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Pacific International Quilt Festival 2017 Recap

Sara Curtis

The twenty-sixth annual Pacific International Quilt Festival was this past weekend in Santa Clara at the Santa Clara Convention Center, and for anyone interested in quilt, fiber, wearable and the textile arts this festival did not fail to inspire, amaze and entertain.  PIQF features an extensive merchant mall, a myriad of workshops, lectures, special exhibits and competitions stretched across the convention center over the four day festival. Read on to see what you missed and don’t want to miss for next year’s festival!


The unofficial opening of PIQF was on Wednesday, October 11th for preview night; an exclusive opportunity for pre-registered, festival participants to explore the quilt exhibits and the merchant mall. Preview night also announces the winners of the competition categories. Congratulations are in order for some of our own Meissner  Makers!

Tonja McCarthy with Hidden Treasures, her winning entry in the Wearable Art: Vest, Jacket or Coat category at PIQF 2017.
  • Long-arm Quilting Manager, Tonja McCarthy, won third place in the Wearable Art: Vest, Jacket or Coat category with her coat, Hidden Treasures, which was originally created for the 2015 Hoffman Challenge.
  • Meissner Sewing instructor, Inger Blood took home third place in the Traditional Quilt category for her quilt, A Taste of Tie.

With over 800 quilts and garments on display, more than 160 vendors in attendance, and workshops taught by educators from all over the world, there is more to see and do at the Pacific International Quilt Festival than any one person could possibly see in one day. Meissner Sewing provided Baby Lock Coronet's for half-day classes taught by Baby Lock educators Debbie Martinez and Aaron Hoskins. This marked the first time ever in a national event workshop, explore the new and innovative Baby Lock Coronet. A unique 16” hybrid quilting machine with built-in stitch regulation, you have the choice of quilting from a seated or standing position. The standard compact five-foot frame is perfect for small quilting spaces.

Meissner Sewing and Vacuum Centers partnered with Baby Lock to provide Baby Lock Coronets for half-day workshops led by Baby Lock educators Debbie Martinez and Aaron Hoskins.

Debbie Martinez taught quilters of all experience levels how to create a table runner or wall hanging while learning techniques including free motion, regulated stitching, art quilting, quilt as you go on a long-arm, applying appliqués and couching with yarn.   Aaron Hoskins' afternoon workshops focused on Free-Motion Quilting with the Baby Lock Coronet, a hands-on workshop where students of all skill levels were led through the process of when to quilt, where to quilt, why to quilt, and how to quilt.

Quilts on Display

Over 300 entries were received for the 2016 challenge, with 120 selected for the traveling exhibit as featured at PIQF 2017.

While there were several eye-catching special exhibits on display, one of the favorites among many attendees as well as Meissner staff was The Lion King Cherrywood Challenge. The traveling exhibit is described as, “a challenge fit for a king! Participants were inspired by the stunning artistry, vibrant colors and exhilarating choreography of Broadway’s award-winning Best-Musical, The Lion King.”

A wide variety of techniques, skill levels and interpretations of the musical’s story are united by the Cherrywood line of fabrics used for the challenge.  In honor of The Lion King’s 20th anniversary on Broadway, twenty of the winning quilts from this exhibit will be displayed for a limited time at the Minskoff Theater in New York City beginning in November 2017.

Take a look at a small selection of quilts that were on display during Pacific International Quilt Festival 2017 below. For more PIQF coverage, visit our Facebook page.

"Quilter's Quandry," by Shireen Hattan, a Meissner Sewing instructor at our Folsom location.




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