Events Page



Late Night Sewing


: May 1st - 3rd

Time: 9:00PM-11:00PM

Since you can't get enough sewing in during the day, come spend the evening sewing with us! Both Domestic & Longarm Machine will be available. 
First come, First Serve! 


Awards Ceremony

Time: 8:45AM - 9:30AM

Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019

Location: Handi-Quilter Main Stage located in the Food Court

This event will take place before UQSM opens. All the Quilt Challenge and Quilt Competition Awards and Ribbons will be presented by their sponsors and the winning quilts will be showcased in the front entrance of the Quilt Exhibit. Award Ceremony attendees will be the first to view the UQSM Quilt Exhibit before the Marketplace opens at 10:00 AM.

                Win a Janome New Home 2030DC



Viewers Choice Vote 

Time and Date:
Thursday, May 2nd -- 
Friday, May 4th -- 10AM-6PM  

Location: Marketplace

Over 200 beautifully made quilts have been entered into the quilt competition. These quilts will be judged professionally based on categories. You, as the attendee, have the opportunity to control this one! Please take the time to tour the competition exhibit and select your favorite! Drop your Viewers' Choice voting at the show entrance.

Booth Hop 


Thursday, May 2nd -- 10 AM-5PM 
Friday, May 3rd -- 10AM-5PM  
Saturday, May 4th -- 10AM-4PM

Location: Marketplace

Booth Hop is similar to a Shop Hop. Obtain a Booth Hop card at the entrance of the show. Visit each participating booth to receive a stamp on each of the squares of the Booth Hop card. Show program floor map identifies all participating booths and their locations. Use the opportunity to learn about wonderful products and services. This activity will also qualify you for daily prizes! 

Once your Booth Hop card is completed, there will be a box at the show entrance to drop it off. All cards must be turned in by 5:00 PM Thursday and Friday and Saturday at 3:00 PM.

Daily prize winners will be posted at the front desk. Must pick up prizes. No prizes will be shipped.

*Only one Booth Hop card per paid admission per day. Must be 16 or older to participate in the Booth Hop giveaways.


booth hop


Stitching Showdown


Time and Date: Thursday, May 2nd -- 10 AM-4PM
                            Friday, May 3rd --  10AM-4PM  

Location: Handi-Quilter Area in the Food Court

 The Stitching Showdown is a competition where teams come together to battle with machine, needle and thread against another team with machine, needle and thread. Each team will showcase their mad skills by expressing their talent through the art of quilting and sewing.

Thursday will be feature High School Teams. Friday will feature Designer Teams. All quilts will be finished and sold at the charity auction on Saturday morning at 11AM.

Prize money awarded for each team:

$300 High School

$500 Longarm Machine

$500 Domestic Machine

 For more information visit the Stitching Showdown page.  


Quilt Exhibits

Thursday, May 2nd -- 10AM-6PM
Friday, May 3rd -- 10AM-8PM 
Saturday, May 4th -- 10AM-4PM

Location: Marketplace

Quilt Exhibits from across the country are making their way to UQSM. You will want to see the exhibits from "PRINCE", "Kaffe Club", along with many, many other quilts on display.  For complete details, go to our "Special Displays" section.


Fashion Show

Time: Various Times Check the Show Program 

Date: Thursday, May 2nd & Friday, May 3rd, 2019

Location: Handi-Quilter Main Stage


Come and enjoy several great Fashion Shows on the Handi-Quilter Main Stage, located in the Food Court. 

Charity Auction 


Time: 11:AM

Date: Saturday, May 4th, 2019

Location: Handi-Quilter Main Stage

Have you ever wanted to listen to a real cowboy auctioneer? Have you ever wanted to feel the thrill of bidding against others for a quilt? Do you have a the need to help the less fortunate? Then come to our Charity Auction for Sew Much Hope. Quilts can be previewed Thursday and Friday, May 2nd and 3rd, in the Marketplace. The minimum bid starts at $175. Auction attendees will receive a ticket for a chance to win a Grace Company Longarm Machine provided by Nuttall's Sewing Center. You can increase your chances of winning the longarm machine giveaway by purchasing an auction quilt.

There will also be an on-line auction via Facebook and Instagram @uqsm.downunderdiversions These will be celebrity quilts. We can't wait to share who our celebrities are!

100% of all proceeds benefit Sew Much Hope. You can read all about Sew Much hope on their website 



booth hop


Shop N' Splurge 

 Time and Date: Saturday, May 4th -- 1PM-4PM

Location: Marketplace 

Don't miss all the specials from participating vendors. See the listing in the show program for the Saturday Deals!

Lecture Series

Wednesday May, 1 
 Thursday, May 2    
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM 
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Friday, May 4
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM 
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM 
Saturday, May 5      

Time: Various Times

Date: May 1-4, 2019

Location: Front Classrooms  and Marketplace


The lecture series is an additional educational classroom opportunity to learn and have fun with national and well-renowned designers and instructors who share their stories and ideas about the quilting and sewing world. You will purchase a one-time ticket for $150 plus the class registration fee. You will have access to ?? different Lecture Series classes. When you register for classes you can see the 10 classes available. If you were to register for all these classes it would cost you $. This is a large savings and a great way to come and enjoy our show and further your education.

You can find these on the classes page under the "Lecture Series" category. 
SIGN up for the Lecture Series Bundle HERE

Spool School

Spool School
Time and Date:Thursday, May 3rd -- 10AM-6PM 
                         Friday, May 4th -- 10AM-6PM  
 May5th -- 10AM-4PM 

Location: Marketplace 

Do you want to learn the art of quilting and sewing? If you are new to sewing and want to know more, this is the perfect place to start. We have beginning sewing classes including, quilting, bags, clothing and embroidery. These classes will be taught by our 2019 UQSM instructors who have a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm for sharing what they know. The class size is limited to 12 students only.

How do I sign up for Spool School?

Register and pay for the classes you would like. When you arrive at UQSM check in at the registration desk.

Where is Spool School located?

In the Marketplace. See show program for floor map of the specific location.


Thursday May 2, 2019
2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM 

Friday May 3, 2019
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM 
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM 
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM 
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM 
4:15 PM - 5:45 PM 
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM 
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM 
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM 

Saturday May 4, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM 
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM 
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM



2019 Special Quilt Exhibits


The Prince Cherrywood Challenge 

What can you create with just one color?

Every year, Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics challenges artists to create a unique piece of art with a limited color palette. Given simple rules, they were encouraged to push themselves creatively to design an original quilt, taking inspiration from the music, movies and legacy of the late Prince Rogers Nelson. Three traveling exhibits were chosen from more than 380 submissions. The cohesive colors, size, theme and texture of Cherrywood make the exhibit one of a kind. There were no limits on technique, so the viewer will see incredible manipulations of fabric in these 20-inch quilts. The collection is stunning and we hope you can appreciate the time and artistry that went into their creation! 


Prince Rogers Nelson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1958. A son of a pianist and a jazz singer, he wrote his first song when he was just seven years old. Prince was a musical innovator who was known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant dress and makeup, and wide vocal range. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. He has sold over 100 million records worldwide and recorded over 40 albums, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. His iconic film “Purple Rain” was filmed in Minneapolis, home of the legendary First Avenue nightclub. Even though Prince could have lived anywhere in the world, he still called Minnesota home up until his untimely death in 2016. Paisley Park, Prince’s studio and home, is located just 200 miles from the Cherrywood Studio, making this an obvious choice for our fourth contest. Participants not familiar with Prince gained a much deeper appreciation of his contributions to the world of music and beyond. Cherrywood is proud of this beautiful textile tribute to an iconic musician and generous philanthropist.




A Study in Contrast

The Promise in a Desert Sunrise
by:Sharon Jaeger
Crazy Cold
by: Janet Tranbarger



Are you getting hotter?

Feel the sweat on your brown?

Getting thirsty?

Need some ice?

It’s not a hot flash…

It’s Quilts on the Wall’s Challenge: HEAT

Images, warm color pallet bring the artists’ HOT HOT HOT inspirations to life..


Think hot chocolate in front of a fire warming your chilly nose.

Frost on the window pane.

The sparkle of snowflakes and shimmering ice crystals on a water fall.

Snow on the mountain top and chickadees wintering in the trees.

You’re getting colder, colder, colder

Juried by: Kathleen McCabe

Yellow Line Exhibit

Quilts On The Wall is an association of textile artists founded in 1998 in response to a growing number of folks who wanted to take traditional quilting into the realm of one-of-a-kind artwork pieces adorned on walls.
The most recent challenge tasked the artists in creating a 12 x 48 piece with a yellow line entering and exiting each side. The yellow line in each piece unifies the exhibit from one artwork to the next while retaining each artist’s individual style and interpretation of what the yellow line represents.