Woman examining a quilt at the Fine Art of Fiber

Fine Art of Fiber

The Fine Art of Fiber show is going on hiatus in November 2020, out of concern for the safety of its guild members and their guests. Look for us to return to the Chicago Botanic Garden November 5-7, 2021 (opening night Thursday, November 4, 2021).

Join us at Chicagoland’s ultimate quilt exhibition, the Fine Art of Fiber. Held at the Chicago Botanic Garden, this one-of-a-kind venue provides our members with a unique opportunity to display their work. It’s a great way to meet quilters and explore the variety of quilt styles. IQI has been exhibiting quilts here for over 30 years, along with the North Suburban Needlearts Guild and Weavers Guild of the North Shore. Attendance at the Fine Art of Fiber recently broke the 10,000 mark.

Can you find a more perfect location to showcase your work? IQI members may exhibit one piece a year as part of their membership benefits. Additional pieces are submitted for consideration by the FAOF Committee; there is a non-refundable $5.00 fee per item submitted, and exhibitors are required to volunteer during the show.

The Fine Art of Fiber exhibit includes a Boutique for members to sell their work, a Silent Auction of pieces donated by members to benefit their guilds, a Fashion Show of wearable art, and the IQI Raffle Quilt is displayed with tickets on sale. The winner of this beautiful raffle quilt is drawn late Sunday afternoon before the conclusion of the show. (Winner need not be present.) Guild members staff an education table to introduce visitors to the quilting arts and the benefits of guild membership.

Entry to the show is free, and IQI volunteers receive a parking pass good for the weekend. Visitors vote for the Viewers’ Choice Award and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbons are awarded Sunday afternoon.

Visit the FAOF’s website at fineartoffiber.org/forms.htm to download current information for the 2021 event. Submission forms for the exhibit and boutique will be posted in late summer 2021. Submission deadline for the exhibit and the boutique is early September; deadline for the Great Wear fashion show is early October. This IQI website will also feature current information as it is available for the 2021 event.

A quick tour of the exhibition

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