Schaumburg, IL

Display Gallery


Stroll through aisles of quilts, including contemporary, traditional, art and modern works by artists from across the country. Join guided quilt walks through selected galleries, hosted by quilting personalities whose work is featured in the collections.


Quilt Remix: Vintage Pattern, Modern Twist

Sometimes you find a quilt you want to make exactly like the pattern, using the same colors the original quilt's designer used, the exact layout, and even the same fabric collections. Other times, there's something about a quilt's pattern that you love, but you'd like to make it your own.

Quilt Remix, which began airing online at this January, focuses on the many different ways you can make a quilt truly your own. Vastly different versions, created with the vintage pattern as the starting point, morph into quilts that are quite unexpected and wonderful. Kelly Bowser, host of the series, was presented with a dozen different vintage or traditional quilts. Her goal: remake each in her own modern aesthetic. See a collection of the quilts – the traditional or vintage, along with her new versions on display in the Expo Gallery. Sometimes she retained much of the original block or setting; other times she took it far off the pattern, creating quilts that are truly, uniquely, her own. 


Quilters Quilt the Blues 2016 Quilt Challenge

Presented by McCall’s Quilting, Quiltmaker, Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting, Quilting Arts, and Modern Patchwork magazines

What if you were asked to demonstrate your creativity by designing an original quilt using a bundle of pre-selected fabrics (with lots and lots of blue fabrics), adding only three pieces of your own? See a collection of winning quilts by makers who took up the challenge and entered their quilts for a chance at some fabulous prizes. The 12 finalists’ quilts will also go on tour with Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in 2017. Visit them when you come to the Expo – it’s a great chance to think about what you might do with a similar opportunity to limit your pallet and use what you have in your stash.

Two by Twenty

Exhibit sponsored by Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc

Two by Twenty is two exhibits in one. The first is a pairing of two art quilts by the same artist. Some are variations on a theme. With the same technique and subject matter, the artists explore subtle variations in line, color or texture to fully understand the material. Some pairs have a narrative element between them. The time of day has changed, or the viewpoint has shifted. These little differences invite the viewer to engage with the work in a kind of “first — then,” or “spot the differences” game. The second exhibit is the variety overall amongst all the artists. The pieces as a whole demonstrate the wide range of approaches in the quilt art genre. From bold and graphic to subtle explorations of texture and nuance, there is plenty to explore in this collection.


Mountain Mist Historical Quilts

14 Mid-Century Quilts Made New

Based on the book by Linda Pumphrey, this beautifully curated collection showcases 14 designs from the celebrated Mountain Mist Series. The unique marketing campaign, which offered a free quilt pattern with every Mountain Mist batting purchase, inspired generations of quilters throughout the twentieth century. Linda recreated her favorite patterns—from art deco-inspired designs to intricate appliques and traditional blocks—with current fabrics and techniques. The result: timeless designs that are as stunning today as when they were first introduced in the 1930s and 1940s.  This display will inspire you to make classic quilts with contemporary style you’ll enjoy for years to come!



Cut Flowers

Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild – Bee Artful Fiber Group

The floral industry uses the term “cut flowers” in many ways. Loosely translated, it describes the use of flowers with stems taken from an original plant and assembled into a vase for the purpose of display. The art bee of the Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild in Clarkesville, GA uses the term “cut flowers” to describe their most recent group project. Each participant made a mini-quilt of a vase of flowers (following certain guidelines), and then divided that mini-quilt into four quadrants. Then, in a blind drawing, each member picked three new quadrants to go with one of her own. Then they re-assembled and embellished their mini-quilts. See the final result at the Expo! 


Winter Games Quilt Challenge

Quilt Expo from Wisconsin Public Television with Nancy Zieman

View this impressive exhibit to see a collection of quilts that capture the spirit of the 2018 Winter Olympics! From quilts depicting snowy evenings to quilts showcasing winter sports, each entry is different, but each represents the excitement of the Winter Games. Don't miss your chance to view this brand-new, one-of-a-kind exhibit!

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