2018 dates: Friday and Saturday, May 11 & 12

      2017  Metro Quilt Expo Awards
Best of Show, Large Sponsored by Rae-Bon Sew & Quilt Shop, Fargo
BAUBLE, by Ashley DeLaBarre of Bismarck
detail of Ashley’s amazing quilting
Best of Show, Small    Sponsored by Blow’s Sew-n-Vac, Fargo
Walkabout, Jean Back of Alexandria, MN
Viewers’ Choice  Sponsored by Creative Dimensions Quilting, Fargo and Minot
Vestments, a wool quilt by Mary Chalmers, Willmar, MN

Special Sponsored Awards
Hand Workmanship Award    Vestments, Mary Chalmers sponsor: Willow Wood Market

detail of In the Garden

Hand Quilting Award    In the Garden, Mary Rose  sponsor: Honeygrove Handcrafts                Excellence in Appliqué Award Forever Blooming, Karen Boe sponsor: Designer Fabrics             Scrappy Quilt Award    Garden Party, Kathleen Moorhead Johnson   sponsor: Faye’s Henhouse                






Machine Embroidery Award  Sedona Star, Kathleen Moorhead Johnson   sponsor: Rae-Bon Sew & Quilt
Modern Quilt Award   Crazy Colorful Quilt, Britni Kraft  sponsor: Quilted Ladybug                                                                                                        Rising Star Youth Award   Colors of Love, Abby Fuglseth   sponsor: Modern Textiles
Art Quilt Award   Metro Vista, Colleen Carlson  sponsor: Inspired Designs                                                                                                                         Specialty Techniques Award  Into the Rabbit Hole, Peggy Spitzer   sponsor: Stoneridge Quilting
Landscape/Pictorial Award      Confederate Chicken, Barb Zeleznik   sponsor: Quilting for You                                                                                 Exquisite Embellishment Award    Crazy Hearts, Elaine Keller   sponsor: 183 Trading Company                                                                               Machine Quilting Award   Copper Blossoms, Debbie Kauffman  sponsor: Red River Machine Quilters                                                                                 Life is Good Award     Abundance, Caron Lage  sponsor:  Bay Window Quilt Shop, in memory of Barb Bunnell                                                                   Best of Batik   Full Bloom, Vonnie Gunderson  sponsor:  SewBatik                                                                                                                                       Kit or Block of the Month    Sunflower Gatherings, Caroline Lorentzen  sponsor: What a Hoot Quilting        

Three special exhibits were included in the 2017 Metro Quilt Expo:

The Quilts of Beth Nufer

Big, Bold, Beautiful, and One of a Kind are only a few words to describe the quilts of Beth Nufer. This amazing and humble lady creates her quilts on graph paper then pieces them into the finished quilt. Quilting since 2005, Beth was encouraged to enter national competition in 2009. Since then her quilts have received many awards and have appeared in numerous magazines. Her style is very recognizable and her quilts memorable. She will also have her new show quilt debuting in our exhibit! Beth resides in Oregon with her husband. She says quilting is a lot easier on her body than the movie and television stunt work she did in the 80’s!

Astral Burst by Beth Nufer
Postcards to Friends by Designing Quilters

Choose a theme, any theme, and receive 6 original fabric postcards from your friends! Of course, you have to make 6 postcards on various themes as well. That was the recent project of the Designing Quilters of the FM area. The display will feature these 5″x7″ fabric cards, grouped according to their themes, such as National Parks, or Circus, or Under the Sea. You will enjoy this amazing creativity.

Pamela Davis assembled her circus-themed cards under the big top.
Sandra Gordon’s contribution to the circus theme

Barb Bunnell left an enduring imprint on the world of quilting. An accomplished quilter whose work earned many ribbons including Best of Show, she was a pivotal influence on the mission of the Quilters’ Guild of North Dakota. She served as president from 1993-1994. Under Barb’s leadership, the first Indian Summer Quilt Show and Conference was launched in 1991, an event that has consistently drawn quilters from the upper Midwestern US and Canada for nearly 25 years. Many will remember Barb’s popular Quilter’s Quarters store on Main Avenue in Fargo during the 1990s.

Barb’s untimely death on January 31, 2016, at the age of 62, left a great void in this universe. An exhibit of her work is included in the 2017 Metro Quilt Expo. Please stop by to view a sample of Barb’s quilts, videos of her well-lived life, an opportunity to share your memories with her family and some unfinished projects that have been lovingly completed by her friends.

We welcomed these vendors to our first ever Metro Quilt Expo!

183 Vintage Button Trading Company LLC, Minot    sponsor of the Exquisite Embellishment With Buttons and Beads award

Blow’s Sew-N-Vac, Fargo   sponsor of the Best of Show Award, small quilts

Comforts of Home, Jamestown     sponsor of the Original Design award

Designer Fabrics, Carrington     sponsor of the Excellence in Appliqué award

Faye’s Henhouse Quilts, Mayville    sponsor of the Scrappy Quilt award

Honeygrove Handcrafts, Fargo  Debbie Richman dyes fabric and socks, makes soap, buttons and other embellishments, and more!                                                 sponsor of the Hand Quilting award

Inspired Designs, Horace  Connie Bruse art quilts and more   sponsor of the Art Quilt award

Modern Textiles, Fargo    sponsor of the Youth Award

Quilting for You, Washburn  sponsor of the Landscape or Pictorial award

Rae Bon Sew and Quilt Shop, Fargo    sponsor of the Best of Show Award, large quilts & Machine Embroidery

Stoneridge Quilting, Enderlin    sponsor of the Specialty Technique award

The Quilted Ladybug, Moorhead    sponsor of the Modern Quilt award

What a Hoot Quilting, Fergus Falls  sponsor of Kit or Block of the Month award

Willow Wood Market, Bemidji   sponsor of the Hand Workmanship award