African Marula (25” x 29”) by Sue Spargo. From the special exhibit “Creative Stitching.”
Black Hole (16” x 39”) by Suzanne Gummow. From the special exhibit “A Matter of Time: Exploring the Fourth Dimension in Cloth.”
Cookie? PLEEZE Cookie? (12” x 12”) by Sarah Ann Smith. From the special exhibit “Rising Stars.”
Fandango Transformation (98” x 108”) by Leann McClain. From the exhibit “In the American Tradition: Appliquéd.”
Old Blue (42” x 29”) by Michelle Jackson. From the special exhibit, “Made in New Mexico: Structural Diversity.”
Reconstructed Color (62” x 62”) by Petra Soesemann. From the special exhibit “A Celebration of Color.”
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Remembering Sue Garman: Traditional
Sponsored by TheQuiltShow.com
The late Sue Garman made more than 300 quilts over 40 years, nearly all of them original. Celebrate her life and artistic legacy with this sampling of 75 of her best works based on antique, red and green, whimsical, and intricately pieced quilts, and more!
HERstory: A CELEBRATION OF STRONG WOMEN
Curated by Susanne M. Jones
You studied history, now learn HERstory. Quilts in this exhibit celebrate the amazing things that women have accomplished since receiving the right to vote. Artists from eight countries created tributes to both well-known women and those who worked behind the scenes.
Quilts 1650-1850: From "Broderie" to
This exhibit features the collection of Jane Lury, to complement her book, Meanderings of a Quilt Collector. Broderie was the word for what we now call "embroidery" and "appliqué.” The name "broderie perse" describes applying chintzes following the designs of flowers or animals, or sometimes buildings and people.
Tribute to the Civil Rights Movement Heroines
Sponsored by Brewer Sewing
These story quilts about the nonviolent Civil Rights Movement led by African-Americans will enlighten and educate. They were created with traditional African-American quilting designs and construction techniques, and are structured in the shape of a swing coats illustrating their stories.
Between Me and the World: Identity and Activism Quilts
Sponsored by EverSewn
Quilts can certainly carry social and cultural implications. Here, they translate specific concerns into material form, and explore a wide range of issues—both personal and political. Ideas are made concrete, and a quilt becomes an expression of the complexities that make up a life in the world.
A Celebration of Color
Sponsored by Aurifil Threads
Whatever your style…quilt colorfully! This new judged competition was open to quilters working in any style, and who like to play with color to create a vibrant work! A $5,000 Best of Show Award and three $1,000 prizes each in Traditional, Modern, and Art categories were awarded.
A Matter of Time: exploring the fourth dimension in cloth
Sponsored by eQuilter.com
Curated by Brenda Gael Smith
This group of textile artworks explores the fourth dimension (time) in cloth. Time is at once rigid and fluid, fleeting and interminable, tangible but elusive. And abundant, yet scarce. How time is observed, manifested, and experienced is the theme at the heart of this exhibition.
I am an Artisan challenge
Sponsored by FreeSpirit Fabrics
Kaffe Fassett is the undisputed genius of color. Now, his decades of experience from his work in painting, knitting, needle arts, and patchwork come together in his newest collection of fabrics called Artisan. This special exhibit features 12 juried quilts showcasing the new line.
Yoko Saito Through the Years—My Quilt Journey
Sponsored by Quilt Party Co. Ltd., Lecien Corporation, Clover Japan Corporation, and
Stitch Publications/Martingale & Co., Inc.
The quilts here showcase Saito’s delicate sense of intricate handwork, the evolution of her use and choice of color over the years, and designs that have inspired her. This includes the warmth and beauty of her handwork.
Quilts: A World of Beauty
Presented by the International Quilt Association
See winners and finalists from the 2017 annual judged show of members of the International Quilt Association. More than $96,000 in cash, non-purchase prizes were awarded in 20+ categories. This is where the artists from around the world send their best work to compete.
The Fugitive’s Quilts
Sponsored by Bohin
Curated by Catherine Bonte
This exhibit explores the variety of quilts described in the book "The Last Runaway" by Tracey Chevalier. The quilts featured are not exact replicas, but rather interpretations of the pieces included in Chevalier’s book.
Haiti PeaceQuilts: Patience to Raise the Sun
Organized by PeaceQuilts
A Haitian proverb says, “You must have patience to raise the sun.” In the poorest country in the western hemisphere, this is a truth well understood by the Haitian women who made these quilts. The exhibit offers a look into the rich culture of Haiti, and the works are filled with personal themes of joy and heartbreak.
Made In New Mexico: Structural Diversity
Curated by Betty Busby
Members of the New Mexico region of the Studio Art Quilt Associates interpret the theme of “structures." The resulting quilts offer many points of view, from ancient and modern human architecture to animal constructions, to anatomical and mineral formations.
Breaking the Surface—Creating Digital Fiber Art
Sponsored by AllBrands
Fiber artist Wen Redmond works in several mediums including digital processes, surface design, and collage. She has created techniques like Holographic Images, Serendipity Collage Technique, and Textured Photographs. Her art here creates dialogue and changes some perspectives and perceptions of fiber.
A Canadian Nine Patch Celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday
Sponsored by Edward Jones
Organized by Leslie Prokop and Shelley DeHay-Turner
This exhibit is inspired by Canada’s sesquicentennial. The quilts represent Canada’s history, geography, and culture
as expressed by each artist. And each work showcases a diversity of quilting styles as well as a variety of mediums
Rising Stars: Sarah Ann Smith and
Karlyn Bue Lohrenz
The debut of an ongoing exhibit that will feature notable artists whose work has developed and shown growth over time. Get introduced (or re-introduced) to the works of Smith and Lohrenz.
SAQA: Textile Posters
Sponsored by Innova Quilting Systems
The history of the poster as art started towards the end of the 19th century, when Jules Cheret created posters as a recognizable form of public announcement. They were plastered on public walls throughout Europe for promotion or propaganda, and these quilts take that concept further.
SAQA: Abstract and Geometric
Sponsored by Innova Quilting Systems
An invitational exhibition of one work each by the 29 artists from around the globe featured in the new book Art
Quilts International: Abstract & Geometric by Martha Sielman. They represent a range of styles across the abstract
Sponsored by WonderFil Specialty Threads
This exhibit shows the captivating journey of Sue Spargo’s artistic evolution. Through her innovative touch and originality, her work features stunning detail, lavish texture, and bold dimensions. Viewers will be inspired by the unparalleled craftsmanship and imaginative stitching.
Freehand Patchwork by Danny Amazonas
Sponsored by FreeSpirit Fabrics & Sew Batik
Danny Amazonas does unorthodox freehand patchwork that is quite different from the traditional techniques. He uses no intricate sewing, but still produces the amazing artwork that is on display in this exhibit.
Hands All Around 2017
Sponsored by Taylor Seville Originals/GHI
Artists around the world incorporate influences from their own cultures into their designs and techniques. This prestigious, long-running international showcase includes recent quilts by talented international artists.
My Wearable Art Journey . . . So Far
Sponsored by Brewer Sewing
Gilbert Muniz reflects on a decade’s worth of wearable art designs that blur the line between fashion and craft.
Texas Quilt Guild Showcase
Sponsored by Antique Textiles Company; London, England
The Lone Star State is home to scores of guilds and groups where members meet to share friendship, experiences, and to create their quilts. This exhibit features some of the best work done by Texas quilters of all skill levels and styles and who have previously won an award in competition.
The Modern Quilt Guild Showcase
Sponsored by the Modern Quilt Guild
Members of the Modern Quilt Guild from around the world submitted their quilts that use traditional quilting techniques with a modern design aesthetic for this exhibit.
In Celebration of the Doll
Sponsored by Fairfield Processing, Clover Needlecraft, Inc., Alexander Henry Fabrics, Beckahnings, Global Artisans 2, Treasures of the Gypsy, Material Girls of Houston, TAODA (Texas Association of Doll Artists), Cyndy's Dolls, Hanah Silks, and Treenway Silks
Curated by Pamela Armas, Treasures of the Gypsy
Coordinated by Cat Woody
An exuberant exhibit of dolls highlighting the amazing artistry of cloth dollmakers from around the world. You'll see a wonderful variety of over 120 creations that are realistic, humorous, and fanciful.
In Full Bloom
Sponsored by Juki
Just as quilters create beautiful pieces of art with fabric, florists and gardeners cultivate works of beauty from the
soil. This exhibit combines the two with wonderful flower-themed quilts from across the spectrum in all their color
In the American Tradition—AppliquéD
In the American Tradition—Pieced
Contemporary quiltmakers often look to the art form’s rich tradition for inspiration in their own works. This exhibit features recently-made quilts that harken back to that time with traditional blocks, styles, and techniques as their design source.
Nine Voices from One
Curated by Jane Dunnewold
This exhibition features works by graduates of The Art Cloth Mastery Program and showcases some of the finest works created by surface design artists today. It will also educate viewers who are unfamiliar with the field of surface design.
Taiwan Art Quilt Society: Nature Art Quilts
Curated by Lin Hsin-Chen
This collaborative collection from the Taiwan Art Quilt Society features the natural environment and ecosystem in Taiwan and channels Mother Nature through fibers. This exhibit invites artists and viewers worldwide to contribute to the environment and to explore Taiwanese life and culture.
Curated by the Triplett Sisters
This exhibit tells the stories of the Great Plains pioneers through 25 antique quilts in the latest Poos Collection book. These 19th-century works feature block patterns that reflect life on the prairie. As an added feature, there are five contemporary quilts inspired by one of the antique quilts.
Viewpoints 9: word
Sponsored by Smudged Design Studio
Curated by Martha Wolfe
This fiber art group shares inspirations and works of members online. What emerges is a narrative with each artist’s perspective and a glimpse of their creative process. This exhibit is an intimate translation of feelings and fascinations transcending language, distance, and culture.
Buildings have always inspired quiltmakers. In the 19th century, American quilters developed such classic architectural patterns as Log Cabin, Schoolhouse, and Brick Wall. This annual exhibit challenges quiltmakers to create works based on architectural themes and inspirations.
Trip Around the World in Folk Art Stitches
Sponsored by Global Artisans
Mankind has an innate urge to create. Evidence for this exists wherever we might go in the world. Each embroidery piece here is inspired by the folk art of different people from different countries and combined into small quilts.
Van Gogh Cherrywood Challenge
Sponsored by Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics
Inspired by the artwork of Vincent Van Gogh, this collection of 120 small quilts shows the amazing variety of interpretations of Van Gogh’s masterful paintings. Each quilter here used the exact same fabrics, size, and theme.
These United States
This sizable quilt (measuring just under 12 by 14 feet) features embroidered squares for each of the United States and Washington D.C. Each square contains the state name, capital, motto, major cities, rivers, highest point, and other fun facts and details. The quilt also includes a square embroidered with the Preamble to the Constitution.
Mastery: Sustaining Momentum
Presented by The Dairy Barn Arts Center
Artists were asked to create three large-scale works based on the theme of “Sustaining Momentum.” The resulting exhibit features talented master artists from around the world, many of whom have had work included in past Quilt National exhibits. Attendees will have the chance to see the artists’ works on a truly monumental scale!
Personal Iconography: Graffiti on Cloth
Sponsored by Mistyfuse
Presented by Dinner at Eight Artists
Co-curated by Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison
An exhibit representing the artists’ interpretation of “Graffiti on Cloth.” From the organizers: “An artistic expression based on personal style. An underlying social message. A story that is told through lines, shapes and imagery. A graphic landscape that conveys a story. A mark, an object, an idea.”
Curated by Deda Maldonado
This exhibit showcases works created by members of the Brazilian SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates). Artists were inspired by the unique feelings and ideas that the theme of “beaches” brings to their lives.
Curated by Barbara Hollinger
The ten members of Fiber Artists @ Loose Ends created this unique installation featuring the four elements—Fire, Water, Air, and Earth—and the four seasons. Each of the pieces rotates, and the works reflect each artist’s own unique style and individuality.
Cancer Moonshot Ribbon Quilt
Organized by Robyn Pettingill
This massive quilt—measuring 363 feet long and 10 inches tall—was inspired by the recently announced Cancer Moonshot program. Pettingill was also inspired by the possibilities of medical achievement and those making an
effort to reduce cancer incidence and mortality. The quilt’s length is the same as the Saturn 5 rocket, which launched astronauts to the moon.
Exquisite World of Thread Art
Russian quilt artist Milla Malchow is inspired by the works of other visual artists across many different mediums. Here, she has created original quilts based on those influences – but with her own twist. And though they look painted, all of these quilts were made with just fabric and thread.
Magic Towns of Mexico
Celebrating the 111 named “Magic Towns” of Mexico, more than 70 quilters from the country worked together to create this one, large, beautiful piece inspired by The Berne House Quilt. The richness of colors seen bring to mind the unique look of these beautiful and historically-preserved cities.
The title refers to the reported number of disabled people killed by the Nazi regime, as two red “Xs” written on a medical form determined their fate. To pay tribute to the victims, Jeanne Hewell-Chambers is collecting 70,273 quilt blocks from around the world, all with a white background and two red “Xs.”
The Berne House Quilt
The quilt was made by members of the Bernese Quilters of Berne, Switzerland, in which 156 blocks were made separately and then stitched together. One member’s block depicted the Clock Tower, a well-known city landmark.