September                                               2018




On the Road . . .


Last month SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW #55 highlighted a few quilt museums in the United States. Intersecting with that theme was my birthday. Birthdays are always more fun with friends and family. Right! So a few of my buddies took a "Road Trip," gathering at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, my alma mater, for a "Behind the Scenes" private tour of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum. We had a grand time watching a quilt inspected and documented for acquisition as another quilt was prepared for an upcoming exhibition. Behind a heavy closed door we stepped into a quilt lovers treasure trove to view an array of quilts: Modern, traditional, multi-media, new, antique, famous and anonymous. Remember to label your quilts! We were awestruck by the breathe of the quilt collections and the dedication of our docent and museum personnel. Later, we attended the public tour of three galleries. What a glorious day! Friends and quilts followed by laughter over delicious French crepes.

Visiting major quilt institutions is not always an option, but with regional quilt shows popping up across the country, viewing masterful quilt galleries is a nearby option. In the current issue of SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW #56, Rita Farro highlights quilt shows that may require less drive time. Be inspired. Sew more!

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SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW #56

Road Trip II - Quilt Shows

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Forty years ago, before the resurgence of quilting ignited the birth of guilds across the country, if a quilter wanted their work to be seen, the only avenue was the once-a-year county fair. The prize given was a colored ribbon. Today, on any given month of the year, regional quilt shows are organizing exhibits featuring hundreds of talented quilters and offering thousands of dollars in prize money. The growth of quilt shows in America is phenomenal. Every quilt show features multiple quilt exhibits and so much more. A quilt show has a staff of professionals working year round to produce the show. They line up exhibits, manage the call for entries for quilt contests, hire professional quilters to teach or entertain with special events, organize an extensive class schedule, then rent out a large vendor floor. Really -- a regional quilt show is to a quilter what the Super Bowl is to a football fan.... Click HERE.



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In celebration of two "Road Trip" issues of SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW, two single day tickets are available to two AQS Quilt Week shows: September 12-15, 2018 in Paducah KY and October 36, 2018 in Virginia Beach VA.

How to win? Send a quick email by September 9th to with your favorite quilt road trip story and your shipping address. Request either the Paducah or Virginia Beach tickets. Winners selected randomly. Two tickets will be shipped via FedEx to two winners. No PO Boxes. Hurry!

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Check Out SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW archives.


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Issue 55

Road Trip:

Quilt Museums

Issue 54

Joanne Hillestad

Issue 53

Sewing & Quilting Retreats

Where's Rhonda?

2018-19 Schedule

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American Sewing Guild*

Chicago Chapter

40th Anniversary

October 27, 2018

Palatine IL

International Quilt Market

November 3-5, 2018

Houston TX

Aurora Sewing Center*

Make & Take

December 4-5, 2018

Aurora NY

Pride of the Prairie*

December 13, 2018

Naperville IL


February 12-14, 2019

Las Vegas NV

Sewing & Stitchery Expo

February 28-March 3, 2019

Puyallup WA

Trends Show*

March 15-17, 2019

Portland OR

Salt Creek Quilter's Guild*

May 9, 2019

Chicago IL

International Quilt Market

May 16-19, 2019

Kansas City MO


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