Category Archives: Quilt Show

Pacific West Quilt Show August 23-25

As I previously announced, three of my quilts will be in the upcoming Pacific West Quilt Show.  The show management sent me a draft press release, which I modified slightly and sent to the local paper along with a photo of my quilt, “Fireballs”.  All three of my show quilts are shown on my gallery page, so you can see them there.


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Local Resident  Finalist in Regional Quilt Competition

Shirley Sandoz from Nordland, WA is a double finalist in the Pacific West Quilt Show to be presented August 23-25, 2013, at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center, Tacoma, Washington. Her two  pieces titled “Leaves In The Wind” and “Fireballs” will compete with 191 quilts entries from the 18 US states and Canadian provinces of the Pacific West region: Alaska, Alberta, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, The Northwest Territories, Oregon, Saskatchewan, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and Yukon. Over $25,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to winners in nine categories. The producing organization of this contest, the Association of Pacific West Quilters (APWQ), a non-profit organization, was founded in 1992. APWQ is dedicated to promoting the art of quiltmaking throughout the Western US and Canada.

In addition to her two entries into the juried show, Shirley Sandoz also has another quilt, “Tropical Flowers and Sashiko” that will be part of a special exhibit of floral quilts by members of APWQ.

Pacific West Quilt Show attendees will be inspired and awed by the beauty, depth, and diversity of the finest quilts being produced in the region. In addition to the competition quilts featured at this world-class quilt show there will be special quilt exhibits, workshops, special events and shopping in the fabulous Merchant Mall.

The Pacific West Quilt Show is open to the public from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Friday and Saturday, and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday. For more information about the 2013 Pacific West Quilt show, please visit

Trunk Show and “Meet the Author” event August 7

As previously announced, I am doing a book signing/trunk show/demonstration event next week at Silverdale Quality Sewing and Vacuum.  This is a first time for me so I have spent a lot of time in the last few weeks gathering quilts, getting organized, etc.  This week the store put out a very nice promotional email, which I have reproduced below.  Contact the store directly via their website (  or phone (360-692-2992) to sign up for the show.

Trunk Show and Signing Event Coming to Silverdale!

Would you like to learn how to free-motion quilt? How about doing a Prairie Point binding?
Come meet Shirley Sandoz, local author, quilt designer, and educator. Author of “Fast Fabulous Bindings” and “Super Swift Quilts,” plus numerous quilt design patterns.

We are fortunate to have Shirley in our Silverdale store August 7th to sign her book and give a demonstration, along with bringing a trunk show full of all her fabulous quilt designs.
Sign up early and receive a $5 shopping spree to use the day of the show.

Shirley Sandoz: Trunk Show & Signing Event Silverdale: Wednesday, 8/7, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Quilt Stick Quiver

Well, most of you probably don’t need one of these, but I did so I am going to describe how I made it.

First, why would you need one?  I make a lot of art quilts.  They have to be hung on the wall.  In an earlier post, I described how to make simple quilt hanging sticks.  Charlie Petersen and I have now had two shows of our quilts at the Uptown Dental Clinic in Port Townsend.  This last time we hung about 40 quilts.  That requires a lot of sticks – at least one per quilt.  For my big quilts, I put a hanging sleeve at the bottom of the quilts also and insert a stick there.  The quilts look so much better when the bottom edge isn’t waving around all over the place.  (They look better when the sides don’t wave either.   Guess you could put pockets on the sides (like a hanging sleeve, but with the bottom end closed) and use sticks there too; I haven’t ever gone that far).  Charlie and I just stick the sides down where needed with blue painter’s tape hidden underneath and call it good.

So back to the quiver.   After we took down the show last week, Charlie and I were struggling with all those sticks.  I decided to make a couple of quivers (one short, one long) to hold the sticks both for storage at home and for easy transport to a show.  I bought some upholstery fabric for the outside, a coordinating fabric for the lining, and some stiff fusible interfacing (what you would use for any bag where you wanted the sides to stand up).

Cutting instructions.  The quiver fabric needs to be about 16 inches wide.  The length can vary.  I made two, one 24 inches long for short sticks, and one 40 inches long for long sticks.  Cut a rectangle of the outer quiver fabric 16 inches by the desired length, and a rectangle of the lining fabric the same width and 4 inches longer that the outer fabric.  Also cut a long strip (4 inches wide by 20-35 inches long, depending upon the length of your quiver) of the outer fabric for the strap.  And cut a rectangle of the fusible interfacing one inch smaller in each dimension than the outer fabric (for example, outer fabric 16 by 24 inches; interfacing 15 by 23 inches).

Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the outer fabric, leaving a half inch of fabric exposed all around.  The photo below shows the outer fabric with interfacing, and the lining fabric.

Outer fabric rectangle with interfacing and lining rectangle

Outer fabric rectangle with interfacing and lining rectangle

Make the strap by pressing a ½ inch hem on each long side toward the wrong side of fabric as shown below.

Fold and press 1/2 inch hem on each side of strap

Fold and press 1/2 inch hem on each side of strap

Then fold the entire strip in half lengthways with the side hems inside and the right side out. Sew along the open edge as shown below.  Don’t worry about finishing the ends, since they will be sewn into the seam of the quiver.

Fold the strap in half and stitch the open edge

Fold the strap in half and stitch the open edge

Sew the lining fabric to the outer fabric, right sides together end to end , with a ½ inch seam.  This will look as shown below.

Sew outer and lining pieces together end to end

Sew outer and lining pieces together end to end

Pin the strap to the quiver outer fabric along one edge.  The upper end of the strap should be about 3 inches from the outer fabric/lining joining seam. Make the strap perpendicular to the raw edge at the top and either perpendicular or at an angle at the other strap end about 12-20 inches lower.  Leave enough of a loop in the strap so it will be comfortable to sling over your shoulder for carrying.  You want the strap to be mostly in the upper half of the quiver.  Machine baste both ends of the strap in place.

Fold the quiver in half the long way, right sides together.  Because the fusible interfacing is so stiff, you will have to force a fold in it. Tuck the strap inside so it won’t get caught in the stitching. Sew the outer fabric end closed and sew the long edge closed, but leave the lining end open for turning as shown below.  Reinforce the seam over the straps with an extra line of stitching.

Fold in half and sew along the outer fabric narrow end and all along the long side.  Leave lining end open.

Fold in half and sew along the outer fabric narrow end and all along the long side. Leave lining end open.

Open  the bottom out and sew across to make a couple of “ears” as shown below.  The seam to make each ear will be about 3 inches long, so the bag will be roughly circular at the bottom.

Round out the bottom of the quiver by sewing two "ears" as shown.

Round out the bottom of the quiver by sewing two “ears” as shown.

Turn the bag right side out through the opening in the lining.  This is a little tough because of the stiff interfacing.  I managed this with my 40 inch long quiver, but I wouldn’t want to try one much longer than that.  The shorter quiver was a lot easier to turn.  The right side out bag, with lining still outside, is shown below.

Quiver turned right side out

Quiver turned right side out

Fold under ½ inch of the raw edge at the end of the lining and sew across to close the opening.  Then push the lining down into the quiver.  Use a stick or round rod to get it to the bottom.  Roll the excess lining length over the top of the quiver to form a cuff.  Sew down the edge of the cuff as shown below.

Quiver top cuff seam

Quiver top cuff seam

Your quiver is complete:

A completed quilt stick quiver

A completed quilt stick quiver

Tropical Flowers and Sashiko will be in the Pacific West Quilt Show

I was just notified that my quilt “Tropical Flowers and Sashiko” wll be included in a special member’s exhibit at the Pacific West Quilt Show in Tacoma August 23-25, 2013.  All the quilts in the exhibit have a floral theme.  It is one of three special member’s exhibits in the lower exhibit hall, separate from the juried show upstairs.  This quilt is made from a pattern by Sylvia Pippen and was a joy to make.

Those of you who have attended the PW show in the past know that the numerous special exhibits in the lower hall are wonderful.  I always enjoy that part of the show, so when the opportunity to participate came up last month, I quickly sent in an application and photos of my quilt.  You can see a photo of the quilt on my gallery page — it’s the last quilt shown.

As I posted earlier, my quilts “Fireballs” and “Leaves In The Wind” were accepted into the juried show, so they will be in the upstairs exhibit hall.

Hope to see you at the show!

“Meet the Author” event at Silverdale Quality Sew and Vac

I am pleased to announce that the Quality Sewing and Vacuum store in Silverdale, in addition to offering several of my classes this fall, has asked me to present a “Meet the Author” event at the store August 7, 2013 from 10:00 am to 12 noon.   I will present a trunk show of quilts and talk about the inspiration behind the quilts, plus briefly demonstrate some binding and quilting techniques that are included in my classes.  If you are curious about the classes but not sure they are right for you, this is a good opportunity to get more information.

There will be lots of time to ask questions, and to sign books for those who are interested.  I will be offering several books and patterns as door prizes, and the store will offer refreshments.  Contact the store directly to reserve a spot or ask any questions about the event.

Quality Sewing and Vacuum  10876 Myhre Place NW, Silverdale 98383

Phone: 360-692-2992.  web site:

Pacific West Quilt Show Aug 23-25, 2013

This year’s Pacific West Quilt Show will be at the Tacoma Convention Center August 23-25. Based on previous years, this will be a great show with lots of beautiful quilts. The venue is nice also. I particularly like the many seating areas where you can relax and take a break in between visits to the exhibition halls.

If you haven’t used the tram (I think they call it light rail) to get around downtown, I urge you to try it. Park at the Tacoma Dome station at the end of the line where parking is free in a big multi level garage, hop on the tram (also free) and in ten minutes you are dropped off in front of the convention center. Way easier than trying to find and paying for a parking spot in one of the downtown lots.

I am pleased that two of my quilts – Leaves in the Wind and Fireballs – have been accepted into the show. You can see photos of them in my gallery.

Port Gamble Fiber and Fabric Show May 18-19

Today I visited the Port Gamble Fiber and Fabric Show.  Lovely old quilts displayed in the beautiful church, and new quilts and fiber art on display in the Pavilion along with a spinning demonstration.  It is a very relaxed affair with no admission fee and a modest crowd – no parking problem.  And of course we must stop in at The Quilted Strait for a little fabric shopping in the bargain.  Open tomorrow 10-3 if you are nearby.

The historic St. Paul's Church in Port Gamble

The historic St. Paul’s Church in Port Gamble



Old and new quilts on display in St Paul's Church

Old and new quilts on display in St Paul’s Church


A beautiful Port Gamble  Rhody in bloom!

A beautiful Port Gamble Rhody in bloom!