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 FabricsGreat Lakes Seaway Trail, N.Y. and PA - Seaway Trail, Inc. has announced that 80 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 historic venues in the waterfront village.   "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, CO.   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 First Place Pieced Quilt was made by Colleen Harvey of Nederland, CO, a community on Colorado's Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, established in 1918.   The Hoffman Challenge Third Place Appliqued Quilt was made by Judy Beskow from the Creole Nature Trail byway region of Louisiana.   The Best Use of Sulky Thread Quilt was made by Carol Kolf of Sheridan, WY, near the Bighorn Scenic Byway.   The Fourth Place Mixed Media Quilt was made by Jody Lamb of Bartlesville, OK, part of the Highway 60 state byway that shares part of its route with historic Route 66. The Best Mixed Handwork Quilt by Lisa Walker of LaGrange, TX, a town on a Texas State Byway.   Other winners include the Best First Time Pieced Entry, the Best Machine Applique Quilt and the Best Mixed Incorporation of Challenge Fabrics entry.   The Hoffman Challenge display will be joined at the March event by a Route 66 Traveling Exhibit of 56 quilts honoring the historic American highway and displays of favorite American and Canadian byway landscapes and landmarks made by North American quilters.   More information and show entry guidelines for the Beauty of the Byways Quilt Show are online at www.seawaytrail.com/quilting or call 315-646-100 x203. -30-   More Info: 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, 12 Hoffman Challenge traveling trunk exhibits of quilts, clothing and dolls 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.  

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Contact: Lynette Lundy-Beck, show manager, 315-465-7578, lynette@seawaytrail.com Publicist Kara Lynn Dunn, 315-465-7578, karalynn@gisco.net   This release is online at http://www.seawaytrail.com/Press_Room/2013/press130206hoffman-quilts.php   Photo avaliable: 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