19 Stars: Quilts of Indiana’s Past and Present

One of the first quilts I ever made was a king size lone star quilt.  In hindsight, starting my quilting journey with a king size was probably not the best idea, and my quilting aesthetic has changed significantly since the.  However; this is still one of my favorite quilts.  So when I was asked to visit the Indiana State Museum’s exhibit “19 Stars: Quilts of Indiana’s Past and Present” I was very excited.

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19 Stars logo

The exhibit is in celebration of Indiana’s bicentenial and features a mixed collection of 38 historic and contemporary examples of star-themed quilts.  Indiana was the 19th state to join the Union and there are 19 stars on the Indiana State flag.  The quilts are from the museum’s collection as well as loans from some of Indiana’s best quilt artists. The majority of contemporary quilts were created specifically for the exhibit, which fills two galleries on Level 3 of the museum.


After walking through both galleries, I was surprised to find I was more drawn to the “traditional” quilts.  Overall they seemed more “modern” to me.  I especially loved this tied quilt, and the way a couple of the quilts had embroidered labels on the fronts, as opposed to the backs.  I will be sure to try and add these touches to a few of my quilts in the future.  All of the quilts were beautiful, and I would highly recommend that everyone check it out.

Bohemian Fireworks copy

The Indiana State Museum is located at 650 W. Washington Street in Indianapolis. Exhibition gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The first Tuesday of each month (Community Tuesdays) admission is half price. Auxiliary aids and services are available with advance notice. For more information, call the museum at 317.232.1637.  For ticket information, please visit indianamuseum.org.

Finding inspiration in odd places

I recently had to go on an overnight trip to Mt. Vernon, IN for the old day job.  Luckily I got to stay in a lovely hotel with tons of quilting inspo.  For starters, check out this amazing carpet in the hallways. photo 1

This just screams modern quilt to me.  And I love the brown/turquois combination.  Then, when I got into my room I was greeted by this lovely carpet.

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It feels very double wedding ring quilt to me.  I also liked the geometric weave of the bed skirts.

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And there was even a bit of geometric modern art on the walls.  photo 2

I may not have been able to get any sewing done while I was on my short business trip, but I came home brimming with creative ideas.  What odd places have you found your creative inspiration?