Quilters’ Guild of ND Hosts Metro Quilt Expo Friday, Saturday

Partner Quilters’ Guild of North Dakota has a fun weekend woven with opportunities to learn about the art of quilting at the Metro Quilt Expo!

Along with a dazzling array of quilts on display and fourteen vendors, the Metro Quilt Expo also hosts two special exhibits, five on-going demonstrations, and six lectures.

The event takes place 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Ramada Fargo. Admission is $5 with children 12 and under free.

Mary Leibel and her children view the quilt show and try to find all the quilt motifs listed in the Metro Quilt Expo Scavenger Hunt. Children under 12 are admitted free with an adult Friday from 9 – 6 and Saturday from 9 – 5 pm at the Ramada Fargo. Photo courtesy of the Quilters’ Guild of ND.

Special exhibits include a retrospective of Minnesota fiber artist, Lucy Senstad from Saint Joseph, Minnesota. Senstad has been sewing since she was eight years old. Originally a garment sewer, painter, potter, and chef, she was hooked on quilting after her first quilting class approximately 30 years ago.

She is currently focused on art quilts and landscapes and finds working with color to be the most exciting part of the process. Her background in painting, ceramics and illustration, as well food art supported the logical transition to fiber arts, gelatin printing, dyeing and discharge dyeing fabrics.

Quilt by Lucy Senstad. Photo courtesy of Quilters’ Guild of ND.

The Quilters’ Guild of North Dakota has also arranged to have over 80 pieces from the Surface Design Association Swatch Collection available throughout the Metro Quilt Expo. The 12 x 12 inch pieces represent hundreds of surface design techniques used by quilters, couture garment seamstresses and artists. AND, the swatches are touchable! From hand-dyed silk shibori to woven jacquard ribbons, the collection is a visual delight to explore. Each piece is labeled with materials and techniques used in its creation.

Two quilts by noted fiber artist, Jewell Wolk, will be on display throughout the quilt show and a third will be featured during a lecture by Jean Wakely Saturday from 11 am – 12 noon.

Free demonstrations include:

  • Mennonite Plush Work – Kim Baird Friday 9:30 – 11:30
  • English Paper Piecing – Barb Zaleznik Friday Noon – 2:30
  • Doodle Quilting – Stephanie Lacher Friday 2:30 – 4:30
  • Wool Needle Felting/Fiber Embellishment – Julie Richardson Saturday morning
  • Crazy Quilting – Aura Lee Mohrer Saturday afternoon

Lectures cover a variety of topics and many include “show and tell”. Seating is limited for lectures. The $10.00 tickets are available in advance or at the door prior to each lecture.


11 to noon   Strategies for Entering a Quilt Show: What Are the Judges Looking For?   Melissa Griggs
Have you ever attended a quilt show and asked yourself these questions: How do the judges determine the winners in each quilt category? How do the judges determine “Best of Show”?How do the judges determine the winners of “Special Awards”? Or, “What was that judge thinking”? If so, this is the lecture for you!  Find out the answers to your questions!

1:30-2:30   What’s in my Button Box?  Kae Watson (interactive)
Perhaps you have some buttons you are curious about? Kae, of the 183 Vintage Button Trading Company, can help. She’ll share information about buttons in her own vast collection and if you bring your button box, will talk about yours too!

3:00 to 4:00  How to Choose Your Batting, Clem Buzick and Char Boardman
Two members of the Red River Machine Quilters share their experience and answer your questions. Clem has won national awards for her quilting.


11 to noon  Women of the Plains: a story quilt devoted to Blackfeet women, Jean Wakely
The Blackfoot Indians live across the plains of Montana, the Dakotas and Canada, and have been there for some 10,000 years. Women of the Plains (Indians) is a storyquilt devoted to the women who mitigated – softened – the hardness of life on the plains. During courtship, marriage and children, life and death, suicide and war, the burden of keeping the family alive fell mainly on the shoulders of the women. A featured quilt in the book First Prize Quilts by Dimetra Markris, this beloved quilt is one of Jewell Wolk’s finest and well-documented quilts.

1:30 to 2:30  Beads, Beads, Beads!  Kim Stenehjem 
Learn about the glittering galaxy of beads available to add interest to your quilts. Plus some tips and techniques for ensuring that your beautiful beads stay firmly attached to your quilts.

3:00 to 4:00   Photographing Your Quilt: Professional Advice and Tips with Russ Hanson
Russ will talk about what you need and how to take quality photos of your quilts using a camera or your smart phone. Bring your smart phone or your camera and a small quilt for some practice time. Russ is the owner of Hanson Photo Video Communications in Moorhead.

Quilts by Lucy Senstad. Photos courtesy of the Quilters’ Guild of ND.

Whether you come to view the quilts, learn a new technique, visit with friends, or bring your Mom on an enjoyable outing, you’re sure to find something to enjoy at the Metro Quilt Expo!

More information on the Metro Quilt Expo is available at www.ndquilts.com/quilt-show.

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