Special Exhibits

10/15/2015 - 10/18/2015
Santa Clara, California

Pacific International Quilt Festival XXIV


Special Exhibits


World Quilt Competition XIX: On Tour

 2014 World Quilt Competition
"Coreopsis" by Bernardine Hine - Australia

See the exciting international entries of the 2015 World Quilt Competition along with ribbon winners from the U.S. This outstanding collection of quilts highlights the skills of quilters from around the world: Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, New Zealand and North America. Sponsored by Handi Quilter, ABM International/Innova, Sew Batik and Mancuso Show Management: www.worldquilt.com.


New Quilts of Northern California

This juried exhibit is an annual favorite at PIQF. View the work of Northern California’s most well-known and upcoming quilt makers. This amazing exhibition of recent works is presented by the Northern California Quilt Council and curated by NCQC Board members.


Presented by International Instructor Gloria Loughman, Australia:

A Slice of Oz

An exhibition of recent work by Gloria Loughman based on the theme, Fabulous Facades. These quilts feature some well known buildings and others that are not familiar but in their own way are fascinating and unique.


Presented by International Instructor Jennie Rayment, England:

Fantastic Fiddling & Tucked Up Twiddles!

Who wants flat surfaces? Why not embellishment and manipulate? Play with origami and geometry, abstract and formal, it is material magic! An array of some of Jennie Rayment’s innovative and ingenious designs featuring many of her novel and intriguingly different and highly individual techniques. Come and see some fabric fandangos - it’s fast, fun and oh sew easy!

Pictured: "Memories of New Zealand"


Abrazos Del Alma
Hugs from the Heart presented byAnn Baldwin May

Abrazos del Alma-Hugs from the Heart presents Mexican and Native American inspired art quilts reflecting the artist’s love and respect for those interrelated cultures. The art quilt exhibition includes 3D renditions of Mexican Folk Dance costumes, whimsical fabric collages as well as abstract contemporary fiber pieces. Bright colors, repurposed materials, and found objects make for a unique show.

American Made Brand Farm to Fabric Challenge

This juried exhibition of quilts made exclusively from Clothworks’ American Made Brand cotton solids speaks to the theme, "Celebrating Farm to Fabric." Entrants were asked to submit quilts that answered, "What does it mean to you, your family or your community to bring fabric production back to America to use in your American made quilts?"

The Cutting Edge of Contemporary Art Quilts

Presented by the Northern California/Northern Nevada Region of SAQA

This exhibit showcases the transformative outcome when art quilts are made from innovative layers of cloth, fiber, image transfer, paint and stitch, and demonstrates how diverse materials and techniques transmute cloth into works of art. The artists utilized a variety of surface design approaches, including photography, mixed media, weaving, stitching, and painting in creating representational, abstract and non-representational artwork. Viewers will experience a wide range of quilted art on the cutting edge.

Dr. Maya Angelou - A Phenomenal Woman

Known for her powerful and insightful poems, narratives, and autobiographies, Maya Angelou is quoted in languages around the world. The quilts in this tribute to her life, by Master African American quilter Allyson Allen, remind us she was also an actress, singer, dancer, filmmaker, director, producer, teacher, and civil rights activist. Dr. Angelou overcame life changing trauma as a child, to become one of the most eloquent voices of hope and inspiration of our time. She was truly the bright light of a beautiful black candle!

Doors presented by AQuA

The Art Quilt Association explores "Doors". Ornate or plain; contemporary or traditional, made of wood, metal, glass or fiber; found in homes, storefronts, offices, and on planes and trains. Doors keep out the cold, welcome in friends, give us a transparent view, or keep us from the mysterious of foreboding.

Foolproof Walking Foot Quilt Designs by Mary Mashuta

Join Mary in celebrating her seventh book while viewing a selection from the 30 quilts pictured in it. All were quilted with her no-marking, paper folding methods, heavy thread stitched on the top of the machine, decorative machine stitches, and liberal use of Contact paper and painter’s tape. This time around she has even challenged herself to simplify traditional Japanese sashiko designs which can be done by machine with no marking using her methods.

From Verse to Visual by Fibervision

Sparked by the works of a group of Santa Barbara poets, fiber artists translated rich textual compositions into the language of cloth. Whether elevating, poignant, or whimsical, the quilt makers responded to the lyrics in personally meaningful ways, sometimes only gesturing toward the poet’s words and, in other instances, rendering them more figuratively. Founded in 2003, Fibervision is a collective of California textile artists who meet regularly to support each other in promoting the quilt as art.

Pictured: "Paradise Reborn" by Lou Ann Smith

Modern Inspirations presented by the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

Modern? Or not! Take a look at these 19th and 20th quilts from the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles and see the link between historical quilts and today’s Modern aesthetic. Be inspired by these classic quilts to create your own version of Modern. Stop by the Museum booth, hear some really exciting news about upcoming exhibitions and pick up our newest tote bag!

My Inner Self Portrait - Beyond the Edge Fiber Artists

My Inner Self Portrait is a fine arts fiber exhibit exploring self-portraiture. In this exhibit the artist was asked to look beyond the mere physical and instead present an inner view. The art work may reflect how the artist sees themselves at this time, or at a formative moment in their life. Each piece reveals something unique to the individual and at the same time, that which is universal to all.


Pictured: "Peace in My Heart" by Cynthia Catlin

Oasis - SAQA SoCal

Southern California and Southern Nevada Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) members interpret the theme ‘Oasis,’ in their newest exhibit. From near or afar, the uniform size of the quilts will invite the viewer in to see each member’s idea of what their own ‘Oasis’ is. Co-juried by Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison.

Quilters Treasure Challenge 2015

Quilters Treasure’s eleventh Annual Challenge’s theme was "My Favourite Holiday;" entrants used the challenge fabric "Holiday Green" from Quilters Treasure. Sponsors for this challenge include Singer, Hobbs Bonded Fibers, Quilters Rule, Barb’s Original, YLI Thread and Morgan Products. Quilters Treasure twelfth Challenge deadline is December 31, 2015. Visit www.QuiltersTreasure.com for details and an entry form.


Shadows - Quilts on the Wall

Quilts on the Wall is a group of Southern California who each have depicted the idea of shadows in their personal styles, from innovative to carefully representational. Native women, freeways, forests, canyons and glass ... each cast unique shadows. Our 15 artists have expressed these images with fabric, paint and textured stitching, creating an exhibit to inspire others with their creative interpretation of ideas.


Thimbles, Thimbles, Thimbles presented by Barbara Lockwood

This collection has been growing for 40 years and showcases a century of thimbles of every size, type, and material. Some celebrate milestones in history. Some are specific to an industry....(tailors, sailors) and over 200 aluminum thimbles advertise products. More than 1,200 thimbles in this collection will amaze you with the variety of materials.


Up, Down, and Sideways

Quilted Sculpture by Susan Else

California artist Susan Else makes unusual 3D work out of collaged and quilted cloth. From whimsical scenes to more poignant comments, her work stems out of her everyday life. Her love of intense color and intricate pattern permeates each piece." Pictured above "Wake Up Call" (full view & detail)


The "Whatever It Takes School of Quilting" Exhibition

Linda S. Schmidt is an artist, speaker, teacher, musician, writer, mother, and finance technician. She makes her quilts like she lives her life – many different aspects come together to make textile art in a style distinctly her own. In this exhibition, you will see landscapes and seascapes, portraits, liturgical and abstract pieces, as well as several pieces of wearable art. Linda belongs to the "Whatever it Takes" school of quilting, so she combines a wide variety of techniques and embellishments to express her inner vision.


The WICKED Cherrywood Challenge 2014

The visual impact of this exhibit is due to the limited color palette (lime and black), and interesting theme, WICKED. Some entrants were influenced by the Broadway hit musical, some by the Wizard of Oz, and some are personal interpretations of the word "wicked." The quilts are made entirely from 100% hand-dyed suede-look cotton from Cherrywood Fabrics, excluding embellishments. Selected quilts were displayed at the Gershwin Theater in NYC - home of "WICKED."


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*Quilts pictured above:
top row: "California Chardonnay" by Jan Rashid, "Gathering Baskets" by Margret Strauchman, "Life Goes On" by Irene MacWilliam
bottom row: "Technique Rebellion II Redux" by Melody Johnson, "Cape Primrose" by Barbra Barrick McKie, "Breadfruit in Blue Hawaii" by Connie Ayers