Sew & Quilt Expo Reno

Special Displays 2022 - Quilt Show Reno

The Bag Lady - On Way to Mardi Gras

Quilt Show Reno
When asked to design a garment for the prestigious Fairfield Fashion Show at the Houston International Quilt Festival 1994-95, Linda McGehee chose to pay homage to her state of Louisiana. Using techniques from her book, More Texture With Textiles, she crinkled the green cotton velveteen and couched this base with all sorts of heavy, glitz threads in shades of purple, gold, and green. The body of the garment was completed using lattice piecing with dyed lattice beading. Additional threadwork was applied to the sleeves for more texture. The purple taffeta collar, enhanced with double-needle metallic threadwork, is trimmed with gold piping. Handmade buttons trim the sleeves and add closure to the coat.

Inside, the basic princess line velveteen dress is trimmed with prairie points of a variety of purple, gold, and green fabrics. Not knowing what bag to carry with the ensemble, there are several to choose from in the Ghee’s collection. This is the Bag Lady Goes to Mardi Gras by Linda McGehee

On My Way to the Mardi Gras opened the Diamond Intrigue 1996-1997 Fairfield Fashion Show at the Houston International Quilt Festival. The yoke of the jacket is woven of many ripped strips of hand-dyed fabrics combined with batiks. Layers of threadwork hold the weaving in place. The lower portion of the jacket is composed of corded double needlework using the 2.0 needle with metallic thread and the feather stitch. The sleeves combine spiral patchwork with couching and heavy corded piping. Large antique buttons add a finishing touch.

The basic pull-on pants have an insert in the side seams of woven fabrics trimmed with double-needle threadwork. A camisole of leftover piecing uses braided fabrics as straps and antique buttons for closure. A handbag of leftover pieces completes the ensemble. When the garment was finished, 85 spools of thread had been used.

On My Way to the Mardi Gras by Linda McGehee.

It’s Not All Black & White

Quilt Show Reno
The July 2020 challenge was designed to give maximum flexibility to our artists in terms of the materials, technique, and subject matter, while limiting color selection to black and white and one other color, in the approximate amount of 10%. Artists were told that they did not have to use the full 10%, or any color other than black and white.

Because Quilts on the Wall is a group of “art quilters”, there are no “quilt police” who would use a ruler to measure the amount of colored fabric. Artists were permitted to use an “ombre” (light to dark) of the one color they selected.

Quilts on the Wall intended for the Exhibit to be “graphic” – vivid – explicit – expressive – detailed – uninhibited – striking and forceful, when presented as a whole, but allow for individual voices to be expressed by each separate art work.

Quilts shown above, left to right: Ripe Berries by Sharon Jaeger, 2020 by Charlene Tuch, Macaroni Meeting by Nelda McComb.

by Quilts on the Wall Fiber Artists



The 2021 Challenge Theme “Endangered” was broadly interpreted. Each piece is accompanied by an Artist Statement that reflects the maker’s inspiration.
Many artists chose to emphasize environmental themes, the loss of biodiversity in our ecosystems, and the interrelationship of earth, wind, fire, and water to humans on a planet with limited natural resources. The artist saw the beauty in our world, and by their work seek to encourage viewers to preserve it.

Other artists were concerned with challenges to societal organizational norms endangered by assaults on the very fiber of the American experiment in a democracy “by the people, of the people, and for the people.”

The theme was intended to inspire both contemplation and visual enjoyment. Quilts on the Wall members are a group of Southern California textile artists. The group votes on at least two Challenges a year allowing members to create their own vision of the theme.

Both juried and non-juried exhibits travel to local and national venues such in quilt and textile art shows, and are displayed in art galleries and magazines.

Quilts on the Wall gallery: Information at New Members Welcomed.

Quilt shown: Hanging by A Thread by Carol Churchill  (left side)
Out Of Time by Karen Guthrie (right side)

by Quilts on the Wall Fiber Artists

Dune Seasons

Quilt Show Reno
Ann Loveless is a native of Frankfort, Michigan which is located on the shore of Lake Michigan. Ann attended Michigan State University and received her degree in Clothing and Textile Design. In 2004 Ann fell in love with the art of Landscape Quilting. Ann's inspiration and designs come from nature and the beautiful lakes and woods of Northwest and Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Ann works from photographs and has developed three distinctive quilting techniques.

This exhibit consists of eight panels depicting the beauty of northern Michigan and its seasonal changes. Working technique. Spring symbolizes renewal with awakening leaves and flowers. Summer depicts a sunset, water, dune grass, and birch trees in full bloom. Autumn is represented by warm and vivid colors. And Winter is showcased as nature goes into hibernation.

Quilts by Ann Loveless

Emerging - By Viewpoints

Viewpoints is an international fiber art collective founded in 2012.

Now in our 10th year, artists continue to share their stories, culture, and creative journey through online galleries and exhibitions around the world. Emerging is a collection of works that celebrates the meaning of freedom, release, and connection at this moment in history.

Members include Teresita Leal (Argentina), Sue Dennis (Australia), Rosalie Dace (South Africa), Misik Kim (South Korea), Elisabeth Nacenta de la Croix (Switzerland), Lin Hsin-Chen (Taiwan), Alicia Merrett (United Kingdom), Betty Busby, Lisa-Marie Sanders, Kate Themel, Martha Wolfe, and Diane Wright (USA).

The quilt pictured- We All Dance Around the Sun by Sue Dennis


The Diana Cherrywood Challenge/Pearl Collection

The annual Cherrywood Challenge resumes with this gorgeous collection of pink quilts honoring the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

Participants were asked to memorialize Diana using a limited palette of hand-dyed fabric from Cherrywood.

 Sponsored by Cherrywood Fabrics

Curated by Karla Overland, Organized by Donna Anderson

Southern Quilts -  by Mary W. Kerr, Curator

The American South has a rich quilting history, steeped in tradition and passed down through the generations. The glorious designs, colors and patterns are unique to this region of the United States. The quilts created here reflect the influence of multiple cultural traditions brought to the region over the last four centuries. The earliest patchwork quilts came from traditions in the British Isles. Unique designs and artistic interpretations emerged as German, Scots Irish and other European settlements converged in the American South.

 Each quiltmaker made her choices based on the styles, patterns, traditions, and fabrics available to her at that time. Southern quilts have a distinctive feel that sets them apart from other textiles. Many of these pieces are our heavy cotton quilts that are often finished with Baptist Fan or elbow quilting. These thick pieces are generally thought of as utilitarian pieces but many have simply been created using the available resources. Cotton was King throughout the South and the abundant crop was the primary batting used in the quilts of the region.

The theme of make-do has been present during every era of our Southern quilt making history. If you run out of fabric, use something else. If you need an extra border, add one. If you are short on skills or talent, make it work. Use up those leftover blocks as you mix, match and create. This quirky attitude adds to the charm of our Southern pieces. I love the odd border, the use of a different block and the often-unexpected pop of character! This was not an “I don’t care what you think” mentality but a mindset of making-do. It allowed Southern quilters to continue creating needed quilts and bedcoverings in times of hardship and economic downturn. Southern quilt makers were used to making-do. It was a way of life that allowed our quilting traditions to survive.

The display "Southern Quilts" consists of antique quilts only.

The collection belongs to Mary W. Kerr


The Colorful World of Marjan Kluepfel

Quilt Show Reno
I am an artist who uses fabric and thread as my medium instead of paper and paint....and a sewing machine instead of a brush.

The texture, color and prints of fabrics fascinate me and often give me inspiration for a new design. I very seldom draw out a quilt plan, but let the fabrics and textures determine my next step. While I work towards an idea, I try to avoid any definite image of the completed piece, because the complex nature of fabric often reveals surprises that dictate unexpected changes of direction.

Most of my designs are organic. They are influenced by my love of nature and all its wonders.

I like to work with color and movement in my pieces. The bright colors I use express my positive outlook on life.

The texture of the fabrics is an important design element to me and in my work, I use many different surface design techniques such as fabric dyeing, painting, printing, pleating and machine quilting and embroidery.

My desire has always been to create unique pieces and have lots of fun during the process.


Photos, Pixels, and Pizzazz: Digital quilts by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry

Quilt Show Reno
Mark your calendars! This is an exhibit you won't want to miss.

Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry is internationally known for her award-winning fine-art quilts, which are easily recognized by their luminous colors and illusions of light, depth, and motion. Her work has appeared in hundreds of exhibitions and publications throughout the world, and can be found in museum, corporate, public, and private collections in almost every state and eight foreign countries. Honors include: 100 Best Quilts of the Twentieth Century (2000), 30 Most Influential Quiltmakers in the World (2002), Bernina Leadership Award (2003), International Quilt Festival Silver Star (lifetime achievement) Award, NQA Masterpiece Quilt Award (1986), IQA Master Awards for Contemporary Artistry (2002 & 2007) and Machine Artistry (1997) All American Quilter (2004) and Best of Show in 16 national and international exhibitions.

From 1986-2013 Caryl shared what she learned with students in her workshops and lectures, which took her to eleven countries on five continents. She continues to share her knowledge through her exhibitions, lectures, publications, and website


Fabric-Chicks Quilts for Wounded Warriors and Veterans

A display of quilts made for the Wounded Warriors and Veterans sponsored by Fabric-Chicks and host the Patchwork from Nevada Quilters- which is an amazing group of women who have volunteered for over 13 years, donating 100’s of quilts to our Wounded Warriors and Veterans.

The mission of the Quilts for Soldiers is to cover ALL war wounded and injured service members and veterans touched by War with comforting and healing Quilts. Whether injuries are physical or psychological Quilts for Soldiers offers comfort and support.

• If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact Fabric-Chicks at  and we will provide you with a kit, or you can create and donate your quilts.

• Thank you to all of you who donate supplies and/or your time!!

1st Wednesday of the month, meetings are held at:
Fabric-Chicks, 1511 US Highway 395 N, Gardnerville NV 89410
775-267-0204 -


More to come.....