Monday, October 20, 2014

Aurora Colony Quilt Show

One of my very favorite fall activities is the Aurora Colony Quilt Show in October. It's hard for me to wait for this excuse to drive out to one of my most favorite places. I like this show because it's a nice blend of contemporary, vintage and antique quilts. Anyone can enter any type of quilt and the visitors get to vote for their favorite! Of course, the setting of the museum is so perfect for quilts.

I love this picture. The basket on the painted cupboard (very Aurora colony) is an Aurora Colony basket. I have yet to find one, but I hope to add one to my collection someday. Jim and I have found a colony chair and a small table, so we are on the hunt for the basket.

A close up of an antique appliqued quilt. So much work and can you see all the hand quilting?

This is a well loved doll blanket in a display at the colony. You know how I love dolly quilts!

This is a contemporary quilt that really appealed to me. The use of fabrics just gives it a vintage feel. It was very well done.

This is another new quilt and it was quite small, but so nicely done. I like the colors an the little star added in each corner.

This part of the show was in the other building with much more light and a different feeling. A group of hand quilters meet at the colony every Thursday morning. I wish I lived closer.

Notice the wallpaper...I love the design. I bought some note cards in the gift shoppe with this pretty.

Sewing machines have come so far, but once, this was such a delight for the home sewer.

We always enjoy the music this couple adds to the many events at the colony. I have several of their offerings. The Christmas one is my favorite.

Another example of a bright and contemporary quilt. This one just made me smile. How could anyone be sad looking at this lovely quilt?

 Love these little ladies....very time dated with the the lavendar and yellow fabrics.

I know, I take a picture every year of the doll house, but I just love it.

The herb society was in the washroom, selling a few of their wares and sharing about their group. They have a great newsletter. They tend the herb gardens at the colony. They were selling a nice herbal tea..Emma's tea.

Jimmy is such a good sport to come with me. It was such a beautiful fall day, as you can see in this photo. These are the days you wish would last forever.

The little store in one of the cabins, is set up with donated goodies you can buy to help raise money for the museum. I always find things I can't live know, fat quarters, patterns, embroidery kits.
I also brought home some great magazines to read through. Each bundle was only $1! I really enjoyed the Southern Lady ones. I haven't seen any of those for years.

Can't wait for next October!


Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I don't quilt but I sure enjoy looking at them, and having a cozy one on my bed.
That was a great bargain for the magazines when you think about how much one Tea Time issue is worth.
Have a nice week Linda.

mamasmercantile said...

What a lovely day out some of the quilts were amazing but I think my favourite photos was of the dolls house it was stunning, a real delight. What a bargain with the magazines. Have a good week.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

I so enjoyed this post and these beautiful quilts-you did a great job with photography too, so much detail.

I see why you like the one with the little colorful birds and I have always been a fan of the girls with the bonnets. My Mom had quilted one of these for me and I just recently passed it down my oldest daughter.

So glad you had such a great time too!


Suzanne said...

I just admire all those that can make such beautiful quilts! Your Jimmy is a real sport going with you. My husband does the same thing--you know its true love when they accompany you to these kinds of things...LOL

Denise said...

Wonderful !!! So nice on a Fall day :) I love the bright one with the black background.My Mother's baby quilt-Bonnet Girls- made in 1930 is just getting too old.I love My history behind it and I've even posted on it a long time ago.It's just starting to fall apart,The few holes I can see My great-gramma's batting starting to fall out,kind of ugly now.I wish I sewed so I could take it and make several pillows or something out of it.Please drop by My blog Linda and help Me pick a doll that looks like My baby Granddaughter,wait- I think maybe You already did ? :/ Hugs and Blessings Denise

Stephanie said...

Oh Linda, I am swooning over all of these beautiful quilts! Each one is truly amazing!

Love to you, my friend!

Valerie said...

Dear Linda,
What a wonderful quilt show! I just love them all! Your pictures are always stunning.

Marta said...

Hello from Spain: great show. I love that doll's house. Awesome and beautiful quilts. Lovely pics. Keep in touch

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Quilt shows are so many beautiful works of art! I love the precious doll house and would have loved seeing it up close. And one of the magazines has Downton Abbey on the front...I would have loved that one! Enjoy your week! Hugs, Diane

Lady Jane said...

Thanks for sharing these great quilts. Someday I am going to make a bed quilt. I keep saying that, lol...