Friday, August 21, 2015

Machine Quilters Showcase 2015

This year’s Machine Quilters Showcase, sponsored by the International Machine Quilters Association was located in Cedar Rapids, IA.  It was a week of fun, learning and adventure for my favorite traveling quilter, Sheri and I.

We were scheduled to start the week off with some classes, however, bad weather cancelled our first class as the instructor was not able to make it in.  But on Monday evening we were entertained and educated by Dusty Farrell, a longarm quilter from Pennsylvania.
Dusty showing us how to create "Bread and Butter" Designs.

Then on Tuesday, I started off with my Meandering Methods workshop.  It was a fun class with great students.

Then in the afternoon, I taught my Nature Inspired Quilting Motifs workshop.

Then it was on to more classes, sessions, and some very important consumer research…..
Linda Taylor sharing Essential Technical Skills for Longarm Quilting.
 We took a couple of classes from long arm instructor, Linda V. Taylor.  We also took classes and networking sessions from Gina Perkes, Sally Terry, Fredrick Hill, and Deloa Jones
My "Anniversary Rose", a photo transferred quilt with mixed media enhancements.
  This year I donated my "Anniversary Rose", quilt for the Audacious Auction to support the grant program offered by the International Machine Quilters, to encourage and assist machine quilters to expand their knowledge and skills in machine quilting.  As a group we raised over $9,000.00 for the program.

  And of course finding the fabric you spent most of the week searching for---motivates me to get back to my studio to sew!

Next year’s dates are set for May 11-14, 2016.  For more information about the show go to or follow Machine Quilters Showcase on facebook.

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