2013 Special Exhibits
La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum
The Museum’s permanent collection includes quilts and textiles ranging from the 1820’s to contemporary works. This special exhibit will feature a selection of the antique quilts in their collection, as well as quilts on loan to them from collectors. Founded in 1997, the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum is the only quilt museum in the State of Washington. Their mission is to collect, preserve and exhibit local, national and international quilts and textiles, provide an educational experience, and preserve the historic Gaches Mansion. The museum features changing quarterly exhibits that range from traditional antique bedquilts to contemporary works by emerging and established fiber artists. The Textile Enrichment Series is an educational program that includes lectures and workshops throughout the year, and the annual Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival is the largest international festival of it’s kind in the Pacific Northwest. To learn more, please visit their website at www.laconnerquilts.org.
Cindy Needham - Machine Magic
Cindy has been quilting now for 42 years. She was a hand quilter for the first 25 years and begrudgingly turned to machine quilting in order to finish her increasing number of teaching samples. She admits that it was not love at first sight...she hated it. She loved the tempo of hand quilting, feeling the quilt as she stitched...watching the transformation of fabric into a quilt and the rhythm of the needle. Her first machine quilting class did not go well; the magic trick that was going to quickly transform her into an amazing machine quilter eluded her. Not willing to let her sewing machine beat her, she practiced every night for three months. Finally, she was able to obtain a good rhythm and stitch length. Years and years later, spool after spool of thread, stitch by stitch, her patience, and perseverance have been rewarded. Recognized for her spectacular vintage linen quilts, she has created her own unique style of heirloom machine quilting. Specially curated for the 2013 PWQS, this selection of elegantly quilted pieces displays her progression as a machine quilter throughout the years.
APWQ Members' Exhibit
We’ve seen the imaginative and beautiful quilts that you, the quilters of the region, are making. In an effort to encourage, honor and recognize all the quiltmaking talent in our region, we invite you to share your work for these exhibits. All members of APWQ are eligible to submit regardless of where you reside. These wonderful quilts will be on display in the Ballroom of the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center during the show. Learn more about how you can submit your quilt for this special exhibit at www.apwq.org.
From Away is a travelling exhibition of 28 works by members of the Fibre Art Network. From Away is a Maritime expression meaning “Not from Around Here.” As a Western Canadian group their art reflects individual style, perspective, experience, and their personal journeys with fibre medium. In 2012 this exhibit debuted at the Canadian Quilters' Association Show in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Fibre Art Network (FAN) is a cooperative of self-defined art quilters based in Western Canada. The cooperative was first conceived in the spring of 1997 by British Columbians Pat Crucil and Gail Hunt and then organized later that year by Gail. The group is committed to promoting quilting as an art form and each other as artists. FAN members come from Western Canada - British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Yukon and the Northwest Territories. FAN membership includes emerging fibre artists, teachers, authors, judges and award winning quilt artists. Many have shown their work nationally and internationally and some have won both national and international recognition for their work. The cooperative engenders fellowship of like-minded friends and celebrates differences as well as common interests.
Stitches Through Time
For 2013 we will present a special quilt exhibit, Stitches Through Time, to feature a retrospective of APNQ/APWQ winning contest quilts from 1994 to 2012. This exhibit will chronicle the outstanding work that has been created in the region throughout the years. We are excited to be able to present the best of the best in one location for all to admire and enjoy.