Quilting on the Next Level: Example Quilt Exhibits, OSQE

Rhapsody by Sana Moulder, Tarheel Quilter's Guild OSQE Local Quilt Artist Spotlight, Raleigh NC, July 2018

Rhapsody by Sana Moulder, Tarheel Quilter’s Guild
OSQE Local Quilt Artist Spotlight, Raleigh NC, July 2018

The Original Sewing & Quilt Expo hangs dozens of quilt exhibits every year, but they don’t do contests. Rather, they gather curated exhibits and they are usually working two years out. According to Marlene Ingraham, founder of OSQE, “The quilt exhibits are the heart of our shows. At every venue, we are creating a once-in-a-lifetime art experience for our attendees, so we choose our quilt exhibits very thoughtfully. Once a curated exhibit is chosen, it will travel to our various show locations. Most of our shows also feature a ‘Local Quilt Artists Spotlight’. We take the responsibility of handling these quilt exhibits very seriously. Of course we carry special insurance, and the quilts are stored in our climate-controlled warehouse, and transported by our own drivers, in our own trucks. The quilts on display at the Original Sewing & Quilt Expos will travel all over America and be seen by 60,000 fans.’’

Red Fox, Blue Fox SAQA: Wild Fabrications Kate Themel

Red Fox, Blue Fox
SAQA: Wild Fabrications
Kate Themel

Some examples of recent exhibits hung at the Original Sewing & Quilt Expos:

Wild Fabricationswww.saqa.com
Wild Fabrications celebrates a world of animals, both real and fantastical. Selected artists let their imagination run wild and created interesting and unusual interpretations of animals using unexpected or unconventional materials and adornment, and/or unusual techniques.

Winter Games Quilt Challenge – Wisconsin Quilt Expo
A collection of quilts that capture the spirit of the 2018 Winter Olympics! From quilts depicting snowy evenings to quilts showcasing winter sports, each entry is different, but each represents the excitement of the Winter Games.

Childhood Games, Red & White Quilting Pieced by Linda Pumphrey Quilted by Karen Kielmeyer

Childhood Games, Red & White Quilting
Pieced by Linda Pumphrey
Quilted by Karen Kielmeyer

Red & White Quilting: An Iconic Tradition in 40 Blocks – Linda Pumphrey
Classic yet contemporary, red and white is one of the most iconic color combinations in quilting, inspiring designers, collectors, and major exhibits. The vibrant contrast of red and white quilts has enticed quilters for three centuries and been a staple since the mid-nineteenth century.

Best of North Texas Quilt Festivalwww.northtexasquiltfestival.com
Stunning, handpicked quilts from the North Texas Quilt Festival, selected from over 350 contest quilts created by members of six North Texas guilds. Within this diverse exhibit, you will find quilts with many forms of inspiration and quilters’ level of expertise.

Southern Quilts – Mary Kerr
The South has a rich quilting history, steeped in tradition and passed down through the generations. Enjoy these uniquely Southern patterns and styles.

Why should you think about entering your quilt into a contest or a special exhibit? Deanna Springer says, “As makers, we have a strong desire to make. Quilters love a challenge to showcase their talent and creative side.”

Marlene Ingraham has worked with thousands of quilters and she has watched them come to her shows, stand by their quilt, eager to hear the comments from the attendees. “I think people enter their quilts because they are proud of their work. And having their quilt hung is a badge of honor. It’s a validation of their talent.”

Unfurling by Frieda Anderson
First Place Innovative Pieced,
2017 International Quilt Festival, A World of Beauty
Frieda Anderson has made many prize-winning quilts. She started to enter her quilts into competitions because she wanted to travel and teach. She hoped showing her quilts would get her name out there. Her strategy worked. Her first big win came in 1990 when her fused art quilt, “June Jubilee” received an honorable mention at the Paducah AQS show. Frieda is established as a respected quilt artist who makes a living traveling all over the world, teaching her innovative quilt techniques.

 

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