That's right. Cars and vans with quilt blocks covering them. Even a Quilted Gas Station. If this is a new fashion trend for vehicles, then I am afraid we might miss out on this one. Our gravel country road would cover it in dust after just one trip into town.
But lest you think I am dreaming this up, here are just SOME of the DIFFERENT vehicle quilts I've spotted around the Internet.
Now, this quilt-covered van was not the very first one in the country. Here's a quote from the blog that detailed this quilted van. http://www.alaskaquilt.com/blog/acqcblog.html
"Creating car quilts is a Willamette Valley thing
"The idea to create a true “car quilt” was born when Peggy Christopherson saw a car quilt made by Karen Wells of nearby Jefferson, Oregon. Karen had quilted her PT Cruiser in 2008. She based her quilt on a car in Florida she saw on the Internet.
"Taking photos of Karen’s car to a guild meeting in spring 2008, Peggy convinced members that they should make a car quilt for Lebanon. And so it began. The result is now there are 2 quilted cars in Oregon of the 8 to 10 such vehicles in North America.
"Springing to life in 2008
"The car quilt was made over about 6 months in 2008-2009 by 6 to 8 quilters using 100’s of orphan blocks, batting, backing and binding. All this material came from the entire Guild. The finished cover is “sort of street legal” on a 2005 Honda Odyssey van. At fairs, shows and other events is now takes 5 to10 minutes to get fully “gussied up.”
"After they created this cover, they discovered how truly unique it is. Thus they decided to use it to promote quilting, the Guild’s Quilt Show 2009, Oct. 17-18, 2009 and Lebanon in general."
This one was from the Vancouver, B.C. Annual Canadian Route 66 Association Picnic, August 2009. If one could blow up the picture, one might see what is on the big block at the very front of the car. Source: http://wetcoastscootin.blogspot.com/2009/08/experienced-norton-rider-tames-scooter.html
It is the creation of Janice
Jones, Maureen Orr Eldred and Carol Gier Becker. Look for it in the
upcoming year at many other quilting events! So when one sees this Volkswagon Bug on the road, what color does one declare for that Bug Punch game?
Here is a link to "The Making of the Quilted VW Bug" on Flickr.
This quilted car was included in the big blog post about 2009 The Sisters Quilt Show in Sisters, OR.
No details were given on this quilted car, but it looks different than any of the other quilted cars I am posting on this blog post. Source: http://with-heart-and-hands.blogspot.com/2009_07_01_archive.html
This is Liza Eastman of New Zeland. She is a free spirited quilter who has won awards and has been involved in some national and international quilting movements. This quilt looks painted on her car, don't you think? Any idea the brand of this car? Source: http://www.virtualbay.co.nz/lizaeastman/
One might assume this quilted car was created to promote the New England Quilt Museum, perhaps? Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/blackbirdbye/2816819239/
This was a quilted car that showed up at the 2009 LQS Quilt Walk and Antique Car Show last August. Sorry, I could not find out where or what LQS stands for, but gleaning from other blog posts, I think the even took place in Oregon. If you can identify the town or the sponsoring quilt organization, please share. Here is the source of this picture: http://snippetsofaquilter.blogspot.com/2008_08_01_archive.html
Is a quilted car still considered a quilted car if the quilt blocks are made with paint? This car, actually was painted with nail polish. The source site has A BUNCH of painted quilted cars, and perhaps a quilted fabric covered car somewhere on the site. I did not look through every picture, and the site did not provide a search bar. Still, if your guild wants to make a quilted car, this might be a good place for some ideas: http://artcar.blogspot.com/2008/12/nail-polish-quilt-art-car-by-jill-bell.html
The site does have a category of FIBER art cars, so that probably contains some quilted examples.
I would never have known about the Quilted Gas Station had I not visited this site: http://artcar.blogspot.com/search/label/Quilted%20Gas%20Station
From the site: "This Quilted Gas Station was the brainchild of artist/activist Jennifer Marsh
who came up with an idea to bring greater attention to the world's
dependency on oil. She put the word out to fiber artist all over the
world to submit 3x3 foot squares to cover the abandoned gas station.
This old gas station located on the way to her studio was the perfect
candidate to be covered in 5,000 square feet of fabric (colossal
handmade blanket). With the help of other artists from 15 countries and
more than 2,500 grade-school students from 29 states, Marsh covered
everything including the pumps, light stands and signs. With more than
3,000 fiber panels, crocheted, knitted, quilted and stitched together
she managed to cover this 50-year-old gas station that on a cold nights
is the perfect place to stay warm."
"This Quilted Art Car was created by a group 30 crafty women from Queensland, Australia's quilting community, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of a quilt exhibition. This is the kind of car you can get cozy with on cold winter nights....You don't have to worry about finding your car in the mall."
That's all I'm going to post on this topic tonight. I would like to find THE FIRST quilted car cover that started this "fashion trend". Thanks to the Internet an idea like this spreads all over the world in such a short time!
I can understand this would protect a car's painted finish underneath. I can understand the advertising or promotional value of such a quilted car cover. If someone gave you a quilted cover for your car, would you use it? *grin*