A 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.
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!