Please click here to see photos of the winning quilts from the 2018 BPQ Quilt Show.
Block Party Quilters 33nd Annual Quilt Show
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018 Hours: Friday and Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM, Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM Issaquah Community Center 301 Rainier Boulevard South Issaquah, WA Map to the Community Center
Come see the beautiful quilts and shop at our boutique and our wonderful vendors. Enjoy a refreshment in our tea room.
Featured Artist - Arlette Wentz
Please click here for a printable flyer with all the details.
See you there!
Coming from out of town?
Homewood Suites is giving a special rate of $130 a night for a king-size suite for folks visiting Issaquah for the the quilt show.
Our 2018 BPQ Quilt Show featured artist will be Arlette Wentz.
Artist Statement by Arlette Wentz:
I was born in Montana and raised in Cascade, Idaho, the middle child with two brothers. Mom taught me to sew as a little girl and it has become my lifelong passion. I sewed nearly all my own clothes in high school and college. Mom struck a wonderful bargain with me, that she would purchase all the fabric and supplies for my new outfits, but I had to finish them all before we went on another shopping trip for fabric. I quickly became a finisher to satisfy my need for more fabric and more new clothes. I graduated from college with a degree in Home Economics, prepared to teach sewing, cooking and life skills to high school girls.
While raising my 3 children, I sewed constantly and as my 2 daughters will attest to, back to school shopping was looking at the department stores and buying at the fabric stores. For about 16 years, I worked in a fabric store, 8 of those years as store manager. Being around all that beautiful fabric every day was inspiring. Trying to keep up with all the purchasing was a bit overwhelming. Over the years, I have made tailored suits for men and women, wedding dresses, purses and bags, bras and undies, upholstered chairs and couches, curtains, bedspreads, pillows and drapes, boat and auto upholstery, leather car seats and purses, lots of embroidered items and embellished garments, numerous furry teddy bears and slippers, plus tons of doll clothes.
About 8 years ago, I caught the quilting bug. I love the creativity and endless possibilities! It seems, I can’t get enough of the interesting designs, color combinations and beautiful fabrics! I take lots of classes and get easily inspired with new ideas, techniques, or designs, and I’m ready to start a new quilt, or several. I love to create the quilt top, not so much any repetition of blocks, but asymmetrical designs and unusual layouts are more fun and interesting to my eye. Squared up, lined up, expected repetition just doesn’t do it for me. Most of my quilts are rather small, and not particularly cuddly. My creations are intended to hang on the wall as art quilts, rather than bed quilts. Many of my art quilts, about 30 of them, can be found on the walls of the office where I work. As much as I love designing and creating quilt tops, I love, love, love the actual quilting part of the process, adding the free motion and interesting designs in thread, connecting all the layers together.
I am humbled and honored to be selected as the featured artist in the Block Party Quilters Quilt Show of 2018. Thank you for this recognition. It is almost like winning an Oscar!
Please click here to see the vendors that will be at the 2018 BPQ Quilt Show.