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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 the 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.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Four Historic Buildings for Quilt Show Venue this Year!

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 best 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,

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Two Pages in Canadian Quilters' Association Newsletter

If you are a member of the Canadian Quilters' Association look on pages 94 and 95 of the Autumn edition of the Newsletter magazine to read a article on the success of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail War of 1812 Traveling Quilt Show. 

The article also has lots of details and inspiration for our 2013 Quilt Show and Challenge the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Beauty of the Byways.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Tips from Expert Quilter Mary Knapp

Knapp Lighthouses
Some of Mary Knapp's favorite light houses along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail

Tips from Expert Quilter Mary Knapp:

Mary Knapp, quilt pattern designer and the author of “Star Quilts” to be released by C&T Publishing later this year, offers these design tips if quilters are interested in creating a pictorial or art quilt to enter:

  • Start with a photograph of the scenic drive or area that inspires you.
  • Trace a simple general outline using tissue paper over a photo.
  • Don’t be too complex at first; add details later.
  • Think about whether you want to use warm or cool colors.
  • Blend 3-6 shades of one color for effect.
  • Add an accent color to make a detail jump out.
  • Cut some pieces, lay the pattern out on the floor.
  • Then fit fabrics to the elements.
  • Stand back and look, adjust to your liking, then begin sewing.

"Beauty of the Byways" Registration and Schedule

Registration and Schedule:
  • As soon as possible: Please go to and fill out the online “Expression of Interest” form now to let us know that you would like to participate so we can keep in touch with you on important details.
  • By February 1, 2013: Fill out the “Official Registration Form” to let us know that your quilt will be finished and you will be submitting it.
  • By March 1, 2013: Mail or deliver your quilt to: Seaway Trail, Box 660, Sackets Harbor, NY 13685. All quilts must be received by March 1, 2013.
  • March 16-17, 2013: Attend the 2013 Beauty of the Byways show at Seaway Trail Discovery Center in Sackets Harbor, NY.
Overall Guidelines:
  • Your quilt entry can be: Pieced, Appliqué, Wholecloth, Traditional, Contemporary, Art Quilt, Pictorial, Wearable Art, etc.
  • Any size quilt will be accepted from miniature to king size
  • Any type of fabric in any colours may be used
  • Use three-layer traditional quilt building with a top, batt and back
  • Your quilt may be sewn and quilted by hand or by machine
  • Sew a 4 inch pocket on the top end for hanging the quilt
For More Information:

If you have any questions or comments or want to find out more about the challenge or the show please call: 315-646-1000 x203

or send an Email to:

Register now for our "Beauty of the Byways" quilt challenge

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The New York Beauty Pattern is Not Required

The New York Beauty pattern that is featured in our advertisement below can be used in this show, but is certainly not required.

Your quilt entry can be what ever pattern you think best reflects your interpretation of scenic byways and scenic drives.  The “Beauty of the Byways” theme offers endless possibilities for quilters and fabric artists to showcase their own favorite byway, road, scenic drive, or landscape. 

How you interpret your favorite is completely up to you!  It can be: Pieced, Appliqué, Traditional, Contemporary, Art Quilt, Pictorial, Embellished, Wearable Art, etc. 

It’s all up to you!