Cutting edge quilt show highlights artistry, tradition

  • TRADITION. Quiltmaker Lisa Jenni of Sammamish will show her piece “Salish Salmon” at the Pacific West Quilt Show Aug. 24-26

With more than 450 custom made quilts on display at this year’s Pacific West Quilt Show, this 2012 edition is slated to be bigger and better than ever. The show takes place Aug. 24-26 at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, and more than 6,000 quilting enthusiasts are expected to attend.

Displays featured during the show range from cutting-edge art quilt installations to the best examples of hand-made quilts that are both traditional and contemporary.

“If you love the art and tradition of quilting, and art in general, this show is spectacular,” spokesperson Jane Moxey said.

The show will feature the works of local quilters as well as high-profile pieces from artists around the country. A variety of vendors will be selling everything from sewing machines to books and accessories that every quilting enthusiast should have in their arsenal.

“This is not your grandmother’s quilt show anymore,” Moxey said. Organizers will also offer panel discussions and professional development opportunities, lectures with experts and more.

The history and tradition of quilting will be placed at the forefront of the show, illustrated in a variety of ways throughout the course of the weekend. “The history of quilting is long and rich,” Moxey said. “It has a wonderful American tradition.”

She estimates quilting is a $2 billion industry in North America alone, adding that top-of-the-line sewing machines cost upwards of $12,000. “Around here in the Pacific Northwest, we have a real hotbed of fabric manufacturers, and a rich world of quilters that we plan to feature.”

Quilters from 18 states will display their work, and a juried quilting contest will take place. Mayor Marilyn Strickland will attend and present the Mayor’s Choice award, as well.

A panel of professional judges will select winners in nine different categories, which will be announced prior to the opening of the show, on Aug. 23. That night, the public will have a chance to preview the show for $10, as a way to avoid the weekend crowds.

The show takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10 daily, or $20 for multi-day passes. Association of Pacific West Quilters members receive multi-day admission for $10. Military families will receive a flat $10 group rate on Sunday. For more information, visit


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