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.

Studio Art Quilt Association 2022

Quilt Show Reno
SAQA is an international non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the art quilt and the artists that make them. Founded in 1989 with a group of 50 artists, they have now grown to more than 3400! They are an information resource on all things’ art quilt related for both members and the public. The artists use a variety of techniques to express their view of the world around them, inspired by nature, people, themes, songs, poems they use fabric and thread as their medium. Please come to our booth at the Reno Quilt Show and learn what "Art Quilting" is all about!

The Reno/Tahoe SAQA Local Connections (LC) group is seeking new members! Please feel free to join us at 2:00 p.m. on the third Monday of every other month (July is the next) at the South Reno Library at 15650 Wedge Parkway. For questions, please call Tracy at (775)742-0076.

Orange Quilt by Denise Oyama Miller
Blue Quilt by Nancy Bardach
Teal Quilt by Jennifer Landau


My Favorite Things

Members of Quilts on the Wall Textile Artist celebrated the 2021 holiday season by sending their “favorite” fabric to another member and challenging that member to take that fabric and create a small textile artwork that represented their “favorite” thing.

From the wind on our skin represented by Ginko leaves floating in a contemporary-colored woven wind to the sparkle of a dragonfly over reflecting water to the florescent colors of Florence Italy, artists bring to the viewer the joys in their life using fabric as an artistic medium.

Quilts on the Wall is a Southern California Textile Art Association open to the public. Meetings are held monthly either on Zoom or in Person at Costa Mesa, CA.

For more information and a large gallery of the member's art, visit

 Sponsored by Quilts on the Wall Fiber Artist

Quilts pictured :
Reflective Transformation by Tara Ritacco (left)
The Shy Lguana by Jane Willis (right)


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

It’s All "A Round" Us

Quilts on the Wall are a group of textile artists dedicated to learning about and sharing art quilts.

Projects are displayed on the wall rather than on the bed. The group votes on at least two Challenges a year allowing
members to create their own vision of the theme.

It’s All “A Round” Us is a collection of 28 quilts. The guidelines for the challenge, were the maximum quilt dimension of 30” by 30”. The quilt could be round or whatever shape the artist chooses as long as it is no bigger than the maximum dimensions. In addition, at least 50% of the shapes in the quilt have to be round. It was fine to have more than 50% of the shapes in the quilt round - there was no maximum percentage of round shapes.

 by Quilts on the Wall Fiber Artist

Quilt by Carol Churchill – A Dream of Gold and Crimson Leaves

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),  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

The Remembrance Project

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The Remembrance Project is a community art project that creates activist art banners, for local and national organizations to publicly display for solidarity, in the fight for social justice and remembrance of those lost to violence. The project remembers those lost to authority violence (officer-involved shooting, police brutality, etc.), community violence (victims of gang violence, neighborhood or family, drive-by shooting, etc.), race (hate crimes, racially motivated, etc.), and gender and sexuality (violence against LGBTQ +, domestic violence, “missing, murdered Indigenous women,” etc.).

Founded in 2017, the Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA) is a non-profit organization that aims to empower individuals to utilize textile art for personal transformation, community cohesion, and to begin the journey toward becoming an agent of social change. Prior to COVID-19, youth workshops and programs were at the core of the organization. Through a series of hands-on workshops in schools, prisons, and community centers across the country, SJSA used social justice and art education to bridge artistic expression with activism. Many of our young artists made art that explored issues such as gender discrimination, mass incarceration, gun violence, and gentrification. The powerful imagery that youth created in cloth demonstrated their critique of issues plaguing their local and larger communities. These quilt blocks are then sent to volunteers around the world to embellish and embroider before being sewn together into quilts to be displayed in museums, galleries, and quilt shows across the country.

While youth programming remains at the heart of SJSA, the civil rights movement of 2020 and the concurrent COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted SJSA’s programming. Due to no longer being able to provide in-person programming and limited virtual youth workshops, SJSA launched a series of new initiatives to critically respond to the times. With each project, SJSA bridges the differences between age, race, and socioeconomic status to facilitate conversations about and encourage action toward social justice issues in households across the country.

By Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA)

Eye Contact: Creating a Connection

In a time where we seem to be divided by politics, economics, race, religion, and philosophy, a personal connection to those around us seems hard to establish. We walk through the world with our heads down and our attention focused on daily tasks and distractions. The web that holds the human race together is unraveling and we are left feeling isolated and invisible.

In an effort to re-establish that link, I have put my phone away, lifted my head up, and started making eye contact with strangers. As our paths cross and our gazes meet, even if only for a fleeting moment, that web rebuilds. Shoulders hunched in discouragement or sorrow straighten, heads lift slightly, and a smile often sparks across clenched lips. That momentary connection when eyes meet reignites the spark of humanity that connects us all.

This collection of small quilts will hopefully inspire you and help you bridge the distance that seems to separate us. Lift up your head, gaze into someone’s eyes and make a connection.

By Sacred Threads / Barbara Hollinger Curator


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 -


The Great Outdoors Quilt Challenge

After a year plus of Covid lockdown the members of the Carson Valley Quilt Guild chose the topic of “The Great Outdoors” as the theme for their biennial quilt show. The Challenge Quilt contest expresses the concept of the topic chosen.

Participants were required to use two chosen fabrics supplied to them. Members could use fabric from their own stash to complete the quilt, and this year we added roving. Quilts were restricted to nothing larger than 30 x 30 inches, or 120 inches around the perimeter.

Members had one year to create their Challenge Quilts which were then revealed at the Carson Valley Quilt Guild February meeting. (Shows are every even year.) In a viewer’s choice vote the top three quilts were selected. Please enjoy the results.

By Carson Valley Quilt Guild


More to come.....