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Bus Tour to Missouri Star Quilt Co.
(Wed., June 21st 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. ) –
Join us Wednesday, June 21st for an optional bus tour to Missouri Star Quilt Co. in Hamilton, MO. Learn the history of Hamilton and Jenny Doan’s quilting business adventure! Hamilton boasts the largest selection of fabric pre-cuts in one place! Bus leaves from the venue (KCI Expo Center) at 9 a.m. will return by 4:30 p.m. (Hamilton is about an hour and 15 minute drive from the venue.) Cost to attend is $40 which includes transportation and a tour of the Missouri Star Quilt Co. warehouse. Lunch is on your own in Hamilton and there are many restaurants to choose from. View more information about the restaurants: www.visitmsqc.com/restaurants/. View more information about the shops to plan your visit: www.visitmsqc.com/shops/.

(This Bus Tour is not included in your conference registration fee. The cost is $40 per person and is optional.)

Opening Social

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Wednesday Night (6:30 p.m. Wed., June 21st) – Join us as we kick off the conference in style! Delicious food and time to mingle. You’ll laugh yourself silly during the interactive Quilting Trivia Contest, with big prizes for the winning teams sponsored by Missouri Star Quilt Co. (The Opening Social is included in your registration fee. The cost to bring a guest is just $20.)


Lunchtime Presentation: “A Quilter’s Sentimental Journey – Listening to the Quilt” by Featured Artist, Page Johnson

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(Thurs., June 22nd 12:30 p.m.-1:15 p.m.) – Join Page as she takes a trip down memory lane with a tour of several award winning quilts from the last 16 years. Listen as she discusses the thought process behind the designs, the issues she had to overcome and what she learned from each project. See the before and after pictures, which reveal how the quilt asked for and received what it needed.

Page will discuss design elements including thread and batting options, motif choices and design placement, stitch density and travel paths, overall unification and the directional eye movement effect. Let her journey help you to listen more closely to what the quilt is saying.

Page Johnson is “Full Time, Quilt for Hire” with a store front studio in Eagan, Minnesota. She quilts for customers on three Statlers. Quilting for others provides her with constant challenges to explore new concepts in layout and digitizing designs. Her passion is to come up with new ways to provide semi-custom quilting like an edge-to-edge stitching path that looks like high-end custom work, yet is faster to quilt out.

As a teacher she passes on her "real life" knowledge to her students in classes and videos. Page is experience in both freehand and computerized quilting. Her quilts continue to win awards nationally and have been featured in many calendars, books, and quilting magazines. She can be found online at www.thequiltingpage.com



Lunchtime Presentation: Statler—The Man and the Machine, Book Presentation by Honored Guest, Paul Statler

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(Fri., June 23rd 12:30 p.m.-1 p.m.) – Hear about Paul’s recently released book, written by his son David Paul Statler. Paul will discuss highlights of his authorized biography and inspiring story. Meet Paul after his presentation, and purchase a signed copy of his book, Statler: The Man and the Machine.

At a very early age, Paul Statler's dream was to own his own electronics business. He fulfilled that dream by age 15. Through the years he has experienced many things from building his family's first television to repairing several of Elvis Presley's televisions and stereos at Graceland while working for RCA. Paul is also an inventor who is known for having invented many things to make life easier. Paul still has an electronics business, but it is quite different from the dream he began 49 years ago. Paul and his wife, Mildred, both come from families with a tradition of quilting.

Friday Night Banquet & Entertainment

by Bronze Sponsor:

(Friday June 23rd, 6:30-8:30 p.m. ) – Enjoy a delicious banquet dinner complete with scrumptious dessert. And you won’t want to miss this year’s ultra-talented entertainment, sponsored by Linda’s Electric Quilters. We are pleased to announce that we will host world famous violinist, Jenny Oaks Baker, and her musical children as they help us celebrate a “Quilter’s Rhapsody!” (The Friday Night Banquet & Entertainment is included in your registration fee. The cost to bring a guest is just $50.)

America’s Violinist, Jenny Oaks Baker, is a Grammy Nominated, Billboard No. 1 performer and recording artist. She received her Master of Music degree from the renowned Juilliard School in New York City and her Bachelor’s Degree in violin performance from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

She has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Strathmore Hall, the Library of Congress and as a guest soloist with the Jerusalem Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Utah Symphony, and the internationally acclaimed Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Over the years Jenny has collaborated with such luminaries as Gladys Knight, Kurt Bestor, Marvin Hamlisch, and the former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Jenny has released twelve studio albums since 1998. They have sold nearly half a million copies and consistently chart on Billboard. Jenny’s emotionally stirring music has also been featured on the soundtracks of many films, and her popular music videos can be viewed on her YouTube Channel.

Jenny Oaks Baker & Family Four has performed throughout the United States including performances in Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City, Stevens Performing Arts Center in Idaho, on the “Hour of Power” television program broadcast worldwide from California, for the Ambassador's Wives at the Congressional Club in Washington DC, for the Washington DC Temple Festival of Lights, and for the World Congress of Families IX. They are also featured on the CD "My Home Can Be A Holy Place," and on a Mormon Channel music video, performing "Love Is Spoken Here." Laura is 14 and plays the violin and percussion. Hannah is 12 and plays the piano. Sarah is 11 and plays the cello. Matthew is 9 and plays the classical & electric guitar. They have been performing together as a family since each child started playing their instruments when they were three or four years old. www.jennyoaksbaker.com

Thursday, Friday & Saturday

Quilt Show & Vendor Mall

Open to the Public SUGAR is pleased to host an exclusive display of digitally-created quilts in the 2017 Quilt Show, along with a vendor mall of booths dedicated to computerized machine-quilting products. The vendor mall & quilt show will be open for conference participants as well as the general public

Thursday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
and Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Admission is free for conference registrants, and just $5 / day for the public.


"Urban Graffiti" Special Exhibit
Presented by Quilts on the Wall Fiber Artists

Graffiti has evolved over the past generation from gangs, hostility and violence to its own unique art form seen in m any venues in many cities. It might be on b ridges, underpasses, walls in center city as murals, paintings on trucks traveling our highways, even as tattoos. Quilts on the Wall created a juried exhibition depicting the varied ways graffiti is part of our everyday lives in the 21st century. Attendees will marvel at this thought-provoking special display of quilted graffiti, a true art!


Prairie Stars Mystery Quilt Exhibition presented by Debbie Breer and the quilters of McPherson, Kansas.

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Attendees will enjoy seeing nearly 25 quilts all created using the same, original "Prairie Stars" pattern by Debbie Breer. Quilters from the McPherson, Kansas area learned how to do this "mystery quilt" in a class at their local Stitches Quilt Shop. While all the quilts are made from the same pattern they are all different colors, and each has a different quilting design, done on a Statler® by the pattern designer and others. SUGAR is pleased to showcase this special exhibit!