2016 Quilting Shows and Events

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Nothing gets my creative juices flowing more than going to a great quilt show! Here is a small list of a few of the national events coming up this year. This is by NO means comprehensive! If you’re looking for something close to home, there is probably something fun coming your way.

There are two International Quilt Festivals every year. The spring show changes locations, and this year it is in Chicago, IL from April 7-9, 2016. The fall show is always in Houston, TX, and is from November 3-6, 2016. These are some of the best-known shows, and so have a lot of award winning quilts displayed.

International Quilt Festival quilt

Checkered Cab Take Me Home by Diana Ferguson from International Quilt Festival 2015.

Coming up soon is QuiltCon West from the Modern Quilt Guild. It is February 18-21, 2016 in Pasadena, CA. If you love modern quilting, this is the show for you! (Plus, California, if you live in cold country like I do!)

QuiltCon West 2016

Abstract Quilt in Solids by Gwen Marston; Special Exhibitor for QuiltCon West 2016.

If you’ve never been, the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show is great fun! The whole town displays beautiful quilts, which come down in a hurry if it starts to rain! It is July 9, 2016 in Sisters, OR.

Sisters, OR quilt show

Beautiful quilts displayed in Sisters, OR.

AQS (American Quilter’s Society) sponsors QuiltWeek in several cities across the U.S. during the year. They have hundreds of quilts on display, vendor malls and workshops. Here is the listing:

Phoenix, AZ: February 11-14, 2016

Daytona Beach: FL February 24-27, 2016

Lancaster, PA: March 16-19, 2016

Paducah, KY: April 20-23, 2016

Syracuse, NY: July 27-30, 2016

Grand Rapids, MI: August 10-13, 2016

Chattanooga, TN: September 14-17, 2016

Des Moines, IA: October 5-8, 2016

AQS Show quilt

2015 Best of Show Award, Grand Rapids, Saffron Splendor by Pat Holly.

There are some great machine quilting shows, too. One of the best is in my backyard in Salt Lake City. It is HMQS and is from May 5-7, 2016. I’ve been many times, and this show has really grown over the years.

HMQS quilt

Life Everlasting pieced and quilted by Ann Horton (CA),Theme 1st place, 2015.

MQX hosts two machine quilting shows. The New England show is April 6-9, 2016 in Manchester, NH, and the Midwest show is October 19-22, 2016 in Springfield, IL.

Detail from quilt 2015 MQX New England Show.

Then there is the Machine Quilters Showcase from May 11-14, 2016 in Cedar Rapids, IA. Of course, this is another machine quilting show, but it’s a big show with lots of quilts.

Best of Show MQS 2013: America, Let it Shine by Sherry Reynolds and Solitare award MQS 2013: Eureka by Marilyn Badger.

Of course, if you want to explore on your own, there is the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY. It is open Monday – Saturday excluding major holidays.

National quilt museum quilt

Square-in-a-Square, maker unknown, from the collection of Ann M. Hazelwood, part of the Red, White, & Quilted exhibit at the National Quilt Museum.

There are all kinds of great quilting retreats, cruises, and other quilting events. Just do a google search for they type of things you’re looking for!

Last, just in case you are extremely wealthy and want a good trip, there is the 5th International Quilt Show in Dubai! This is February 10-14, 2016. Maybe this one will be on my bucket list. Looks like a good time, though, if you can afford it!

International quilt show dubai quilts

2014 Traditional 1st place – Passion Lives On by Marline Turner and 2014 Contemporary 2nd place – Summer Bouquet by Gaye Alger.

Hope you enjoyed this small sampling of quilting events coming up this year!

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