LANCASTER 2018 | Quilt Exhibits

For the Love of Linens

Quilts by Cindy Needham

Cindy Needham started turning vintage linens into heirloom wholecloth quilts back in the mid 1990’s. She is able to take both perfect and imperfect linens and turn them into one-of-a-kind heirloom quilts. Cindy enjoys adding detailed touches with buttons and beads to make them come alive. Each quilt is very personal and each has a story to tell.

Quilt Detail: A Beauty Within by Cindy Needham, Quilt Show Exhibit

A Beauty Within

Quilt Detail: Emily's Treasure by Cindy Needham, Quilt Show Exhibit

Emily’s Treasure

Quilt Detail: The Nun's Quilt by Cindy Needham, Quilt Show Exhibit

The Nun’s Quilt

Detail: The Traces of Past by Misik Kim

SAQA – Korean Quilts Now

The Studio Arts Quilt Associates™ of the Republic of Korea began in 2010. This exhibit features a variety of art quilt techniques the group has been studying over the last several years. The group collaborated to create three of the works. Through their artwork, these quilters incorporate unusual and interesting interpretations of life that surrounds them – sometimes joy and sometimes turmoil.

Quilt Detail: Autumn Rhapsody by Karen Farnsworth

Detail: Autumn Rhapsody by Karen Farnsworth

Statler Challenge

Gammill Quilting Machines issued a challenge to Statler Stitcher owners to make a quilt using the theme, Fall in My World. These quilters explored the many design capabilities that can be accomplished by using the Statler Stitcher on Gammill Quilting Machines.

Quilt Detail: VINCENT bt Margaret Vachon

Detail: Vincent by Margaret Vachon

The Van Gogh Cherrywood Challenge – The French Gallery

Vincent van Gogh is one of the world’s most beloved artists. The participants in this challenge were inspired by his work and life to create their own small masterpieces. The quilts are made entirely from hand dyed suede-look cotton from Cherrywood Fabrics. The strong visual impact of this exhibit is due to the cohesive color, size and fabric. This selection of 120 quilts, “The French Gallery,” includes the prize winners and quilts with special recognition for workmanship.

Quilt Detail: AZTEC SUNSET by Linda Roy, 2017 Lancaster Best of Show Quilt Contest Winner

AQS QuiltWeek – Lancaster 2017 Best of Show

Contest Quilts

The international quilt contest sponsored by AQS presents quilts using a wide variety of techniques that quiltmakers around the world are using today. Quilters will vie for $54,000 in cash awards, with the Best of Show receiving $10,000. Quilts range from traditional designs that everyone knows, like Lone Star and Log Cabin, as well as Modern and Art quilts that reach outside the box with new designs and techniques.

Quilt Detail: LaBelle Nell by Ann Peterson

Detail: LaBelle Nell by Ann Peterson

Contemporary Art Quilts – U.S. and Brazil

The exhibit is made up of a total of 53 art quilts: 23 art quilts from Brazil artists and 30 art quilts from the Contemporary Quilt Art Association. The Brazil artists over the years have continued to explore the abstract with an emphasis to adding depth to each piece using embellishments. While the Contemporary Quilt Art Association artists created mainly abstract art quilts in its early years, they have started moving towards abstract realism with often very little physical depth in each piece.

Quilt Credit: DOGWOODS IN PINK by Bonnie Browning

Detail: Dogwoods in Pink by Bonnie Browning, quilted by Margaret Solomon Gunn

AQS iquilt and Author Showcase

Artistry and craft are blended together in the AQS iquilt & Author Showcase. AQS provides a platform to view quilts, projects, and demonstrations. The displays feature quilts from well-known instructors for iquilt online classes and AQS books. You will find interactive opportunities as instructors demonstrate their techniques.


Detail: Saturday Night at the Honk-Y Tonk Saloon by Robin Gausebeck

New Quilts From an Old Favorite: Flying Geese

Through its annual New Quilts from an Old Favorite contest, the National Quilt Museum challenges quiltmakers to create an innovative design based on a traditional quilt block. For 2017, the quilt pattern was Flying Geese.
This exhibit features the top 18 quilts in the contest, ranging from pictorial, landscape, pieced, and modern-style quilts to quilts with miters and circular shapes, as well as quilts that use the color wheel for inspiration.