FOR OVER 25 YEARS Santa Clara has hosted the Pacific International Quilt Festival, and this year was no exception. Although we've attended only for the last five years or so, we make it a point to return each year and marvel at the uncanny art and exquisite wormanship.
It's one of California's premier shows with hundreds of quilts and textile art from around the world, so we came early to avoid the crowds. The Santa Clara convention center is the perfect venue for this popular show with easy access and plenty of free parking. It's far superior to San Francisco, and much more pleasurable to attend.
Not only does this prestigious event have amazing quilt art, it also has an abundance of workshops and lectures by renown instructors. And the best part for us shoppers -- a large merchant's mall with the best fabrics, notions, machines, and everything for the quilter and home sewer. That's us!
Over the years we've seen fewer traditional quilts on display and an increase in the modern techniques. They're more geometric and scenic with vivid colors and eye-popping designs. Although they are amazing to view on the showroom floor, I'm not sure how long I could tolerate live with them hanging in our home. Still, it's a wonderful opportunity to enjoy beautiful art created by talented quilters.