Friday, February 22, 2013

Hoffman Challenge Quilts at Byway Quilt Show

A collection of the 2012 Hoffman Challenge Quilts will be on display as part of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Beauty of the Byways Quilt Show March 16-17 and March 23-24 in Sackets Harbor, NY.

The 80-piece collection made with lavender, pink, and pearl Hoffman Fabrics will be on exhibit in four historic venues in the waterfront village.
Pictured above:  The Hoffman Challenge Third Place Appliqued Quilt was made by Judy Beskow from the Creole Nature Trail byway region of Louisiana. Photo courtesy of Hoffman Fabrics.

“This is the 24th anniversary of he Hoffman Challenge with categories for pieced, appliqué, mixed technique, wearable art, accessories and dolls made by quilters from around the world. We are pleased to send one of the traveling trunks to the Great Lakes Seaway Trail in March 2013 as it celebrates the beauty of the byways,” says Hoffman Challenge Curator Julie Breidt, Windsor, Colorado.  The collection coming to the Great Lakes Seaway Trail show includes eight Hoffman Challenge award winners, several of which fit the show’s Beauty of the Byways theme. The Hoffman Challenge display will be joined at the March event by a Route 66 Traveling Exhibit of 49 quilts honoring the historic American highway and displays of favorite American and Canadian byway landscapes and landmarks made by North American quilters.

The Hoffman Challenge was started in 1988 by Hoffman Fabrics of Mission Viejo, CA. The wholesale converter works with textile artists, artists, and graphic designers to create more than 800 original screenprints and hand-dyed batiks and handpainted fabrics annually. Currently, 6 Hoffman Challenge traveling trunk exhibits of quilts are visiting sites in the U.S. and Canada.  Two of the trunks will be at the March 2013 Great Lakes Seaway Trail show in Sackets Harbor, NY.

More information and show entry guidelines for the Beauty of the Byways Quilt Show are online at

Email or call Lynette at 315-646-100 x203 with any questions.

Four Historic Buildings for Quilt Show Venue this Year!


The Great Lakes Seaway Trail 2013 Beauty of the Byways Quilt Show, scheduled for March 16 - 17,  plus March 23 - 24, promises to be our biggest show yet – a real quilting event!   Due to the number of quilt this year we’re expanding our show to include the Seaway Trail Discovery Center – built in 1817 - plus three additional historic buildings all on West Main and East Main Streets in Sackets Harbor, NY. 

Purchase your admission tickets and start your quilt tour at the Seaway Trail Discovery Center located at 401 West Main Street in Sackets Harbor.
The United Presbyterian Church of Sackets Harbor at the corner of Broad Street and East Main Street will display quilts. 

The 1808 Samuel Hooker house is now the galleries of the Sackets Harbor Arts Center and will display many quilts during the show. Watercolor by Anitol Mickle.

The Augustus Sacket Mansion was built by the founder of the village in 1802. Today it houses the Sackets Harbor Visitors' Center and during the show many quilts will be on display here.

The show will feature quilts, vendors and demonstrators all days. Admission tickets can be purchased at the Seaway Trail Discovery Center and will include admission to all four buildings.  All buildings are accessible and parking throughout the Village is free. 

Tickets are $8 adults, $7 senior citizens and free for accompanied children under 12. 

Tickets are good for return admission to the show (must show ticket to return)

Show Hours:   Saturdays - 10 to 5               Sundays - Noon to 4

Show Dates:      March 16 - 17,   plus March 23 - 24