Sew & Quilt Expo Reno

2018 Special Displays - Quilt Show Reno

Curves on Curves!

Do you notice a theme here? We love curves and we would love everyone to join us in our love for curves. Not only do we love curves, we love EASY curves.

We design all of our tools with the purpose of making quilting, especially curved quilting and piecing easier, for the home-sewer! We believe there is no curve too big or too small that YOU can’t sew! All of our quilts are made with either our Quick Curve Ruler or QCR Mini Ruler. We don’t pin and we don’t find our center; we simply cut, sew, and square-up… EASY!

As individual quilt artists we have gone through many phases from appliqué to kaleidoscope quilts to bargello quilts to Civil War quilts, we have done them all! After many years of many quilt phases, we landed on curves and it completely revitalized our love for quilting, we fell in love with quilting process all over again!

Join us, fall in love with curves! 

-Sisters in life and sisters in quilting,
Jenny Pedigo & Helen Robinson

Art Quilt Interpretations

Using a variety of techniques, from old to new, members of SAQA of northern California and Nevada express their view of the world around them. Inspired by nature, by themes, by people, by poems and songs, they use fabric and thread as their medium. Never constrained by the limits of fabric and thread, rather pushing them to say something unique.

 This exhibit will consist of approximately 30 pieces of various sizes, mostly medium to large. All pieces will be for show only and are original pieces of art.

SAQA is an international non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the art quilt and the artists who create them. We are an information resource on all things art quilt related for our members as well as the public. Founded in 1989 by an initial group of 50 artists, SAQA members now number more than 3,400 artists, teachers, collectors, gallery owners museum curators and corporate sponsors.

Hoffman 2017 Challenge - Mastery


The 2017 Hoffman Challenge recognizes the talents of quiltmakers and sewists. Style #P4299 of Mastery is the official fabric. Artists were welcome to use either the colorful 562-Blooms version or the sister grayscale version that is 55-Charcoal. They could also combine the two if they liked!

The selected Challenge Fabric must be used in the body of the quilt top in a recognizable amount, and for appliqué quilts, the Challenge Fabric must be used in more than one spot. At least 50% of the entry needs to show Hoffman Fabrics, and they can be of the artist choice — whether from the 2017 Challenge collection or from the artist stash collected over the years.

Finalists become part of the Hoffman Challenge exhibit that travels around the country from August 2017 to September 2018.

We are thrilled to showcase 40 of the different artist's quilts during 2018 Quilt Show Reno.

Categories in this collection include Pieced Quilts, Appliquéd Quilts, Modern Quilts, Home Décor: Living room, and Mixed Technique (Pieced and Appliquéd)

Presented by Hoffman Fabrics

Fabric-Chicks Trash to Treasures Challenge

This spectacular Viewer’s Choice Awards Challenge will be on display during the 2018 Quilt Show Reno. We invite all patrons to take the time to vote for their favorite entrant. Winners will be announced Saturday, June 23th at 2:00 pm and the prizes awarded.

Entrants began with a “Trash Scrap Bag” from Fabric-Chicks, Minden, NV. They were asked to take a photo of their “Trash Scrap Bag” contents before beginning their challenge. The photo would be submitted along with their final project.

Click for details and application info

CVQG 2018 Quilt Challenge: Stars Above the Sierras

The challenge quilts reflect the quilt maker’s impression of the 2018 challenge theme.

The Challenge requirements include, the size is to be no larger than 30 inches square or 120 inches around the perimeter. The fabrics of their choice, the Challenge fabric provided must be used in a recognizable form on the front of the quilt.

The Challenge fabrics included in their kits were: Paintbrush Studios Marblehead Mast Granite Bright and Henry Glass & Co. Coffee House. What is shown is creativity at its best.

by the Carson Valley Quilt Guild Members

The Journey – Kentucky to California 1864

This exhibit of antique quilts enhances passages from the journal of my great-great-grandmother, which she wrote during her journey from Kentucky to California in 1864. The Civil War was drawing to an end. Her husband and his brother had established themselves in California beginning in 1852. As a young bride and mother, she embarked on the adventure of a lifetime.

Lucretia Imogene Lawson, born in Hardin County, Kentucky married Brutis Clay Epperson in 1861. She was 17 ½. In the spring of 1864, when in the company of her husband and baby son Charles, they started across the plains to California.

Read her story and see it illustrated with antique quilts. The quilts in this collection date from 1820 to 1870.

Presented by Arlene L. Arnold, Heritage Oaks Quilts

Fabric-Chicks Quilts for Wounded Warriors and Veterans

Fabric-Chicks sponsors and hosts the Patchwork from Nevada Quilters- which is an amazing group of women who have volunteered for over 10 years - making quilts for our Wounded Warriors and Veterans.

Please join us every 1st Wednesday to help organize and create quilts that are given to various groups--most recently donated to the Wounded Warriors Fishing Derby, Combat Veterans Motorcycle Club, and the Wounded Warriors Bicycle Race.

Over 100 quilts donated in 2017!! Thank you to all of you who donate supplies and/or your time!! We also have block kits you can check out during the month to work on.

1st Wednesday of the month, meetings are held at:
Fabric-Chicks, 1166 Annie Ct. #C, Minden, NV 89423
775-267-0204 -


Reboot Those Blocks!

Slice ‘Em, Dice ‘Em, Twist’ Em, Turn’ Em

All quilters have bits and pieces of blocks or scraps that never graduated into quilts. These “undergrads” may be lurking around from block exchanges, class samples, rejected block construction, and they may even include some homeless embroidered pieces.

Our challenge: To gather these abandoned fragments from our stashes, from our friends, and even from the internet, and to turn them into unique, charming quilts.

We sliced ‘em, diced ‘em, twisted ‘em, or turned these “undergrad” blocks. With lots of imagination, sashing, coping strips, or even new blocks, these orphaned “undergrads” have at last “graduated” to full quilt status.

Presented by The Five Easy Pieces

Quilt by Jean VanBockel

Featured Artist: Carolyn Brock of Sparks, NV

Carolyn is a treasure to our Northern Nevada quilting community.

She is very involved in the Truckee Meadow Quilt Guild and loves to share her quilting knowledge with all those around her! Her innovative and "out of the box thinking" lends to her creative art quilting techniques.

The owls featured here are Carolyn's own designs from photos taken of owls in her yard.

Naturally Occurring

The theme of Naturally Occurring instantly brings to mind the beauties of nature. We strive to travel to places to be inspired by what nature, in its rawest form, has created, unaffected by man’s interference.

To occur naturally is to arise from a place of beginning. Natural hair color changes as we age. Moving water carves hard rocks into sloping shapes as it moves along a path of resistance. Autumn leaves change colors as a reaction occurs between the temperature and chemical elements in the leaves. A woman described as a “natural beauty” is one whose original features have not been altered by make-up. A tide pool changes shape and colors with the wave’s movement. The tornado shapes a path with objects it scatters through the power of wind. A diamond is created from the compression of rock…it occurs naturally without man’s input. The beauty of life occurs without human intervention, and in times, in spite of it, as demonstrated by the cracking of a cement walkway by the tiniest of seeds sprouting up to reclaim the right to flower.

What occurs naturally.. a simple flower,…the sculptured rock formed by a sandstorm…the movement of a wild horse running on the plains…is what inspires artists.

Written by Carol Churchill

By Quilts on the Wall Fiber Artists

Quilt title: Modern Eclipse by Karen Markley


The Original Wizard of Oz Challenge

Take a walk down memory lane to the Wizard of Oz.

Each challenge quilt must use the 3 fabrics purchased at Fabric-Chicks Quilt Shop and the quilt finished size of 20" x 20".

Join in the fun and see how timeless the Wizard of Oz continues to entertain and inspire us.

The seven challenge quilts on display were created by Karryle Peckenham, Linda Sievers, Joyce Soule, Bonnie Falin, Debbie Inama, Patricia Creecy, and Barbara Fleischer.

By Bear Paw Quilt Group


If I had wings, I'd fly up to heaven.
I'd look down from the clouds, on everything then
I could find all the things we've been missin'. I would have all the answers…if I had wings.

The textile artist approaches a theme challenge to express their personal style with the emotion attached to the theme.

“Wings” can be ethereal such as a structure with which gods, angels, or demons, are provided for the purpose of flying.

Or, the term can be utilitarian and literal: an arm of a human being, especially a baseball player's pitching or throwing arm, a means or instrument of flight, travel, or progress.

Wings are movement...they are winging to the coast or a bird on the wing.

To be under one's wing, under one's protection, care, or patronage comes from the mother bird protecting her young.

Or, maybe the artist will just wing it... improvise.

By Quilts on the Wall Fiber Artists

Quilt title: Wings by Janet Lane-Tranbarger


Drips and Splatters

The common definition of drips is small drops of liquid that fall such as dribbles, trickles, drizzles, splashes. One less common definition is displaying a copious amount of a particular quality or thing, i.e. the women were dripping with gold and diamonds. A more informal definition would be a drip - a weak or ineffectual person such as a bore, a wimp or a sissy.

The common definition of splatters is to hit and cover a surface with drops of liquid, typically thick or viscous drops. Or, to cause a liquid to fall in large drops. Examples would be: the bike was splattered with mud or the paint splattered when she dropped the bucket. Or, the bug splattered on the windshield. Another definition is to hit something and break it apart.
Another is to distribute loosely- to disperse, dot, dust or sprinkle. A less common definition is to prominently or sensationally publish a story in a newspaper, i.e. the story was splattered all over pages 1 and 2.

What makes this exhibit so exciting is that the theme, Drips and Splatters, can be expressed as the subject of the quilt or as a process or technique used to create the work of art.

Examples of Drips and Splatters as subject matter are many as they occur everywhere in life. They can be a result of carelessness, as of the coffee sloshing over the side of a cup, sloppy painting, cooking, washing or spilling. They often occur if one is in a hurry or not paying attention. They occur in nature: a little boy jumping through puddles, splashing as he goes, or rain drops falling, or blood splatter.

Examples of Drips and Splatters as process or technique are many also. Some examples are to drip or splatter paint, dye, various kinds of fibers, beads, small pieces of fabric, etc. on the background to create the effect. The possibilities are limitless.

Quilts on the Wall 2017 Juried Challenge

By Quilts on the Wall Fiber Artists

Title of quilt: Felling it by Bucher


Herstory Quilts - A Celebration of Strong Women

You studied history. Come and view HERstory. Throughout history, women struggled to have a voice and we got it in the USA in 1920, the right to vote. Let’s celebrate the amazing things that women everywhere have accomplished since then.

We all have women that we admire who are courageous, intelligent and ground-breakers. This exhibit, by 55 artists from seven countries, includes tributes to women well known to us, as well as those who worked behind the scenes. These quilts celebrate strong women who cracked glass ceilings and those who made discoveries. Women who shook the world by breaking into fields previously reserved for men are commemorated, as are those who were the first to do something before any man.

Art quilts honor athletes, authors, artists, aviators and astronauts, business leaders, educators, entertainers, mathematicians, scientists, writers, and world leaders.

Curated by Susanne M. Jones

Many more to come.....