RENO, NV - JUNE 23 - 25, 2016 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - JAN 12 - 14, 2017 HMQS - SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MAY 4 - 6, 2017

Quilt Displays

"Quilting Blue"
Mary Bruun
Feather Your Nest with Quilts
2016 Quilt Challenge by the Quilters’ Sew-ciety of Redding, Inc., Redding, CA
(Oklahoma City, OK (2017) )

Birds have been featured in literature, culture and art since prehistoric times, when they were represented in early cave paintings.

We wanted to celebrate our feathered friends by featuring them on quilts. "Feather Your Nest with Quilts" is an exhibit with 48 quilts featuring a bird-related theme made by quilters from the Quilters’ Sew-ciety of Redding, Inc. in Redding, California. Their interpretations range from realistic, to whimsical, and even humorous quilts.

With almost 10,000 species of birds in the world, one only has to look around and birds can be found. Birds also play prominent and diverse roles in folklore, literature, religion, and popular culture. With some fun bird facts included, we hope you enjoy this exhibit and the creative work of our quilters.

"The Wave"
by Susan Lane  38" X 48"
The Cutting Edge of Contemporary Art Quilts
(Reno, NV )

Exhibit Concept: "The Cutting Edge of Contemporary Art Quilts". This exhibit will showcase the transformative outcome when art quilts are made from innovative layers of cloth, fiber, image transfer, paint and stitch.

The show will demonstrate how diverse materials and techniques transmute cloth into a work of art. The artists will utilize a variety of surface design approaches, including photography, mixed media, weaving, stitching, and painting to creating representational, abstract and non-representational artwork.

The viewers will experience a wide range of quilted art on the cutting edge.

Presented by the Northern California/Northern Nevada Region of SAQA

Inspired by the Beatles
( Reno, NV)

In celebration of The Beatles 50th anniversary of performing in the United States, 150 artists from Germany to Canada to Utah have Come Together to produce 150 original art quilts. Each quilt depicts a different Beatles song, and a wide variety of materials, techniques, interpretations and artist abilities are showcased.

Take a walk down memory lane and see how many songs you can guess the names of! This exhibit premiered at the Houston International Quilt Festival and it is featured in a book published by Schiffer Publishing: Inspired by the Beatles: An Art Quilt Challenge.

 Join in the fun and see how the timeless music of the Beatles continues to entertain and inspire us!

Urban Graffiti

( Reno, NV )

Graffiti has evolved over the past generation from gangs, hostility and violence to its own unique art form seen in m any venues in many cities. It might be on b ridges, underpasses, walls in center city as murals, paintings on trucks traveling our highways, even as tattoos. QOTW will have a juried exhibition depicting the varied ways graffiti is part of our everyday lives in the 21st century.

Presented by Quilts on the Wall Fiber Artists

Made by Stevii Graves and
quilted by Laurie Tigner
 Woolies Four Pound Challenge
(Reno, NV )


The Woolie Nuts is a group of professional and non- professional quilters, sewers, and fiber artist friends, who meet informally for fun and inspiration. Founding member Pat Sloan received 85 pounds of fabric scraps, remnants from two of her Moda lines.

Rather than discarding the scraps which are left over from making sales sample books, etc., Moda returns the scraps to their designers. Woolie member Stevii Graves said, "Let's do a challenge!" We implemented a few rules, and divided up the scraps (approximately 4 pounds each) among members and a few friends who joined this fun challenge.

presented by The Woolie Nuts

Quilt of Valor Display
( Reno, NV)

The exhibit features quilts made by a dedicated QOV Group meeting at the Fabric-Chicks in Minden, NV the 1st Sat. of every month.

The mission of the QOV Foundation is to cover ALL war wounded and injured service members and veterans from the War on Terror with donated wartime quilts. Whether injuries are physical or psychological QOVS offers comfort and support. Or as a six year old put it: "When the 'soldiers' are 'warring' and they come home and are hurt, the quilt makes them feel all comfy."

Sponsored by: sponsored by Fabric-Chicks

A Modern Experience with Orphan Blocks
( All Shows 2016)

I love working with leftover or Orphan blocks from previous projects or one's that I've collected through the years; whether using current fabrics or vintage. As you will notice in this display, I will take and use the whole block or cut them up into small sections. I add current fabrics, usually solids colors around the blocks to make into table runners, wall-quilts or bed size quilts; as you'll notice almost anything goes.

What makes these quilts is the machine quilting through the quilt top. I've been Longarm quilting since 1988 and have finished over 8,000 quilt tops professionally. All of my work is hand-guided using my Gammill Vision 26. I will sometimes use a ruler for diagonal quilting and my Designs with Lines stencils to help keep my background designs evenly spaced. I usually use a cotton batting with a polyester batting on top of the cotton batting to give the quilt more loft. I do use chalk to mark and a washable marker. After the quilt is finished with binding. I then wash my quilt and block it dry.

Quilts by Pam Clarke - Designs with Lines

Celebrate the Day With Quilts - an Art Quilt Challenge

Fifty-three artists from seven states made 72 amazing quilts celebrating some of the random, less well known holidays that occur throughout the year. The artists had a great time creating quilts for National Bird Day, Learn More about Butterflies Day, Bubba Day and many others. Some chose serious days while others chose to be silly, many of them had personal connections to the particular day they chose. They used a wide variety of techniques and created some amazing quilts.

Curated by Shannon Shirley

2015 NQA SewBatik Challenge Quilts "Down by the Riverside"
( All Shows 2016)

The SewBatik Challenge was made possible through the generous support of SewBatik. People interested in participating in the SewBatik Challenge were provided with the opportunity to purchase a fat quarter of a fabric specifically chosen to complement the 2015 NQA Show Theme "Down by the Riverside".

Challenge rules specify that a recognizable amount of the SewBatik Challenge fabric must be used on the front of the quilt.

25 of the finished quilts will be on display during the show

(Reno, NV)

A place to feel replenished, relaxed, rejuvenated, and restored. It could be a favorite vacation spot, a concert, or somewhere in your neighborhood, your backyard, or even the oasis withing. A time or experience that is pleasant and restful.
We all have our own personal oasis' in physical, metaphorical or filed away as a memory.
Where do you find your oasis?

Regional Exhibit by Southern California and Southern Nevada SAQA members interpret the theme "Oasis"
Curated by Jamie Fingal

Our World in Stitches Challenge
(Reno, NV)

Carson Valley Quilt Guild will be holding their Biannual Quilt Show on June 4-5, 2016 at Douglas Community and Senior Center from 10-5 each day. The title of our show is "OUR WORLD IN STITCHES".

To kick off the show, we ask our members to create a fabric challenge piece that most represents the theme of the show in their mind. Each of the Challenge quilts cannot be more than 120" in perimeter and must use two pre-selected fabrics in some meaningful way. That fabric must appear in each quilt in some manor.

Winners in the photo are:
Blue ribbon, 1st prize= Debbie Riley
Red Ribbon, 2nd prize= Julie Thomas and Cecile Brown
White Ribbon, 3rd prize= Terrie Peets

sponsored by Carson Valley Quilt Guild

Mid-Del Stitchin Sisters Quilt Guild - Mystery Quilt Exhibit
(Reno, NV)

The quilts are made by the members of Mid-Del Stitchin Sisters Quilt Guild as a mystery quilt during 2015. When each person chose their color scheme, all they knew was how each fabric needed to blend/contrast or be the back ground and yardage requirements.

From January through October of 2015, a clue was handed out at each guild meeting. Each person was required to bring the previous clue completed to get the next clue...helping to keep everyone on track to complete a quilt top. The pattern is "Tell It to the Stars" by Judy Laquidara and can be found at

Chinese Whispers Challenge 2016
(Reno, NV)

Remember the childhood circle game where someone whispered a message to another person, who then whispered the message to the next person in the circle, and so on until the message got back to the person with the original message? The last message was nothing like the original message. That’s our quilt game, and it’s called Chinese Whispers.

There are 10 quilters in the Chinese Whispers Challenge. The original “message” is given to the first quilter as an inspiration photo from a person of the quilt group. The inspiration photo will only be seen by the first quilter. (Ricky Tims selected the inspiration photo.) The first quilter had 6 weeks to create their quilt. Then the first quilt will be passed to the second quilter for inspiration. When the quilt was sent to the next person, not even a title was sent, as this might be a hint about the first quilter’s inspiration for her design.