Travel theme: Benches

Today I went with my friend Connie to the Best of the Valley Quilt Show at the McDermont Field House in Lindsay, CA.  It was so overwhelming, I decided to use challenges and themes to tell part of the story.  I took over 200 pictures, and it will take me over a year to tell you the story, and by then it will be time for another quilt show.  I can’t believe how MANY talented quilters there are in this area – not to mention the world.

Quilted bench
Quilted bench

One of my favorite sections of the show was at the back, and it was a challenge.  All of the entries had to use the same fabric.  In a future post, I will show you how different those entries were.

Benches 2

Another favorite was the doll section.  This is a character from a children’s book.  I’ll show you others later.   To whet your appetite here are two entries in the show that fit this theme.

Scardy Kitty is comfortable here Prints an Greeting Cards for sale at Fine Art America
Scardy Kitty is comfortable here.   Unmarked prints and greeting cards are for sale at Fine Art America.

Benches and cats go well together.

Can I get on the bench, Mom?
Can I get on the bench, Mom?

This dog wants to get on the bench.

Benches everywhere, no matter what their composition, invite people and animals alike to sit a spell, and enjoy life.

Author: Marsha

Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. For thirty-five years, I lived in the most beautiful area in Central Valley of California in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains minutes from the Sequoia National Park. As a child I moved from Indiana to Oregon. With my first husband I moved from Oregon to Colorado to California. Every time we moved, it hurt so much to leave friends. I never wanted to move again. After Mark passed, I married again. I told Vince that I could never budge from my roots in California. He said he loved the high desert. I don't think he ever thought he would realize his dream. In November, 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

17 thoughts on “Travel theme: Benches”

    1. Yes, it is! I went to Lancaster with my mom’s cousin wo years ago, and it was wonderful to see all the quilts and things made out of quilts. I could have stayed a VERY long time. Thanks for the comment! More posts coming! 🙂


  1. I love this post … benches are indeed here to invite us to be still even if just for a short moment in our business -:)! And I love animals!

    All the Best,


    1. Aren’t they? I was totally blown away! I took about 220 pictures. Of coures, I’m not going to blast them all out over the internet, but they were overwhelmingly great! 🙂


  2. That first quilt is lovely. Living outside of Amish country as we do, we see many beautiful quilts in shops and markets. I have two that my husband’s mother made for us. There is something so special about a quilt – especially when made with love by hand.


    1. Oh Maddie, I know what you mean. These quilts will be really special to the loved ones of those who made them. I have one made by my great-grandmother that I love, and my friend Carmen has one almost like it from her husband’s family. I have several articles on my blog about quilting. I’m not too much of a quilter, but I do love the art form. Thanks for stopping by. I’ll be by your site later when I’m out cruising around! 🙂


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