REPORT BACK ON NEW SHOW IN PORTLAND, OREGON

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I attended the inaugural show: QUILT! KNIT! STITCH! in Portland, Oregon last month.  The show organizer is the same company that runs International Quilt Market & Festival in Houston, Texas each Fall amongst other shows around the USA. It is my understanding that they wished to offer a show that was not just about quilts……but included other sewing and crafting disciplines such as knitting, heirloom sewing, fashion sewing; beading, crochet, etc.  Much like our Sewing & Crafting shows here in Canada where we have sewing, quilting, scrapbooking, knitting, beading & more – all under one roof. I was very keen to attend this show to see what all the buzz was about.

Embroidery design found on the Janome Mc12000 & Elna Expressive 900 - this was on display in the ELNA SEWING MACHINES BOOTH

Embroidery design found on the Janome Mc12000 & Elna Expressive 900 – this was on display in the ELNA SEWING MACHINES BOOTH

It was good, as always, to attend a much larger show than our Western Canada shows with many vendors & exhibits under one roof. It is an ideal place for me to look at and research trends, new products and chat to vendors in a relatively short space of time. Obviously the eye candy of the many different exhibits on display was also a highlight for me.  I seldom get time to do this when I am working at one of the sewing or quilting shows in Canada. I have posted pics of some of my favourite eye candy for you to enjoy too.

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There was a lovely Heirloom sewing exhibit – all collected by one family spanning many era’s and styles of children’s clothing. I am a Licensed Martha Pullen HEIRLOOM SEWING Instructor so I do appreciate and know how much careful work goes into creating these types of garments. And many of the older ones were made completely by hand! I am SO pleased we now have wonderful sewing machines that can simulate most of these exquisite heirloom sewing techniques.

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One of the many quilts on display was "All that Glitters" by Terry Aske of New Westminster, BC. Close up in next pic.

One of the many quilts on display was “All that Glitters” by Terry Aske of New Westminster, BC. Close up in next pic.

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This quilt was amazing.....of course the sewing machine is a JANOME! The quilt is made by Jennifer Day and is a photo which is printed onto fabric and then stitched with thread. It was incredible.  Jennifer hails from Santa Fe, New Mexico and she called this quilt, Larry - I'm guessing he was servicing he machine.

This quilt was amazing…..of course the sewing machine is a JANOME! The quilt is made by Jennifer Day and is a photo which is printed onto fabric and then stitched with thread. It was incredible. Jennifer hails from Santa Fe, New Mexico and she called this quilt, Larry – I’m guessing he was servicing the machine. Apologies for the quality of the pic. I was using a camera I was not familiar with and botched a few. But I so wanted you to see this. Perhaps the next pic is clearer in the close up? Notice the incredible needle painting.

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This quilt is called "Photographer Darling" by Noriko Nozawa of Chiba City, Japan. It is a compilation of a railtrip through Europe where her husband was the photographer - he is honoured here. Noriko has won the Fairfield Master Award for Contemporary Artistry with this quilt.  Close up in next pic - CHECK OUT the thread work!

This quilt is called “Photographer Darling” by Noriko Nozawa of Chiba City, Japan. It is a compilation of a railtrip through Europe where her husband was the photographer – he is honoured here. Noriko has won the Fairfield Master Award for Contemporary Artistry with this quilt. Close up in next pic – CHECK OUT the thread work!  I must tell you that Noriko is the very same lady who digitized those lovely embroidery designs of the 5 cross stitch ladies (well that is what I call them) – these designs may be found on the Mc15000. I contacted Noriko just to make sure it was her who also made this quilt…..and yes, she did and she thanked me for looking at it in Portland. It was stunning……one very talented lady!    You will be able to see a brand new quilt (which I still have to put the binding on!) with the 5 “cross stitch ladies” at our Purple Party trunk shows at selected Janome dealers in Canada this Fall – be sure to ask about where you can attend a Purple Party.

 

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Cynthia Frenette of Mission, BC is the creator of this quilt entitled "Rain"

Cynthia Frenette of Mission, BC is the creator of this quilt entitled “Rain”

PORTLAND, OREGON

PORTLAND, OREGON

It was not such a long drive to Portland  – I viewed this trip as my one & only summer road trip this year. Weather was great, Portland is just lovely (we explored the city using their public transit which was efficient and widely spread across the city – you really do not need to hassle finding parking for your car – leave it behind at your hotel & explore the city this way with a day pass) AND I finally got to see Mt St Helens with our 100 mile detour off the Interstate on the return journey to Canada. We have tried twice before (once in May…yes, well we were naively eager…. & another time in mid June……both times you could not get even remotely close to Mt St Helens as all the roads were still closed due to snow.) Well, that long 100 mile/3 hour detour was well worth it. Volcanoes fascinate me and I was not disappointed. Good road, great sunshine, beautiful mountain(s) …………what more could I ask for?  3rd time lucky!

Very fascinating and awe inspiring to see how the big eruption in 1980 literally blew half the mountain away.

Very fascinating and awe inspiring to see how the big eruption in 1980 literally blew half the mountain away.

 

Having said all this………..we also need to encourage you to attend the sewing shows in Canada. Going to Portland would be IN ADDITION  to supporting your local quilt & sewing shows in Canada! I refer specifically to our Western Sewing shows in Victoria & Abbotsford (in the Spring) and in Edmonton & Calgary (in the Fall). We really need you sewing & quilting enthusiasts to attend these shows. If you do not, our vendors don’t sell very much & then they stop coming and, in the end, the show has little chance of surviving.  We do not want that to happen……so, PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ATTEND THE UPCOMING SEWING SHOWS IN EDMONTON & CALGARY . You will find all the applicable information as regards dates, times, venues & classes in this link. I HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE?!

An the apple today??? Enjoy these inspirational pics (these were not quilts at the Portland show….sorry, do not recall any apple quilts there)

pic from happyapplepatterns.com

pic from happyapplepatterns.com

pic from stripquilter.com

pic from stripquilter.com

 

About lizafrica

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada (including Artistic Creative products) and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for almost 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to read, knit , travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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3 Responses to REPORT BACK ON NEW SHOW IN PORTLAND, OREGON

  1. Dawn Fielden says:

    Nice to hear that there was “Can Con” in the form of Terry and Cynthia at this show – looks like it would have been worth the trip:-)

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  2. trinagallop says:

    AMAZING!! I would love to go to quilt shows like this – especially ones in Canada to support our Canadian companies, artists, fabric lines… One of these days!! 🙂

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