12th Annual Northwest Quilting Expo

On September 20, 21, 22, the Portland Oregon Expo Center is hosting the 2012 Northwest Quilting Expo. The show starts at 9 a.m. and closes at 5:30 p.m. The event, which started as a 1,500 square foot exhibition at the Washington County Fair 12 years ago, has grown to over a 72,000 square foot extravaganza with 80 vendors, 600 quilts, and an abundance of quilting enthusiasts.

Here are a few of the special exhibits, The Columbia Fiber Arts Guild, The Cover to Cover Book Club, Margaret Miller special guest instructor, Twelve by Twelve International Art Quilt Challenge, and From Heartbreak to Hope sponsored by the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative. Also on exhibit are spectacular judged and juried quilts from all over the world.

The Best in Show winning quilt is sponsored by Moda Fabrics, and made by Birgit Schueller of Riegelsberg Germany. The quilt, named Masquerade, was inspired by Mardi Gras and hot fixed with Swarovski crystals and colorful feathered and star quilting designs.

Here is the First Place, Large Quilts Winner, made by Mary Ellen Householder. She made the entire quilt without a pattern using only a 2 1/2 inch photo. Gorgeous!

The winner of The Viewer's Choice Award is Ann Horton's original pattern of a young Guatemalan boy with his cart of market produce. She used Guatemalan fabrics and free-motion embroidery.

The Judge's Choice Award goes to Judith Phelps from Battleground Washington. The Time's Past quilt is made from an original pattern.

The First Place winner of the Pictorial Quilt is outstanding! Grandma's Soddie, made by Gloria Zirges, from Newport Oregon, was based on her grandmother in front of her sod house wearing her dress fashioned of hankerchiefs.

The Bell Star quilt by Joanne Blade took first place in the Computerized Quilting competition.

Simply beautiful!

Below you'll find more quilting eye candy from the show.

Of course Fabric Depot is here!

Whether you are taking a class, watching a demonstration, finding a gift for a sewing buddy, or simply walking the aisles feasting your eyes on the beautiful expertly crafted quilts, the Northwest Quilting Expo is well worth the admission.

The Northwest Quilting Expo continues thru Saturday, Sept. 22. Hope to see you here!

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