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Quilt Competitions with Cash Prizes – Shooting your Quilt – Summer Camp for Quilters


September 19-22, 2013Pennsylvania 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 9/3/13.1541

March 12-15, 20142014 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.

arrow rock roomYou 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.

vintcamclock300As 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!


Summer Quilt Shows for August – Here, There & Everywhere!

quiltshow1I can only give you a small taste of some of the fun quilt shows opening in August.  Hope you see something you’ll enjoy!  Safe travels …

Newcastle, Australia –

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Harrogate, England –

quiltshow4Long Beach, California –

Dunedin, Florida –

Frederick, Maryland –

Coopersville, Michigan –

Mackinaw, Michigan –

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Oakland, Oregon –

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania –

Bridgeport, Texas –

Tacoma, Washington –

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More June and July Quilt Shows for Travelers

quilt8If you are in Australia, Canada, Scotland, England or Chicago you may still be able to make it to these June shows:

african quilt2A few more July shows if you are traveling to Melbourne; Free State South Africa; Dublin; or Sisters, Oregon:


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!


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

Take a Quilting Class … Molas … Arpilleras … Puchka & an Iguana!


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 havingpjcomputer 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!


Molas – reverse applique technique

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.

Example of molas

Example of molas

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.

Arpilleras - left over scraps are used for 3-D landscapes

Arpilleras – left over scraps are used for 3-D landscapes


Puchka (drop spindle)

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.

Costa Rica - 3 foot Iquana outside our cabin

Costa Rica – 3 foot Iquana outside our cabin


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.  marklipinski-bannerYou 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 quilt_life_cover-lgsearching 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.

Rhapsody quilts

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.  mod log table runner

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  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!


Moda Bake Shop – On line “recipes” using Moda’s Pre-Cut Fabrics

The Moda Bake Shop is a division of Moda Fabrics that provides online recipesModa bake shop  which you can use with the wide range of Moda Pre-cuts. All sizes and types of  projects will be featured from various designers and shops. Tutorials for  various moda projects sheets will be illustrated with step by step pictures.  Some techniques and products will also be featured throughout, so check back  often for what is “baking” at Moda Fabrics.

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