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PIQF 2016 Quilt Competition Results

Pacific International Quilt Festival
Santa Clara, California October 15-18, 2016

Celebrating 25 Years!
“Then & Now” Quilt Competition

The Yuko Watanabe BEST OF SHOW Award: #2073 No L by Janet Stone

J. Stone-No L-FULLThe BERNINA 1st Runner-Up Award: #1043 Reborn by Molly-Hamilton-McNally


First Place: #1086 Woven Journey by Claudia Pfeil

1086aSecond Place: #1037 At the Waterhole by Sheila Finzer

1037aThird Place: #1101 Really ‘Wild’ Flowers! Third Season by Sharon L Schlotzhauer1101a

Honorable Mentions (2):
#1095 Dream a Little Dream of Me by Pat Rollie

1095a#1014 High Voltage Birds by Susan Bianchi

1014aBest Sewing Machine Workmanship: #1021 Pink Bird by Judy Coates Perez

1021aBest Longarm Machine Workmanship: #1044 Admit One to the Sands of Time by Virginia Hammon & Coleen Barnhardt1045a

Best Hand Workmanship: # 1049 Proud Peacock by Antonia Hering

1049aBest Use of Color: #1105 Prairie Sunsets by Monika Scola

1105aBest Use of Embellishment: #1102 Skyrockets in Flight Over San Francisco by Linda Schmidt

1102aBest Pictorial Quilt: #1069 Best of the N.W. by Kathy McNeil
Best Interpretation of Theme: #1006 Building Soon by Thom Atkins


First Place: #2050 Barbara’s Circle by Beth Nufer & Clem Buzick

2050aSecond Place: #2071 Illuminations by Margaret Solomon Gunn

2071bThird Place: #2038 A Tisket A Tasket by Carole Lafferty

2038aHonorable Mentions (2):
#2044 The Kind of the Barnyard Meets the Big Apple by Joanne MacNevin

2044a#2033 Baltimore Album by Frankie Hey

2033aBest Sewing Machine Workmanship: #2082 Bouquet Blanc by Michiko Yonemaru

2082aBest Longarm Machine Workmanship: #2002 Elizabeth’s Butterflies by Cory Allender & Danna Bieth


Best Hand Workmanship: #2064 Charming Chintz by Linda Roy

2064aBest Use of Color: #2018 Bubbling Sunrise Inell Dunn and Brandy Rayburn

2018aBest Use of Embellishment: #2007 Cannelle et du Chocolat (Cinnamon & Chocolate) by Eileen Billey

2007aBest Pictorial Quilt: #2019 The Heart of America by Sharon Engel

2019aBest Interpretation of Theme: #2062 Mill Brook Crossing by Patricia Robertson


BEST WALL QUILT: #3003 Yuja by Linda Anderson

3003aSecond Place: #3038 When I’m 64 by Diane J Evans

3038aThird Place: #3108 Orbiting Ovals by Beth Schillig

3108aHonorable Mentions (2):
#3009 Orange You Glad I Got the Blues? by Mel Beach

3008a#3127 Forget Me Not by Gerrie Thompson3127a

Best Sewing Machine Workmanship: #3021 Why Knot? by Tanya Brown

3021aBest Hand Workmanship: #3050 Cosmos by Janeen Herchold

3050aBest Use of Color: #3076 Flourish by Sandra Mollon3077a

Best Interpretation of Theme: #3042 Cachagua Indians by Claudia Gano


Esterita Austin: #1096 My Montana Dreams by Laura Ruiz

1096aBobbie Bergquist: #2006 Island Blossoms by Linda Bergman

2006aEti David: #3018 Autumn’s Last Stand by Rosalinda Brainerd

3018aGloria Loughman: #1038 Not Forgotten by Janet Fogg

1038aMarjan Kluepfel: #3027 Bushwhack by Judy Coates Perez

3027aDixie McBride: #3013 Golden Days by Inger Blood & Katherine Martinelli

3013aJennie Rayment: #2049 October’s Bride by Maria Monson

2049aLaura Wasilowski: #1065 A Windy Day by Yoonjung Lim

#3003 Yuja by Linda Anderson


PIQF 2016 Wearable Art Competition Results

Pacific International Quilt Festival

Celebrating 25 Years!

Santa Clara, California October 15-18, 2015



BEST OF SHOW: #5006 Azulejos by Gilbert Muniz

5006a 5006b

BERNINA 1st Runner-Up Best of Show:
#6021 Organica by Harold Thomas

First Place:
#5002 Bouquet In Memoriam (One Yer Later) by Kathy Knapp5002a

Second Place:
#5004 Buttoned and Tied to the Past by Frances Krupka

5004aThird Place:
#5001 Ragtime Diva by Lila Rose Bradshaw

5001aBest Machine Craftmanship:
#5003 Boldly Batik by Eve Kovacs5003aBest Use of Embellishment:
#5005 Noshi Ribbons by Annette Mach

First Place:
#6007 Namaste by Kathy Knapp

6007aSecond Place:
#6003 Multi-pattern Jacket by Judy Dieter

6003aThird Place:
#6014 My Shoulder by Judy Mullen

Honorable Mention:
#6002 Aboriginal Lights by Donna M Brown6002a

Best Machine Craftmanship:
#6015 Rooster in my Roses by Beth North6015aBest Use of Embellishment:
#6017 Tea Time Fantasy Vest and Reticule by Marietta Price

6017aMost Innovative Design:
#6011 Claudetta was Arrested by Patricia A Montgomery

Dierdra McElroy:
#6021 Organica by Harold Thomas

6021aJennie Rayment:
#5006 Azulejos by Gilbert Muniz

#5005 Noshi Ribbons by Annette Mach


PIQF Competition

Call for entries! 

The online and postmark entry deadline for the Pacific International Quilt Festival‘s Quilt and Wearable Art Competitions is this coming Tuesday, August 30, 2016.

Quilt Competition Theme:
Then & Now: In 2016, PIQF is celebrating twenty-five years! Where were you then; where are you now?

To enter the PIQF Quilt Competition,
please click here.
PIQF15-2059aBodacious by Claudia C Myers

Please click here to enter the
Wearable Art Competition.
Exploring the Painted Desert
by Kathy Knapp

Pacific International Quilt Festival XXV
October 13-16, 2016
Santa Clara Convention Center
Santa Clara (Bay area), California

Celebrating 25 Years at the
Pinnacle of the Art of Quilting!


PIQF: Quilters Adventure Tour 2016

Generic_BusGroup-2A perennial favorite among Pacific International Quilt Festival show-goers is the annual Quilters Adventure Tour. Plans are now finalized for this always-popular event. Board the bus in front of the Santa Clara Convention Center at 8:30 am on Friday, October 14 and get ready for a day filled with amazing quilts!

The first stop on the adventure will be the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles where Nancy Bavor, the Museum’s Curator of Collections, will lead the Adventurers on a private tour of a special exhibit, The California Art Quilt Revolution: From the Summer of Love to the New Millennium. In the last decades of the 20th century, California quilt makers charted new territory in quilt making, leading the nation in creativity and innovation. During the 1970s and 1980s, California artists were among the first to embrace the quilt medium as their primary means of expression. More traditional quilt makers also expanded horizons, creating original designs based on traditional quilt patterns. This exhibition includes works by pioneers of the art quilt movement such as Jean Ray Laury, Yvonne Porcella, Joan Schulze and Therese May, who pushed the boundaries of what could be called a quilt, and highlights late 20th and 21st century artists working in the quilt medium.

Next, this fun adventure tour will take the highway north to Livermore and the In Between Stitches quilt shop where you will be treated to a lecture by the Material Girlfriends, aka twin sisters Lisa Nort and Lora Zmak. After the lecture, there will be time for lunch on your own and shopping in Old Town Livermore. After shopping and lunch, you will visit Alden Lane Nursery for an outdoor quilt show in their beautiful flower gardens.

Quilting in the Garden – Alden Lane Nursery

The final stop on the tour will be in Fremont for a visit to the studio of well-known quilter Gretchen Crozier. After sewing for more than 40 years, the quilting bug bit Gretchen in 1992. She stumbled into teaching a few years later. Her students encouraged me to enter PIQF in 2000, and she won a first place plus a photo of the quilt ended up on the cover of Quilters Newsletter. Gretchen told PIQF, “Paper piecing, applique, painting, …. I love them all.”

You’ll return to PIQF filled with new ideas and inspiration for future projects! The Quilters Adventure Tour is led by professional tour guide Barbara Lockwood. Included in the tour fee is transportation on a deluxe tour bus and Museum admission. Meals are not included.

The Pacific International Quilt Festival will be held October 13-16, 2016 in the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara/Bay Area, California. Click here for all the details!


Go West, Go Mod

First Annual National Modern Quilt Competition
Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs – Pacific International Quilt Festival

The Modern Quilt movement is making itself known across the globe and Mancuso Show Management is continuing to embrace Mod’s entry into the world of quilting. For 2016, Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs and Pacific International Quilt Festival are introducing a National Modern Quilt Competition – “Mid-Century Mod.”

Mid-Century Mod emphasizes the look and feel of mid-20th century design. Artists who enter the competition 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.

The online and postmark deadline for Modern Quilt Competition entries is August 30, 2016. Accepted Modern Quilt Competition entries must be available for display at Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs, October 6-8, 2016 AND at the Pacific International Quilt Festival, October 13-16, 2016.

4031aCompetition entries to this new juried and judged competition will vie for over $6,000 in prizes generously sponsored by Founding Sponsor Bernina/California Sewing & Vacuums; Major Annual Sponsor Brother / Meissner Sewing Center; Major Sponsors Baby Lock/Eddie’s Quilting Bee, Bernina/Ralph’s Sewing Center, Gammill, Inc/Meissner Sewing Center, Janome/Ray’s Sewing Machine Center; Silver Sponsors ABM International/Innova, HandiQuilter; Special Exhibit Sponsor Nolting Manufacturing and Special Vendor Sponsors Quilters Slidelock, Monica’s Quilt and Bead Creations, and SewBatik. Pictured: The Disintegration of the Persistence of Artichokes by Sylvia Schaefer:

Quiltfest Oasis will take place in the Palm Springs Convention Center October 6-8, 2016. The Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara/Bay area is the venue for the 25th annual Pacific International Quilt Festival, October 13-16, 2016.

The Disintegration of the Persistence of Artichokes by Sylvia Schaefer:

PIQF Instructor – Eti David from Israel

Saturday workshop opportunity: Circles, Circles presented by Eti David, a talented quilter who enjoys teaching those who love the craft as much as she does!

EtiDavidEti David who is traveling to the Pacific International Quilt Festival from Ramat Hasharon, Israel started working in patchwork and quilting 32 years ago when. In 2005, she went to the Quilt Surface Design Symposium in Ohio and became familiar with fusing. This technique changed her attitude towards quilting, and today, her quilts are mainly art quilts. Eti’s influences are daily life, nature and Israeli painters. She uses commercial fabrics as well as her own hand-dyed fabrics. She has taken part in many exhibitions in Israel, Europe and the USA and has had a solo exhibition in the Netherlands. Eti is also the Israeli coordinator for the World Quilt Competition.

Circles, CirclesEti really enjoys sharing her knowledge and skills with others and would like to teach you all about circles on Saturday, October 15. In her full-day Circles, Circles workshop students will learn about line and how to create a running path using curved lines. You will also learn Eti’s easy fusing technique as well as beautiful and easy quilting.

A past student of Eti’s wrote, “What patience she has! Such a confident teacher! I learned so much!”

You’ll want to sign up for this workshop today – you’ll learn about circles and more from this skilled instructor from Israel!




















Quiltfest Goes Mod!

It’s a Mod, Mod World! Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs and the Pacific International Quilt Festival are presenting a National Juried & Judged Modern Quilt Competition – Mid-Century Mod.

With over $6,000 in prizes, the competition is sure to draw entries from some of the best Modern Quilters in the country. Pictured below: Shelter by Ann Horton.


The entries will be judged and displayed at Quiltfest Oasis in Palm Springs, October 6-8. Then, the quilts will travel to the Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara/Bay area where they will be on exhibit from October 13-16.

Mid-Center Mod entrants will be asked to respond to the competition’s theme:

  • 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?

For entry information and details please visit the Modern Quilt Competiton on quiltfest.com.

The Mid-Century Mod competition is generously sponsored by Founding Sponsor BERNINA/California Sewing & Vacuums, Major Annual Sponsor Brother/Meissner Sewing Center, Major Sponsors Gammill/Meissner Sewing Center, Janome/Ray’s Sewing Machine Center, Baby Lock/Eddie’s Quilting Bee, BERNINA/Ralph’s Sewing Center; Silver Sponsors ABM/Innova and Handi Quilter; Special Exhibit Sponsor Nolting Longarm Quilting Machines; and Special Vendor Sponsors Sew Batik and Quilter’s Slidelock.

Calling All Aspiring Quilters

Have a friend that you’re trying to convert into a quilter? Beginners are encouraged to attend all Mancuso Show Management quilt Shows! There’s so much to learn & aspire to and plenty of people willing to help. Click here to find a show near you: www.quiltfest.com.

Speaking of aspiring to… get a look at The End of the Line? By Joanne Baeth, Best Wall Quilt at the 2014 Pacific International Quilt Festival.

Most Trending Quilt Competition

How would you like to win a $500 Quiltfest Bucks Shopping Spree to be spent in the fantastic Merchants Mall at World Quilt Florida AND have your quilt on display at the show? Enter Mancuso Show Management’s first ever Most Trending Quilt Competition for a chance to win! Anyone in the U.S. can win and entering is easy.MostTrendingQuilt

Visit Quiltfest – Mancuso Shows on Facebook. Then, comment on the Most Trending Quilt post with a photo of your quilt (1 quilt per person) and get all your friends to like it. Be sure to include all the details as described in the post.

The Most Trending Quilt must be available to hang in the World Quilt Florida show, January 7-9, 2016.

The Quilt with the most “likes” will be the winner! If you can’t make it to the show, you can always donate your Quiltfest Bucks to a friend who can attend!

World Quilt Florida
January 7-9, 2016 – Orlando, Florida

On Pins & Needles

“On Pins & Needles”
For the 2015 Pacific International Quilt Festival
Quilt & Wearable Art Competitions

While shopping the wide variety of vendors in the Merchants Mall and viewing the magnificent special exhibitions at the Pacific International Quilt Festival XXIV held October 15-18, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, quilt and textile enthusiasts won’t want to miss the exceptional international quilt and wearable art competitions.

Quilters from all over the world enter their finest works in the juried and judged competition, competing for more than $25,000 in awards and prizes that will be presented to the winners of the various categories. The competition includes both full-sized and wall quits. In addition, the full-sized quilts are divided into three design categories – Innovative, Traditional and Modern. 

This year’s entrants will respond to the theme On Pins & Needles. PIQF asks the artists to respond to, “How do you feel while designing and working on a new quilt? Are you on pins & needles as you wait to see what emerges from your stash of fabrics and threads?” For the Modern Quilt category, the theme will be Mid Century Mod. Entrants are asked to draw on the designs of the mid-20th century.

Left: PIQF ’14: Moons Over Bars by Susan Garrity