Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Aurora Colony Quilt Show 2011

I was fortunate to go to one of my favorite quilt shows on Saturday. It is in the small town of Aurora, Oregon and the setting is the Historical Society.


All the volunteers are dressed up and always seem so delighted to see you. This is the main building, so you can see, it isn't huge, but they do put on an awesome show.
In the building behind the herb garden was a woman who was with a group in charge of the herbs. There was a roaring fire with mint tea and rosemary cookies. Need I say more?

The old cobbler's shop.
They have quite a few new quilts, but I'm drawn to the antiques. The hang wonderfully with the historical artifacts of the Aurora Colony.
This beauty was all appliqued. It was primitive but so charming!!
It was quilted in an all over fan pattern- directly over the applique. I loved it!!
Here is a wonderful Amish quilt. The sign said it was purchased in Pennsylvania. The light areas are gray and were a wonderful combination with the purples.
Can you believe this is the back to the Amish quilt? I was a bit surprised.
Look at this charming and humble quilt.

What an interesting green print. I also love the two reds pieced together. My kind of quilt making!
I love everything about this- especially the color combination.
Don't you think that's spectacular?

48 comments:

  1. Aurora?? Wow, è fantastico!
    Devo andare in questo posto che si chiama come me!!!
    Ahahahahahahah!

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  2. Looks like a fun place to visit. Love the white blue and yellow quilt.
    Hope you didn't have your running shoes on there and got to enjoy a more relaxed mode of transport.

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  3. Thanks for the walk down memory lane, I have been there and it is such a charming little town, I believe it was settled by musicians if I recall, most from Germany?? The quilts are lovely, the back of the Amish Quilt is not in the tradition of their quilts, it really has me perplexed.
    Thanks
    Wendy

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  4. Wow Lori....they are ALL spectacular! What a show! I love that appliqued one....it's going on my 'must make' list! And the last one, of course! Lovely!

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  5. Oh my!What wonderful quilts. Looks as though this is the type of quaint town we like to visit, tnanks for the tour!

    Carolyn :)

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  6. Lucky you to see these all up close - but thanks for letting us tag along! I love all these beauties but I think the applique and stripey ones are my favourites!

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  7. I understand why it is your favorite show! I absolutely love that sunburst applique quilt. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Wonderful!!!! I just finished reading Jane Kirkpatrick's series about Emma Wagner Giesy and also bought the book she wrote about Aurora. I would so love to visit the actual place. Such a fascinating story. I would love to see the quilts and even make replicas of several. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

    Blessings

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  9. Love the quilts and what a wonderful place to have a quilt show.

    Debbie

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  10. I love seeing quilts in historic settings like this--especially the vintage workhorse quilts. That applique may be primitive, but it is a beauty.
    What an interesting back for a quilt in cool colors. Use what you have, I guess!!

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  11. The sunburst is a really, really good antique quilt.

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  12. What a beutiful setting for a quilt show...the sunburst with applique is a stunner!

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  13. I love the applique quilt! I remember when you went last year, so that means I have been following your blog for a year now, Hmmmm I wonder if a 1 year blog anniversary follower prize should be awarded..........

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  14. Thanks for sharing the pics. I so wanted to go but had other obligations.

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  15. Love all the quilts from the show! The string quilt is charming. The applique quilt definitely stole my heart!

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  16. What a fantastic place. It looks so inviting. I know I would love to visit it:)

    I was drawn to that first quilt. Oh so pretty. All the other quilts were sweet too.

    It's always fun to go to a historical setting like this one.

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  17. Oh, Lori. That appliqué quilt is just wonderful! Thank you for sharing your show photos...it must have been a fun day.

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  18. It's really nice to slow down and wander back to the old times where life was surely simpler.

    The blue, white and yellow/orange quilt is very pretty. Love the colours!

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  19. Lucky you! Love the little book I have about the Aurora Colony and how it came to be.

    That applique quilt with the the yellow centers reminds me of the Russian Sunflower or Noonday quilt I have been thinking about doing later this winter. What you photographed is wonderful & the little herb garden caught my gardening heart immediately. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. Really love all the quilts you shared.
    What an amazing show and the herb garden is the icing on the cake!

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  21. WOW!! What amazingly fabulous quilts!! I love the first one - the pieces in those sunbursts must have been tiny! and I love the appliqued flowers. That last quilt is very wonderful too. I haven't seen that color combo in an antique quilt before. Thanks so much for sharing your pictures - it sounds like you had a lovely day.

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  22. Thanks for the show tour!...those quilts are amazing....I just love that last one! Great color!!

    Tim

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  23. What an awesome place to visit. I couldn't stop looking at the pics. Eye candy galore!!

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  24. Stunning quilts!!! I bet the rosemary cookies were delicious!!

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  25. oh how I hope to visit this museum some day.
    beautiful quilts....love that applique one
    folk art looking. thanks for sharing your day with us...
    I agree the setting is perfect for showing antique quilts
    Kathie

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  26. You get to see great quilt shows. I love the first and the last quilt the best, they are real beauties.

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  27. Lori those quilts are lovely.
    Love the blue and yellow.

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  28. Looks like a place I need to visit next time I'm in OR! The quilts are wonderful - especially the last one.

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  29. Aurora is one of my favorite little towns; I was captured by its charm on a grade school field trip.

    I read in some book or other on Amish quilting that it is not necessarily unusual for prints to be used as backing where nobody would see. I believe that prints as backing occurred more in some communities than others, Ohio vs. Lancaster County maybe?

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  30. Thanks for sharing. I'm particularly in love with the Sunburst applique quilt !

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  31. I also love that last quilt with the blues and gold.

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  32. Fabulous quilt show...loved them all!

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  33. How did I miss knowing that was going on? :-( I'll have to see if I can drag my hubby and kids up next year -- maybe I can send them off to the antique stores and look at quilts!

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  34. Oh wow! What a great display of quilty-ness! Those are the ones that call me too....LOVED that applique quilt!

    Bonnie

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  35. Beautiful eye candy! Thank you for sharing

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  36. Yes, the blue, white and yellow quilt is spectacular! Love the others, too. Looks like a marvelous place to visit and hold a quilt show.

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  37. That applique quilt is my favorite. It is so pretty.

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  38. Those are some fantastic quilts! I really love that wonky border on the rail fence quilt. These are not your run-of-the-mill type quilts - very unusual. Aurora isn't such a long trip for me. Why haven't I been there?!

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  39. Oh, duh, I was thinking of the Amana Colony in Iowa. I can't read apparently!

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  40. Oh yes, the yellow/blue/white with black centers is spectacular!

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  41. Look at all that yellow! I see a few that I would love to have living in my house. Thanks for the photos.

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  42. I love the appliqué quilt. Also the blue and white and yellow quilt. Wouldn't it make a great quilt along? Hint hint!

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  43. Wonderful antique quilts in a beautiful setting. Sounds like a fun day.

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  44. Oh gosh what a dreamy treat. This post represents EVERYTHING I love. A display that sort of captures all aspects of the quilts I dig!!! So infused with the love of quilting. Thank you for sharing.

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  45. What a great location and fab quilts.

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  46. Aurora is always such fun...but I have never been to a quilt show there. Wish I could have been there with you!

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  47. What an inspiring post Lori!!! I agree, that last quilt with the cheddar and blue is truly wonderful!! Thanks so much for sharing your day with us!!!!

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