RENO, NV - JUNE 11 - 13, 2015 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - JAN 7 - 9, 2016 HMQS - SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MAY 5 - 7, 2016

Quilt Displays

Sierra 2 Sage Shop Hop 2014 | Mystery Senior Project Challenge
( Reno, NV)

All challenge quilts will be on display during the Reno Sew Original Quilt & Creative Expo.
The rules are simple, each entry must incorporate a minimum of 6"x6" square inches of the mystery fabric visible.

Viewers Choice Award will be determined by the Expo attendees.

Prize: $25 Gift Certificate to ALL 10 participating shops:
A Stitch Of Country, Blue Petunia Gifts, Homestead, Fabrics, Fabric-Chicks, Sew-n-Such, Sierra Sewing Center, Sierra Sewing Center of Carson City, The Quilt House, Inc., The UnCommon Thread and Workman Farms.

More information and how to entry the Mystery Senior Project Challenge

Special Exhibit honoring Donna Greenwald
Tribute to Donna Greenwald
( Reno, NV)

Donna has inspired and helped many of us quilters to find our "Inner Artist". Donna has been so supportive in teaching us the basics of fusible applique using her patterns to designing and learning how to create our own masterpieces.

Over the past 5 years or so- it has been fun to see the women in our community stretch and grow as "Art Quilters"!

Your Personal App Challenge
( Reno, NV, Oklahoma City, OK 2016)

An App is defined as an application, typically a small, specialized program downloaded onto mobile devices. Artist invited to participate in this exhibit have created small quilts that represents them as an individual.

The quilts show an aspect of their life or their identity. Each maker was asked to describe their personal app.

Curated by Matt Reese and Stevii Graves. | Quilt By Patt Blair

Creative Labels
( Reno, NV)

Every quilt tells a story. . .Who made it and why? When was it made? What inspired the quilt? A well-designed label answers those questions and enhances the quilt as well.

Labeling my quilts was always a chore. Now I have more fun creating simple, yet inspiring labels. See how your quilt’s style and story can inspire the label, and discover why you should label your quilts.

This exhibit shares some of the quilts and labels featured in my newest book, Let's Get Creative With Quilt Labels.

Sponsored by Shannon Gingrich Shirley, Once in a Rabbit Moon

The Mason Dixon Quilt Professional Network announces:

2014 MDQPN Challenge Exhibit - 1914-2014: US Modern Era
( Reno, NV)

Background: Historians break down US history into 4 distinct eras: (1) Colonial, (2) Ante-bellum, (3) Post-bellum and (4) Modern. The challenge is to craft a quilt which depicts an event, a person, a fad, a body of work, a movement, an idea, a decade - anything which occurred in the past 100 years (1914-2014) in or to the US!

About the Exhibit: This is a MDQPN exhibit which consists of 12 quilts measuring 26” x 22” with the “US Modern Era” theme. The quilts cover many historical events from the use of chemical weapons in WWI, the internment of Japanese-Americans in WWII, the phenomena known as Dr. Seuss, the emergence of TV as a cultural phenomena, the Space Program, Vietnam and Flower Power, the decline of the blue color worker and the outsourcing of American jobs overseas, recognition of Native American sacrifices, to the emergence of video games, ribbons for a cause and Facebook.

About MDQPN: Based in the Mid-Atlantic region, the Mason Dixon Quilt Professionals Network (MDQPN) is an organization that supports, promotes, and encourages quality professional quilt services and acts as a resource for members to market their talents. MDQPN is composed of quilt artists, teachers, pattern designers, authors, shop owners, fabric dyers/painters, judges, appraisers, hand/machine quilters and notions/tool manufacturers.

Vintage Vibrations Challenge Exhibit
( Reno, NV)

By The Five Easy Pieces

Meet The Five Easy Pieces, our long-distance quilting group, and our Vintage Vibrations Challenge quilts.

About us…we are five friends and colleagues who have worked in various aspects of the Wonderful World of Quilting, both together as well as individually. We’ve become very good friends over the years and although we live in various areas in the Northwest, we get together once or twice a year to spend a few days compulsively sewing and visiting.

This year we challenged each other to design and create a unique quilt that incorporates a vintage Carolina Lily Block as well as a little vintage fabric. The guidelines were to incorporate the block into the quilt in our own way plus incorporate the vintage fabric into the new quilt as well. We believe the blocks to be about 100 years old so making a new quilt using the block was fun as well as challenging.

We’re pleased with the variety of our quilts, as well as the unique color and design that each of us came up with. The idea of a challenge was great to get us to think in a new way. All totaled we have over 150 years of piecing between us, but it’s always good to take on a new idea!

We hope you enjoy our Vintage Vibrations Challenge. We’re excited about the next challenge for Five Easy Pieces.

“Shadows”- Quilts on the Wall Fiber Artists
( Reno, NV)

A collection of art quilts from Quilts on the Wall artists explore the idea of their 2014 theme “Shadows”.

All of the artists have portrayed their interpretation of this theme in their own personal innovative ways.
Each quilt is a one-of-a-kind fabric paintings, either abstract or representational, over the whole surface.


Photo- Karen Markley's "Into the Woods"

Coastal Jog
( Reno, NV)

2014 NQA Certified Judge Challenge

Given only the inner dimensions of sky, water and land along with the outer dimensions of 18" - 30" x 30" length, twenty one NQA Certified Judges took on the challenge of creating a continuous coastline.

A wide variety of techniques were employed creating scenes ranging from the eastern Carolina coast to the coasts of California and Oregon. Warm sandy beaches change to northern tree lined lake fronts and then to marshy bird sanctuaries; from realistic sunny days to comedic imaginative thoughts.

Enjoy yourself as you immerse yourself in our journey and it may help you to recall poignant memories of a coastal journey from your own past.


Through the Years…a Collection from Pam Clarke
( Reno, NV)

I started quilting and have been collecting quilts since 1970. In this collection of quilts you will see a how far we have come with hand quilting, piecing and machine quilting.

I have always loved sewing and working with fabric since I was a small child. I started making my own clothes when I was 10 years old, I fell in love with quilting around 1967, my grandmother made quilts and I wanted one so bad from her but knew there was no chance that I would receive one as I am one of 70 grandchildren and I was way down the list.

I decided in 1970 that I would start quilting and make quilts for all my immediate family; (I’m one of 8 children) to this day I have given all my siblings and parents one or more quilts.

I also have a passion for vintage quilts, quilt tops and fabric that started my collection in 1970. I found my first antique quilt dated 1890 in Edmonds Washington and I haven’t stopped collecting yet.

I love the finishing part of quilting, so when I started my Longarm Quilting business in 1988 I had several of my own quilts that needed to be completed and loads more of vintage quilt tops that I had collected through the years. In my Quilting business I have machined quilted over 8,000 quilts, and at one time owned over 300 finished quilts that I have sold, given as gifts , donations etc.

You can see a great change of my quilting style in this collection and how far I have grown in the quilting world starting with my hand quilting quilts then into my machine quilting and finally into my more current style. My favorite type of quilting is traditional, scrap piecing mixed with applique but my passion is working with vintage quilt tops from the early 1900’s through the 1940’s.