Pacific International Quilt Festival
October 12-15, 2017
The Pacific International Quilt Festival at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California from October 12-15, 2017, features an impressive instructor line-up offering a variety of workshops and lectures. This year’s PIQF features well-known instructors including Mark Sherman from Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Born and raised in San Diego, California. Mark began his quilting in 2001. His mother taught him how to sew and everything she had learned from Eleanor Burns about quilting. Since the beginning, Mark wanted to make his own quilts using his own style and concepts. As a result, he developed many unique quilting methods which he is now teaching to the quilting community.
Mark dyes his own fabrics and if you have the chance to see his work you will immediately notice his obsession with bright, rich and ReMARKable colors. His quilts have received many awards and are featured in numerous magazines and art exhibits.
His first stained glass quilt “Wisteria” was inspired by one of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s stained glass windows, and is now part of the Permanent Founder’s Collection of the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky. A lot of his work is inspired by nature and his love for Stained Glass, which he has been studying for a long time now.
Mark is doing what he loves the most: Traveling all around the world teaching and speaking. With a lot of projects, from traditional to contemporary, different techniques and designs, and a handful of ReMARKable tips, Mark is committed to spreading a message of encouragement and positivity. It doesn’t matter what type of quilter you are, he will take you to the next level of creativity by teaching you how to let the artist that lives inside yourself shine through.
Mark will teach three, full day (9am – 4pm) workshops at PIQF:
Thursday, October 12
Remarkable Stained Glass Quilt
What I discovered over the years is that hand dyed fabric and stained glass have so much in common. Beautiful colors, striations and mottling are present in both. This makes it so easy to create stained glass quilts using fabric.
Friday, October 13
Remarkable Hand Appliqué by Machine
Necessity being the mother of invention I came up with this method of applique and have used it ever since for all of my prize winning quilts. The stitches are perfect and the applique edges are turned. Open up your quilting world to making gorgeous, soft appliques with hidden stitches, all done by machine!
Saturday, October 14
Remarkable Machine Trapunto for the Timid Quilter
Just imagine turning your quilt into a 3-D piece of art. Quilting is the only art form that can do this from within. Whether you are a brand new quilter or someone who is experienced, this class is perfect for you. I take all of the fear out of quilting using an open toe walking foot and your own home sewing machine. No free motion quilting experience is necessary.
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.