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Fabric and Quilt Inspiration in Washington DC

on Jul 25, 2013 in Blog, blogging others | 2 comments


My family and I are just returning from Washington DC. What an amazing city. Sure there’s loads of America there, but I have some pictures for you today that you might have missed on the “DC Tourist” websites. I hope you enjoy some of my from-a-quilter’s-camera inspiration photos.


I have pictures of garments, of course. One dress from the Hall of First Ladies and one dress from the American History Museum of the Smithsonian. The American History Museum also has the flag that inspired the national anthem. From a textiles point of view, it was very jaw-dropping. It was FAR bigger than I thought it would be. Of course, it is super fragile, so no pictures, but you can see on their website. I should have grabbed garment photos from the Spy Museum. Now that was a COOL place! Worth the money for sure.

Art Museums

And I did grab photos from the Art Museums. I think we went to 4 or 5 and my favorite of them all wasn’t even a museum, but rather, it was the Torpedo Factory Studio and Gallery, in Alexandria VA, on King St. We got to chat with the artists and even stick around for a live jazz evening in the Factory. No photos from that, though. From the Smithsonian museums, I have photos that really made me think “oooh, that’d look great in fabric.” Now, if you were the hubs, you’d be quick to point out that canvas IS fabric… but we’ll let that go for now.

Air and Space Museum

Let me guess, you heard the National Air and Space Museum was the post popular of all the Smithsonian buildings. Well, I’d guess that was right based on the zillion of visitors there. Holy smokes. We let the boys take photos with our phones and needless to say, we have 41,538 planes/rockets/spacecraft/etc. But, since this is a sewing blog, after all, I wanted to show you the few pictures I took. Quilty wings! That might not be exactly what they were going for, but I can’t look at that wing and not think “crazy quilt.” How about you?


Holy Food Truck Batman! I’ll leave you with my favorite food truck name from the whole trip. We ate loads at food trucks. This one, if you cannot see the name on your iPad, is called What the Pho? Love it! Mmmmm…….



Now it is back to work, back to sewing and back to quilting. Stay tuned.



  1. What wonderful photos. It is so much fun looking for inspiration in unusual places. I really love the photo of the ceiling of the Jefferson Memorial.

    Anya King

    July 25, 2013

  2. Thank you for sharing your photos. Let me guess, it’s a Vietnamese or Thai food truck? Is the White House tour open again? My friend was there last month and she was not able to tour the White House.


    July 25, 2013

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