I received this information via email today. I think it sounds like cause for a road trip. Read on to hear about a quilt exhibition at the Indiana State Museum (in Indianapolis) through October 4. I hope I get a chance to see it. I'm curious about the "contemporary examples" of star-themed quilts and which of "Indiana's best quilt artists" are included in this exhibit. Also, if you decide to take a road trip to Indy, be sure to check out the shops I have listed at the end of this post. They are some of my favorites.
The following information comes from the IndyArtsGuide, and initiative of the Arts Council of Indianapolis.
"Hoosiers will be introduced to a special body of quilts during the exhibition 19 Stars: Quilts of Indiana’s Present and Past on view June 13 through October 4 at the Indiana State Museum.
The exhibition will feature a mixed collection of 38 historic and contemporary examples of star-themed quilts drawn 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 will fill two galleries on Level 3 of the museum.
If you take a road trip to Indy, you might hit some of the good quilting/fiber shops too. These are some of my favorites.
- The French Seam is a really unique shop on 82nd street. They carry lots of different types of fabrics from beautiful silks to quilting cottons. They have a nice selection of buttons, ribbons, notions, and patterns. They have everything from vintage to modern items. It is a small shop, but it is packed with interesting things. While you are at the French Seam, be sure to visit Knit Stop. It is located just a few doors down. You'll like it even if you are not a knitter. They have a fabulous selection of yarns and "threads." (Remember, we can use those yarns for embellishment!)
- The Back Door is located in Greenwood (just south of Indy) and is primarily for the traditional quilter. This is a friendly shop with LOTS of fabric, books, patterns, notions, and samples.
- Quilts Plus, on 86th Street, is another primarily traditional shop. They have a large selection of books, patterns, fabrics, and wool. You'll like the ladies here; they are very friendly and helpful.
- Crimson Tate is right downtown (on Mass Ave). They definitely have a "modern quilt" asthetic. They are very involved in the community and offer classes.