Stroll through aisles of quilts, including contemporary, traditional, art and modern works by artists from across the country. Join guided quilt walks through selected galleries, hosted by quilting personalities whose work is featured in the collections.
Judged Quilt Show
Feast your eyes on more than 350 stunning quilts brimming with artistry and creativity, competing for awards from accredited judges Frieda Anderson, Lisa Erlandson and Peggy DeLaVergne. All quilts have been entered by the talented members of six area quilt guilds, including: Bear Creek Quilt Guild, Fort Worth Modern Quilt Guild, Fort Worth Quilt Guild, Irving Quilt Guild, Quilters' Guild of Arlington and Trinity Valley Quilters' Guild.
Quilt Remix: Vintage Pattern, Modern Twist
Sometimes you find a quilt you want to make exactly like the pattern, using the same colors the original quilt's designer used, the exact layout, and even the same fabric collections. Other times, there's something about a quilt's pattern that you love, but you'd like to make it your own.
Quilt Remix, which began airing online at QNNtv.com this January, focuses on the many different ways you can make a quilt truly your own. Vastly different versions, created with the vintage pattern as the starting point, morph into quilts that are quite unexpected and wonderful. Kelly Bowser, host of the series, was presented with a dozen different vintage or traditional quilts. Her goal: remake each in her own modern aesthetic. See a collection of the quilts – the traditional or vintage, along with her new versions on display in the Expo Gallery. Sometimes she retained much of the original block or setting; other times she took it far off the pattern, creating quilts that are truly, uniquely, her own.
Go on a Quilt Walk with Diane Tomlinson | Thursday at 12:00 & Saturday at 11:00
Quilters Quilt the Blues 2016 Quilt Challenge
Presented by McCall’s Quilting, Quiltmaker, Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting, Quilting Arts, and Modern Patchwork magazines
What if you were asked to demonstrate your creativity by designing an original quilt using a bundle of pre-selected fabrics (with lots and lots of blue fabrics), adding only three pieces of your own? See a collection of winning quilts by makers who took up the challenge and entered their quilts for a chance at some fabulous prizes. The 12 finalists’ quilts will also go on tour with Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in 2017. Visit them when you come to the Expo – it’s a great chance to think about what you might do with a similar opportunity to limit your pallet and use what you have in your stash. quiltersnewsletter.com/contests/QuilttheBlues
Two by Twenty
Exhibit sponsored by Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc
Two by Twenty is two exhibits in one. The first is a pairing of two art quilts by the same artist. Some are variations on a theme. With the same technique and subject matter, the artists explore subtle variations in line, color or texture to fully understand the material. Some pairs have a narrative element between them. The time of day has changed, or the viewpoint has shifted. These little differences invite the viewer to engage with the work in a kind of “first — then,” or “spot the differences” game. The second exhibit is the variety overall amongst all the artists. The pieces as a whole demonstrate the wide range of approaches in the quilt art genre. From bold and graphic to subtle explorations of texture and nuance, there is plenty to explore in this collection. saqa.com
Mountain Mist Historical Quilts
14 Mid-Century Quilts Made New
Based on the book by Linda Pumphrey, this beautifully curated collection showcases 14 designs from the celebrated Mountain Mist Series. The unique marketing campaign, which offered a free quilt pattern with every Mountain Mist batting purchase, inspired generations of quilters throughout the twentieth century. Linda recreated her favorite patterns—from art deco-inspired designs to intricate appliques and traditional blocks—with current fabrics and techniques. The result: timeless designs that are as stunning today as when they were first introduced in the 1930s and 1940s. This display will inspire you to make classic quilts with contemporary style you’ll enjoy for years to come! mccallsquilting.com/blogs
Curated by Mary Kerr
Join in the magic of hexagons as Mary Kerr shares yet another way to enjoy this time honored, ever popular pattern. Recycled Hexies presents a fresh and exciting way to repurpose, reuse and recycle those hexie fragments from yesteryear. Hundreds of hexagon patterns were published and thousands of quilts were started yet many of these textiles were never finished. Still others were damaged from overuse and neglect. Watch as these neglected textiles are transformed into contemporary quilts to be used, treasured and enjoyed. marywkerr.com
Curated by Mary Kerr
Old Glory was born when red white and blue vintage quilt tops were finished by long arm quilters who share a military connection. The quilters received the top, backing and the instructions, “quilt as desired”. They donated their time and talent. We chose to work with “forgotten” tops - the ones that were damaged, unfinished, ill made or unremarkable. These tops were not destined to be completed, enjoyed or treasured. What we now share is pure magic!
The exhibit was created to promote the Quilts of Valor program. We choose to focus on our patriotic heritage and further serve the military family that we have been fortunate to be a part of. These quilts will debut at the 2017 Quilts of Valor show and then travel as a collection for 18-24 months. When they are done traveling the quilts will be auctioned to raise funds for Quilts of Valor.
Lemoynes and Lemons
Tampa Modern Quilt Guild
The Tampa Modern Quilt Guild enjoys the traditions of quilting with a modern flair. As a challenge, the Tampa MQG decided to take the Lemoyne Star and interpret in a new, modern feel. Each member is able to interpret the eight point star in their own way, for each member’s skill and technique to shine. The group also created a quilt to donate to the local Project Linus chapter.
Studio 180 Quilts
Enjoy a look at some of the works created by Deb Tucker from Studio 180 Design. When asked, Deb describes herself as a "machine piecing efficiency expert". She has focused on piecework throughout her 35 plus years of quilting. In doing so she has not only mastered sewing techniques but developed tools and construction processes to help others be successful with their quilt making as well. All of the quilts in the collection were made with her patented tools and techniques. The underlying theory behind what Deb teaches is to build the basic units slightly oversized and then trim each to high precision shapes that will ultimately lead to more successful blocks and quilts - increased success, decreased stress! It's a proven concept that works for every level of quilter from rookie to expert.
So get up close, see the results and pick out a possible future quilt project for yourself. All the patterns and tools are available at The Book Nook booth at the Expo.
Black & White Plus One Challenge
Quilt Expo from Wisconsin Public Television with Nancy Zieman
View an impressive exhibit of quilts that feature black, white and one additional color. See how quilters put their own unique spins on this year’s brand-new Quilt Expo Quilt Challenge, creating remarkable works of art using only three colors. Don’t miss your chance to be the first to view these one-of-a-kind quilts that represent the spirit of Quilt Expo! quiltexpo.com/quiltcontest