Spectacular celebration of quilts in Massachusetts
The Lowell Quilt Festival, the annual city-wide spectacular celebration of quilts, offers a visual feast of color and creativity to visitors of Lowell, Massachusetts! From small to large, traditional to contemporary, hand-work to machine-work, simple to spectacular, the Lowell Quilt Festival quilts are a must-see for all who enjoy and appreciate the work of highly talented and expert artisans.
This year's festival will be held August 7-10, 2008 and will feature:
- The juried Images quilt show, featuring over 300 quilts, with cash prizes in several categories.
- An exhibit of antique quilts curated by renowned collector Gerald Roy
- Three additional specially selected exhibits for the festival.
- Exhibits of youth quilts and community quilts
- Classes and lectures by nationally acclaimed teachers.
- Auctions of quilts and quilt-related items.
- Quilt appraisals
- Over 40 vendors of quilting supplies from New England and beyond.
Many of Lowell's cultural organizations will hold quilt-related events during the festival; learn about them on the Partner Events page.
Don't miss Thursday's Gallery Night when many of Lowell's museum's and galleries will kick off the spectacular Festival weekend by welcoming visitors to free opening receptions during extended hours!
This year, there's a special treat in store for model railroad enthusiasts during the Quilt Festival. The National Association of S Gaugers (NASG) 2008 National Convention will be held August 5-10 in Lowell at the Doubletree Riverfront Hotel.
The Bristol S Gauge Railroaders are dedicated to S scale (1/64 scale) model railroading. Members are interested in most branches of S scale, including, but not limited to, Scale, Narrow Gauge (Sn3 and Sn2), Hi-Rail, and American Flyer operating and collecting.
Their major goals are to learn from each other and have fun doing it. Over 300 attendees are expected. The Association will be celebrating their 60th Anniversary in 2008.
The main reason Lowell was chosen for this convention is the myriad of attractions for registrants to enjoy. Formed in 1948, the NASG is the longest running S scale club in America!
LQF 2007 was held August 2-5, 2007 at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium and the DoubleTree Hotel in Lowell. The Tsongas Arena, which has been the site of past Images, was unavailable, and the Auditorium is a truly beautiful building which offered a warm and gracious setting for Images 2007, Women's Work is Never Done, and the Journal Quilt Project.
The DoubleTree, located conveniently just across from the Auditorium, held a special Founders Exhibit, Community Quilts, and Teacher quilts. A tempting array of vendors was shared between the venues.
In 2008 we will return to the Tsongas Arena in Lowell and the Radisson Hotel in Chelmsford for our annual Quilt Festival. Save these dates!
August 7-10, 2008 LQF 2008, featuring:
Nancy Brenan Daniel ~ Libby Lehman ~ Joanie Zeier Poole ~ Nancy Prince ~ Judy Simmons ~ Judy Sisneros
Sarah Ann Smith ~ Karen K. Stone ~ Deborah Tucker ~ Holice Turnbow ~ Mary Lou Weidman ~ Ann Zemke
August 6-9, LQF 2009, featuring Sue Nickels, Jane Sassaman, and many more! 2009.
Lowell Quilt Festival