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California Quilters Exhibit at PIQF

California Quilters Exhibit at the
Pacific International Quilt Festival XXVI

The Pacific International Quilt Festival, to be held at the Santa Clara Convention Center October 12-15, 2017, will have an amazing collection of special exhibits from around the country and even from overseas. However, again this year, guilds and groups from California are taking part in PIQF’s 26th Anniversary Celebration in the best way they know how – by creating quilts. The Pacific International Quilt Festival is proud to include these special exhibitions.

 New Quilts of Northern California
This juried exhibit is an annual favorite at PIQF. View the work of Northern California’s most well-known and upcoming quilt makers. This amazing exhibition of recent works is presented by the Northern California Quilt Council and curated by NCQC Board members.

Crossings – Quilts on the Wall
Life is full of moments that suggest the concept of Crossings. Quilts on the Wall is presenting a juried exhibit with unique interpretations of the word Crossings.

Dyed in the Wool – San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
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While the majority of quilt makers favor cotton fabric for their creations, many makers also appreciate wool for its unique qualities and colors. Visit SJMQT’s exhibit and see some wool beauties.

 

 

 Life’s a Challenge – Quilts by Gretchen Crozier
I struggled in school until I got my hands on fabric, then magic happened for me. The quilts I am showing in this exhibit were all made in response to various challenges.

Montana de Oro – Cutting Edge Fiber Arts Group
Montana de Oro - Cutting Edge

The Cutting Edge Fiber Arts Group includes 15 artists in the San Luis Obispo area. Our exhibit is inspired by “Montana de Oro,” which translates from Spanish to “mountains of gold.”

 

 

 

Present Moment – Fibervision
How many times do we begin a project with a clear idea of how it will turn out? The works in this Fibervision exhibit represent pieces that began with a clear vision, those that began with a general notion of what they would become, and those that began with no idea of the end result.

A Thread Runs Through It – SAQA Northern California/Northern Nevada
Innovative, evocative, punchy, beautiful – art quilts today always contain the fundamental elements – threads, just as our ancestors’ quilts did. But, the art quilt is a special amalgam of other materials, new techniques, and magical ideas. SAQA showcases examples from their regional members.

Urban Graffiti – Quilts on the Wall
QOTW presents a juried exhibition depicting the varied ways graffiti is part of our everyday lives in the 21st century.

 Visual Color Challenge – Country Crossroads Quilters
This challenge asked members to look through a collection of images from old calendars and choose an image that was attractive to them. Fabrics that visually read like colors in the image were to be used to create a wall quilt.

Walk in the Park – Free Spirits Art Group
This exhibit, “Walk in the Park,” was created to honor the 100th birthday of San Diego’s elegant Balboa Park. Each artist has illustrated a well-known feature of the Park for you to enjoy. Curated by artist Susan Nikkel.

For complete Festival details, including workshop and lecture information, please visit www.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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uncle David is Going West!

Meet PIQF Instructor David Sirota
Quilt Artist, Instructor, Lecturer

One of the highlights of Mancuso Show Management’s quilt festivals is always the instructors who present workshops and lectures. Talent, creativity and expertise are always abundantly available from the wonderful teachers. This year’s Pacific International Quilt Festival, held October 12-15, 2017 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California has, as always, a spectacular faculty who will be offering a wide variety of workshops for beginner to advanced quilters and textile artists. Included is David Sirota who we have convinced to travel to California from his home in Manchester, New Hampshire.

DAVID SIROTA
After David’s friend, Amy, taught him the basics of quilt making, he DavidSirota_3learned just about everything else he knows from watching Simply Quilts. He’s spent the past 15 years looking for the quickest and easiest way to complete a quilt … short of just buying one! As a result, he has developed the No More Tears© method of paper piecing. David has taught his workshops for several years now and it has changed the way his students paper piece … forever! He can’t imagine going back to the old way.

In the workshops, you’ll learn David’s revolutionary No More Tears© method that takes much less time than traditional paper piecing techniques. In addition, David’s method enables you to use your pattern over and over again. Best of all, you won’t have to spend hours tearing the paper off the back!

David’s mission is happy quilting! Learn his technique and kiss your tears good-bye.

Thursday, October 12
Storm at Sea – No More Tears Method©

Are you curious about paper piecing? Do you and paper piecing already have a love/hate relationship? Do you love the accuracy you achieve, but hate the process of getting there? Well, this class will change that to a LOVE relationship.

 

 

Friday, October 13
Chevron Star – Using the Sirota No More Tears Paper Piecing Method©
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Who’s up for a bit of a challenge? Paper piecing can be a quilting brainteaser, right? Well if you love paper pieced projects but find the process somewhat “confusing,” then this class is for you.

 

 

Saturday, October 14
So Many Triangles, Sew Little Time – No More Tears Foundation Piecing Method©
So Many Triangles LOW RESDavid loves two color quilts, and his original So Many Triangles is perfect for two colors. If you’re anything like him, you love paper piecing because of the accuracy you can achieve, but it can be a very time consuming process. Well … not any more.

 

 

Lecture – Thursday, October 12
What Makes a Quilter Tick? A Humorous Look in the Mirror
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Join David for a fun-filled, interactive, eye-opening look at quilters and all the little quirks, passions and obsessions you share. We’ll hold a mirror up to ourselves and see what others see when they look at us.

 

 

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.

Mark Sherman – Unique Quilter & Informative Instructor @ PIQF

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.

MARK SHERMAN
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
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.

PIQF Welcomes Gyleen Fitzgerald

 The Pacific International Quilt Festival XXVI
Welcomes Gyleen Fitzgerald
Artist, Instructor & Quilt Enthusiast

For those interested in studying a wide variety of quilting techniques and styles, the Pacific International Quilt Festival features a range of workshops and lectures presented by a world-renowned faculty. Among the talented instructors presenting workshops at PIQF in Santa Clara, CA, October 12-15, 2017 is Gyleen Fitzgerald who is eager to spread her knowledge and passion for quilt making to students planning on participating in her full day workshops. Gyleen’s love for quilting is contagious. You won’t want to miss her this year at the PIQF!

GYLEEN X. FITZGERALD
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Gyleen makes quilts that blend color, pattern and texture to provide a contemporary essence in traditional quilting. Her strength as a quilter is demonstrated by the infusion of engineering tools and innovative techniques to simplify visually complex quilts. She shares her enthusiasm for quilting through interactive lectures and workshops.

An avid quilter, Gyleen has earned Best of Show honors and as a publisher, she is a Gold Medal winner for Quilts: Unfinished Stories with New Endings. She is best known for inspiring Trash to Treasure Pineapple Quilts and the creation of the Pineapple Tool by Gyleen.

She has appeared on The Quilt Show and Lifetime TV promoting a contemporary spirit in traditional quiltmaking. For Gyleen, dreams hold no limits. Gyleen is a Philadelphia, PA native, who spent her formative years in Taiwan and Japan.

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

Thursday, October 12
Trash to Treasure Pineapple Quilt
Trash to Treasure - Piccadilly SquareIsn’t it time to clear the clutter in your life and use up all those bits and pieces? Let’s make an old fashion favorite pineapple quilt with a new and contemporary twist; sewn with perfection and totally random without paper piecing! This workshop turns trash to a treasured one of a kind pineapple quilt.

 

 

Friday, October 13
Play Modern with Tumbling Blocks
Tumbling BlocksIt’s fast, it’s quick, it’s geometric and it’s free-style piecing with control. We will start with the thought of having fun and being in the moment. The technique is to use the Polygon2 Tool and Butterfly Seam to create a BOLD wall-hanging that shouts, Modern or Contemporary.

 

 

 

Saturday, October 14
Over and Under Rainbows

Modern with a twist! “KNOT” as hard as you think! It’s visually dynamic with fast easy piecing. Don’t let cutting “Tie” you up.

 

 

 

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 Fashion Show: For the Love of Color

Artistic Innovation with For the Love of Color – 2017
Pacific International Quilt Festival Fashion Show

The Pacific International Quilt Festival XXVI held at the Santa Clara Convention Center October 12-15, 2017, is the Center of It All for Quilt, Wearable & Textile Art. In addition to the over 800 quilts and works of wearable art displayed on the floor of the show, on Friday, October 13 at 7:00 pm the catwalk will come alive with the always popular PIQF Fashion Show. Karen D. Boutte will organize and moderate this year’s fashion showcase, For the Love of Color – 2017. Let the “Quilt Diva” entertain you and the unique and beautiful clothes inspire you. The show is for everyone who enjoys fun, flair and fashionable wearable art.

Finale of the PIQF XX Fashion Show
PIQF XX FashionShow
Your Fashion Show Ticket is Complimentary with PIQF Pre-registration. If you would like to purchase a fashion show ticket at PIQF, the cost is $22, or with a student ID pay what you want. Fashion show tickets are subject to availability.

Nothing short of spectacular, the fashion show will introduce fresh looks and is all about you! For the Love of Color – 2017 features a challenge issued by Rachel Clark and Karen Boutte. Wearable artists from around the globe have created garments based on a color they selected from the box of 64 Crayola® crayons. In addition, there will be a few surprise garments for your viewing pleasure. Join the Diva for an evening of color, chichi and class.

Quilters from across the country don’t call Karen D. Boutte the KarenB“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. Karen was in awe of the beautiful artwork and soon joined a local quilt guild. By the time she retired from her first career, Karen had developed her skills and expertise in quilting so much that she soon decided to become a full-time quilt instructor. “There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a student having fun discovering their creativity with fabric and thread,” Karen stated.

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.

 

 

 

Book Your Stay for PIQF

Make your PIQF hotel reservation NOW! We recommend that you make yours EARLY!

Pacific International Quilt Festival XXVI
October 12-15, 2017
Santa Clara Convention Center
Santa Clara, California

Official lodging for PIQF includes an attached hotel, one hotel directly across the street from the Convention Center and four other hotels within a short drive. To be certain of guaranteeing these rates, make your reservations as soon as possible and identify yourself as being affiliated with the Pacific International Quilt Festival. Please note, not all hotels provide shuttle service.

HOST HOTEL
Hyatt Regency Santa Clara
5101 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA  95054
This fourteen-story, modern hotel which is attached to the Convention Center, has a heated pool, Jacuzzi, two excellent restaurants, attractive bar, on-site exercise facilities, and guest privileges at the adjacent Santa Clara Golf and Tennis Club. Special rates of $174.00* + tax single, double or triple have been arranged for event participants and guests.  The group rate reservation deadline is September 25, 2017. Roll-a-ways, extra. For reservations call (800) 233-1234 and mention the Pacific International Quilt Festival OR Make Your Reservations Online.

 

OTHER OFFICIAL PIQF HOTELS
Hilton Santa Clara
4949 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA  95054
This walking distance hotel, located directly across the street from the Convention Center, offers beautifully appointed guest rooms, heated outdoor pool and whirlpool, fitness center, full service restaurant plus a bar and lounge. A group rate of $169.00* + tax single or double  has been arranged for event participants and guests. The group rate reservation deadline is September 8, 2017. Call (408) 330-0001, push 1 for reservations, or visit hilton.com. Please use Group Code QLT17.

Santa Clara Marriott
2700 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara, CA 95054
Located 1 mile away from the Convention Center, the Marriott offers an on-site restaurant, sports bar, coffee shop, outdoor pool, fitness center, whirlpool, sauna, and tennis courts. There is no shuttle service from this hotel to the convention center. A group rate of $139.00* + tax single or double has been arranged for event participants and guests. The group rate reservation deadline is September 21, 2017. Note: Very limited availability, Wednesday, October 11. Call (800) 228-9290 for reservations or visit marriott.com and enter group code PIFPIFA.

Avatar Hotel
4200 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA  95054
The Avatar is located a mile from the Convention Center and features king rooms with a small living area and  sleeper sofa. Guests receive a 10% discount at the on-property I-Hop restaurant. A group rate of $155.00* plus tax, single or double, has been arranged for event participants and guests. The group rate reservation deadline is September 8, 2017. Call (408) 235-8900 for reservations or reserve online.

Biltmore Hotel & Suites
2151 Laurelwood Road, Santa Clara, CA  95054
Located about a mile from the Convention Center, the Biltmore offers stylish accommodations with luxury amenities. Choose between Garden Rooms or Tower Suites. Complimentary American breakfast buffet (gratuity not included) and shuttle to the Convention Center. A group rate of $129.00 + tax single or double, Garden Room; or $179.00 + tax single or double, Tower Suite has been arranged for event participants and guests. The group reservation deadline is September 24, 2017. Please call (800) 255-9925 for reservations and mention Pacific International Quilt Festival.

Embassy Suites–Santa Clara
2885 Lakeside Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95054
This all suites hotel is just off the Highway 101-Great America exit, a 10-minute drive from the Convention Center, and features a full service café, indoor pool and fitness center. Complimentary breakfast served daily. A group rate starting at $204 + tax for a king suite or double suite has been arranged for event participants. Group rate reservation deadline is September 15, 2017. Call (408) 496-6400 or (800) 362-2779 for reservations. Please mention Pacific International Quilt Festival to receive the group rate.

Aloft Santa Clara
510 America Center Court, San Jose, CA 95002
Aloft Santa Clara offers a convenient location in the heart of Silicon Valley. Pop over to California’s Great America amusement park, be entertained Levi’s Stadium, and take care of business at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Our vibrant social scene and stylish, urban-inspired design allow you to stay & play in one of northern California’s best neighborhoods. A group rate of $229 (Wednesday evening only) and $129 (Thursday thru Sunday), single or double, has been arranged for event particpants. Group rate reservation deadline is September 7, 2017. Call (408) 263-3900 or reserve online.

*All room rates are currently  plus 11.55% tax
& $1 District Improvement Fee.