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Quilt Judging Seminar at PIQF

The Santa Clara Convention Center, in the San Francisco Bay area, JS201will house the most intriguing and culturally unique quilting art event in the world from October 12 to October 15 – the Pacific International Quilt Festival. This four-day event is packed with fun-filled activities and an extensive merchants mall. Also included are juried and judged competitions featuring hundreds of quilts and works of wearable art plus educational seminars and lectures. Included for 2017 is the NACQJ Two Day Introduction to Judging Seminar presented by NACQJ certified judge Pat Harrison on October 12-13.

 Whether you are a quilt maker or a quilt professional interested in perfecting skills and knowledge, or someone interested in becoming a quilt judge, this seminar – limited to just 12 students – is for you! You will learn about the judge’s role, design principles & elements, color, quilting design, and the judging of clothing in addition to participating in activities on evaluating design and workmanship. You will learn judging terminology and practice judging through hands-on judging exercises.

Pat will also teach a full day workshop on Saturday, October 14 – Easy Peasey Circles. In this class you will practice your design and color skills as you create a visual path of circles on your quilt top.

Pat Harrison who is a longarm quilter, lecture and workshoppresenter, quilt designer, and a quilt judge certified by the National Association of Certified Quilt Judges, will be traveling to Santa Clara from Rhode Island. She has been long arming since 1999; has won numerous regional, national, and international awards. Her articles, quilt designs, and quilting have also been published in books, magazines and been on television and published on a DVD.

Lecturing, teaching, and judging give Pat the opportunity to share her knowledge of all aspects of the quilt making process, from design through construction to the joy of a finished project. She strives to encourage quilters to succeed wherever they are on their journey as quilters. She especially enjoys encouraging quilters of all levels to try new techniques, color combinations, etc… It’s all fun, which is exactly what quilting should be!

Founding Sponsor BERNINA of America/California Sewing & Vacuums; Major Annual Sponsor Brother/Meissner Sewing Centers; Major Sponsors Baby Lock/Gammill/ Meissner Sewing Centers, Husqvarna Viking/U.S. Sewing, and Janome/Ray’s Sewing Machine Center; Silver Sponsors Handi Quilter and Innova; and Special Exhibit Sponsor Nolting Manufacturing generously support the Pacific International Quilt Festival.

PIQF Welcomes Stellar International Instructors!

PIQF prides itself on bringing talented and inspiring instructors to present workshops in Santa Clara. Creativity and expertise are always abundantly available from these wonderful teachers. This year’s Pacific International Quilt Festival at the Santa Clara Convention Center, October 12-15, has a spectacular faculty who will be offering a wide variety of workshops for beginner to advanced quilters and textile artists. Included for 2017 are well-known instructors and internationally admired quilters Libs Elliott and Angela Madden.

If you visit PIQF instructor Libs Elliott’s website, you will see the words TECHNOLOGY and TRADITION. Libs is a textile designer who combines technology with quilting. Using a program language called Processing allows her to create random compositions from simple geometric and traditional quilt block shapes. The Processing project began as collaboration with designer and technologist, Joshua Davis.

LIBS1_aLibs states, “My goal is to underline the importance of craft as art in our contemporary age by producing bespoke modern heirlooms – just like quilts from a century ago, these are pieces that can be passed down through generations.”

As a quilter, Libs explores how modern technology can transform a traditional and tactile craft into modern functional art. A deep appreciation for craftsmanship, design history and future-focused applications are all reflected in her work. Libs studied Material Art & Design at OCAD University. Her commissions include work for individuals and corporate clients such as Playground Inc. In addition, Libs teaches internationally. She is a designer for Andover Fabrics and lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

Libs will teach three, full-day (9 am – 4 pm) workshops at PIQF:

Embrace the Chaos: An Exercise in Controlled Randomness

Thursday, October 12

Using controlled elements in a random way, each participant will end up with a unique quilt pattern layout that will then be cut from fabric and pieced.

Dynamic Stripes
Friday, October 13
Explore visually dynamic striped piecing and create a stunning and dynamic striped creation.

The Weight of Love Quilt
Saturday, October 14
Spend the day making The Weight of Love your very own by customizing it with your selection of fabrics.

In addition, on Friday afternoon Libs will present her lecture, Quilting with Code: The Quilts of Libs Elliott. In her presentation, she will discuss her ongoing exploration of how technology can transform a traditional craft into modern, functional art. She will give attendees a peek into how she works, what inspires her designs and where she finds balance.

HeadshotEasy, fast, innovative machine techniques form the basis of 25 years of international teaching, judging, producing books, CDs, tools, patterns, and award winning quilts for Angela who lives about 25 miles north of London in Harpenden,Herts. Angela’s techniques are fun and successful for everyone with or without experience or artistic ability. There’s a designer original in everyone given the right technique!

The methods she has developed and shares in her workshops are guided by the following principles:

  • My techniques should be accessible to everyone, no special skills are required.
  • Projects can be completed on almost any sewing machine.
  • The techniques are the fastest and most efficient I can find which guarantee success.
  • Final results should stand scrutiny, reaching the highest possible standards.
  • I believe that anyone can learn to design and sew original quilts if they have a positive outlook and are taught simple methods.
  • There are no ‘brownie points’ in Heaven for doing things the hard way!

Angela’s quilting philosophy is “’If sewing isn’t successful and fun … why do it?”

While at PIQF, she will teach three, full-day (9 am – 4 pm) workshops:

Sew Easy Celtic 3 CompositeSew Easy Celtic
Thursday, October 12
Simply by drawing ‘doodles’ participants will create beautiful block, border and corner designs with so many surprising and hidden possibilities.

Decorative Edges
Friday, October 13
Explore lots of different ways of creating unusual borders suitable for all quilt styles.

Surprising Silhouettes
Saturday, October 14
Experience a great way to produce original appliqué designs using silhouettes which are easily adapted to any style of quilt.

Angela’s Thursday afternoon lecture is sure to strike a chord with many: Confessions of a 30 Year Quilting Addict. “My name is Angela Madden and I am definitely an addict. From unexpectedly being instantly smitten all those years ago to the present day I have happily fed my habit in every way possible. If there’s any chance you recognize the symptoms in yourself come and join me for a comprehensive look at the many wonderful temptations which have sustained me over the past 30+ years. Together, strengthened by this joint counselling session, we can actively fight a cure!”

Complete PIQF details are available on quiltfest.com.

Founding Sponsor BERNINA of America/California Sewing & Vacuums; Major Annual Sponsor Brother/Meissner Sewing Centers; Major Sponsors Baby Lock/Gammill/ Meissner Sewing Centers, Husqvarna Viking/U.S. Sewing, and Janome/Ray’s Sewing Machine Center; Silver Sponsors Handi Quilter and Innova; and Special Exhibit Sponsor Nolting Manufacturing generously support the Pacific International Quilt Festival.

Learn from One of Quilting’s Brightest Stars at World Quilt New England

World Quilt New England, August 17-19, 2017, at Manchester’s Radisson Center of New Hampshire, features an impressive instructor line-up offering a variety of workshops and lectures. This year’s faculty includes well-known instructor RaNae Merrill.

RaNae is an award-winning quilter, author and teacher. Her unique “spiral” quilts have appeared in national shows and magazines, and her books Simply Amazing Spiral Quilts, Magnificent Spiral Mandala Quilts and Sideways Spiral Quilts have already become quilting classics. She is a popular instructor and teaches around the world.

RaNae found her calling as a professional quilter after previous careers as a pianist, a photographer and a travel writer. She holds both Bachelor and Master degrees in Piano Performance from University of Southern California and UCLA respectively.

She began quilting in 1989 when she found a batch of nine-patch squares in a trunk that had belonged to that grandmother. She started making baby quilts, incorporating Grandma’s blocks into each one. When people began praising her designs and suggesting that she quilt professionally, she brushed off the idea as impractical. Then, she attended a quilt festival where she was astonished to discover that being a professional quilter could, indeed, be a rewarding career!

Today RaNae designs quilts and patterns, writes quilting books and teaches workshops in the USA and abroad — in both English and Spanish. She still loves to travel!

RaNae is teaching three, full-day (9am – 4pm) workshops at World Quilt New England:

Thursday, August 17
Free Motion Mastery in a Month: A Block a Day to Machine Quilting Success
This class will help you build machine-quilting skills and confidence with simple daily exercises, even when you can’t be at a sewing machine. RaNae’s 25 years as a piano teacher inspired this simple, effective system.



Friday, August 18
Spiral Rose
Learn to foundation-piece this Spiral Rose. Along the way, you’ll learn to select fabrics by color and value, and pick up techniques for easier-than-ever foundation piecing.




Saturday, August 19
Magic Mirror Mandala Quilt
Use a simple spiral variation on the Log Cabin block to make a Magic Mirror Mandala Quilt — in one day you’ll go from mystery to mastery!



Register for one, two or all three of RaNae’s workshop at World Quilt – you won’t be disappointed. As RaNae commented, “One of my students wrote to me at the end of a project and said ‘I never thought I could do anything like this. You’ve changed my life.’ Moments like that are when I get the greatest joy from quilting.”

For complete show details and to register online, please visit World Quilt New England.

World Quilt New England is generously sponsored by Nashua Sew & Vac/Pfaff/Husqvarna Viking, Olde City Quilts/Innova and Bits ‘n Pieces/Handi Quilter.


PIQF Announces 2017 Competitions

The Pacific International Quilt Festival
Announces the 2017
Quilt, Mod & Wearable Art Competitions

With over 800 quilts and works of wearable and textile art on display, it is no wonder that the Pacific International Quilt Festival, held October 12-15 in Santa Clara, California is As BIG, BOLD & BEAUTIFUL as ever. Included in the exhibits on display are the entries to the annual Quilt and Wearable Art Competitions as well as the newly added Modern Quilt Competition. These competitions highlight the talent and creativity of regional as well as national and international artists. As always, the entries to the competitions should not be missed!

1086aAs PIQF celebrates its twenty-sixth year, the 2017 Quilt Competition theme is Everyday – “Everyday is a quilting day! Everyday your creativity and skills grow. What do you see for your quilting in the ‘Everydays’ ahead?” Enjoy viewing the competition quilts while learning the artists’ answers to this question! Entrants to the quilt competition will compete for over $20,000 in awards and prizes. Pictured: Woven Journey by Claudia Pfeil, PIQF 2016 First Place-Innovative.

In addition and new for 2017, PIQF will also present the Mid-Century Mod Modern Quilt Competition. Entrants to this competition, who will compete for over $12,000 in awards and prizes, are asked to draw inspiration from the look and feel of mid-20th century design: “Mid-Century Mod emphasizes the look and feel of mid-20th century design. Artists are asked to draw inspiration from this period, reflecting their own exposures or from the work of artists such as Joan Miro, Piet Mondrian, Victor Vasarely, Frank Stella, etc. Where did you find the inspiration for your Mid-Century Mod quilt?”

5006aAlso on display will be accepted entries in the juried and judged Wearable Art Competition. Artists enter their most stunning ensembles and articles of clothing competing for awards and other prizes totaling over $4,700 in value. You will be dazzled by the intricate detail and elegance of these garments. Pictured: Azulejos by Gilbert Muniz, PIQF 2016 Wearable Art Best of Show.

Event attendees can even be part of the judging by voting for their favorite quilt and wearable art entry to win the prestigious Viewers Choice Awards!

Founding Sponsor BERNINA of America/California Sewing & Vacuums; Major Annual Sponsor Brother/Meissner Sewing Centers; Major Sponsors Baby Lock/Gammill/ Meissner Sewing Centers, Husqvarna Viking/U.S. Sewing, and Janome/Ray’s Sewing Machine Center; Silver Sponsors Handi Quilter and Innova; and Special Exhibit Sponsor Nolting Manufacturing generously support the Pacific International Quilt Festival.







World Quilt New England Shines with International Instructor

Christine Porter:
Quilt Teacher, Lecturer, Author, Quilt Judge

  The fifteenth annual World Quilt New England event, August 17-19, 2017, at Manchester’s Radisson Center of New Hampshire, offers a fantastic, panoramic view of the world’s take on quilting and the textile arts. The Festival’s World Quilt Competition, along with its special exhibits, provides a colorful vista of fabric and thread. In addition, the world-renowned faculty presenting workshops at the show can open the doors to a new world of quilting with their innovative designs and techniques.

ChrisPorter-AwardIncluded on the faculty for 2017 is Christine Porter. Taught to sew as a child by her grandmother and mother, it was not until 1989 that – on a sudden impulse – she visited the American Museum in Bath and discovered a wonderful collection of vintage American quilts. The quilts moved her so much that she gave up her career as a college lecturer in health studies to become a full-time quilter. (Pictured left, Christine with the Amy Emms Award for Services to British Quilting.)

Today, Christine is one of the foremost British quilters. Working in her Bristol studio, Chris creates wonderfully refreshing quilts that combine traditional shapes and clear colors with simple construction. The results are always fun, happy quilts. Chris’ quilts encourage the playful use of fabric.

The former editor of Britain’s Patchwork & Quilting magazine, Christine has authored six beautiful books including her most recent, Sensational Circle Quilts. On a lighter note, Chris combined her talents with Darra Williamson to create a new, light-hearted book, which is A Year in the Life of Sunbonnet Sue. Another book is currently in the making. She has also made four DVDs.

Because Christine is an excellent teacher, she is a very popular guest instructor, lecturer and quilt judge throughout Great Britain, the USA, Canada, Australia, Ireland, Norway, Dubai, Kuwait, New Zealand, Spain, Turkey and France, and on cruises for Quilt Seminars at Sea. In 2010, Christine was given the Amy Emms Award for Services to British Quilting You may learn more about Christine at www.christineporterquilts.com.

FlyingAroundinCirclesChristine will present two full day workshops at the New England event. On Thursday, August 17, students can enjoy Flying Around in Circles while making an exciting quilting using circles and squares to produce a stunning design. Friday will be Strippy Fans with a Twist! – the twist is the special wedge ruler that takes math out of the equation. The half-day Rainbow Color Wheel Fan workshop on Saturday is Christine’s class for those new to making a fan quilt; learn the technique while making a pretty wall hanging or larger quilt. Click here for workshop details and images. (Pictured left,  Flying Around in Circles workshop sample.)

Christine will wrap up her stay in Manchester by hosting a luncheon/lecture on Saturday, August 19. She will transport you to Venice, Rome, Spain and beyond with her presenting Floor Tiles Make Fabulous Quilts – Be Inspired! Lunch is included with this presentation.

Handi Quilters, Innova, Bits ‘n Pieces and Olde City Quilt generously sponsor World Quilt New England.

View and/or print the World Quilt New England brochure from quiltfest.com or to receive a brochure in the mail email mancuso@quiltfest.com.

World Quilt New England XV
Featuring the premier of the 2017 World Quilt Competition XXI
August 17-19, 2017
Radisson Center of New Hampshire
Manchester, NH