Every year I visit Pacific International Quilt Festival (PIQF) that’s held in October at the Santa Clara Convention Center. There are always classes, lots of vendors, and competition quilts, both local and international ones.
I do sew, so I take advantage of the multi-day pass, especially since I live so close to the Convention Center. Some people fly in for this show and others are bused in from other parts of California. It’s that good of a show!
I have my own strategy for visiting the event. I first walk it all and look for new things that I haven’t seen before. My second sweep involves going back to the particular booths that caught my interest early on. My third sweep involves trying to find the various fabrics or zippers needed to complete certain projects.
During my last sweep, I also dedicate time to look at all the competition quilts. I stand at a distance and try to understand the concept and then I look at the work up close and read the description to get a better understanding of what the artist was trying to convey.
Each year there’s a theme to which people can make quilts in order to compete for a money prize and or a ribbon of recognition. If you think quilting is just your grandma’s traditional quilts, you’re so wrong!
If you enjoy art whether traditional, modern, impressionistic, etc, you will find a quilt at this show that speaks to you. Okay, not literally, but you know what I’m saying. If not, you will at least appreciate the thousands of hours that people dedicate to their quilts. I don’t have that kind of time or commitment to my craft or the ability these quilters have.
Also, don’t think that quilting is limited to women. While the majority of quilters are still women, many men are quilters. I have seen many engineers enjoy the Math and visual/spatial challenge of quilting.
The Cherrywood Challenge had a Disney’s Lion King theme. I’m a Disney fan, so I got very excited to see this particular group of quilts hanging together.