Calling all quilters

// After years in Seattle, Pacific West Quilt Show debuts in Tacoma

Quilters in the region are on pins and needles this month in anticipation for the area’s largest quilt tradeshow.

The Pacific West Quilt Show, hosted by the Association of Pacific West Quilter (APWQ), takes place Aug. 26-28 at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center in downtown Tacoma. The event, previously known as Pacific Northwest Quiltfest, has been a hobbyist favorite since 1994.

“We usually hold the event in Seattle,” said Jane Moxey, APWQ board member and show organizer. “So far, everyone in Tacoma has been so welcoming. And the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center is a beautiful venue. We are very excited.”

This year, the show kicks off with an awards ceremony on Aug. 25 from 6-7 p.m. The ceremony will highlight some of the featured quilts from the show. Limited tickets to the ceremony cost $10.

On Aug. 26, the show will feature exhibits and a vendors mall from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. During that time, quilters can partake in lectures from experts and enthusiasts from around the country.

The first day will conclude with Instructors for Hire from 7-9 p.m. It will feature a group of 25 instructors who will present their class projects and introduce themselves to guild program chairs and quilt show owners. This provides visitors the opportunity to meet these quilt makers and see their workshop samples.

On Aug. 27, the Saturday Sampler from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. will allow visitors to participate in 90-minute mini demos. Each demo will last approximately 10 minutes and offer a wide variety of techniques in an informal and exciting learning environment. During the last 30 minutes, visitors will have the opportunity to purchase books, patterns and other items from the presenters.

The Pacific West Style Fashion Show, beginning at 11 a.m., will showcase wearable garments by artists from the region modeled by the makers. Curator Doris Northcutt will highlight the work of many local designers, presenting dozens of garments that illustrate that “wearable art” is meant to be worn and enjoyed, by the maker and the viewer. The pieces will show how innovative outfits come in a variety of sizes, complement the style and shape of the creator, and are appropriate to the climate and culture of our Pacific West.

Each day during the show, certified American Quilters Society appraisers will be available on-site to appraise quilts and examine old and new textiles. Each appraisal will cost $45 per quilt for an in-depth written appraisal, including dollar value, quilt care and storage recommendations, or $20 for a verbal evaluation to include the age of the quilt, quilt care and storage information (no dollar value will be given).

There will be opportunities for quilt restoration by quilt conservators Anne Dawson and Martha Spark. The charge is $25 per quilt for an in-depth oral evaluation.

Special exhibits will include “Twenty Five at 25,” a quilt art exhibit presented by artists of the Contemporary QuiltArt Association; and “Knotted, Dyed, Tied, and Stitched,” a spectrum of original, two- and three-dimensional fiber art created by members of the Columbia FiberArts Guild.

Pacific West Quilt show takes place Aug. 26-28 at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center (1500 Broadway in Tacoma). Show hours are Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. APWQ members get into the show for $10 valid all three days. Tickets for non-members cost $10 daily; three-day pass $20. Sunday is military family day and the cost is $10 per family with active-duty military identification. Tickets are also available at the door.

For more information, call (253) 778-6155 or visit


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