A Day at the Quilt Show 2017 – New Quilters

Photo of quilt by Christine Taylor from PIQF 2017

Every year in the middle of October, I visit the Pacific International Quilt Festival. Going to a large quilt show like this is like getting a concentrated shot of creative energy — and creative anxiety. There are dozens and dozens of fantastic quilts made by women around the world, and every single one of them is far more beautifully designed, precisely sewn, and elegantly embellished than anything I could do in a dozen lifetimes. I walk the show with a humbling awareness of how ordinary my quilting is, and how far from perfection my quilts are.

But the quilts! They’re worth every humbling moment.

Here’s a small sampling of the beauty on display. I’ll be adding more quilts to this gallery as I have time to edit them.


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Christine Mann

Christine Mann is one of the founders of the New Quilters blog. She likes to make quilts for family and friends. She shares her quilting room with her bad dog, Marcus.

  • Marcia K. Feese says:

    Love these inspirational quilts, especially the green strip quilt with the roses. Any chance anyone has found the pattern?

    Marcia kk. Feese

    • Sorry, we don’t have the pattern. But you can make roses like those with paper piecing or adding pieces around the center with a stitch-and-flip method. Scroll down a bit and you will find a link to our post about string quilting, which describes how to do stitch-and-flip.

    • Christine Davis says:

      Hi. I am the quilter that designed “My Wild Irish Roses. So elated over your lovely comments. Thank you. Yes it is stitch & flip. Square up w/6″ ruler. The stems are also squared up to 6”. The leaves are applique.

      • We’re thrilled to have you visit our blog, Christine. Your quilt attracted a lot of compliments, as you can see. Thanks for letting us know how you did it. Your quilt’s style reminded me of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’ (and that’s definitely a compliment!)

  • Florence Anna says:

    How can I get a pattern for the green quilt with the pink/red roses at the top? I’m in love with it. It’s third from the top of this post.
    Florence Anna

    • Those roses were my favorite quilt from the show too. I don’t have access to a pattern, but the roses look like they were either paper pieced or made with a sew-and-flip method where you start in the center of the block with a piece of fabric laid on a foundation with its right side up, and sew pieces on around the center in a circular pattern, one piece at a time. To see an explanation of the sew-and-flip method, visit our post on string quilts. It describes the basic technique.

  • Kelcy says:

    Anyone know where to get the pattern for that rose/flower wall hanging? It’s gorgeous!!!

  • Gail Mangset says:

    I am 72 years of age and have just started quilting, why of why did I wait so long ?? Totally hooked I am. To win would be so lovely. Fingers crossed.

  • Andree Wheeler says:

    Thank you very much for the beautiful website. It is very inspiring.

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