North Idaho Quilters

"Our love of quilts is what brings us together."

2022 Quilt Show - June 10 - 11

The North Idaho Quilt Show dates are June 10 & 11, 2022 at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds in the Jacklin Building.  Quilt drop-off will be on June 8th and set-up will be June 9th.


The committee looks forward to continuing our plan to have a successful show in 2022. The next Quilt Show committee meeting will be January 18th at 4:30 on Zoom.


Thank you,

Quilt Show Committee

Michele Sowers, Quilt Show Chair


My journey into quilting began when I was about 3 or 4 years old, sitting on my Grandmother’s lap in front of her Singer, treadle sewing machine. She was teaching me to make blankets and clothes for my dolls. She even allowed me to push a few pieces of fabric through the needle. She taught me how to layout fabric for my dolls’ quilts which we then sewed together. I still have her sewing machine.


I was in the 3rd grade when I made my first complete quilt. The quilt was made for a history class lesson and was about 10 by 14 inches in size. A couple of years later I helped my Mother tie a heavy flannel quilt she was making for my Brother. My job was to sit under the loom and pass the ties back up to my Mom after she pushed them down through the quilt. At that point my sewing interest became making clothes for myself and others and that passion stayed with me well into adulthood.


In 1993 The Empty Spool Quilt Shop opened in Bayview and I was quickly hooked. I became fascinated with putting various fabrics and colors together and fell in love with the idea that a minor change to fabric color or pattern could impact the finished look dramatically. My passion quickly became the process of altering a pattern to make it into a statement of my own creation.

In the mid-1990’s I began teaching at the Empty Spool and at Bear Paw Quilting when they opened. I was asked to teach the Little Womens Club at Bear Paw and did so for 14 years, along with numerous other classes.

More recently, I have ventured into wools and flannels which I find both fun and challenging, and our North Idaho winters make working with wools and flannels even more enjoyable.


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2021-2022 NIQ Quilt Challenge


  • Quilts entered in this category must be recognizable in some way as being related to the theme.
  • The finished size of the quilt is to be 18 inches wide and 24 inches long. All decorations must be within these measurements.
  • The quilt must be an original design, sewn and quilted by the entrant. Only one entry per quilter.
  • The quilt must be made after September 28, 2020. Yes, you have an extra year.
  • Please do not place your entry on or in a frame. It must lay flat.

For questions contact:

Nancy Quarnberg, [email protected], (208) 773-9022.

Elaine Forthofer, [email protected], (208) 755-8565.


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