Lakeland, FL

Display Gallery


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. 


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 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, Associate Editor of Fons & Porter: 

Thursday at 10:30; Friday at 1:00 and 4:30Saturday 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.


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.


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!

Quilts from Within

F+W Quilt Publication Staff Members
Quilts From Within is a collection of quilts made by staff members of F+W quilt publications. Some were made for publication, some were made to satisfy a creative urge. Whatever the reason for making, these inspirational quilts demonstrate the quiltmaking expertise and design talent of dedicated quilters who get to work with quilts every day!

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!



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.


Cut Flowers
Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild – Bee Artful Fiber Group
The floral industry uses the term “cut flowers” in many ways. Loosely translated, it describes the use of flowers with stems taken from an original plant and assembled into a vase for the purpose of display. The art bee of the Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild in Clarkesville, GA uses the term “cut flowers” to describe their most recent group project. Each participant made a mini-quilt of a vase of flowers (following certain guidelines), and then divided that mini-quilt into four quadrants. Then, in a blind drawing, each member picked three new quadrants to go with one of her own. Then they re-assembled and embellished their mini-quilts. See the final result at the Expo! 


The Best of QuiltCon 2017

Modern Quilt Guild
The Modern Quilt Guild presents the Best of QuiltCon 2017, a collection of modern quilts from QuiltCon, the guild’s annual, worldwide conference and show. This inspiring exhibit showcases the best work of modern quilters today. Graphic and hip, these quilts represent the pinnacle of craftsmanship and design in today’s modern quilting movement.


The MQG developed out of the thriving online community of modern quilters and their desire to start meeting in person. The founding guild was formed in Los Angeles in October of 2009. Through blogs and the Internet, word spread quickly of the fun they were having, and soon guilds started popping up everywhere. There are now more than 170 guilds around the world with members on six continents.

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