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!
This site is designed to help traveling quilters locate shows, shops, guilds and quilt-related events in the locale they are visiting. I also include some textile and quilt-related facts that may be of interest.
While visiting our cottage on Lake Huron in Tawas, Michigan I discovered the Oscoda County Timberland Quilt Trail that showcases Barn Quilts, a growing phenomenon throughout the country. There are more than 3,000 quilt blocks adorning trails nationwide making the quilt trail movement the nation’s largest public arts project. Oscoda County has 12 quilt blocks displayed on barns, local businesses and private residences. Following the trail allows visitors to experience the culture and history of the area and makes for a lovely afternoon drive through stunning countryside.
We began in Mio, Michigan at the Stitches for You Quilt Shop where the owner Judy Utley, graciously provided a trail brochure and oriented us to the trail map. Her lovely shop offers Quilt Trail block patterns as well as fabric, machine quilting services and patterns. They designed the Variable Star block displayed on their building to celebrate the four seasons.
A short way down the road is the 100-year old Chamber of Commerce building whose quilt block is the logo used by the Oscoda County Art Council who are responsible for the creation of the Timberland Quilt Trail.
Nearby is Lydia’s Gate, a shelter for those in need. Their quilt block is located on an outbuilding of the neat white house that can accommodate 16 people.
Back on the main street of Mio we came to the Au Sable River Restaurant that displays the Fish Fry quilt block designed specifically for them to represent their Friday fish fry dinners.
The Au Sable Valley Market erected their Ohio Snowflake block, a traditional Amish pattern, on an outdoor fence. They sell locally made products, pampered beef & organic produce.
We had a great afternoon travelling one and two-lane roadways, some unpaved, through rolling country. I’ll continue with the last two quilt blocks we visited next time. They were both so unusual and in fascinating locations.
To 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!
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.
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.
My 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!
Since not all of us live near a quilt shop or belong to a quilt guild that offers quilting classes, why don’t you think about taking an on-line quilting class? All you need is a computer (you’re reading this, right?), fabric and some quiet time. The nice thing is you can take the class at your convenience – in the middle of the night in your pj’s or when the kids are down napping, while you’re eating chocolate chip cookies or having a glass of wine and no makeup is required! You can pause, reverse, fast forward … learn at your own speed. Two of my favorites are Quilt University that offers a plethora of classes to suit anyone’s interests and Craftsy that offers all types of textile and sewing classes as well as quilting lessons. Have fun!
If you lament your access to quilting classes, consider some quilters, textile and folk artists who live in even more remote areas than you do. They don’t have access to fabric stores or on-line classes so they develop their own style of textile art. In Costa Rica I was introduced to the beautiful art of mola, whose origin comes from the body painting of the Kuna indians, indigenous to Panama and Columbia. Molas are made using a reverse applique technique. Two to seven layers of different colored cloth is sewn together & the design is formed by cutting away parts of each layer. The stitches are almost invisible.
In Peru, the arpillera art quilt tradition began in the 1970’s when entire Andean communities migrated to the outskirts of Lima for safety. The needle artists transform left-over scraps from the garment industry into vibrant, 3D landscapes. Arpilleras use about 70 percent recycled fabrics. Beginning by designing & stitching a unique landscape, the artist then cuts colorful fabric scraps into animals, trees, flowers, houses, birds & people & hand stiches them to the background, finishing the piece with embroidery.
Also in Peru, the Quechean tradition of puchka (drop spindle) endures. Unwashed cotton, and the washed & carded fleeces of sheep, alpaca & llama are spun into yarn & thread. The yarns are dyed with leaves, flowers, roots & minerals to be made into shawls, blankets, rugs & tapestries for which Peru is famous.So if you find an on-line quilting lesson too tame and want to experience life on the wild side, there are folk art travel tours to Central and South America that take you into the jungle to take hands-on workshops in arpillera, mola and puchka. There’s also a fabulous quilt retreat in Costa Rica I would love to try. Maybe next time.
Mark Lipinski, one of America’s favorite quilting personalities is recovering from his kidney transplant. Last month his neighbor donated her kidney to Mark & they tracked their journey up to & including surgery in Mark’s usual zany fashion. You can follow his blog or Creative Mojo, his web radio show or you can sign up to follow him on his Facebook fan page where he teaches quilters to recognize design in everything they see. His new “I Can Fly” fabric line is bright & cheerful. I became one of his devoted “cupcakes” when I attended one of his classes. We laughed our way through learning about embellishing quilts, various looks using the same pattern but different fabrics and were entertained with his many tales of misadventure. Mark reports that he is recovering and getting stronger. Feel better soon.
I don’t know why it took me so long to discover The Quilt Life, a magazine for and about quilters and their lifestyles. I was searching for an update on Ricky Tims, one of my favorite quilting stars and discovered that he publishes this with Alex Anderson through the American Quilters Society. If you’ve ever enjoyed the Quilt Show on web TV, you’ll love their magazine. Ricky is an internationally reknown quilt teacher, author, artist, and entertainer. His Convergence and Rhapsody quilts are incredibly beautiful. You can learn his techniques through his various books available at Amazon. I attended one of his seminars several years ago and was amazed and entertained by this talented quilter. You can also follow Ricky on Facebook as he travels around the world teaching, designing, playing the piano and entertaining. It should be a lot of fun.
I’m forever looking for the perfect marking tools and have read good reviews from quilters about the Pilot FriXion Gel Pen that disappears with ironing. So I’ll order a few to try out and would like to hear what you think. Remember to try the pen on a sample before using it on your quilt.
Since I never have time to complete a bed-size quilt, I enjoy learning new techniques by making table runners for my 7-foot dining table that occasionally serves as a work table. I like a fairly narrow runner with a 6-inch drop at each end, then I make placemats to match for the diners on the longer sides. That way the runner serves as the placemats for those seated at the ends of the table. I found this Mod Log Table Runner pattern that looks easy and fun & I can make as many blocks as I need to extend the runner the full length of the table.
So many quilters love to travel, I thought you’d enjoy hearing about a woman who travels by horseback. She’s logged over 18,000 miles thoughout the American and Canadian west with her three mounts and her dog, Claire. Claire has earned the right to ride horseback in a basket now after walking several thousand miles on a few trips with Bernice Ende. Bernice is planning to “go for a ride”, about 1,000 miles in May and you can follow her travels on www.endeofthetrail.com. This former ballet instructor travels only with what she carries on her mounts, has no cell phone, GPS or computer. She pitches camp nightly and depends on the people she meets to help her follow the call of adventure. She warns that her blogs may be intermittent since she has to locate a computer whenever she enters civilization. A truly amazing woman!