Hundreds of stunning, world-class quilts will be on display for three days only in Tacoma, Washington, at the Pacific West Quilt Show, August 26-28, 2011. The show is sponsored by the Association of Pacific West Quilters, which has expanded their regional membership to include a total of 18 states and provinces west of the Rocky Mountains. In addition to the juried and judged APWQ member quilts, there are special exhibits featuring quilters from across the United States.
I was privileged to serve as one of two judges for this show, working alongside fellow NQA certified judge Fran Kordek. My sincere congratulations go to the two best-of-show winners (large and small quilt categories): Renae Haddadin for Beauty From Within (photo above), and Joanne Baeth for Sunset and Sandhill Cranes. For more information and quilt show hours, visit www.APWQ.org.
Tacoma, which is located about 50 minutes south of downtown Seattle, is a picturesque and unique city full of wonderful attractions and cultural activities. Just a short walk from the quilt show is the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, a 500-foot-long pedestrian bridge linking downtown Tacoma to the city’s waterfront. Conceived by Dale Chihuly, artist and native of Tacoma, it is a display of color and form soaring seventy feet into the air.
On the other side of the bridge you’ll find the not-to-be-missed Museum of Glass. In addition to enjoying fabulous indoor and outdoor exhibitions of glass sculptures, you can actually feel the heat while you watch a team of glass artists create artwork from molten glass in the museum’s Hot Shop – not just a demo but real artists engaged in creating real projects. You can learn more about this attraction at www.MuseumofGlass.org.
Submitted by Christine N. Brown, Editor-in-Chief, American Quilter Magazine