Isn't that the question that the teachers ask you to write about when school
starts in the fall? I have written my "quilty" summer vacation essay, so I can
be prepared if someone should ask me.
I spent a week touring quilt shops and quilt events on
Cape Cod, Massachusetts and in the Columbus, Ohio area. The trip to Cape Cod included
traveling with my sister who lives near by. We had a wonderful day visiting
in Hyannis, MA, snuggled in a neat hideaway on the lower level of a bank
(close to the ATM machine, now how convenient was that!),
West Barnstable, MA, which is adding a wonderful addition on to their store,
in Falmouth, MA, in an old barn with wonderful beams and one of those
sliding barn doors,
also in Falmouth, and in a wonderful new location, and
in Teaticket, MA (Isn't that a quaint sounding name for a town).
Thank goodness, my sister, Chris, can find her way around
the area so well, because without that map in front of me, I would have been very
confused. There are not too many roads, but many of them are along or end up at the
water. There are so many inlets and the coastline is very irregular. It just makes
me feel good all over to see all those quaint towns and houses along the way. I
love the area around Cape Cod and Plymouth where my sister lives. History oozing out
all around! But enough of history, what about those quilt shops? Click on each of the
shop names above for they are a link to the story and pictures about each shop's visit.
The second part of my week, I spent in the Columbus,
Ohio area tootling around in a rented silver PT Cruiser (If that isn't a slick
little car!) Now you might wonder, why Columbus? There were three major quilting
events going on at the same time in the Columbus/Athens, Ohio areas, Quilt National,
the , and the Quilt Surface Design
Symposium. To top off a wonderful adventure into all aspects of quilting, there
were several galleries and other special quilt exhibits going on in the area:
in Reynoldsburg, Uptown Quilts in Westerville, Art Quilts: Small
Works at the Fifth Avenue Galleries in Columbus,
at the Ohio Historical gallery in Columbus, Colorfield Quilts:
Recent Work By Tim Harding at the Thomas Riley Gallery In Columbus and the
Invitational 2003 in the Columbus Cultural Arts
Center in Columbus. Please click on any of the underlined links above to see and
read some more about each venue.
I stayed at the same hotel and conference center that
the QSDS was being held, which was fun because I was able to shop the vendors
there in my "down" time and visit with some old friends (not old, but people I
have known a long time) Now, what were you thinking I meant?
I was pleasantly surprised with how wonderful town of Columbus,
Ohio is! They have a lot of reconstruction going on to buildings, roads and also
sprucing up several interesting, historical areas of town. I had printed maps out
on my computer, a map from the rental car company, maps from the NQA site and
information from QSDS. All in all, I did almost the entire loop around town and
out to Athens, Reynoldsburg and the cute town of Westerville. I didn't get lost once,
except when I was trying to find the Cultural Arts Center! There was a festival going
on with tents all over and several streets closed, and of course, what is a town without
some one way streets always going the one way you don't want to.
So, there I was talking on my cell phone (stopped and not
driving, I might add) to the girl inside the Cultural Arts Center building, which
I could see, but I didn't know I was seeing it, because there were tents on that
street and it was closed to car traffic...so she routes me behind the building and
tells me to park on the back street at some meters that had bags over them that said
DO NOT PARK! She says "PARK and come in, get a pass" that I can put in my window...
I believed her and it worked...no ticket when I finally came out, lucky me!
It was a very enjoyable week with many happy memories.
I was mostly by myself and didn't have to cook a meal, or wash dishes or take anyone
anywhere. It was my time and I loved it! Seeing all the wonderful, unique and varied
styles of quilts was a real inspiration. It is hard to believe that a quilt can be
and mean so many things. I saw quilts from 200 years old to ones I know were probably
finished the night before some of the events were hung. (Isn't that always the way it
happens?) The quiltmakers from all these events and shops were a talented and special
group of women and men, and I am thankful that I am a part of this vast universe called
©2003 Dori Hawks