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The 2014

NQA 45th Annual Quilt Show presents

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Holice Turnbow : Keynote speaker and Master of Ceremonies for the Awards Dinner, May 22nd, 2014 


A Quilt Judge and Teacher certified by the National Quilting Association, Holice Turnbow began quilting in the early 1970s when he was asked to teach needlework and quilting for a county recreational program.  National exposure followed in 1978 when Holice served as a consultant to the West Virginia Department of Culture and History to organize a quilt show in conjunction with the U.S. Postal Service’s issuance of a commemorative stamp recognizing quilting as a folk art.  Holice also served on the planning committee for the First Continental Quilting Congress held in Arlington, Virginia in 1978.  These two events resulted in invitations to lecture and teach at quilting events across the United States and in Canada which began his career as a quilter.


Holice lectures and conducts workshops in many quilting techniques with emphasis on those subjects related to the development and use of quilting designs.  Holice has taught regularly for the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo.   There are 8 events a year with his teaching five or six classes at each event.  Holice has also taught and lectured for local quilt groups and quilt shops as well as national conventions.


His experience in whole cloth designs began in 1992 when Holice was asked by Spartex, Inc, a South Carolina fabric company, to develop and design whole cloth patterns that could be preprinted onto fabric.  He designed a series based on quilts in the quilt collection of the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D. C.  Holice researched whole cloth quilts in the collection and selected those which had artistic and commercial appeal to quilters.  A second series of designs were introduced in the fall of 1994.  More recently, Holice has provided a series of designs for Benartex, Inc which has also been produced as pre-printed products.


Holice has written for various quilting magazines and appeared on Public Television including Kay Wood’s “Strip Quilting with Kaye” and “Quilting for the 90’s,” and “Heirlooms by Design.” Holice has also filmed 6 shows on QNN representing The Stencil Co.


Holice is the founder and former co-curator of The Hoffman Challenge with Betty Boyink.  The Challenge continues to be a national contest of quilted wall hangings, clothing and dolls.  He has served as quilt consultant to a number of companies such as Stencil House (A Canadian company producing quilting stencils), Talon, Inc (a producer of threads) and Benartex, Inc., (a New York fabric company).


Holice has designed and made garments for two invitational exhibits,  “Statements” which was sponsored by P and B Fabrics and The Fairfield Fashion Show.  Holice currently has a piece traveling with the exhibit “Men of Biblical Portions”.