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50 ways to keep a quilter happy while on vacation 6, 5, 4

 

We’re down to the final few activities to our series 50 ways to keep a quilter happy while on vacation. This summer has been a blast as I hunted from coast to coast for things to keep everyone happy.

Here are two more ideas and another visit to a quilt store.

Number 6 – Participate in the Row by Row experience

If you haven’t heard about the Row by Row Experience that has hit North America by storm this summer, then you must be living on a desert island! There are free patterns at over 2,700 participating stores, there are kits, fabric license plates, pins and a pattern for the mascot.

It’s pretty exciting and has been loads of fun as I collected and swapped my way across the country. And if you have extra license plates – email me! I’m still looking for a couple of plates.

Row by Row display at Creative Klutter, Irma, Alberta
Row by Row display at Creative Klutter, Irma, Alberta

 

 

Number 5 – check out quilts in public buildings

There are numerous public buildings that have quilts on display. Churches and libraries are two public places that frequently have quilts on display. It’s by word of mouth that you find these, but fun to check the quilts out and get some inspiration. In addition to quilts that hang permanently in these places, sometimes they do have displays as part of their service to the local community.

Group quilt in a church
Group quilt in a church

 

 

Some churches have banners in addition to quilts. While technically not a quilt, there are still some interesting designs which could become inspiration for your next project.

Church banner
Church banner

 

 

Quilt in a public library
Quilt in a public library

 

 

Signature quilts were a popular item years ago and you’ll often find them in churches as they were used as fund raisers. This particular signature quilt is special to me as my paternal grandparents names are embroidered on this quilt that was made in 1967. I discovered the quilt when it was part of a traveling quilt show hosted by the Presbyterian Church in 2000!

Signature quilt used as a fund raiser in 1967
Signature quilt used as a fund raiser in 1967

 

 

Number 4 – visit a quilt store

Today we are Alberta bound. The quilt store is called Creative Klutter in Irma, Alberta. I had a weak moment and wanted to personally put foot inside one store in Alberta for the Row by Row – so I drove three hours to get there. A great shop, loads of great projects and ideas.

Amazing array of neutrals
Amazing array of neutrals

 

 

Nice choice of bag patterns and great samples to showcase them
Nice choice of bag patterns and great samples to showcase them

 

 

Halloween fabrics
Halloween fabrics

 

That wraps up another edition of 50 ways to keep a quilter happy while on vacation. There will be one more post later this week. Last chance to tell me what quilty things you did over the summer. Did you make a check list to see how many of these ideas you were able to work in? 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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