Category: Quilt Shows

Help Spread This News – Jamie Wallen/Quilt Festival/Houston 2016

I had a post planned for today, but something more important came up.  I’m hopeful that you’ll read this post and and understand why I feel this is important and help to increase awareness by sharing with others.  If you are a blogger, you have my permission to copy anything from this post and share on your blog.  And for those that can share with quilting and sewing friends, I hope you will do so.

Jamie Wallen is an amazing quilter, artist and teacher, also known as Quilters Apothecary , from Indiana.  Jamie is scheduled to teach this week at Quilt Festival/Houston, as well as Vend.  He and his partner awoke Monday to discover his trailer full of quilts and supplies was stolen overnight from the Houston Extended Stay America hotel parking lot in the 2300 block of the Southwest Freeway service road.

For those on Facebook, here is a link to a video that shares Jamie’s perspective on this theft and what it means to him  https://www.facebook.com/jamie.wallen.165/videos/1179636702112600/

Here are photos of “some” of the projects that were in the trailer:

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And this is the license plate for this trailer:

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Various news reports in Houston have been reporting this story.  Here is a summary of their reports:

Jamie Wallen of Quilters Apothecary is in Houston for the International Quilt Festival.  His trailer full of $125,000 worth of quilts and supplies was stolen from the hotel where he was staying.

Wallen was set to teach at Quilt Festival, but the thieves got away with his teach supplies, as well as his inventory that he was going to sell at this venue, as well as many beautiful quilts that he was going to share with others to inspire them.  The stolen property conprises over a year of work.  Wallen was going to be setting up his booth on Tuesday (today) for a quilt show that begins on Wednesday.

 

The trailer is described as a white trailer by the company Universal Trailer. It has an Indiana license plate number of: TR388APP

If you have any information call the Houston Police Department’s Auto Theft Division at 713 308-3500.

You can find Jamie Wallen at:

http://www.jamiewallen.com/ https://www.facebook.com/jamie.wallen.165 https://www.youtube.com/user/jamiewallenchannel

Again, help is needed to increase awareness of this stolen trailer and items inside.  We need quilters who can help spot these products, should they see them, report them and the person in possession, as well as heighten awareness with non-quilters, in hopes that the thief will return the trailer and merchandise.  All they have to do is return it to the front parking lot of the Houston Extended Stay America hotel parking lot in the 2300 block of the Southwest Freeway service road, or a Houston Police Department parking lot.  No questions asked.

 A GO FUND ME page has also been setup for those that may wish to donate money to help Jamie Wallen.   As Ricky Tims shared “A hefty amount of $$$ that will equal and offset their lost Hoston Quilt Festival revenue and expenses would be beneficial”.  Here is a link to this Go Fund Me Page, where even small donations can help to make a difference: https://www.gofundme.com/jamie-wallen 

Personally, I hope a Donation Jar is setup in Jamie’s booth where ALL Quilt Festival attendees stop by and make a donation.  Even small donations ($1-5) can make a difference.  This guy has massive expenses, plus loss of selling his products at Festival, will certainly negatively impact his income for the future.  Help is needed to show support and help this quilter get back on his feet.

 

San Diego Quilt Show – Weekend Quilt Fun

san diego quilt showThe San Diego Quilt Show is going on this weekend and I want to share a sneak peek, with more to come soon.  If you have the opportunity to go, definitely go, this year, or in the future.  It is a small, but growing show, which continues to improve.  And this years a fantastic show, with something for everyone:  traditional quilts, art quilts, great classes, wonderful vendors and more.

Edyta Sitar, designer for Moda Fabrics, and founder/owner of Laundry Basket Quilts is the Guest Artist.   She is an amazing woman, very talented and very approachable, and she shared  an amazing display of her spectacular quilts (and fabrics).

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There are many fun themed quilts, including  pet/animal themes.  This beautiful quilt made by Wanda Pasek caught my attention.  The adorable fox quilt design is Jenni Baker’s design and published in the book “Fun-Size Quilts“, compiled by Karen Burns, published by Martingale.

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There are many quilts with inspirational free-motion quilting.  I also enjoyed watching people take time to admire the stitching on these quilts.  While many caught my attention, I wanted to share a sneak peek on a close up of a quilt made by Katie Greene.

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There is a great  Vendor Mall.  And   Pacific Rim Quilt Company even introduced a new pattern at the show (not yet available via their website, or any store, but will be soon).  Here is a sneak peek:

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I do hope you have a chance to visit the San Diego Quilt Show this year, or in the future. If you live far away, San Diego can be a great vacation place.  I met attendees of this event that had come from England, as well as Australia and they loved it!  But as I realize we can’t travel and visit every quilt show, I will be sharing more insights about this show in the very near future.

Lastly, I want to share that Craftsy has ALL of their classes on sale for $19.99, or less, including their new classes.  Treat yourself to a class this Fall, as your own personal back to school personal development plan.

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You can find the San Diego Quilt Show at:

http://www.sandiegoquiltshow.com/

A Sneak Peek on QuiltConWest 2016

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For those attending QuiltConWest, today I want to share insights to heighten your awareness of this upcoming event and encourage you to attend, if possible.  For those not able to attend QuiltConWest, I’ll be attending and sharing insights during the event with those that follow me on Instagram, Facebook, as well as Twitter.  Of course, blog followers will also get updates after I’ve attended this event (to be shared sometime next week). And, I’m hopeful to pick up some fun items to create a special QuiltConWest giveaway for followers.  For now, here are a special sneak peek:

Marcus Fabrics has created an excellent QuiltCon 2016 Magazine, packed with insights about their new Studio 37 fabric line. For attendees at QuiltConWest I want to encourage you to visit their booth to learn about these new fabrics, but to also take advantage of an wonderful opportunity to help make charity quilts.

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Marcus Fabrics will have mini-sewing stations setup where they will provide all the supplies, attendees can simply take time to stitch a block using new Studio 37 fabrics.  Later, the Studio 37 Fabric designers Victoria Findlay Wolfe and Sarah Maxwell, will turn these blocks into quilts to Support ALS Research.  Plus, everyone that completes a block gets a FREE fat quarter, plus the chance to win one of three Studio 37 Goodie Baskets!

To clarify, all the quilts made with these blocks will be donated to the Hope and Dreams Quilt Challenge, organized by Quilter’s Dream Batting.

 

You can find QuiltConWest at:

http://www.quiltconwest.com/
https://www.instagram.com/themqg/
https://www.facebook.com/quiltcon

You can find Marcus Fabrics at:

www.MarcusFabrics.com
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https://www.facebook.com/marcusbrotherstextiles

 

If you know of anyone attending QuiltConWest, I hope you will let them know about the special event in the Marcus Fabrics booth and encourage them to make a block, while at this show.   And, don’t forget I’ll be sharing insights about this show via instagram, twitter, facebook during the show, as time allows.  And, I’ll share more insights via a blog post asap.  

I hope you are having a great week and finding time to enjoy and create.

 

Road to California Quilt Conference and Show 2016 – Part 1 – Award Winning Quilts

12371054_10153351486268391_1582267970219763751_oCongratulations to the Road to California Quilt Conference and Show team, as well as to all the talented quilters that had their quilt or other project (e.g. doll, clothing, purse, etc) juried into this highly competitive and amazing show.

The 2016 show had well over 1000 quilts on display, 220 retailers (from 37 states, and 7 foreign countries) and over 35,000 attendees.  There were also the best of the best teachers, with 7 days of classes.  

From my perspective, while there are other quilt shows that may have more quilts, or more vendors, the combination of everything one wants from a quilt show (e.g. a variety of quilts, vendors, teachers), Road surpasses other shows in the amount of #CreativeGoodness, fun and overall value that it provides attendees.  If you have not yet attended Road, I hope you will be able to do so soon.  This is absolutely an amazing show.

 

While I’ll be sharing more insights about the 2016 show shortly, today I want to recognize highlights of some of the award winning quilts that caught my attention.  To clarify, all of the quilts on exhibit are winners as this is a highly competitive show to get an entry accepted.  And, with respect to those that do receive a ribbon, my camera does not do the quilts justice, forcing me to not show some winning quilts I’d like to share, not to mention that there there were over 80 quilts that received awards (and prize money).

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{above} Song of the Sea, by Kathy McNeil  won the Director’s Choice award.  Note:  The above photo was provided by Road to California, Inc.

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P1140340{above} Best of Show winner: “Silk Road Sampler” by Melissa Sobotkin of Richardson, Texas. Melissa’s prize is $10,000.

 

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{above} Imperial Majestry, by Donna James, was made with dupioni sil and Superior Threads So Fine and Kimono Silk Threads.  It is  a Winner of $750.00 for 2nd Place: Above Photo provided by Road to Ca.  Photo below taken by QuiltShopGal.

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{above} This vibrant quilt by Norma J. Ippolito, won in the category of  “Traditional, Large, Other”.

 Note: While personally I’m thrilled with this award wining quilt, I was disappointed to not see this quilt give recognition to Sarah Vedeler, who created this”Sedona Star” design, as well as lack of recognition for this quilt incorporating the technique of “Machine Embroidery”.

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{above} This stunning quilt by Dr. Sandra L Nehlsen-Cannarella, won lst place for the category – Innovative, Wall, Applique.

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{above} This absolutely inspirational quilt made by Mrs. Kumiko Frydl (Houston, Texas) won a 1st place award in the Miniature category.

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P1140313{above} Margaret Solomon Gunn won 1st Place for this gorgeous quilt, in the category of  Traditional, Wall, Pieced

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{above} Margaret Solomon Gunn won 3rd Place for this amazing quilt, in the category of  Traditional, Wall, Other.

 

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I hope you have enjoyed these amazing award winning quilts, as much as I have.  They incorporate a variety of techniques and push the envelope of #CreativeGoodness.  As mentioned earlier, I’ll soon be sharing insights on other quilts, Vendors, special exhibits and more, from the 2016 Road to California Quilt Show. And, I even have a special sponsored giveaway that I’ll be sharing soon.

To see all of the winners: 

http://www.road2ca.net/ROAD2016/road/Showcase%20Winners.htm

Mark your Calendars for the 2017 show:
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2000 E. Convention Center Way
Ontario, CA 91764

January 19th – 22nd 2017

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You can find Road to CA at:

http://www.road2ca.com/
https://www.facebook.com/road2ca
https://twitter.com/Road2CA
http://www.road2cablog.com/

Here is a list of other posts about the Road to California Quilt Conference and Show:

#CreativeGoodness at Road to California 2015 – Stitch Like an Egyptian

When I attend a Quilt Show, I typically have a number of purposes:

-Attend Classes, workshops, presentations
-Shop a variety of Vendors for new products, or items that I typically can’t find in my favorite quilt shops
-find inspiration in the quilts on exhibit
– admire the winning quilts
– enjoy special exhibits
– admire quilts from teachers and designers, that I may later want to take classes from, or buy their books/patterns.
– get inspired by quilts with spectacular free-motion quilting
– See how Modern Quilts are evolving
– Look for Stunning applique
– Get inspired by Mixed Media Art Quilts
– look for humorous quilts that quack me up

Today I want to share insights with you about a special exhibit at Road, called “Stitch Like an Egyptian”. To start, I want to share a video by Kim Beamish, that is part of a series “How to Stitch Like an Egyptian”, which has several videos in this series available on Youtube, all worth watching!


If you are using a MAC, or having problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link where you can watch this video directly in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEJ7NOgT9kI.  And there are a number of other excellent videos on YouTube, by Kim Beamish, for “How to Stitch Like an Egyptian”.

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This amazing exhibit had a stunning display of beautiful Egyptian quilts and there were also two talented Egyptian quilters, making quilts and answering questions at this exhibit.

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The beautiful applique is actually stitched on a heavy cotton, of a muslin weight.  When I asked the experts, they shared that they liked the weight for being able to display the art.  While this heavy weight background fabric is not common in the US, I certainly could see how it added beauty to these quilts and help to stabilize them for display on a wall.
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All of the quilts in this exhibit were also for sale, and I thought the prices were very reasonable.  Any lucky buyer will certainly have an artistic treasure to enjoy. The details, color and quality of these artistic quilts were amazing.  My photos do not do them justice.

I hope you have been able to see one of the exhibits with quilts from Egypt. But if not, I hope you will get a chance to see them soon.  It is truly an inspirational exhibit.

The Tentmakers of Cairo:

http://www.tentmakersofcairo.com/
https://www.facebook.com/thetentmakersofcairo
https://twitter.com/tentmakerscairo
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjd4u0UoD69WNKUxKlxCYYQ

You can find Road to California at:

http://www.road2ca.com/
http://www.road2cablog.com/
https://www.facebook.com/road2ca
https://twitter.com/Road2CA

New Hoffman California Fabrics, Heart & Soul Sisters by Jamie Fingal and Insights on Quilt Festival

Who doesn’t find inspiration with new fabrics and designs?  Even more fun when you get to create a fun project with them.  As such, SewCalGal enjoys learning about new items showcased at Fall Quilt Market and/or Quilt Festival.  And, today, I’m delighted to share insights on new fabrics from Hoffman California Fabrics, with an emphasis on the new Heart & Soul Sisters line, by Jamie Fingal.  I also have insights to share about one of Jamie’s classes at Festival.  I hope you are also inspired too!

If you have problems viewing the above catalog embedded in this post, click this link to view it directly: 
 http://issuu.com/hoffmanfab/docs/fqm14_lr?e=0/9986772

Hoffman is always introducing beautiful new fabrics that are perfect for quilting, mixed-media artists, as well as sewing and embroidery enthusiasts.  The newest line by Jamie Fingal, is a whimsical and colorful line called Heart and Soul Sisters.

Jamie Fingal is a mixed media artist, teacher, and curator who became a Hoffman fabric designer in 2013.  She is a “Rebel Quilter who creates great fun in everything she does.

She is also the Founder of the House Quilt Project to assist Furnishing Hope, who works with designers to create interior rooms and entire houses to help those in need. Jamie works with individual quilters to coordinate the making of patriotic house quilts for the walls of rooms for individuals wounded in service to our country.  Volunteers are always welcome.

One of Jamie’s classes at Quilt Festival, was Coffee on the House!  Beth of Sierra Stars Quilting Vacations was one of the students in this class and she kindly provided photos for me to share with you today.  And she also shared:


“When you’re with the Rebel Quilter (Jamie) everything is about fun and creativity without any rules.  Coffee On The House class was a perfect ending to my visit to IQF Houston. ”

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Hoffman recently released an article on their blog about Heart & Soul Sisters, a new line of fabric designed by Jamie Fingal, with fun insights on this fabric and free tutorial to use it to make mini-quilt wallhangings that could also be great kid friend projects, or even fun family projects.
The fabric line comes in two colorways:  Rainbow and Daisy.
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Jamie also has a free tutorial at We All Sew to make a cute whimsical house art wall quilt.

You can find Jamie Fingal at:

http://www.jamiefingaldesigns.com/
https://www.facebook.com/jamie.styll.fingal
http://dinnerateightartists.blogspot.com/
https://plus.google.com/118217541608991391121/posts
http://theprayerflagproject.blogspot.com/

You can find Hoffman at:

http://www.hoffmanfabrics.com/
https://www.facebook.com/HoffmanCaliforniaFabrics
https://twitter.com/HoffmanFabrics

You can find Beth of Sierra Stars Quilting Vacation at:

http://www.sierrastarsquilting.com/
https://www.facebook.com/SierraStarsQuiltingVacation?ref=br_tf

Year of Red and White Quilt Challenges – Show It! Red/White Quilts Made with Purchased or Free Designs – a Virtual Quilt Show

Welcome to the last event in the Year of Red and White Quilt Challenges, a virtual show of red/white quilts made in 2014 using either purchased or free patterns.  

Voting for your favorite entry in “this” Made with Purchased/Free Designs will begin on on the 20th and be open thru the  26th, when winners will be announced.   Simply bookmark this post and you’ll be able to use the linky tool to vote for your favorite during that window and leave a comment on this post after you’ve voted, to get an extra entry to win prizes.

You can also vote  for your favorite quilt in the “You Made It/You Designed It” show where voting is opened on the 14th and runs through the 24th of October. When you vote for your favorite entry, using the linky tool to vote, and leave a comment on the respective show post that you voted, you get entered to win a prize!


Part 2 – Show It  –  Made with Purchased/Free Designs

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This is a virtual quilt show for those that may have purchased a pattern or book, or used a free pattern, to make their red and white quilt in 2014.  Both Bloggers and non-bloggers will be able to share their red and white quilt projects that they’ve made in 2014, to also enter to win prizes in this challenge.


Challenge Timeline:  October 13th – 20th

Voting Timeline for this particular event:  October 21st – 26th
Please be sure to read the rules below, before adding a link to the linky party for this show:


Rules to enter are pretty simple:
1) Your quilt must have been made in 2014 using a free or purchased pattern.  It needs to have a red/white theme to it of any size and style (e.g. pieced, applique, machine embroidery, etc.).
2)  You can still enter this show even if you shared in the Make It! Challeng!  or other events.  Consider it an extra entry to win prizes, but this show is intended to show off those that used “free or purchased patterns” to make their quilts.
3) The intent is to have quilts finished to be in this show, but if your project is large and just has the top finished, that is fine too.  But please don’t go rush to make a top of a mug rug and enter that this week. On the other hand, if you haven’t yet made a red/white quilt this year there is still plenty of time to make one and enter it in this show.
4) Bloggers must have a post dated during the show (Oct 13th – Oct 20th) and are encouraged to reflect a link to this post, but that is not a requirement, I hope you will encourage your followers to come enjoy all of the entries too!
5)  Non-bloggers can upload to flickr and add a link directly to their photo entry (not a link to a group of photos), but your photo must be viewable to everyone.  Please refer to FAQ if you are not sure how to do this.
6)  Please recognize the source of your purchased or free pattern (e.g. who was the designer, name of the pattern or book, or source of the free pattern) if you know.  Consider including a link, when you can.  This info is intended to help those that may be inspired by your entry and want to make a similar project, as well as to help provide recognition for the respective designer.

As always, if you have questions you can <. email address copy

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Year of Red and White Quilt Challenges – Show It! You Made It! You Designed It!

Welcome to the virtual show for Red and White Quilts made in 2014 for those that made their quilt this year using their own design. Everyone is welcome to participate.   Voting for viewers choice begins on the 8th of October.  UPDATE as of 10/8: Voting will be opened on the 14th and run thru the 24th of October.    Hover your mouse on top of the image in the linky that you want to vote for and you will see a heart.  Click that heart to cast your vote for your favorite entry.  And then leave a comment on this blog post, letting me know you voted, to get an extra entry to win prizes in the Year of Red/White Quilt Challenges.

When you vote for your favorite entry, using the linky tool to vote, and leave a comment on the respective show post that you voted, you get entered to win a prize!

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What, you haven’t made a red/white quilt this year?  Don’t worry….technically there is still time for you to make a red/white quilt and enter.  Depending on how fast you are, consider a mug rug, table topper, wall hanging or other small quilt.  We’d love to have you participate and everyone needs their own red/white quilt.  Just remember this particular show is for those that designed their own red/white quilt made in 2014.  On the 13th, a show will be opened for those that made a red/white quilt using a purchased or free pattern.  Lastly, even if you shared your quilt in the Design It or Make It Challenge, you are encouraged to participate in these shows as they are final events in the Year of Red and White Quilt Challenges, where you can get extra entries, before prizes are randomly awarded to participants in the Year of Red and White Quilt Challenges.


This is a virtual quilt show for those that designed and made their red and white quilt in 2014.  Both Bloggers and non-bloggers will be able to share their red and white quilt projects that they’ve made in 2014, to also enter to win prizes in this challenge.


Challenge Timeline:  October lst – 10th  Note, as SewCalGal was late releasing this show, the deadline to enter will be extended thru the 13th of October. UPDATE as of 10/8: Voting will be opened on the 14th and run thru the 24th of October.    Hover your mouse on top of the image in the linky that you want to vote for and you will see a heart.  Click that heart to cast your vote for your favorite entry.  And then leave a comment on this blog post, letting me know you voted, to get an extra entry to win prizes in the Year of Red/White Quilt Challenges.


Please be sure to read the rules below, before adding a link to the linky party for this show:

Rules to enter are pretty simple:
1) Your quilt must have been made in 2014 using your own design.  It needs to have a red/white theme to it of any size and style (e.g. pieced, applique, machine embroidery, etc.).
2)  You can still enter this show even if you shared in the Make It! Challenge, as well as the Design It! Challenge, and even if you did not enter those challenges.  Consider it an extra entry to win prizes, but this show is intended to show off those that “designed” their quilts.
3) The intent is to have quilts finished to be in this show, but if your project is large and just has the top finished, that is fine too.  But please don’t go rush to make a top of a mug rug and enter that this week. On the other hand, if you haven’t yet made a red/white quilt this year there is still plenty of time to make one and enter it in this show.
4) Bloggers must have a post dated during the show (Oct lst – Oct 13) and are encouraged to reflect a link to this post and while not a requirement, I hope you will encourage your followers to come enjoy all of the entries too!
5)  Non-bloggers can upload to flickr and add a link directly to their photo entry (not a link to a group of photos), but your photo must be viewable to everyone.  Please refer to FAQ if you are not sure how to do this.

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Quilt Trunk Shows and Traveling Quilt Exhibits

There are a variety of types of Trunk Shows and Traveling Quilt Exhibits, yet they all create fun and inspiration for Quilters.  Today, I want to talk about these shows and how they can not only provide fun for quilters, but how they can help Quilt Shops, and in some cases Quilt Guilds and Quilt Shows.  I’d also enjoy hearing your thoughts on this topic, by way of a comment.  But I’m also hoping that you’ll help increase awareness of these opportunities by sharing with your favorite Quilt Shop, and if appropriate, your Quilt Guild or contacts for your local Quilt Show.

To start, as well as for inspiration, I want to share a little video I created after attending an inspirational Trunk Show at Cozy Quilt Shop recently.  While this trunk show focused on their Strip Club designs, not all of their designs in this collection were shared.  And, a few quilts made from designs in other categories (e.g. Fat Quarters, Sew Chicks, etc.) made it into this Trunk Show.   All of the quilts were beautiful and I hope you find it as inspirational as I did.


If you are on a MAC, or having problems viewing this embedded video click this link to watch it directly in YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5HZobdphcQ&list=UUIAc2hHLF2xVriqYhTOx_QQ

Trunk Shows are typically comprised of quilts to promote designs available in books or patterns, from various Authors and Designers.  Some are used when they travel to teach and give a presentation at a Quilt Guild, or Quilt Shop, whereas others travel for display purposes, typically at Quilt Stores, but sometimes at Quilt Shows, or Quilt Museums.  Obviously, when the Author or Designer travels with their Trunk Show the expense is greater than when the Trunk Show travels alone.  Plus, in the case of a Quilt Shop, scheduling a Trunk Show can often mean that they can display the quilts in the shop longer and typically increase their sales of the respective books and/or patterns, as they help to draw customers into the store!

Some Trunk Shows may require a minimum wholesale purchase, or a fee to display.  Most require the store to cover postage to the next store that will be displaying the Trunk Show, whereas some require the store to pay for postage to/from the source.

Not all Authors or Designers have information on their websites which would increase awareness that they have quilts that are available to travel as a trunk show, without paying the traveling expense of the individual.  But, if you ask, there is a good chance that your favorite designer has a trunk show they could send on request, so it is worth asking.  Of course, SewCalGal would love to see a site that would help promote authors and designers by allowing them to list that they offer trunk shows, as well as a way for promoting which stores are hosting trunk shows.

For quilters, if you have a favorite Author or Designer you can help them with PR by letting your local quilt shop know you’d like to have a trunk show displayed, as well as their books and/or patterns made available for purchase.

There are also Authors, Designers, Fabric Manufacturers, and even some Quilt Museums that  have exhibits that can travel to not only stores, but Quilt Guilds. While Quilt Guilds may prefer to have a speaker with a trunk show, many guilds can’t afford it and may opt to display a trunk show and having a member share insights about the designer/author.  And, some guilds are quite successful by doing this combined with asking members that have made quilts using these designs, to also bring and share at such a meeting.

Here are some insights on Trunk Shows and Traveling Exhibits that you may want to see.  If so, definitely let your local quilt shop know you are interested.

Martingale rotates trunk shows as new books are released.  They currently have thirteen Quilt Trunk shows that are touring Quilt Stores, as well as four knit/crochet shows.  New Trunk Shows will be added in 2015 for the following new books:

Martingale also maintains an Author List, which you can sort by State and Author, for Authors that could be approached for presentation, workshops with their respective trunkshows.

Sources for other Quilt Trunk and Traveling Quilt Exhibits are:

Do you like to see Traveling Trunk Shows in your Quilt Shops?  Traveling Quilt Exhibits at Quilt Shows?  Are you aware of others that you want to recommend?  Are you willing to tell your local quilt shop that you’d like them to schedule one, or more, of the above Trunk Shows?

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Call For Quilts: Farm to Fabric Challenge

At the IQF Houston  this fall there will be a special quilt exhibit where all the quilts will be made from fabric grown and made  in the United States.  And a Farm To Fabric Challenge has been launched to get quilters to make quilts with fabrics grown and made in the United States, where you can also enter your project for this upcoming juried exhibit.

This special exhibit of quilts will be made exclusively from a new brand of fabrics from Clothworks, called American Made  Cotton Solids.   And this exhibit will premiere at International Quilt Market and Festival, October 25-November 2, 2014.

These solids are beautiful and vibrant perfect for Modern Quilters, but with such a large selection of colors, they will certainly appeal to all styles of quilting.  The design possibilities are endless.  Needless to say, SewCalGal is very excited about this new line of fabric, this challenge and for this special quilt exhibit in Houston this Fall.  Of course, I’d even be more excited to see your quilt on exhibit!

With 50 colors to select from, what colors would you like to create a project with?

I’m certainly in the mood for a Springtime quilt with purples, blues, greens.  But a Patriotic quilt with red, white and blue would be fun too.  Or maybe a quilt made with American Made Cotton Solids in red and white to enter in the Make It! Challenge of the Year of Red/White Challenges?  Or incorporating reds and greens for a gift for  A Handmade Christmas Challenge?  Clearly, what ever you create with these new fabrics will be lovely.


There is plenty of time to make a project for the Farm to Fabric Challenge.   The entry period is June 15th – August 15th, 2014.  
 Click here to enter this challenge, or get more info. 

Let’s help to make American Made Cotton Solids a solid American business, by making handmade projects with it.  

If you don’t find it in your local quilt shops or favorite online shops, let them know you’d like them to carry it.  You can also find the American Made Brand online at Fat Quarter Shop and Fabrics N Quilts.   SewCalGal was surprised to find the price so reasonable, especially given these are fabrics made in the USA.  What a deal!


It is important to buy locally grown and manufactured products.  Be proud! 


You can find American Made Brand at:

http://americanmadebrand.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/American-Made-Brand/688789501163939

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