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Best of Show

Best of Show

Listen With Your Eyes, created and quilted by Jackie Williams, Rockport, IL. 1st Place: Large Quilts - Machine Techniques, One Person.  NACQJ Award of Merit for Outstanding Achievement In Quiltmaking


Best Hand Quilting

Best Hand Quilting

Baltimore Album Version, created by Jo Kassner of Springfield, MO, and quilted by T. Fisher. 2nd place: Large Quilts - Mixed Techniques, Two Person


Best Machine Quilting

Best Machine Quilting

Sherbert, created and quilted by Dorie Hruska, Highlandville, MO. 2nd Place: Medium Quilts - Machine Techniques, One Person


Judge's Choice

Judge's Choice

See A State, Meet A Quilter, created by Cathy Wostarek, Purdy, MO, and quilted by Christy Manes. 2nd Place: Medium Quilts - Mixed Techniques, Two Person

Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Show announces our partner hotels:

Drury Inn & SuitesHoliday Inn & Suites, and La Quinta Inn & Suites

Each hotel is located conveniently near I-44 interchanges and are just minutes away from the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. Room availability may be limited at each hotel, and realize there are other events going on in Springfield at the same time, so book your room as early as possible to ensure you have the hotel and room you want!

Book early and through the links and numbers provided or be sure to mention the Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Show to get the group rates!

blue  Drury Inn & Suites

Rate: $94.99 for 2 queen beds deluxe - must be booked by August 6, 2016, availability limited so book early!

2715 N Glenstone Ave - Springfield, Missouri 65803

Book on-line here or call 1.800.325.0720 (our group number is 2278494)

Amenities include free hot breakfast, free rotating menu of hot food and cold beverages from 5:30-7:00 pm each evening, free high speed wireless internet access, and free soda and popcorn from 3:00-11:00 pm in the lobby.

blue  Holiday Inn & Suites

Rate: $86.00 for a single king or double beds - must be booked by August 8, 2016, availability limited so book early!

2720 N Glenstone Ave - Springfield, Missouri 65803

Book on-line here or call directly at 417.865.8600

Amenities include free internet, indoor pool, fitness center, on-site restaurant and lounge, business center, and on-site guest self-laundry facilities.

blue  La Quinta Inn & Suites, Springfield Airport Plaza

Rate: $89.00 for a single queen, two queens, or a king - must be booked by August 23, 2016

2445 N Airport Plaza Ave - Springfield, Missouri 65803

Book by calling 417.447.4466 - be sure to mention the Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Show, ask for Vira!

Amenities include a distance of 3 miles from the Fairgrounds, free breakfast,  a 24-hour business center, indoor pool and spa, fitness center, microwave & mini-refrigerator in each room



Big Blocks, Small Blocks

Big Block Small Block Join us at 2:00 PM on Friday for Barb Eikmeier's lecture, Big Blocks, Small Blocks. This is a compare and contrast of quilts made from the same pattern but in different sized blocks.  For example, a full sized Lemoyne Star quilt in 3" blocks and one in 12" blocks. Twelve different quilt patterns will be showcased with at least two sizes of blocks for each.Barb Headshot 4 It will be a lighthearted lecture that pokes fun at the way Barb seems to get herself into crazy projects like making 300  5" blocks. For more information on Barb visit her at her website, Barb’s Favorites,or on Facebook. You may see the entire show schedule here.

Shelly Burge

  Shelly Burge Shelly Burge of Lincoln, Nebraska, will be the judge for the 2016 show, Celebrate Quilting! She is a National Quilting Association Certified Judge, award-winning quilt maker, teacher, and author. When Shelly was four she learned to sew on a toy sewing machine.  In 1973 she made her first quilts “just to use up scraps from sewing clothing.”  Since then her work has won awards in national shows such as the NQA, IQA, and AQS, plus they have been exhibited in Europe, Russia and Japan. Small Quilts BookTeaching since 1983, her resume includes classes at numerous Houston Quilt Festivals, NQA, and AQS shows along with traveling to guilds all across the country.  In 2000 she served on the teaching staff of Quilt Expo in France.  She was awarded the first Jewel Pearce Patterson Scholarship sponsored by Quilts, Inc. in 1992.  Shelly was a nominee for the 2004 Quilting Teacher of the Year Award.  She is the author of two quilting books, and a line of patterns. Locally Shelly was named the 1994 Woman Artist of the Year by the Commission on the Status of Women.  In 1985 she was one of the founders of the Nebraska State Quilt Guild and has served as their president.  She was named to the Nebraska Quilters Hall of Fame in 2009. Her quilts are in public and private collections including the International Quilt Study Center.  Her quilt, Crane River Morning is on display at the University of Nebraska.  She designed and organized the completion of a large wall quilt for permanent display at the Nebraska governor’s mansion.Crane_River_Morning She and her husband have two grown children and three grandchildren.  They live in the home they built themselves on the Burge family farm. In addition to judging, Shelly will also give two lectures during the show, "From Traditional to Heavy Metal: A Quilt Makers Journey" and "String Piecing: Old Blocks - New Looks." For more information about Shelly, visit her website at ShellyBurge.com      

2016 Opportunity Quilt – The Piecemakers’ Garden

2016 Donation Quilt

This fun, original quilt, The Piecemakers' Garden, was designed around beautiful applique from the pattern My Whimsical Garden, published by Piece O'Cake Designs, and used with their permission. It was pieced, appliqued, and quilted by guild members. The quilt will be out and about through the year at area events. The winning ticket will be drawn at our quilt show on Saturday, September 10, 2016, at 3:30 PM. To purchase tickets you may contact any guild member, attend a meeting, purchase by mail, contact our ticket chairman, Diane Williams, or attend our quilt show September 8-10, 2016.

To purchase tickets by mail please send your name, complete address, phone number and a check for the number of tickets you wish to purchase. Include the appropriate number of address labels to place on the tickets and a self-addressed stamped envelope so we can confirm your purchase and send the ticket stubs to you. Mail these to:

Diane Williams - Opportunity Ticket Chairman 2738 S. Campbell Springfield, MO 65807


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Lori East

Lori East is an AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser, textile historian, teacher, lecturer and quilt maker from Carthage, Missouri.Lori East Lori learned to sew and crochet at a young age, taught by her mother and grandmother. She made her first quilt when she was nine. She enjoys exploring all types of quilt making, from traditional to art quilts. She finds great joy in using old castoff pieces of quilt tops, quilt blocks, or vintage fabrics to create her one-of-a-kind quilts. She loves "all things handmade, homemade and things with a story." Lori describes herself as serious about quilt history, but she allows no "Quilt Police" in her studio. Lori appraises old and new quilts, and she will even appraise quilts that are entered and hanging in the show. Her rates for 2016 are $50.00 for written appraisals, which are available for all quilts, and $25.00 for verbal appraisals, available only for old pieces. Visit Lori at her website, www.LoriEast.com, and at Lori East Quilts on Facebook. To check availability and schedule your appraisal contact Diane Williams.   Chevrons_Banner