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Artistic Innovation with “Fabulous Freestyle Fashion”

Artistic Innovation with “Fabulous Freestyle Fashion”
at the Pacific International Quilt Festival XXIV Fashion Show

The Pacific International Quilt Festival XXIV held at the Santa Clara Convention Center October 15-18, 2015, explores advances in techniques, cultural diversity and rise of artistic expression. What better way to express yourself than with a fabulous wardrobe! Not only is there a wonderful collection of garments in the wearable art competition displayed on the floor of the show, but on Friday, October 16 at 7:30 pm the catwalk will come alive with the ever popular PIQF Fashion Show. Karen D. Boutte organizes and moderates this year’s fashion showcase, “Fabulous Freestyle Fashion.” Let the “Quilt Diva” entertain you, and the unique and beautiful clothes inspire you.

Nothing short of spectacular, “Fabulous Freestyle Fashion” will introduce fresh looks at wearable art and is all about you! The show is for everyone who enjoys fun, funky and fashionable wearable art. The fashions are especially selected to ignite your creativity. The show’s exceptional garments, ranging from casual wear to runway haute couture, showcase both the creativity of fashion and inspiration. Attendees won’t be able to resist saying, “Fabulous!”

KarenBoutteQuilters from across the country don’t call Karen D. Boutte the “Quilt Diva” for nothing. Karen is a nationally known instructor, lecturer, author and designer. She started sewing as a child and quilting intrigued her since she saw a Cathedral Window quilt made by her Great Aunt Nora in 1989. Karen was in awe of the beautiful artwork and soon after joined a local quilt guild to find out more about quilting. By the time she retired from her first career in 1997, Karen had developed her skills and expertise in quilting so much that she taught workshops at her local guild. She eventually decided to become a full-time quilt instructor and began teaching at shops, guilds and quilting events. “There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a student having fun discovering their creativity with fabric and thread,” Karen stated.

Karen’s accomplishments include writing a book, Delightful Diva Designs, Wonderful Whimsical Wearables, and she and her work have been featured in several publications over the years.

“I love selecting fabric for a project. The color, texture and design possibilities are endless. Nothing makes my heart sing more than visiting a variety of quilt shops looking for just the right fabric for a new project. I love to collage various fabrics and create story quilts and garments. I use raw edged appliqué, thread painting, beading and lots of embellishments.”

Founding Sponsor BERNINA of America: California Sewing & Vacuums; Major Sponsors Brother: AAA Vacuum & Sewing, Baby Lock/Juki: Eddie’s Quilting Bee, Janome: Ray’s Sewing Machine Center, Meissner Sewing & Vacuum Centers: Gammill; Silver Sponsors ABM/Innova and Handi Quilter; Special Exhibit Sponsor Nolting Manufacturing and Special Vendor Competition Sponsor Sew Batik generously support the Pacific International Quilt Festival XXIV.

View and/or print the complete brochure from our website, www.quiltfest.com or to receive a brochure in the mail, email mancuso@quiltfest.com or write to PIQF – Dept P, PO Box 667, New Hope, PA 18938.

The 2015 Pacific International Quilt Festival XXIV

Nothing but Blue Skies, Bright Quilts & Big Shopping
at the 2015 Pacific International Quilt Festival XXIV

Find out why Mayor Jamie Matthews declared PIQF Quilt Week in the city of Santa Clara

 The twenty-fourth annual Pacific International Quilt Festival held October 15-18, 2015 will again provide quilting fanatics and avid needle crafters with a magnificent display of over 800 quilt, wearable and textile works of art. There are also workshops and lectures offered by a faculty of world-renowned instructors plus the PIQF Merchants Mall offers the best in fabrics, notions, machines, wearable art and everything for the quilter, textile artist and needlecraft enthusiast. Located at the Santa Clara Convention Center in the Greater San Francisco Bay area, this incredible quilt and textile art event is a great way to spend an extended weekend in sunny Santa Clara, California!

This year’s theme for the quilt competition, On Pins & Needles, asks the entrants, “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?”PIQF14_1109a

Visitors to the show will view a magnificent exhibition of the finest quilts created by talented artists from across the globe, competing for awards and prizes totaling more than $25,000. The fashionable entries in the Wearable Art Competition will also be on display. The best entries from among these works will win over $4,800 in awards and prizes. New this year to the quilt competition is a Modern Quilt category. Pictured: The Pink Lady by Russ Schmidt & Jan Hutchison

In addition to the competition entries, there will be Special Exhibitions of quilts and textile art from around the world. Among them are the international entries and selected U.S. prize winners from the 2015 World Quilt Competition XIX: On Tour as well as exhibits from across the USA, as well as Australia and England. Experience the magical combination of beautiful fabric and amazing talent all under one roof at the Pacific International Quilt Festival!

Not only does this incredible event feature astounding works of art, it also offers a wide array of workshops and lectures presented by a stellar line-up of national and international instructors teaching all levels of quilt, wearable and textile arts. The Festival’s 2015 faculty includes international instructors Gloria Loughman from Australia and England’s Jennie Rayment. Faculty from the U.S. include Allyson Allen (CA), Esterita Austin (NY), Susan Cleveland (MN), Karen Eckmeier (CT), Carole Lyles Shaw (FL), Dierdra McElroy (CA), RaNae Merrill (NY), Linda Schmidt (CA), Terry Waldron (CA), Laura Wasilowski (IL), Bobbie Bergquist (NH), Debora Konchinsky (PA), Ashley Nickels (CA), Virginia Walton (NM), Pat Yamin (NY), Bernina Educator Debbi Lashbrook plus PIQF’s certified appraiser Nancy Bavor.

Also offered at PIQF are a special Quilters Adventure Tour which visits the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, quilting studios in San Francisco and more. Also, a perennial favorite among show-goers is the PIQF Fashion Show, moderated by Karen Boutte, on Friday evening, October 16. Plus, Thursday evening is Quilt-O night – “the most fun you will ever have at a quilt show.” Sign up early for Quilt-O – it is always an early sell-out!

There’s so much to see and do at PIQF, it will take a long weekend in sunny Santa Clara to enjoy it all! Experience the magical combination of beautiful fabric and amazing quilting talent … all under one roof at the Pacific International Quilt Festival!

Founding Sponsor BERNINA of America: California Sewing & Vacuums; Major Sponsors Brother: AAA Vacuum & Sewing, Baby Lock/Juki: Eddie’s Quilting Bee, Janome: Ray’s Sewing Machine Center, Meissner Sewing & Vacuum Centers: Gammill; Silver Sponsors ABM/Innova and Handi Quilter; Special Exhibit Sponsor Nolting Manufacturing and Special Vendor Competition Sponsor Sew Batik generously support the Pacific International Quilt Festival XXIV.

View and/or print the complete brochure from our website, www.quiltfest.com or to receive a brochure in the mail, email mancuso@quiltfest.com or write to PIQF – Dept P, PO Box 667, New Hope, PA 18938.