Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Quilts & Vines Outdoor Quilt Show

For our wedding my friend Nichole gave us two bottles of wine from the Strawbale Winery in Renner. One was a bottle with a label for Quilts and Vines. We also got the card with information about the Quilts and Vines Outdoor Quilt show. When we were on our honeymoon we stopped at Heirloom Creations, the shop co-sponsoring the show. They gave us more information about it and I was hooked! I really wanted to come. So I convinced my mom that we should go and have a girls weekend trip. Then I thought we should invite her two co-workers, since we do a lot of things with them and they would enjoy it. In the end there were five of us from the shop that went. We had a great time!
Quilts and Vines is an outdoor quilt show, set in the country, with quilts hanging from the vines of grapes used for making wine, at the Strawbale Winery. It was a beautiful day, with lots of quilts, lots of great company, and so many things to do. There were 475 quilts on display and such a nice variety. There were a ton from the Happy Hour book. I took over 170 pictures, so I'll just show a few of my favorites. We each got a wine glass with our ticket and could use it to sample 5 different wines. We were able to buy wine glass holders as well, so they hung around our necks. We also had t-shirts we bought to wear to strip club next month with our PJ pants. There were 12 rows of vines with quilts hanging on them and a full section of stock panels with quilts for sale.
I took several pictures of quilts from the Happy Hour book as we all really liked to see the variety. This is the Between Friends made with Loralie fabric.
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The Picture This quilt in teals and browns from HH.
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Here's a picture of the people going through the rows looking at the quilts. The house in the back is where the people who own the winery live and you can barely see the big red barn on the right.
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This is Between Friends again in a different color way.
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Above is the great group I went with - Me, J, D, mom, and M. See how tall the corn is behind us? See my short haircut? Below is the big red barn, isn't it fantastic with all the quilts hanging. They were on all sides of the barn.
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This was by far my favorite quilt. It's called optical illusion, but we referred to it as the funeral quilt as it was made for the womans FIL's funeral. It's gold and black and just absolutely stunning in Fairy frost. It's all done with the 60 degree ruler. I wanted to make one las night, but didn't have the right fabrics.
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Here' a close up of it.
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This is a quilt we all thought would make a great BOM. Such interesting little blocks inside a big one.
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We went to SF to Heirloom Creations and I bought tons of Masterpiece thread and picked up a purple aurifil to try quilting on my new HH quilt. Then we went on to Dell Rapids to the quilt shop there and picked up some connecting threads Essentials thread, so I HATE IRONING by Mary Ellen, and a little charm square purse pattern called me and my mom.
From there we went to the Human Bodies in Motion exhibit in Watertown. It was very cool, but you couldn't take any pictures. I learned more about the human body in two hours than I have in my entire life! It was so way cool and extremely interesting. We spent the night and then came home via Pierre and picked up some fresh produce. We made it back to Rapid about 3:30 and we were all exhausted! I went home and vegged for the rest of the night. I was spent!
Last night I rearranged my fabric and reorganized it and am now ready to work on a few projects I have had on the back burner for a while. I have to thank Jill for the awesome bag she made me for my sewing supplies. I'll definately get a lot of use out of it. I'll be taking a picture of it tonight.


Hazel said...

This looks like so much fun ,what a great idea .The quilts are fabulous and your group looks like they are having the time of their life .Like the new haircut it looks great on you .

Kristie said...

First off I love your new haircut! It looks wonderful!

I think a quilt show like that would be beautiful! I love the idea of it being at a vinyard!!!

Connie said...

I'm back from vacation--had to find out who won!! Congrats on 2nd place!! It sure was close!! I LOVE your new blog layout--it is just stunning!! And your hair is fab too! I have a lot to catch up on--just wanted to say congrats on almost beating Jen!