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AQS Quilt Show Chattanooga, TN – 2014 – What You Need to Know

 

September 10-13, 2014

QuiltWeek Hours

Wed.–Fri., 9:00am – 6:00pm
Sat., 9:00am – 5:00pm

chattanooga 2014Chattanooga Convention Center
1150 Carter St
Chattanooga, TN 37401

The Chattanooga Quilt Show is just around the corner.  If you’re going, here is some of the information you will need to know.

Lodging

To book a room for the Chattanooga Quilt Show, go to this link.  This service books rooms in dozens of hotels in the Chattanooga area, and you will get a discounted rate especially for quilters if you use this service to book your room.

Tickets Can be Purchased at the Show

Daily Admission
Members $11/ Retail $14

2-Day Admission
Members $20/ Retail $25

Multi-Day Admission
Members $25/Retail $35

 

Directions to the Show

There is a handy tool for you to use for directions and a map to get to the show.  For directions to the show, go to the AQS Chattanooga page and click the Directions tab.  You will then enter your location, and will be given directions from your location to the quilt show.

For your convenience, download a map of downtown Chattanooga here.

Chattanooga Special Exhibits

Don’t miss these special exhibits while at the show.  There is a lot of variety and you will find something for everyone!

Modern Quilt Challenge
Caohagan Exhibit 22 quilts
SAQA Masters II Exhibit
Stitch Like an Egyptian
New Quilts from an Old Favorite – Carolina Lily / National Quilt Museum
Pilgrim/Roy Challenge 2015
Quilted In Honor
Badass Quilters Exhibit
Cow Stampede
Melody Johnson
AQS Authors’ Exhibit

Happy Quilting,

Deborah

P.S.  For any other questions about the show, go to AQS Quilt Week Chattanooga.

Are You Looking for Quilt Shows in 2014?

united_statesIt’s January, and if you’re like most quilters, you’re starting to think about the quilt shows you’re planning to see this year. I love this part of the year and the planning that goes into choosing which shows I’m going to see! The perfect place for you to start is http://quiltshownews.com.  We’ve got lots of quilt shows listed by state. I am planning a Spring Break trip right now and so I’m going to be looking for shows happening along my route in Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida. If you too will be traveling for Spring Break or summer vacation, you can take a look at the cities along your route and find shows that are happening in those areas! And if you are in a guild or quilt group, and you’re planning a show this year, take a look to see if we have your show listed on your state’s page.  If not, hit reply and tell me about the show.  We will make sure to include links to your guild website, or contact information.  Quilters want to know about you!! Happy Quilting!

Let Us Promote Your Quilt Shows

quilt show floorAt Quilt Show News, one of the services we provide is a quilt show directory where quilters can find quilt shows in every state. This is one way we provide a service to the quilt community. We want to help you promote your next quilt show.

Is your guild planning your next show? Do you have a marketing plan for your show? Make Quilt Show News part of your marketing plan.

We will list your show For Free! Our site is visited every day by quilters from all over the world. We see quilters searching for shows in every state. With a listing on our web page, your show will be found much more easily by Google. We give you a link to your site so that anyone who finds your show here, will be able to come to your website or contact you directly.

Simply go to our Contact Page and tell us the details of your show:

Date
Name of Show
Place
Website
Contact information

 Happy Quilting!!

Houston Quilt Festival – Meet Some of Today’s Top Quilters

News from the International Quilt Festival in Houston

Open Studios™ schedule announced for Houston! Will you be at Quilt Festival in Houston October 31-November 3? Would you like to meet some of today’s top quilters and fiber artists?Open Studios™, presented by Craftsy, will have artists who are working in real time! This specially constructed area is located on “Main Street,” near the food court.Four artists will be working simultaneously under the categories of “Quilt,” “Stitch,” “Embellish,” and “Paint.” Stop by to learn a new technique or two!

The schedule is listed below.  This information is not yet widely available online.  So I’ve included the full schedule as it exists today.  All slots are subject to change.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31
10 a.m.-Noon
PAINT
Pokey BoltonEverything but the Kitchen Sink: Printing with Found Objects
EMBELLISH
Julie CreusFabric Flower Brooch
STITCH
Frieda AndersonMachine Quilting the “Home Sweet Home” Quilt
QUILT
Judy Coates PerezMachine Quilting for Art QuiltsNoon-2 p.m.
PAINT
Maria ShellFour Nifty Ways to Cut Fabric
EMBELLISH
Sue PurdySpray Painting with Stencils and Embellishing with
Crystals 

STITCH
Marlene GlickmanCreative Fabric Collage
QUILT
Susan Brubaker KnappThread Sketching2-4 p.m.
PAINT
Jamie FingalStencils, Fabric, Paint-Go!
EMBELLISH
Cheryl SlebodaCartooning for Quilters
STITCH
Timna TarrPaper Piecing
QUILT
Leslie JenisonFree-motion Quilting4-6 p.m.
PAINT
Ana BuzzalinoColoring Fabrics with Inktense Pencils
EMBELLISH
Catherine RedfordAfrican Folklore Embroidery 
STITCH
Anita Grossman SolomonMake it Simple® Cutting & Piecing Tips
QUILT
Sarah Ann SmithFree-motion Quilting 


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 110 a.m.-Noon
PAINT
Enid WeichselbaumSimple Silk Screening
EMBELLISH
Barb ForristerCreating 3-D Floral Patterns 
STITCH
Debby BrownBlended Thread Free-motion Embroidery 
QUILT
Catherine RedfordWrapped in Scraps 

Noon-2 p.m.
PAINT
Victoria Findlay WolfePainting with Scraps: Making Your Own Fabric
EMBELLISH
Sue PurdySpray Painting with Stencils and Embellishing with Crystals 
STITCH
Andi PerejdaHand Quilting 
QUILT
Maria ShellArtful Machine Quilting

2-4 p.m.
PAINT
Leslie JenisonMonoprinting with Stencils
EMBELLISH
Marlene GlickmanHand-dyed Silk Greeting Cards 
STITCH
Timna TarrAppliqued Circles
QUILT
Jamie FingalFree-motion Quilting

4-6 p.m.
PAINT
Judi HurwittMonoprinting with Gelli Plates
EMBELLISH
Laura WasilowskiHand Stitching Fused Art Quilts 
STITCH
Liz KettleFree-form Embroidery
QUILT
Ebony LoveDie-cut Foundation Piecing 


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2

10 a.m.-Noon
PAINT
Judi HurwittCreating Your Own Stamps
EMBELLISH
Becky NavarroUsing Found Objects and Everyday Tools for Embellishment  
STITCH
Ebony LoveStitched & Painted Quilts
QUILT
Judith TragerMachine Quilting

Noon-2 p.m.
PAINT
Susie MondayWater-soluble Crayons for Screen Printing
EMBELLISH
Ruth ChandlerModern Hand Stitching 
STITCH
Maria ShellPiecing with Prints
QUILT
Diane DoranLayered Imagery & Stitch

2-4 p.m.
PAINT
Susan Brubaker KnappWhole Cloth Painting
EMBELLISH
Maria ShellArtful Applique 
STITCH
Kristin RodriguezPhoto Transfer to Stitched Art
QUILT
Wendy Butler BernsEmbellished Postcard Quilts

4-6 p.m.
PAINT
Cyndi SouderBlock Printing with Wooden Blocks
EMBELLISH
Cheryl SlebodaLight Up Your Quilts! 
STITCH
Debby BrownBlended Thread Free-motion Embroidery 
QUILT
Liz KettleUsing Specialty Threads in Quilting

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3  

10 a.m.-Noon
PAINT
Pokey BoltonLayered Imagery
EMBELLISH
Linda HardyMixed Media Collage 
STITCH
Catherine RedformYoYo Ma!  
QUILT
Cheryl SlebodaExperiments in Dimensional Sewing for Quilts

Noon-2 p.m.
PAINT
Cyndi SouderBlock Printing with Wooden Blocks
EMBELLISH
Judi HurwittMake Your Own Beads
STITCH
Janelle GirodSilk Fiber Explorations 
QUILT
Diane DoranLayered Imagery & Stitch

 
 
 
 

How to Promote A Quilt Show

Threadmongers color jpeg file resizeI came across this amazing blog post at Threadmongers.blogspot.com. Threadmongers is a great blog written by Judyjj from Sedro-Woolley, Washington. This excerpt below is from a blog post she wrote on how to promote your guild quilt show. I am only showing you a small portion of the blog post. You should read the whole thing. It goes into so much more information covering broadcast media, distribution of flyers, local organizations and more.

Bottom line, if you are helping promote your guild’s quilt show, you should read this blog post!

 Excerpt from Threadmongers.blogspot.com

Let’s begin with the premise that people would like to attend your show but they have very busy lives.  So they need to be reminded often, to feel as if they are welcome to attend (even if they’re not quilters), and to relate something that is already important to them to your show.

1.  Remind them often
More is better.  The ideas listed below will work best if you use LOTS OF THEM.

2.  Make them welcome
The best way quilt shows “engage the public” is to use a People’s Choice voting mechanismand award lots of ribbons/prizes for the winners.  Tell attendees “we value your opinion” and give them a ballot and a pencil when they arrive.  Award at least some People’s Choice ribbons DURING THE SHOW so attendees can see results.  Say “thank you for coming” and use lots of welcoming signage at the show entry.

3.  Help them relate to the show
Quilters attend shows for inspiration and to see their friends’ work.  Use a labeling method  for the quilts that includes the quilter’s name, quilt’s name, cites the pattern source (commercial or “original”), and some text about the quilter’s reason for/inspiration for the quilt.

Non-quilters attend shows to see Mom’s/Grandma’s/Auntie’s quilt.  Yes, and to see Dad’s/Grandpa’s/Uncle’s quilt, too.  They want to see it and vote for it.  They want to take a photo of the quilt with the quilter standing in front of it.  Possibly with the grandchild for whom the quilt was made.  Make sure that there is enough aisle room in front of your display to allow for good photos.  And we all know the value of choosing a show venue with good lighting.

The pattern you’re seeing here is that PEOPLE ATTEND LOCAL QUILT SHOWS TO SEE THE WORK OF PEOPLE THEY KNOW AND LOVE.  Any way you can find to make that easier will make your show more popular and create more buzz.

Need Something to Do This Weekend? Try Attending a Quilt Show

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Quilting is a phenomenon that is sweeping the country. Don’t believe me? Look at the numbers. In a study commissioned by Quilts Inc. in 2003 there were 21.3 million active quilters in the United States, and of that number 25% were dedicated quilters spending more than $500 a year on supplies. According to Quilters News Network, QNN there are an estimated 30 million quilters worldwide. If you still aren’t convinced, consider the fact that QNN is one of the few full 24/7 TV on-demand network devoted entirely to one craft, quilting.

Capitalizing on this hobby, Quilt Shows have begun popping up around the country. Three of the largest show producers, the American Quilter’s Society, the National Quilting Association and Quilts Inc. hold annual shows in such places as Houston Texas, Des Moines Iowa, Columbus Ohio and Panducah Kentucky. These events are so big they’re often held in Convention Centers, have hundreds of vendor booths, huge contests and hotel packages for attendees.

Visitors to these quilting shows enjoy classes, workshops and demonstrations. Displays of quilts in both traditional and modern styles are interesting to see, and there are lots of quilting fabrics, notions, machines and other supplies available for purchase.

Because these events are often attended by females accompanied by their patient husbands, special efforts have been made to make these men more comfortable. Many shows now offer a special Men’s Den area complete with comfortable arm chairs and big screen TVs showing programs of sports clips for the guys to enjoy while their wives shop.

However, big production quilting shows are only half of what’s available. Little communities across the country like Sisters, Oregon sponsor their own quilting shows. The whole town gets in on the fun as streets are roped off and visitors wander around the downtown area admiring the many displays. There are sewing stores and vendor booths to visit and local cuisine to sample.

These small unaffiliated shows can be found throughout the country with clever names like The Sea to Sea Quilting Show in Long Beach, California or Autumn in the Ozarks held in Mountain Home, Arkansas. A simple Google search of quilt shows and state names is all that’s necessary to locate these area shows.

Regardless of the size or location, most quilting shows provide many of the same activities such as quilting contest that allow local artisans to demonstrate their skills. These shows often include multiple categories for everything from creative quilt blocks to kid quilters division. With so many beautiful quilted projects available, quilting shows are a great place to get ideas, inspiration and learn a new technique.

Quilting Shows are held throughout the year and make fun excursions for individuals, community groups or and even a fabric shop organized tour. For those who love fabrics and crafting, a Quilt Show is a must-see event!

Deanne Blackhurst is a freelance writer for Sew to Speak, your one-stop online sewing and fabric store. Visit us at Sew to Speak and take a look at the huge selection of fabric, patterns and notions we carry.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Deanne_Blackhurst

New AQS Quilt Shows Means More Happy Quilters in 2014!

newquiltshowsAQS announced this week that it will be rolling out 3 more quilt shows across the country in 2014. I am really excited about this news because it means more and more quilters will have access to a large show nearby. This is great news for quilters and vendors and the hosting cities.

 I am pleased by the news but not surprised. In 2012 I had a chance to sit down with Bonnie Browning, Executive Show Direct for American Quilt Society, as well as other members of the AQS team. They graciously allowed me to ask them any questions I wanted about the new quilt show coming to Grand Rapids Michigan. As a long-time quilter, this was an amazing experience for me!

 During the conversation, they hinted that there may be more shows coming up in years to come. And now this week they announced that indeed AQS will be bringing internationally attended quilt shows in 2014 to Phoenix, Chattanooga and Charlotte.

 I can tell you that the show in Grand Rapids was a huge success in its first year. I watched with much anticipation as AQS worked with the City of Grand Rapids to do everything they could to make the show a great experience, and boy did they ever! Thousands attended the show, hundreds of quilts were hung, vendors from all over the country came in and sold out of merchandise before the show was even over. Every person I interviewed agreed the show had been a success.

 So to those of you in the geographical regions near Arizona, Chatenooga and Charlotte, congratulations! Quilters, quilt shop vendors, and the merchants in your city are in for a great time in 2014!

What to take to the Quilt Show

houston-quilt-festival-1I was recently reading posts at the http://QuiltingBoard.com and found a discussion about what to take to a quilt show.

Last year I went to my first big quilt show in Grand Rapids. I planned pretty well as far as what to bring, but there were a few things I was missing. You want to pack light when going to a quilt show because you’re going to be walking around all day, especially the large shows. But there are some necessities that you should have with you.

The list the ladies on the QuiltingBoard.com shared was a great one.

Water bottle carrier
Backpack for all your goodies
Small wallet size purse with strap
Comfy walking shoes
Digital camera
Fully charged battery for your camera
Lots of cash
Spare credit card just in case
Self addressed sticky address labels for give-aways,
Power bar/granola bar/snickers
List of things I want to buy

This last one is a great idea. I did not have a list of things I wanted to buy when I went to the AQS Grand Rapids show. As I was skipping from one booth to another, it was easy to get overwhelmed. So much good stuff I wanted! Where to begin?

If I had brought a list of the items I knew I wanted to look for, it would have kept me on track as I moved through what must have been over 100 vendor booths.

Next time I’ll know better.

Do you have anything to add to the list?