For Easter weekend, our family congregated at my sister’s home in San Antonio, Texas. It is a three-hour monotonous drive between Houston and San Antonio on Interstate 10. As I was traveling alone, I decided to make the trip a bit more interesting. I took a detour north on State Highway 71 headed to La Grange, Texas – population just under 5,000 and home of the Texas Quilt Museum.
There were three exhibits on display that were particularly impressive. The first, “Modern Quilt Guild at the Texas Quilt Museum” showcased the guild’s first juried quilt show. Photography is not allowed inside the museum but you can see photos at the Modern Quilt Guild’s blog. Here is one sample.
Also on display were the Magna Carta Quilts from the UK. There are a total of eight quilts. According to the Magna Carta Quilt website:
…four Medieval Quilts will tell the story of the Magna Carta in a graphic novel style… The story starts with the death of Richard the Lionheart, which lead to the ascension of his brother John to the throne of England, runs through the events leading up to the sealing of the Magna Carta at Runnymede… The Magna Carta was the first document ever imposed upon a King of England…by a group of his subjects, the feudal barons, in an attempt to limit his powers by law and protect their rights. The four Legacy Quilts…will be the shields of the 25 feudal barons who drew up the terms of the Magna Carta…
The detail of these quilts was mind-boggling. The figures depicted all had singular expressions, carried different items in their hands and wore varied medieval clothing according to their rank.
The third exhibit of note was called “Wild Fabrications” sponsored by the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). You can view the entire exhibit online at the SAQA website in a slide show format. I highly recommend viewing it in full screen mode. My favorite was the polar bear.
Wild Fabrications celebrates a world of animals both real and fantastical. The theme not only lends itself particularly to bold colors and whimsical imagery, but also to beautiful realism, and humor that can be ebullient or dark.
On the exterior side wall of the building that houses The Quilt Museum is this stunning mural that depicts traditional 19th century quilts.
The mural serves as a backdrop to Grandmother’s Flower Garden.
Many quilt makers…are also gardeners, and many quilt patterns were inspired by flowers, plants, trees, and nature in general. We named the garden for a beloved Depression-era quilt pattern, “Grandmother’s Flower Garden.”
And if that isn’t enough to tempt you to visit, next door to The Quilt Museum is a fabric and YARN store called The Quilted Skein.
There were four rooms of fabrics in all colors and patterns. And WALLS OF YARN.
The staff was busily climbing ladders to hang up beautiful new quilt displays. They were having a good time making sure no one toppled off ladders and took time to assist me as I perused the yarn and picked out some fabric squares.
It was time to get back on I-10 and continue my trip to San Antonio. From La Grange, I took a leisurely drive on Farm to Market Road 609. The countryside was littered with bluebonnets and indian paintbrushes – picture-perfect scenery.
Back on I-10, I made another stop in Seguin, Texas, the pecan capital of the world – so-called because of the large production of pecans in the area. Seguin has a quaint downtown historic district listed in the National Register of Historic Places. My destination was You’re So Crafty, a crafts store for making pottery, painting, beadwork, knitting and spinning. One could spend weeks here and not run out of crafty things to do.
This display was full of yarn spun from locally produced fibers. These skeins are from Windmill Crest Farms, a small alpaca farm of about 50 animals located in Seguin.
Content with the day’s discoveries, it was time to make the rest of the trip to my sister’s house. Both my brothers from back home and my mom and aunt were there, plus some neighbors. Between all of us, there were 25+ kids and adults hitting piñatas and cracking cascarones on each others’ heads – brightly colored confetti everywhere! After the meal, the older kids (teens and college students) gathered at the dining room table for a fierce game of Monopoly. As my siblings and I sat outside, we reminisced about how once upon a time, it was us running around the yard and competing at board games. Now we sat around comparing what medications and maladies we had in common. We had good laughs and good food surrounded by family. It was a glorious weekend full of spring blooms.
21 thoughts on “Spring Blooms”
The polar bear is lovely.
In English lead is the correct tense, led is an Americanism, so if the blurb came from the English description of the quilts sic is incorrect.
I did not know that. Thank you for the info on the correct tense for lead! I will correct the correction.
What a wonderful art-filled trip!
It was a fun solo excursion.
Thanks for sharing your wonderful travels and all of the pictures along the way. Very inspiring.
Thanks! A boring trip became a little adventure.
Okay, I have spent years going to Texas to visit kinfolk and dreading the trip, other than the firefly part, but NOW I find out about this gem? I may need a trip down there before it gets too hot. Love this post!
Well come on over! There are so many gems in these little towns.
I can see I need to put a trip to LaGrange on my list!
It’s a lovely little town. I would have stayed longer and tried out the bakery – supposed to be pretty good – but I did eventually need to get to my destination.
I love how a boring trip can be turned into such a great time!
Thanks for sharing!
Yes, it was fun!
Great detour. I am making a potentially boring journey soon so I ought to investigate the possibilities.
Definitely. You never know what you might find.
That was some adventure. Beautiful quilts, yarn, flowers…then family.
Yes it was. At first, I was concerned about taking the detours but I am so glad I did. It didn’t take me out of my way and it was well worth it!
Great trip! But I especially love the ending 🙂 I can completely relate about sitting with siblings while watching our children playing with each other. All of our kids are either grown or only a couple years away from going to college and it feels like just yesterday they were all little kids. I had to chuckle about comparing medications. We do that too now. LOL
LOL! So we’re not the only ones. We even had to laugh at ourselves.
What an amazing trip. Wow. I love the quilts, and indeed, the polar bear would be one of my favourites. A piece of fine art all on its own.
The Quilted Skein looks like heaven and a dream come true. Amazing. So much yarn and colours and goodness. I would not be able to leave again.
The countryside, flowers and wild flowers are gorgeous. Its so pretty to see other parts of the world and enjoy the beauty. Thank you so much for always sharing with us. Love it. 🙂
Wish you could have seen that polar bear up close. It’s hard to believe it was quilted! I can’t even imagine the eye it took to create it.
Awesome quilts – I love them.