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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!

$25,000 in Prizes at Machine Quilters Expo – Kaffe Fassett in Wales

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

2013 Pacific Northwest Quilt Festival Portland, Oregon October 9-12, 2013

2013 Pacific Northwest Quilt Festival
Portland, Oregon
October 9-12, 2013

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

MQX Quilt Festival Manchester, New Hampshire April 9-12, 2014

MQX Quilt Festival
Manchester, New Hampshire
April 9-12, 2014

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!”

2013 Exhibition - Kaffe Fassett comes to Wales

2013 Exhibition – Kaffe Fassett comes to Wales

“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.

Traditional Welsh quilt

Traditional Welsh quilt

Who else but Fassett?

Who else but Fassett?

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 …

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Canberra, Australia –

Harrogate, England –

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Dunedin, Florida –

Frederick, Maryland –

Coopersville, Michigan –

Mackinaw, Michigan –

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Oakland, Oregon –

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania –

Bridgeport, Texas –

Tacoma, Washington –

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Finishing the Timberland Quilt Trail


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.  051Preparations 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. 054 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!festival

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!

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!


Barn Quilts and Michigan’s Timberland Quilt Trail

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.

Stitches for You

Stitches for You

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.

Oscoda County Art Council/Chamber of Commerce Building

Oscoda County Art Council/Chamber of Commerce Building

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.

Lydia's Gate

Lydia’s Gate

Au Sable River Restaurant

Au Sable River Restaurant

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.

Au Sable River Market

Au Sable River Market

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.

Quilters – Prepare to Lose Your Minds! Part II

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Continuing with African textiles and quilts …

Quilt Week 2014 sponsored by the American Quilters Society in Lancaster, PA March 12-15, 2014 will be offering $44,000 in cash prizes and will again be presenting The Tentmakers of Cairo who demonstrate their unique method of applique. AQS purchases quilts directly from the men in Cairo to bring back to the US for AQS QuiltWeek.  Each purchase by AQS ensures the men can continue their centuries-old applique artwork, while bringing a fresh supply of these masterpieces to the US.

These are a few of the most popular Tentmaker pieces from the 2013 AQS show.

The deadline for entering your quilt in this exciting show is November 18, 2013.

Amafu hand-dyed fabrics

Amafu hand-dyed fabrics

Amafu fabrics are South African fabrics available as hand-dyed screen prints in vibrant colors or subtle discharge prints in copper and silver.  These and many other gorgeous fabrics can be seen at the International Quilt Convention in Johannesburg, South Africa on September 6-8, 2013 sponsored by the South African Quilters GuildRicky Tims, one of America’s premier quilters and fabric designers, the musical cowboy quilter from Colorado will be giving classes.

South Africa

South Africa

The National Quilt Festival in Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa is also fast approaching – July 1 to 7, 2013 sponsored by the Oranje Quilters’ Guild.I found a fabulous blog that explains African fabrics, their history, their function and their manufacture.  If you’re interested, follow this link to “See how we Sew” – it’s terrific.  Check out the photos:

West African Wax cloth

West African Wax cloth

African mud cloth

African mud cloth

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

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