International Quilt Festival, Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, Long Beach, California, Today – July 29, 2012

July 27, 2012

West Coast Wonders is just  one of the many exhibits at International Quilt Festival at Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center in Long Beach, California from July 27-29, 2012.

Lombard Street

Susan Lane – “Lombard Street”

This special exhibit of IQF Long Beach will showcase quilts dedicated to the beauty of the west coast of North America–the cities, bays, coastline, ocean, waves, lighthouses, cliffs, homes, boats/ships, birds, wildlife, wildfires, and range in weather.

International Quilt Festival

“Upper MidWest Show,” Olympia Resort and Conference Center in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, August 2 – 4, 2012

July 27, 2012

Upper MidWest Show is  at Olympia Resort and Conference Center in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, August 2 – 4, 2012.

Foxglove Fairy

Ruth Powers – “Foxglove Fairy”

Photo is the Show’s.

This is a juried and judged show of machine quilted work with many categories.

Machine Quilting Today

Free Online Class: “Make a Contemporary Sampler Quilt with Laura Nownes” on The Quilt Show

July 24, 2012

The Quilt Show is made up of online programs with Alex Anderson and RIcky Tims, who have guest quilt artists.  They have a free sign up from which you get weekly emails with all sorts of quilt-related info.  You can be a paying member to view the programs and everything they offer, or you can be a “member” who gets the weekly emails.  The Smilebox slide presentations that I post on my blog are from The Quilt Show.  These show winning  quilts from various quilt shows as well as other quilts, quilts of specific artists (for example: Cathy Franks’ work).

Now the show is offering a free six week class with Laura Nownes which is a beginner class, but I will be taking it. It starts on July 31, 2012.

Here is the blurb from the email:


“New FREE Classroom:  Make a Contemporary Sampler Quilt with Laura Nownes
Join Laura Nownes in this NEW six-part class as she walks you through the process of creating your own contemporary sampler quilt. Learn the basics or brush up on your skills–great for beginners and seasoned quilters alike.

Here’s the best part: ALL of Laura’s classes are FREE to anyone (Basic or Star member). So come play along!”

When you get to the class site, you’ll need to sign up.  Then you can be a part of the class.

No affiliation> Just a happy member.

“AMERICAN QUILTS: THE DEMOCRATIC ART 1780-2007”, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, Washington, August 4 – October 28, 2012

July 18, 2012
“American Quilts: The Democratic Art 1780 – 2007”  will be on exhibit from August 4 – October 28, 2012, at the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, Washington.
There are more than thirty quilt masterpieces which span the  history of American quiltmaking, and it is the first to tell the whole story of American quilts and quiltmakers, providing a visually compelling, in-depth study of the art, history, and cultural importance of American quilts, from their European origins to the present day.  The exhibition is based on Robert Shaw’s book, AMERICAN QUILTS: THE DEMOCRATIC ART 1780-2007  
New York Beauty
Bill Volckening’s quilt
Photos are the Museum’s.
Check out the lower part of the page :  to see slides of some of those quilts.


“Civil War Era Quilts from the Illinois State Museum,” The Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, through September 14, 2012

July 16, 2012

“Civil War Era Quilts from the Illinois State Museum” is on exhibit at the The Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery to September 14, 2012. The gallery at 100 West Randolph, downtown, is open only Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM, (closed state holidays.) The Gallery is free and wheelchair-accessible.

Photo is the Museum’s.
There are eighteen quilts on exhibit.   More info about the exhibit:

Online Photos of International Quilt Festival’s “Oh Canada 2012” Exhibit

July 15, 2012

You can see photos of quilts from the 2012 “Oh Canada” exhibit of the International Quilt Festival at:

“Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War” at American Textile History Museum, Lowell, Massachusetts, through November 25, 2012

July 13, 2012

A Civil War textile exhibit is at the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts, now through November 25, 2012, which consists of two dozen quilts and about 125 related objects.   For more info:

and more detailed info:

Homefront & Battlefield Exhibit

Photo is the Museum’s.

I understand that you can still see the exhibit  if you don’t get to Lowell, as it will  travel to the New York Historical Society in New York from April 14- August 31, 2014,

Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont, from  September 20, 2014 to January  1, 2015,

and  to Nebraska State Historical Society in  Lincoln from February 1- June 1, 2015.

Quilt Drive for Victims of Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado

July 7, 2012

Colleague Cindy Brick posted the following about a quilt drive to help quilters in the devastated  wildfire area around Colorado Springs’ Waldo Canyon through Debby French of the Piecing Partner’s Quilt Guild in the Springs. Here’s what she says:

What I’m emailing about is that our guild, Project Linus and possibly the night guild are starting a quilt drive for the victims of the Waldo Canyon Fire (actually one of my favorite places to hike). We are working out the logistics for this but have two drop off points here in Colorado Springs. Would you be willing to help us get the word out to fellow quilters? We’re asking for new, unused quilts and quilt tops in sizes from lap to twin. They can be dropped off at either High Country Quilts, 4771 N. Academy, Colorado Springs, Co, 80918 and Ladybug Hill Quilts, 955 E. Fillmore, Colorado Springs, CO, 80907.

If questions, e-mail Debby directly at tfrench55@msn. com

“Collections and Creations, the Quilts of Hazel Carter” Virginia Quilt Museum through August 18, 2012




July 2, 2012

“Collections and Creations, the Quilts of Hazel Carter”  is at the Virginia Quilt Museum through August 18, 2012.

The exhibit includes quilts that she has made as well as antique quilts from her collection.

 Here is a link to a newspaper article about the exhibit:
http://augustafreep 2012/04/16/ quilts-of- hazel-carter- on-display/ and a link to the Museum: or visit their facebook page.