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Northwest Quilting Expo: A Perfect Quilting Getaway

Do you ever wonder how your calendar fills up so quickly? I swear that some little gremlin comes in during the night and pencils in all sorts of activities in an effort to keep me out of trouble. I looked ahead to the next few months, and see that I have a very busy schedule. In addition to the guest appearance we are all making at our local Quilting in the Garden at Alden Lane (Livermore, CA), my first stop will be at the Northwest Quilting Expo at the Portland (OR) Expo Center.

The Magical Mermaid’s Castle by Claudia Pfeil of Germany won the Best in Show award at the 2011 Northwest Quilting Expo.

The show runs from Sept. 20-22 and promises to be the biggest and best yet. I love visiting Oregon and it should be the perfect time of year for traveling to this beautiful area of the country. I am pleased to be included in the line-up of instructors along with Rob Appell, Marci Baker, and Deb Karasik.

This is one of the Twelve by Twelve Challenge quilts at the exhibit; based on the color eggplant.

There will be six special exhibits and over 75 vendors to tempt you with the newest fabrics, books, and notions. In addition, five local quilt guilds will be exhibiting, including Portland Modern Quilt Guild,  Columbia FiberArts GuildCover to Cover Book Club Quilters and several more. A juried show with over 500 works of art will be on display for your viewing pleasure.

Guernsey Country Fair by Pat Busby of the Cover to Cover Book Club Quilters. Inspired by the book The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

I will be teaching two 2-day workshops on two of my favorite patterns: The Big Tumble and Going to Market.

I’ll teach you to take the fear out of working with y-seams.

Learn some tricks for making perfectly shaped appliquéd handles.

If you are in the Portland area, be sure to stop in and join the fun. If you are not from the area, this might be the perfect opportunity to plan a road trip or needed getaway with some of your quilting friends.

Hope you are all enjoying this last month of summer.

p.s. It’s not to late to join me in the online classroom on The Quilt Show. Session Four begins today; I will be demonstrating the Sawtooth Star block. It’s easy and free to become a Basic Member, and the best part is that you can view the lessons at your leisure.

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