“EVERYDAY” IS A QUILTING DAY
PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL QUILT FESTIVAL
SANTA CLARA CONVENTION CENTER
OCTOBER 12 – 15, 2017
The Pacific International Quilt Festival returns to Santa Clara, CA October 12-15, 2017 with a spectacular collection of over 800 quilts and works of wearable and textile art. This highly anticipated quilt show, the largest on the west coast, is held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in the greater San Francisco Bay area.
As the Pacific International Quilt Festival celebrates 26 years, the 2017 Quilt Competition theme, Everyday, asks textile artists how Everday is a quilting day and what they see in their Everydays ahead. Entrants to the quilt competition will compete for over $20,000 in awards and prizes. Pictured: Reborn by Molly Hamilton-McNally, Winner of The BERNINA First Runner-up Award, PIQF 2016.
In addition, 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.
The fashionable entries in the Wearable Art Competition will also be on display. The best entries from among these works will be awarded over $4,700 in awards and prizes.
In addition to the competition entries there will be Special Exhibits of quilts and textile art from around the world. Among them are the international entries and selected U.S. winning entries from the 2017 World Quilt Competition XXI: On Tour.
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 2017 faculty includes Libs Elliott – Canada, Angela Madden – England, Alex Anderson – CA, Frieda Anderson – IL, Gyleen X Fitzgerald – MD, Pat Harrison, RI, Marjan Kluepfel – CA, Sue Nickels – MI, Mark L Sherman – TN, David Sirota – NH, Meri Henriques Vahl – CA, Nancy Bavor (Appraisals) – CA, Anelie Belden – CA, Bobbie Bergquist – NH, Karen D Boutte – CA, Sue Pelland – MA, Fern Royce – CA, Joyce Teng – TX, Pat Yamin – NY, BERNINA Educator Debbi Lashbrook, and Baby Lock Educators Debbie Martinez and Aaron Hoskins.
New for PIQF in 2017 is the National Association of Certified Quilt Judges (NACQJ) Two Day Introduction to Judging Seminar. Presented by Pat Harrison (Rhode Island), the seminar is limited to just 12 participants.
In addition, PIQF hosts a 200-booth Merchants Mall with the best in fabrics (no quilter can have too much fabric!), notions, machines, wearable art and everything for the quilter, textile artist and home sewer.
Also offered at PIQF is the Quilters Adventure Tour. The Adventurers will visit the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles and the charming Monterey Bay town of Pacific Grove for shopping and lunch, plus the studios of renowned textile artists Rachel Clark and Nora Deans. Another perennial favorite among show-goers is the PIQF Fashion Show; For the Love of Color – 2017 will be presented Friday evening, October 13. This fun event is organized and moderated by Karen Boutte, Quilt Diva.
There’s so much to see and do at PIQF, it will take a long weekend in sunny Santa Clara to experience it all! Many who travel in quilting circles will tell you this is an event not to be missed! 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 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.