2015 Quilt Show Dates and Deadlines

Every year thousands of quilters gather to share their work and see the work of others.  Quilt shows are an amazing opportunity to meet other quilters, learn something new, and discover great new fabrics and tools.  2015 promises to bring us a year full of quilt shows and opportunities to share our work with others both within and outside of our immediate community.  Below, I have gathered information for a sampling of quilt contests, shows, and exhibitions which will occur around the United States.  One of my goals for the next year is to start entering shows and contests, and I hope many of you share this goal as well.  There is a show for everyone, from local guild shows and county fairs to international juried exhibitions.

In order for this list to become a reference, I have added a quilt show page to the menu of this site, which I will update with additional shows as I hear about them.  I would like to keep this listing to shows which allow international (or at least national) entries.  If you know of a show anywhere in the world which should be included, please contact me so I can add it to the list.

2015 Quilt Show Dates and Deadlines


These shows are listed in the order of their occurrence.

 

Organization/Show Name:  American Quilter’s Society:  Albuquerque, New Mexico

Website:  http://www.quiltweek.com

Contest Deadline: September 19, 2014  (NOW CLOSED)

Show Dates: January 14-17, 2015

Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico

 

Organization/Show Name:  The Modern Quilt Guild  /  Quiltcon

Website:  http://www.quiltcon.com

Contest Deadline:  November 30, 2014  (NOW CLOSED)

Show Dates:  February 19-22, 2015

Location: Austin, Texas

 

Organization/Show Name:  Indiana Heritage Quilt Show

Website:  http://www.ihqs.org

Contest Deadline:  February 20, 2015

Show Dates:  March 5-7, 2015

Location: Bloomington, Indiana

 

Organization/Show Name:  American Quilter’s Society:  Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Website:  http://www.quiltweek.com

Contest Deadline: November 6, 2014  (NOW CLOSED)

Show Dates: March 11-14, 2015

Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania

 

Organization/Show Name:  Quilts, Inc.  /  International Quilt Festival:  Chicago, Illinois

Website:  http://www.quilts.com/home/shows/viewer.php?page=SummerFestivalChicago

Contest Deadline:  January 30, 2015.  Please see the call for entries at http://callforentriesmidwestmarvels.com for more details.

Show Dates:  March 26-28, 2015

Location: Rosemont, Illinois

 

Organization/Show Name:  MQX Quilt Festivals: New England

Website:  www.mqxshow.com

Contest Deadline:  February 1, 2015

Show Dates:  April 8-11, 2015

Location:  Manchester, New Hampshire

 

Organization/Show Name:  American Quilter’s Society:  Paducah, Kentucky

Website:  http://www.quiltweek.com

Contest Deadline: December 5, 2014 (NOW CLOSED)

Show Dates: April 22-25, 2015

Location: Paducah, Kentucky

 

Organization/Show Name:  Home machine quilting show (HMQA)

Website:  www.hmqs.org

Contest Deadline: April 11, 2015

Show Dates: May 7-9, 2015

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

 

Organization/Show Name:  The Dairy Barn Arts Center  /  Quilt National ‘15

Website:  http://dairybarn.org/quilt-national/quilt-national-2015/

Contest Deadline:  (NOW CLOSED)

Show Dates:  May 23 – September 7, 2015 (Touring Exhibit Follows- see website for details)

Location: Athens, Ohio

 

Organization/Show Name: National Quilting Association, Inc.

Website: http://www.nqaquilts.org/quiltshow/site/2015/

Contest Deadline:  April 1, 2015 (First 400 Entries Accepted for Competition)

Show Dates:  June 18-20, 2015

Location:  Little Rock, Arkansas

 

Organization/Show Name:  American Quilter’s Society:  Syracuse, New York

Website:  http://www.quiltweek.com

Contest Deadline:  March 6, 2015

Show Dates: July 29 – August 1, 2015

Location: Syracuse, New York

 

Organization/Show Name:  American Quilter’s Society:  Grand Rapids, Michigan

Website:  http://www.quiltweek.com

Contest Deadline: March 27, 2015

Show Dates: August 12-15, 2015

Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan

 

Organization/Show Name:  Quilts, Inc.  /  Quilt! Knit! Stitch!

Website: http://www.quilts.com/home/shows/viewer.php?page=StitchPortland

Contest Deadline:  (information not currently available)

Show Dates:  August 13-15, 2015

Location: Portland, Oregon

 

Organization/Show Name:  American Quilter’s Society:  Chattanooga, Tennessee

Website:  http://www.quiltweek.com

Contest Deadline: May 1, 2015

Show Dates: September 16-19, 2015

Location: Chattanooga, Tennessee

 

Organization/Show Name:  American Quilter’s Society:  Des Moines, Iowa

Website:  http://www.quiltweek.com

Contest Deadline: June 5, 2015

Show Dates: September 30 – October 3

Location: Des Moines, Iowa

 

Organization/Show Name:  Quilts, Inc.  /  International Quilt Festival:  Houston, Texas

Website:  http://www.quilts.com/home/shows/viewer.php?page=FallFestival

Contest Deadline:  (information not currently available)

Show Dates:  October 29 – November 1, 2015

Location:   Houston, Texas

 

Organization/Show Name:  MQX Quilt Festivals: Midwest

Website:  www.mqxshow.com

Contest Deadline:  TBA

Show Dates:  TBA

Location:  TBA

 

This list is accurate to the best of my knowledge.  If you find any errors, or would like to suggest other shows to add, please let me know, and I will make the necessary additions or corrections.

I’m linking this post with  “Anything Goes Monday” at Stitch by Stitch which is being hosted this week by Babco Unlimited.  Please check out all of the wonderful links and posts!

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My Return to the World of the Quilter!

 

I am so excited to be here and to finally get this blog up and running.  I have been wanting to do this for awhile, and I have enjoyed following the blogs a lot of you have been writing.  I am not new to the world of quilting, but I have taken a bit of a sabbatical for about 15 years.  During that time I have developed skills in other areas of art, design, textiles, and sewing.  I hope that I have become a much stronger textile artist because of these experiences.  I think that it is only fair to tell you a little about myself before I dive right in, so here we go!

( I have shamelessly taken the remainder of this post from the “about” section of this site, so expect a case of déjà vu if you choose to read both!)

cassandra_beaver


I love to create.  For me this takes many forms with this blog mostly focussing on my life as a fiber artist.  My mother taught me to sew starting around the age of three or four (the details are a bit fuzzy!)  I learned to quilt first, then I started sewing clothes, and quilted clothes.  After that I entered a career where I spent a lot of time sewing clothing as well as other things.  I have recently returned to the quilt world, and I am excited to share my adventures with you.

Why the not so dramatic life?  Almost my entire professional life has been spent in the theatre.  And no, I’m not an actress.  I am trained as a scenic and costume designer, and have also spent many years working in various technical roles behind the scenes.  These experiences inform my overall design aesthetic as well as helping me to develop skills which allow me to execute (almost) anything I can dream up.

Vital Stats:

Name: Cassandra Ireland Beaver

Education: MFA in Theatre Design (Specifically Scenic and Costume Design)

BFA in Painting (the Fine Art kind) and Drama: Theatre Design and Technology

States in which I have Lived:  Ohio, Missouri, Utah, Kentucky, Connecticut, Indiana

Places I have Visited: 29 US States, Germany, France, Belgium (well, the bus tour I was on had a rest stop there so that counts, right?), South Korea

Q&A Time

What is your Quilting Style?  I identify myself as a contemporary quilter because I’m going to make whatever I am inspired to create, and I have no intention of plunking myself inside a box.  My quilts each have a particular style, but I do not.

Okay then, what style do your Quilts tend to have?  Most of the pieces I create would be classified as either Modern or Art quilts, although occasionally something more traditional may appear.

What is your Greatest Quilting Strength?  A rather neurotic tendency to insist on seams lining up perfectly and points being sharp

What is your Greatest Quilting Weakness?  Free motion quilting (remember the neurotic thing?)  I shall conquer this!  Or else you will discover me huddled in a corner muttering something about inconsistent stitch lengths.

Do you have any experience teaching what you discuss here?  I was a college professor teaching scenic and costume design for a few years, and I managed a university (theatre) costume shop for a couple of years before that.  I have taught a lot of people how to sew, but not as many how to quilt.  I hope to return to teaching soon in a more quilt-based capacity!

How can I contact you?  You can email me at:   cassandra(at)thenotsodramaticlife(dot)com

What about that theatre stuff you mentioned?  If you are so inclined, please check out some of my theatre designs at www.cassandraireland.com

What is the best piece of advice you can give to a fellow quilter?  Be fearless with your work!  Try a new technique!  Create an original design!  You are in control of the fabric!

Thank you so much for visiting!  Your comments are important to me, and I will make every effort to respond!