Sew & Quilt Expo Reno

Special Displays 2020 - Quilt Show Reno

2020 FEATURE: Bob Ross Cherrywood Challenge 2019

“The Joy of Painting” aired on Public Television for eleven years with its iconic host, Bob Ross. His soft-spoken, encouraging words and unique brand have infiltrated modern pop culture and he continues to teach oil-painting to a new generation of admirers.

Cherrywood Fabrics challenged artists to use just eight colors to create an original 20-inch art quilt inspired by Bob. The juried exhibit includes an abundance of techniques, themes, and creativity, all using hand-dyed fabric from Cherrywood. Because of the cohesive nature of the quilts, the exhibit makes a huge visual impact.

Every Quilt is a Story

As a prelude to the Carson Valley Quilt Guild's biennial quilt show, being held June 6 and 7, 2020 at the Douglas County Community Center, guild members were challenged with designing a small quilt depicting the 2020 show theme "Every Quilt is a Story." The process began a year before the quilt show with challenge quilt participants receiving 2 pieces of unrelated material that had to be used in a recognizable manner on the front of the quilt. No quilt could be larger the 30 x 30 inches or a total circumference of 120 inches. A number of guild members accepted the challenge.

With a show theme of "Every Quit is a Story" the design field is wide open. Before the 2020 quilt show, the challenge quilts will be displayed in numerous venues, including the Douglas County Libraries, Carson City Library, WNC Art Hall, and Dayton and Markleeville Libraries. The Carson Valley Quilt Guild is honored to have the Reno Quilt Show be the final venue in 2020 to display their challenge quilts.

by Carson Valley Quilt Guild Challenge

Inspired by Elvis

Elvis is in the house!

This collection consists of 95 original 36" x 36" art quilts, created by artists from places like Singapore, Australia, Slovakia, Canada and California who were all inspired by the musical genius of Elvis Presley.

These quilts each depict an aspect of Elvis's life, or a particular song or movie.

The artists range from first-time to well-known fiber artists. Elvis fans will have fun matching an Elvis song to the quilt it inspired.

The show was created and curated by Donna Marcinkowski DeSoto.

Under The Sea!

The Mason Dixon Quilt Professional Network (MDQPN) announces its 2018 MDQPN Exhibit:

“Under The Sea!”

The Exhibit consists of 15 quilts each measuring 18” x 24” with the theme of “Under The Sea!” Each member quilt depicts their artistic interpretation of underwater fun, fish, skeletons, pollution, underwater vents, and mythical creatures!

About the Artists: The quilt professionals who contributed to this Exhibit include five quilt book authors with eleven quilt books among them, two quilt shop/quilt business owners, 6 professional quilt teachers and three professional quilt judges.

Several of our members have held various offices in national quilt organizations. Roughly a third of our members have partnerships with fabric manufacturers, thread companies and notion companies.

"'Come Swim With Me"
by Carolyn Perry-Goins


Old Glory Quilt Exhibit

Old Glory was born when red white and blue vintage quilt tops were finished by long arm quilters who share a military connection. The quilters received the top, backing, and the instructions, “quilt as desired”. They donated their time and talent.

We chose to work with “forgotten” tops - the ones that were damaged, unfinished, ill-made or unremarkable. These tops were not destined to be completed, enjoyed or treasured. What we now share is pure magic!

The exhibit was created to promote the Quilts of Valor program. We choose to focus on our patriotic heritage and further serve the military family that we have been fortunate to be a part of.

These quilts debuted at the 2017 Quilts of Valor show and now are traveling as a collection for 24-36 months. When they are done traveling the quilts will be auctioned to raise funds for Quilts of Valor. 

curated by Mary Kerr

From Ensign's Bar’s to Colonel's Stars

From Ensign’s Bars to Colonel’s Stars blends patriotism and quilting.

The author, Renelda Peldunas-Harter, served over 25 years in the military, shares her experiences as she progressed through the ranks of the US Army in both text and quilts.

Her 6 quilts are all original designs and adapted to honor all the branches of the military: US Army, US Navy, US Marines, US Air Force, and US Coast Guard.

"Colonel’s Star" by Renelda Peldunas-Harter

Many more to come.....