2017 Quilt Show
Friday, September 22
Saturday, September 23
10am – 5pm
Expo Idaho, Boise
Welcome to the Boise Basin Quilters’ Guild Quilt Show page. The Boise Basin Quilters’ Guild (BBQ) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) established for the purpose of promoting awareness, education and the preservation of the quilting arts. Our annual quilt show is a primary fund raiser for supporting various BBQ programs that in turn support multiple community programs. Information on the programs we support can be found here.
To view the printable two-page Gazette, click here. The Gazette contains details about our quilt show and venue map.
Read our news special edition for the latest Quilt Show information, click here.
Each year we try to provide you with a wonderful and unique experience. We are definitely not our grandmother’s quilt show as is evident in the quilts that are submitted to our show each year which are more contemporary, edgier and artsier than we have seen in years past. Below are some of the activities of this year’s show. Feel free to visit often, sign up for our free newsletter or like us on Facebook. We hope you and your friends will attend the show this year and check out the diverse fiber art form that quilting has become.
-Janae Bissinger, 2017 Quilt Show Chair
General Show Information – Our annual quilt show is the largest professionally judged quilt show in Idaho with over 300 traditional, modern and art quilts and exhibits showcasing this diverse fiber art. In 2016 we had over 2,100 visitors and 30 local and national vendors. Our show is open to adults and youths alike with entrants vying for prizes valued at nearly $4,000 in 17 different categories.
Admission – $7 for 1 day or $10 for 2-day pass. Children 6 and under free. 2017 Quilt Show admission tickets are available online here. A special thanks to our Online Ticket Partners: Bluebird Quilt Studio, Cindy’s Quilts, Jones Sewing and Vac, Nancy’s Quilts, The Quilt Crossing, and Winline Textiles. They are sponsoring special bonus items with the purchase of your online Admission Ticket.
2017 Raffle Quilt – “Winter Joy” by Border Creek Station Pattern Co. – Our annual raffle quilt is one of our largest show fund raisers. Tickets are $1/piece or a book of 6 for $5. Purchase your tickets from any BBQ member, at the BBQ Membership Meeting (Quilt Show Table) or by contacting Laura Lee at 208-340-0161, email@example.com.
You can find a photo and more information on this quilt here.
Featured Quilter/Quilt Artist – Each year our show features an individual quilter or quilt artist to educate the public on their particular quilting styles and techniques. Our 2017 Featured Quilter is BBQ Member Barbara Smith. You can check out her bio here.
Gift Garden – Our Gift Garden is a marketplace for members and non-members alike to offer their quality pieces of work at reasonable prices. The Gift Garden offers not just quilts or quilt-related items, but many other quality hand-made items just in time for your holiday shopping!
Guest Guild – Portneuf Valley Quilters’ Guild – Pocatello, Idaho – to view their history, click here.
Merchant Mall – Our show participants love discovering what’s new, from sewing and quilting machines to rulers/tools, patterns embellishments, fabrics and more! If you are a quilting-related business or service, you can find more information regarding booth spaces here.
Demonstrations – Our vendors provide 20 minute presentations on new and exciting techniques and products throughout the two-day event. The demonstration schedule is listed on page 2 of the Gazette.
Silent Auction – Throughout the year, members make themed quilt blocks to be auctioned off at the Show. In a lot of cases, there will be enough blocks to finish a quilt top! Participants bid on these blocks throughout the event and the final bidding stops on Saturday at 4:30 pm. Photographs of some of the blocks can be found here.
Quilts of Valor – A display of patriotic quilts and a public presentation of red, white and blue quilts made locally and presented to local American service personnel and veterans to thank them for their military service. A formal presentation will be held on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 3:30 pm. You can find more information, including photos here.
Vintage Quilts – This year will we are highlighting “Crazy for Crazies” – a display of vintage sewing tools and crazy quilts, including examples from the opulence of the late 1800s, the frugality of the 1940s and ’50s through modern interpretations of the Crazy style today.
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2017 Quilt Show Chair, Janae Bissinger