Category Archives: quilt guilds

Visit a Quilt Show or Exhibit – June & July 2013

quilt6If you are in the area, you may still be able to catch some of these shows this month:

QuiltFest 2013, (6/21-6/22/13) Birmingham, AL

Stitching in the Valley 2013 (6/22 – 6/23/13) Milford, PA

Trunk Show – Virginia Findley Wolfe 2013 (6/25/13) Waupaca, WI

Vermont Quilt Festival 2013 (6/28 – 6/30/13) Essex Junction, VT

Silver Celebration 2013 (6/28-6/29/13) Ashland, OH

quilt5And if you’re traveling next month you may want to plan a visit to:

Remembering Yesterday Quilt Show 2013 (7/5 – 7/6/13) Williamsburg, IA

Oregon Summer Quilt Expo 2013 (7/11-7/14/13) Redmond, OR

Quiltfest 2013 Borders & Beyond (7/12 – 7/13/13) Hot Springs, AK

Dam Christmas Party with Patrick Lose 2013 (7/17-7/21/13) Boulder City, NV

Quilts on Lake Bemidji 2013 (7/19 – 7/20/13) Bemidji, MN

Kaleidoscope of Quilts XVI 2013 (7/19-7/20/13) Sylvania OH

2013 Heart of the Redwoods Quilt Show (7/20-7/21/13) Eureka, CA

Maine Quilts, 36th Annual Show & Conference 2013 (7/26-7/28/13) Augusta, ME

BEE-utiful Quilt Show 2013 (7/26-7/28/13) Monroe, WA

Capitol Quilt Show 2013 (7/29 – 10/10/13) Denver, CO

quilt1You may also be interested in a few on-going exhibits:

Alexandra and Loeb 2013 (4/5/13 – 7/9/13) Paducah, KY

New Mexico: Unfolding Art Quilt Exhibit 2013 (4/12/13 – 8/16/13) Santa Fe, NM

From Nature’s Studio Regina Benson 2013 (6/26/13 – 10/6/13) La Conner, WA

Of course there are hundreds of other wonderful quilts shows & events all around the world.

So many quilts – so little time!

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Quilters – Prepare to Lose Your Minds!!! Part I

doorway-to-africaTo further my mission — providing information about local quilt shops, guilds & shows to quilters on the move (click on”Travelers” tab  above); I spend a lot of time surfing the web looking for interesting locales, regional quilt and textile information & daydreaming about where I want to travel to experience new textiles & folk art.  My last two blogs gave you some insight into Central and South American fabrics & textile art , so I decided to jump to a different continent – Africa!  I began looking for African fabrics & almost lost my mind!  I had no idea of the breadth & depth of the beauty and incredible talent producing these breathtaking works of art.  We’re going to need several blogs to introduce you to some of my fabulous finds.  If you’re lucky enough to have visited, I’m sure you will agree that the colors & textures are absolutely amazing!

Bolga baskets

Bolga baskets

Many of my friends have traveled to Africa for safari, to ports of call on cruises or to visit family; one went to visit an adopted giraffe.  Maybe you can be the first of your friends to discover fabulous folk art and colorful, unique fabrics from the 55 African states with alluring names such as:  Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Seychelles, Zimbabewe or Swaziland.  There is going to be a quilt exhibit in Ghana in October, “SewJourn to Ghana” Fiber Art Exhibit with hands-on workshops in wax batik, Kente weaving, Adinkra stamping and beadmaking along with visits to studios of local artists, sightseeing & shopping.

Adinkra stamped fabrics on display

Adinkra stamped fabrics on display

If you can’t travel to Ghana this fall, can you make it to England or Scotland?  World Textile Day in Scotland, “The People Behind the Cloth”  featuring six world textile and clothing traders in Stirlingshire, Scotland will be held on June 22, 2013.  The African Fabric Shop will display hand-made batiks, wax and sun prints, recycled glass, brass, plastic & paper beads, jewelery, fair trade baskets, kits & patterns.  Similarly, World Textile Day in Norfolk, England will be held on September 7, 2013.

Afrika4My next blog will introduce you to Amafu, bark cloth, coral tree cloth, discharge prints, kola & Indigo panels, Langa Lapu, Musa, Shwe Shwe & wax prints.  Save your appetite because this is real eye candy!

Wax print

Wax print

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