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Pacific International Quilt Festival XVIII

October 15 – 18, 2009
Pacific International Quilt Festival XVIII
Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California
A spectacular collection of over 800 quilts and works of wearable and textile art including a 300 booth Merchants Mall offering everything for the quilter, artist and home sewer.
Featuring:

  • World Quilt Competition: On Tour – Summer 2009
  • New Quilts of Northern California
  • Some of My Favorite Art Quilts – Presented by Priscilla Bianchi, Guatemala
  • Kawaii – Presented by Yoshiko Katagiri, Japan
  • Nine Patch Media Quilts – Presented by Sharon Pederson, Canada
  • Viva Venezia! – Presented by Christine Porter, England
  • ARTifact – Presented by AQuA, the Art Quilt Association
  • Liz Berg – One Woman Show
  • Does Size Matter? A Textile Conversation – Central Coast Textile Artists
  • The Garden Quilts
  • Linda Hibbert: One Woman Show
  • Metamorphosis presented by The Signature Art Quilters
  • Noble Seasons – Spring 2009: Springing Forward
  • Orchids, Orchids, Orchids – Professional Art Quilters Alliance
  • Piecing with Pixels – Sandy Hart and Gudny Campbell
  • Quilters Treasure Challenge 2009
  • Unfettered Letters – Quilts on the Wall: Fiber Artists
  • Vintage Revisited: Curated by Mary Kerr.
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    Flapper Headband Tutorial

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    Supplies
    • ½ yard 1” wide stretch sequined trim
    • 1/8 yard ostrich feathers
    • 1 large decorative rhinestone or appliqué
    • Needle and thread

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    1920′s Shirt with Kimono Sleeves

    Laura made this top in an Italian wool challis panel print. Note the subtly belled ¾ length sleeves with pointed edges. There is a kind of Bloomsbury Group feel to this shirt, maybe due to the soft colors and interesting pattern mixture. Laura used Decades of Style pattern #1902, a 1920 Tunic with a Kimono Sleeve.
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    Renegade Craft Holiday Sale

    REMINDER: Applications are open for the 1st ever Renegade Craft Holiday Sale in SAN FRANCISCO! The event will take place December 19 + 20 from 11am – 7pm at the Fort Mason Center Herbst Pavilion. If you’re interested in applying to be a vendor, applications will be available from August 21 – October 9.
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    Open Source Embroidery Exhibit

    Open Source Embroidery Show, Oct. 2 — Jan. 24, Museum of Craft and Folk Art, SF, CA, The Open Source Embroidery exhibition presents artworks that use embroidery, thread, and code as a tool for participatory production and distribution. Open Source Embroidery includes workshops and exhibitions that investigate how the open source software development model has been incorporated into the language of cultural participation. This major exhibition brings together individual and collectively made artworks by artists, makers, computer programmers and html users that explore the relationship between craft and code through social and digital networks. The works experiment with interdisciplinary approaches to modifying patterns, the DIY culture of hacking and sampling in sound, GPS and mobile technologies.
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    Japanese Quilting Cotton

    We recently had an inquiry about our Japanese quilting cottons. Here is a stack of our selection of Japanese quilting cottons. Remember, these fabrics will be on sale during out stupendous fall 30% off sale on Monday, October 12th, and Tuesday October 13th. Enjoy!
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    Button Organization Tip

    An organizational tip from the folks at CraftStylish, Threads and Elizabeth Merritt: String your buttons on safety pins. They won’t get lost in your stash box, and you can keep track of sets of buttons to use in new projects.

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    Liberty of London Fabric

    We love Liberty of London cotton lawn. Sew up a cowboy shirt for your favorite bucking bronco, a feather soft robe to lounge around in on Sunday mornings while eating French toast, or even a stack of the most luxurious handkerchiefs in the universe! Here are some of our selection of 45 bolts of Liberty of London cotton lawn.
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    Upcoming Quilt Exhibit – Amish Abstractions

    The de Young museum, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park
    November 14, 2009 — June 6, 2010
    This exhibition features approximately 48 full-size and crib quilts dating from the 1880s to the 1940s. Quilts made by girls and women of various Amish communities in Pennsylvania and the Midwest are visual distillations of their way of life. The Amish faith embodies the principles of simplicity, humility, discipline, and community, but their quilts are anything but humble. Using a rich color palette and bold patterns, these quilts are truly a unique contribution to American textile history. The quilts highlight the beauty and complexity of the abstract patterns.
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    Credit Line
    Amish Abstractions: Quilts from the Collection of Faith and Stephen Brown is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The exhibition is supported by The Brown Foundation, Inc.

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    Britex Fabrics Fall Sale – Oct. 12 & 13

    BRITEX FABRICS FALL SALE – 30% OFF*
    All Fabrics – All Notions – All Remnants
    Monday, Oct. 12 (10-7) – Tuesday, Oct. 13 (10-6)
    * Sale limited to stock on floor
    * Imported laces and velvets not included
    * No special orders, mail or phone orders
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