. Don’t panic – there’s still lots of time for creative and fun things to do while on vacation, especially if you’re a quilter. The countdown continues on 50 ways to keep a quilter happy while on vacation…

Here are three more ideas and a visit to another quilt shop.

Number 22 – visit an antique shop

Everyone knows someone who has visited an antique shop and found an absolutely fabulous quilt for a really good price.

I haven’t had a lot of time to go antiquing this summer, and I wasn’t all that excited about the quilts that I found at my first stop. Who am I to think I’ll find a treasure at the first shop I visit?

But you know what they say – the thrill of the hunt is way more exciting than the end result. If you find a gorgeous quilt in an antique shop,  please share it with us. I would love to see what treasures you unearth.

 

Quilts in an antique shop
Quilts in an antique shop

 

Quilts in an antique shop are hidden treasures
Quilts in an antique shop are hidden treasures

 

Waterford Antique Shop
Waterford Antique Shop

 

Number 21 – take a workshop

Check out the class schedule at the local quilt shop where you’ll be vacationing. Perhaps you’ll spot a workshop that would spice up the vacation.

Incidentally, when traveling, www.theneedleworkpages.com is a handy site to use to find quilt stores in the area you’re visiting. Enter ‘quilting’ and the town you’re going to visit in the top search bars for a listing of all quilt stores in that area.

I was fortunate to take a workshop with Amy Garro called Graffitti Quilting which was held at Quilts at the Creek in July. Although I didn’t accomplish a lot (I’m a very bad student), I thoroughly enjoyed the class. I learned a lot, got to visit with friends, made new friends and was just a nice break for the summer.

 

Amy Garro teaching Graffitti Quilting
Amy Garro teaching Graffitti Quilting

 

Amy Garro classroom for Graffitti Quilting
Amy Garro classroom for Graffitti Quilting

 

Amy Garro making free motion quilting look so easy
Amy Garro making free motion quilting look so easy

 

Example of Amy Garro free motion quilting
Example of Amy Garro free motion quilting

 

Number 20 – visit a quilt show

Most quilt shows are held in the spring and the fall, but there are shows in the summer. Check out the internet to see if you can find a show in the area you’ll be visiting.

There was a fabulous quilt show in Toronto this summer. The annual Quilts at the Creek, held at Black Creek Pioneer Village was a show well worth attending.

(Thanks to Pat who supplied some of the pictures of the show.)

 

Welcome to Quilts at the Creek
Welcome to Quilts at the Creek

 

Quilts at the Creek quilt show
Quilts at the Creek quilt show

 

The quilts look absolutely beautiful among the old buildings. So nice to be outside where there’s lots of room to appreciate the beauty of all the quilts.

 

Quilts at the Creek quilt show
Quilts at the Creek quilt show

 

Quilts at the Creek quilt show
Quilts at the Creek quilt show

 

Number 19 – visit a quilt shop

While it’s great to check out all those other activities, we quilters really like to check out the local quilt shops.

Today’s shop is called Stitched located in Shelburne, Vermont. Another fabulous shop with so much to see.

 

Gorgeous BRIGHT batiks
Gorgeous BRIGHT batiks

 

 

I absolutely love the way they have their fat quarters on display. Each color was in the appropriate colored fabric box made from polka dot fabric. Can you just see those boxes in your studio? I can!

Polka dot storage box for fat quarters
Polka dot storage box for fat quarters

 

Those were pretty exciting things to do this summer. Don’t forget to share some of your ideas or send pictures of what quilty things you’ve done this summer.

While the countdown of the 50 ways to keep a quilter happy while on vacation is coming to a close, there’s still lots of time to work in some fun things to do with the rest of the summer. Stay tuned…Have a great day! Ciao!

 

See all the articles in our “50 ways to keep a quilter happy while on vacation…” series!

 

 

Elaine Theriault is a teacher, writer and pattern designer who is completely obsessed with quilting. Elaine’s Tech Tips column (originally published in A Needle Pulling Thread magazine) is now available online in e-book format at QUILTsocial.com. When not quilting, she enjoys spending time with her two dogs, Lexi and Murphy, or can be found cycling across the country. Her blog is crazyquilteronabike.blogspot.com.

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