Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza 2017

If you follow our facebook page you’ll know that last week I visited the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza. A large part of my job involves looking at quilts online, but I especially love when I get the opportunity to see them in person. PNQE seems to always have an amazing number of quilts from a variety of sources. The competition quilts specific to PNQE are there, but there are also winners from World Quilt New England and many special exhibits from individual artists to challenges and guilds. I’ve chosen a few quilts from the show to share with you and have tried to capture some of why they caught my eye.

It’s a good thing this quilt isn’t sentient, because if it were it would know that I was stalking it. I just couldn’t help myself from going back to it time and again to soak in the gorgeous quilting.

When My Spirit is Set Free ©Teri Cherne
When My Spirit is Set Free ©Teri Cherne

From the great use of color to the precise workmanship, it’s no wonder that this quilt by Teri Cherne was one of the winners.

Detail When My Spirit is Set Free ©Teri Cherne
Detail When My Spirit is Set Free ©Teri Cherne

As I was walking the show floor I heard quite a happy commotion. It turns out that the SewBatik Challenge Fashion Show was in progress.

It was being moderated by Vickie Clontz and she was doing a great job. The crowd was having lots of fun and as you can see the entrants made some beautiful garments. If it happens again next year I’ll make a point of seeing the whole thing.

This next quilt incorporates many techniques in a masterful fashion.

Drawing NIgh ©Betty Jo Tatum
Drawing NIgh ©Betty Jo Tatum

Appliqué, piecing, digital design, machine quilting – it’s all there. What’s really amazing is how Betty Jo Tatum used such a variety of techniques, but they all work together as a whole.

Detail from Drawing NIgh ©Betty Jo Tatum
Detail from Drawing NIgh ©Betty Jo Tatum

I particularly appreciate how the style of this digitally created ship fits with the style of the piece.

Here’s a lovely quilt that was a winner in the World Quilt Competition.

Tartan Tattoo ©Linzi Upton
Tartan Tattoo ©Linzi Upton

Linzi Upton combined an intriguing color palette with straightforward piecing, then further elevated the design with wonderful machine quilting.

Detail of Tartan Tattoo ©Linzi Upton
Detail of Tartan Tattoo ©Linzi Upton

And finally, there were quite a few Modern quilts this year. If you check out the Facebook Live videos I made at the show you can see part of the show that was devoted to them . This is just a detail of this quilt, but having swum many laps in my life I found it quite endearing.

Margarita Man ©Barbara Cain
Margarita Man ©Barbara Cain

This quilt by Barbara Cain was inspired by UK based artist Naomi Wilkinson’s illustration “Swimming Pool.” I love the fabric selection and the quilting is simple yet very effective.

Going through these photos has inspired me all over again, and I hope you’ve found a little inspiration in them too!

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