More From Quilt Festival Cincinnati 2013!

We had such a great time at Quilt Festival Cincinnati this past weekend! Let the pictures do the talking…

special exhibits team

Meet the ladies from Special Exhibits who worked so hard to hang more than 500 quilts and textile works for the show! From left to right: Terri, Patti, Carol, Marie Christine, Trix, Annick, Ginny, Becky, Amanda, and Carmen

Ohio Star

Attendees dropped off more blocks throughout the weekend for our Ohio Star quilt challenge. It’s going to turn out to be a beautiful quilt, and we are really looking forward to showcasing it at next year’s Festival and donating it to a Cincinnati-based charity!

DelaneyMeet nine-year-old Delaney who shyly approached me to say she likes to watch Quilting Arts on Saturday mornings with her mom. Yes, my heart melted…



Create on the Spot (formerly Make It University!) was busy with lots of stitch activity, from learning surface design techniques and embellishing to making small projects, including fabric postcards.

postcard by Abbyx

But the highlight of this year’s show for many was our premier evening event, The Iron Quilter Challenge sponsored by BERNINA of America. Met the refs:

The Refs

Me alongside the resident joker at Quilts Inc, Bob Ruggiero


During this one hour and forty-five minute challenge, four teams of quilters each led by a celebratory quilter were tasked to create a “tasty, quilted masterpiece.” Armed with seven yards of fabric, two Berninas, irons provided by Oliso, rotary cutters, mats, and rulers courtesy of Prym Consumer, and a design wall, the pressure was on as the countdown clock let everyone know just how little time they had left to create a quilt top. The teams of four were led by Charlotte Angotti, John Flynn, Debbie Caffrey, and Wendy Butler Burns.

Bob Ruggiero interviewing

Here Bob is asking Wendy Butler Berns how confident she is that she and her teammates of “The Butler Berns Blasters” were going to win this challenge.

Angotti teamCharlotte Angotti and her team the “Angotti Avengers” demonstrated their confidence in winning by flexing some quilting muscle!


Show & TellWhile the teams were busy creating, attendees dazzled each other with their quilts during our show–and-tell portion of the evening.

bob ruggieroAnd at one point when I told everyone that I had door prizes for the first 20 people to go dance with Bob, he got a little stampeded. (He didn’t seem to mind, though.)


Debbie CaffreyDebbie Caffrey and her team, “Caffrey’s Cohorts” finished early and were so confident they were going to win, they bought all four teams a round of champagne.


4 finished quilts

And time is up!  The tasty creations from left to right: John Flynn, Charlotte Angotti, Wendy Butler Berns, and Debbie Caffrey.

Iron Quilter Winner

And after the votes were counted (in the form of marbles given to each attendee), Debbie Caffrey and Caffrey’s Cohorts took the gold in the form of a glittery spray-painted (non-functioning) iron.  (Special kudos to Allison Cooper for making this iron as gaudy as possible.)

Debbie and her team were not the only winners of the evening. BERNINA of America donated a BERNINA 550 sewing machine to be raffled off as the grand door prize to one of the lucky attendees that registered for our Iron Quilter event. At the end of the night, Jeanne Delpit of BERNINA drew the name of a very fortunate quilter who got to take home this…



Me with Jeanne Delpit

Looking forward to coming back next year, Cincinnati! (Show dates are April 3-5, 2014.)

We have some fun plans for our upcoming Chicago show in late June. More on those very soon…

9 responses

  1. Bob… lololol I love his expression being surrounded by all of those ladies! He’s a funny guy.

    These pics are great, and I can see everyone was having a blast! :)

  2. Nice to see light hearted fun among quilters! Some of us are older, and very serious!! Have fun for the rest of us older, set-in-our-ways ,quilters. I only speak for myself. Those other grouches , not so much!

  3. well – participating in Iron Quilter was the best fun I ever had at the quilt show!! You and Bob were great event hosts and super refs, not to mention good uniforms! :)
    Oh and the “cherry on the top” was – we won!! Go Caffrey’s Cohorts! Looking forward to next year!

    PS – if you want even more pictures, I have quite a few, just let me know. :)

  4. My friends and I had a wonderful time in Cincy….enjoyed the Iron Quilter and Friday night! The quilts and show were absolutely wonderful! Hope to see you in Chicago and Cincy next year.

  5. Awwe, if I only knew about this festival, I would like to join! I am not that expert in creating quilt but I surely know how to make one. Hopefully I would have any idea when a festival like this is coming up.

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