September 19-22, 2013 – Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XX, “Take Me Home”. Held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA with over $14,000 in awards & prizes. Entry application deadline by 8/21/13
October 17-20, 2013 – Pacific International Quilt Festival XXII, Indie” Quilt Competition, $17,500 in prizes and Wearable Art Competition with $5,100 in awards and prizes. Location is at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. Entry deadline for both competitions is 9/3/13.
March 12-15, 2014 – 2014 AQS Quilt Week in Lancaster (PA), $44,000 in prizes, deadline for entering the quilt contest is November 18, 2013.
May 23-24, 2014 – Smoky Mountain Quilters of Tennessee will have their 34th Annual Quilt Show & Competition in Marysville, TN with $6,000 in awards. The entry deadline is 4/8/14.
The Great Arkansas Quilt Show 3, an exhibit at the Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock, Arkansas will offer $8,500 in prizes but you must be an Arkansas resident to enter. The exhibition will run from 8/7/14 – 5/3/15 and entry deadline is 4/7/14.
You may want to work on your prize winning quilt at the Arrow Rock Quilt Camp in Arrow Rock, Missouri, about 90 miles east of Kansas City. Running 5/5 – 5/9/14, you have plenty of time to register for the 2014 quilt camp. The entire village (population 57) of Arrow Rock was designated a National Historic Landmark & has thousands of visitors each year. Wouldn’t this be a fun place to relax and prepare that prize-winning quilt? Let me know if you’ve attended or plan to attend this Quilt Camp. I may need to visit this charming village next year after I retire so let me hear from you.
As you prepare your application to submit your quilt entry, spend some extra time on the photos you will be attaching to your application. Remember, to win a quilt competition you must first be selected by a jury and good quality photos of your quilt will help you receive that acceptance letter.
When life gives you scraps make a quilt!
What quilter hasn’t dreamed of showing a quilt and winning a ribbon in a major quilt expo? Well, sponsors for the Machine Quilters Expos are offering thousands of dollars in prizes and prize money to the best machine quilters at two expos to be held
in Portland, Oregon on October 9-12, 2013; and in Manchester, New Hampshire on April 9 – 12, 2014. You’ll have to hustle to get your machine quilted entry into the Pacific Northwest competition – the deadline is August 20, 2013 for the October show. But you can take a little more time to plan a new quilt for the April 2014 expo in Manchester, NH – the deadline for entering is
February 1, 2014. Competition information is available on-line at the above links. So, come on quilters …. dream big and go for the GU$TO!
I wish I was traveling to the United Kingdom so I could visit the 2013 Kaffe Fassett exhibition at The Welsh Quilt Center in Lampeter, Wales. His quilts are juxtaposed with traditional Welsh quilts and the comments from visitors: “Staggering!”
“Magnificent” “Wow, wonderfully curated.” “Amazing use of colour and patterns complementing the older quilts perfectly”. Makes me want to jump on a plane and head across the Atlantic.
Newcastle, Australia – http://stitchesandcraft.net.au/Newcastle/
Melbourne, Australia – http://www.craftfair.com.au/wp/Melbourne/
Canberra, Australia – http://www.craftfair.com.au/wp/Canberra/
Harrogate, England – http://www.grosvenorshows.co.uk/html/Northern_Harrogate.html
Long Beach, California –http://www.quilts.com/home/shows/viewer.php?page=SummerFestival
Coopersville, Michigan – http://www.coopersvillefarmmuseum.org/eventsexhibits/quiltstheirstories.html
Wolfeborough, New Hampshire – http://www.wolfeborochamber.com/component/option,com_eventlist/Itemid,62/func,details/did,1819/
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – http://www.sewingexpo.com/PittsburghPA.aspx
Tacoma, Washington – http://apwq.org/page.php?ID=43
Navigating the old fashioned way – with a map – we promptly got lost while searching for the last two barn quilts we wanted to visit near Mio, Michigan. Since we had no idea where we were much less where we were going but had plenty of gas, we just relaxed and enjoyed the beautiful Michigan spring countryside. Many miles down unpaved roads, we finally found a Garden Path quilt block located on a beautifully maintained private farm.
The block was chosen to express the family’s love of the land and gardening. The owner is the director of a local farmers market that serves Oscoda County, Michigan. The farm was picture-perfect with flower & vegetable gardens and a paddock with ponies.
We found a paved road and picked up speed so we naturally missed our next quilt block (twice) located at the Mio, Michigan Fairgrounds. The Ohio Star variation block is sponsored by the Au Sable Valley Engine & Tractor Club and hangs on the O.E. Kauffman Building. Preparations were underway for the annual Nor-east’r Traditional Music & Art Festival held the second weekend in June. They were also preparing to install another quilt block. The festival celebrates music, art and Northern Michigan’s cultural heritage & features blues, bluegrass, celtic, zydeco, folk, jazz, jam bands, country, Americana, world music, drumming & more. There are art shows & workshops with great food & unique vendors. Unfortunately, I had to fly home the day the festival started. But next year for sure!
Remember to check out upcoming quilt events – just click on the “Travelers” tab above! I’m posting shows as fast as I can.
Procrastinate – it frees up time to QUILT!
Of course there are hundreds of other wonderful quilts shows & events all around the world.
So many quilts – so little time!