Northwest Quilting Expo opens at Portland Expo Center
Get lost in the world of quilting from Sept. 26-28 at the Portland Expo Center. The public will have the opportunity to explore new quilting techniques and browse a collection of quilts crafted by talented artists at the 19th annual Northwest Quilting Expo.
There will be approximately 400 quilts on display during the Northwest's largest indoor quilt show that offers special exhibits and classes taught by skilled instructors.
More than 30 classes will be taught by featured instructors Beth Helfter, Melody Crust, Sheila Sinclair Snyder, Ellie Lum, Helene Knott, Melanie Sadler and Cathi Jolley.
Returning this year are the Make and Take and Creative Handwork classes. Participants will sew items like baby blankets, cork wallets and hand Sachiko drawstring bags. Students buy a kit from the teacher and complete a project in under two hours. Sewing machines are provided in the Make and Take classes.
The Northwest Quilting Expo notions booth will be available to bring quilters new must-have tools to make their sewing and quilting lives much easier. There will also be a chance to listen to a free notion lecture to learn about the tools.
Unique this year are the four free lectures each day, the 28 new vendors that will bring in a wide array of quilter goodies, two new quilt categories and a quilt challenge for the 2020 show.
This year's feature is Barn Quilts and to accompany the topic, there will be a barn quilt treasure hunt.
The Westside Quilters Guild created a Quilt Barn Trail, where 60 hand-painted wooden quilt blocks are located at Tualatin Valley farms and agriculture-related businesses.
To honor that special treasure hunt, the Northwest Quilting Expo will place photographs of the Quilt Barn Trail quilts around the Convention Center. Pick up an entry form at the show and keep an eye out to check off your treasure hunt finds. Completed forms will be eligible for a prize.
"Barn quilts started in the Midwest as a way to decorate barns and reflect the roots of our quilting community," said Laura Wallace-Dickson, who along with Jim O'Donnell, are the show organizers. "They have spread throughout the country and we have several Barn Quilt Trails in Oregon.
Quilters like to travel, and these add interest on their journeys. The painted quilt squares are hung on barns in rural areas throughout our country."
The expo will also provide a variety of classes that will offer a diverse set of lessons. Northwest Quilting Expo
Melody Crust will teach six classes, including creating quilts efficiently using piping and binding techniques, machine quilting and how to use paint sticks to create a quilt with an airbrushed vibe.
With featured artist Ellie Lum, quilters can learn how to craft a fashionable tote, made with waxed canvas and leather.
Beth Helfter, has five classes, and those taking them will focus on using unique patterns and bright colors using many different fabrics.
Special exhibits this year feature local artists Helene Knott, Judy Ankeny Liebo and The Storytellers Quilt Group. Follow Helene's quilting journey from her fourth quilt, the one she considers her turning point, to her current work.
Judy share the quilts she has made through the years, exploring techniques and quilt challenge fabrics.
The Storytellers quilt group will display quilts inspired by architecture.
Two new fun contests have been added this year. The UFO (unfinished objects) contest, which is a push to complete unfinished projects, will be a viewer's choice award.
The Row by Row Challenge is a quilt contest that features designs from the annual summer Shop-hop collected as quilters travel throughout the US and Canada. It also will have a viewer's choice
"We will be launching our challenge for 2020 at the show with fabric from Maywood Studios, featuring Gelato Ombre" Wallace-Dickson said.
In order to make this a premiere event, the Northwest Quilting Expo gives a special thanks to its sponsors Montavilla Sewing Centers, SAVE stores, Maywood Studio and Janome.
When asked what we get the most excited about with the show Wallace-Dickson said. "Every year Jim and I get most excited when it all comes together. It is a year of planning for us. We strive to add new and exciting features to the show each year. We are excited to see how we did for 2019. And we are already planning for 2020, which will be the 20th anniversary of the show."
For more information about the Northwest Quilting Expo go to www.nwquiltingexpo.com
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