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Virginia Quilt Guilds Exhibit at the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival

The Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, February 22-25, 2018, will have an amazing collection of special exhibitions from around the county, the state and the country. This year, many quilt guilds from Virginia are taking part in M-AQF in the best way they know – by creating quilts. There will be a lot of beauty, talent and fabric in one room. M-AQF is proud to include these special exhibitions.

Included among these hometown exhibits are:

A Year of Mini-Challenges –
Peninsula Modern Quilt Guild
Stacks of Block Blocks by Kelley Paz
During 2017, the PMQG focused on education in the principles of modern quilting as a major goal. To that end, the guild had 3 mini-challenges, each focused on a different aspect of modern quilting. Pictured: Stacks of Block Blocks by Kelley Paz.

 

 


Baskets & Blooms –
The Virginia Quilt Museum
Heralding the arrival of spring in Virginia, the Virginia Quilt Museum shares this selection of floral and basket quilts from its Educational Collection that are representative of the flowers that are telling us that spring has arrived.

 

The World Around Us –
Colonial Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Italian Tiles (detail) by Beth Filko
Inspiration is all around us. This challenge invites us to make a quilted piece inspired by architecture or an architectural element. Pictured: Italian Tiles by Beth Filko.

 

 

 

Over the Years –
54-40 African American Quilt Guild
This exhibit celebreates the 25th Anniversary of 6 women who had a vision to learn and share the art of quilting with other African Americans.

 

Quilts Represent the Threads of Life –
Tidewater Quilters’ Guild
Goose in the Pond detail - Tidewater

We sew together, in groups; almost never alone! Sew and sew, sometimes with strife; Stories and tales, and gifts of love; Created in our “Threads of Life.” Pictured: Goose in the Pond (detail).

 

 

 

To Every Thing There Is a Season –
Cabin Branch/Stonehouse Quilt Guilds
Every season has a food, weather, sport or activity or holiday that makes it special. Share your love of that special part of the year in fabric and thread.

 

 The Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice
“We Are Somebody” Quilting Program presents “Just 4 U”
Quilt (detail) by L.R. - VA Juvenile Justice
The Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice’s quilting program, believed to be the only quilting class in the country in a male juvenile corrections setting, teaches not just the hard skills involved in this difficult craft, but also critical life skills such as goal-setting, patience, frustration management, public speaking, and the value of precision.  Pictured Quilt (detail) by L.R.

 

 

In addition, The Golden Thimble Needlework Guild and The Bead Society of Southeastern Virginia will be presenting free Fiber and Needle Arts Demonstrations throughout the four-day event.

Founding Sponsor BERNINA/Nancy’s Calico Patch/Cottonwood; Major Annual Sponsor Brother/Tidewater Sew-Vac; Major Sponsors Baby Lock/All Brands, Elna/The Quilters Studio, Janome/ Tidewater Sew-Vac, and Innova Longarm Systems; and Silver Sponsor Handi Quilter generously sponsor the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival.

For complete details, including workshop and lecture information, please visit: www.quiltfest.com.

Fashion is Back at M-AQF!

Rachel D.K. Clark and Karen Boutte Present:
DECADES

Immediately following the Fashion Show is a Quilters Gathering with lite dessert and beverages.

Join us for this fantastic fashion event!

The Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival held at the Hampton Roads MAQF Fashion Show 1Convention Center February 22-25, 2018, explores advances in techniques, cultural diversity and the rise of artistic expression. What better way to express yourself than with a fabulous wardrobe! Not only is there a wonderful collection of garments in the wearable art competition displayed on the floor of the show, but on Thursday, February 22 at 7:00 pm the catwalk will come alive with the return of the M-AQF Fashion Show. Rachel D. K. Clark and Karen Boutte organize and moderate this fashion showcase titled Decades. Let Rachel and the “Quilt Diva” (Karen) entertain you, and the unique and beautiful clothes inspire you.

Nothing short of spectacular, Decades will introduce fresh looks at hear their stories as well. The show is for everyone who enjoys fun, funky and fashionable wearable art. Especially selected just for M-AQF, the fashions are sure to ignite your creativity. You won’t be able to resist saying, “Fabulous!”

Immediately following the fashion show and included in the ticket price is a Quilters Gathering with lite dessert and beverages.

Rachel D. K. Clark is a contemporary folk artist, teacher and lecturer who comes from a long line of sewers. Eclectic fabric mixes, vibrant designs, and a keen sense of humor characterize Rachel’s work. While her garments and quilts can be whimsical, political or a personal statement they always reflect her love of traditional quilt making.

 

 

Quilters from across the country don’t call Karen D. Boutte the “Quilt Diva” for nothing. Karen is a nationally known instructor, lecturer, author and designer. “There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a student having fun discovering their creativity with fabric and thread,” Karen stated. “I love selecting fabric for a project. The color, texture and design possibilities are endless. Nothing makes my heart sing more than visiting a variety of quilt shops looking for just the right fabric for a new project.”

 

Founding Sponsor BERNINA/Nancy’s Calico Patch/Cottonwood; Major Annual Sponsor Brother/Tidewater Sew-Vac; Major Sponsors Baby Lock/All Brands, Elna/The Quilters Studio, Gammill/Threads Run Thru It, Janome/ Tidewater Sew-Vac, and Innova Longarm Systems; and Silver Sponsor Handi Quilter generously sponsor the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival.

For complete details, including workshop and lecture information, please visit: www.quiltfest.com.

Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza 2017: It’s a Wrap – Part 6

 

Quilt For Kids

The twenty-fourth annual Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, September 14-17 was more “fun” than ever. Show-goers, workshop students, vendors, and the competition entrants enjoyed an outstanding event.

Mancuso Show Management proudly supports Quilts for Kids, Inc., a volunteer based charity, that for over 15 years has been comforting children in need with the gift of beautiful handmade patchwork quilts. The charity had a booth at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza where visitors signed up as volunteers, made donations and purchased fabric and quilt kits – all proceeds went towards the production of the children’s quilts.
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Along with Quilts for Kids, Inc. Founding President, Linda Arye, many individuals and businesses support the charity’s cause. In 2016, about 200,000 quilts were distributed worldwide.  Today, the charity has 98 chapters throughout North America and the Bahamas. For more information on how to donate, join a chapter or volunteer, go to www.quiltsforkids.org or call 215-295-5484.

Visit the Quilts for Kids booth at the upcoming Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey, April 26-29, 2018 and learn how you can help make these children’s arduous journeys a little brighter, a littler snugglier, a little happier. Pictured below, happy recipient of a quilt from QFK.
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Major Annual Sponsor Brother/Byrne Sewing Connection; Major Sponsors Baby Lock/Steve’s Sewing, Vacuum & Quilting, BERNINA/Hayes Sewing Machine Company, Janome/Elna/Pocono Sew& Vac; and Silver Sponsors Handi Quilter and Innova generously sponsored the 2017 Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.

PNQE will return to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks/Valley Forge, PA September 13-16, 2018. Stay tuned to quiltfest.com to learn our plans for the twenty-fifth anniversary celebration of this outstanding Quilt Extravaganza.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza 2017: It’s a Wrap – Part 5


Special Exhibits

The twenty-fourth annual Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza held September 14-17, 2017 was more “Special” than ever. Show-goers enjoyed an outstanding array of over 1200 (yes, twelve hundred!) quilts and works of textile and wearable art on display in 28 special exhibits during the event.

The scope of the exhibits ranged from the international entries of the 2017 World Quilt Competition: On Tour to Quilts for Kids to Modern Quilts from My Grandmothers. Guilds from New Jersey and Pennsylvania traveled to the show to hang their recent works. Challenges, including Fly Me to the Moon, Inspired by the Nationals Parks and The Lion King Cherrywood Challenge, made for plenty of eye candy! Plus, there were more … much more!

Pictured below are quilts by Becky Paneck, Jackie Berry and Karon Huggler from Rhapsody in Blue presented by Artrageous (Missouri):
RhapsodyInBlue
Fly Me to the Moon included many ‘out of this world’ quilts including these of astronaut Ed White, a Moondance and an Apollo spacecraft on the launch pad at the moment of take-off.
Fly Me to the Moon
And there were even more exhibits, too numerous to mention, of great quilting and textile art from across the U.S. and the world.

Major Annual Sponsor Brother/Byrne Sewing Connection; Major Sponsors Baby Lock/Steve’s Sewing, Vacuum & Quilting, BERNINA/Hayes Sewing Machine Company, Janome/Elna/Pocono Sew & Vac; and Silver Sponsors Handi Quilter and Innova generously sponsored the 2017 Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.

PNQE will return to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks/Valley Forge, PA September 13-16, 2018. Stay tuned to quiltfest.com to learn our plans for the twenty-fifth anniversary celebration of this outstanding Quilt Extravaganza!

 

 

 

Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza 2017: It’s a Wrap – Part 4


The Merchants Mall

The twenty-fourth annual Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza held September 14-17, 2017 was more about “Shopping ‘til you drop” than ever. Anyone who has ever attended the Extrav will attest to the vast variety of merchandise that is offered each year by the quality companies in the Merchants Mall.MerchantsMall2
PNQE 2017 featured an extravagant Merchants Mall, filled to the brim with vendors who offered everything quilters, textile artists and needle crafters needed to quench their creative thirsts – quilting supplies, fabric,  books, sewing related craft items, kits, sewing machines, notions, clothing, embroidery, accessories and so much more! Everything needed to make the beautiful quilts and works of textile art on exhibit was available in PNQE’s Merchants Mall.
MerchantsMall
Major Annual Sponsor Brother/Byrne Sewing Connection; Major Sponsors Baby Lock/Steve’s Sewing, Vacuum & Quilting, BERNINA/Hayes Sewing Machine Company, Janome/Elna/Pocono Sew & Vac; and Silver Sponsors Handi Quilter and Innova generously sponsored the 2017 Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.

PNQE will return to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks/Valley Forge, PA September 13-16, 2018. Stay tuned to quiltfest.com to learn our plans for the twenty-fifth anniversary celebration of this outstanding Quilt Extravaganza!

 

Quilt & Wearable Art Competitions  Celebrate 29 Years of the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival

 

From February 22-25, 2018, the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, Virginia will present a beautiful collection of quilts, wearable and textile art. Many of these works will be included in special exhibits, but there will also be many competing in the Festival’s quilt and wearable art competitions.

3060aMAQFThis year’s Mid-Atlantic Quilt Competition is themed Imagine. Entrants are asked to relate how they imagined their entries before cutting fabric or starting to sew. Modern quilters are asked to create entries that reflect the theme Mid-Century Mod, emphasizing the look and feel of mid-20th century design. Pictured: Masquerade by Dawn Siden.

 

 

You will also discover unique and creative styles with the 6002aMAQFspectacular collection of garments displayed in the Mid-Atlantic Wearable Art Competition. These fabulous garments will definitely inspire you to explore new wearable art ideas for your own creation. Pictured: Aboriginal Lights by Donna M. Brown.

Also, those attending the Festival have the opportunity to put their favorite competition quilt and work of wearable art in the limelight by voting for the entry to receive the prestigious  quilt  and wearable art Viewer’s Choice Awards.

As if all this isn’t enough, the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival features workshops & lectures that will satisfy all of your quilting needs! Workshops are available all days of the Festival.

In addition, FASHION returns to M-AQF in 2018! Rachel D.K. Clark and Karen Boutte are bringing the Decade of the Coat Fashion Show to M-AQF at 7:00 pmon Thursday, February 22. Join Rachel and Karen to bear witness to an amazing collection of coats and jackets featuring eclectic fabric mixes and vibrant colors. In addition, you’ll hear the stories behind each garment.

Also featured again this year is Game Zone at 7:30 pm on Friday, February 24. This “most fun you will have at a quilt show” event is always an early sell-out! As always, appraisals by a certified quilt appraiser will be available at the show by appointment

Founding Sponsor BERNINA/Nancy’s Calico Patch/Cottonwood; Major Annual Sponsor Brother/Tidewater Sew-Vac; Major Sponsors Baby Lock/All Brands, Elna/The Quilters Studio, Gammill/Threads Run Thru It, Janome/ Tidewater Sew-Vac, and Innova Longarm Systems; and Silver Sponsor Handi Quilter generously sponsor the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival.

For complete details, including workshop and lecture information, please visit: www.quiltfest.com.

Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza 2017: It’s a Wrap – Part 3


Workshops & Lectures

The twenty-fourth annual Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza held September 14-17, 2017 was more “Enlightening” than ever for the many eager students who attended the Extrav’s classes and lectures.

PNQE’s instructors related that their workshops were filled with enthusiastic, ready-to-learn students. From hand quilting with Dierdra McElroy, to foundation piecing with Pepper Cory (workshop sample pictured below), to longarm quilting with Lisa Calle students learned new skills or improved on ones they already had. We saw many happy students every afternoon as classes ended – and more than a few were happy to share their class projects with us on their ways home.
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Lectures at PNQE included a wonderful history lesson from Sarah Bond and a “Humorous Look in the Mirror” by David Sirota. Sarah related stories about her quilting ancestors – back to 1828! David’s lecture was interactive with a sharing of quilters’ quirks, passions and obsessions. Pictured are two of the quilts Sarah shared in her lecture:
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Major Annual Sponsor Brother/Byrne Sewing Connection; Major Sponsors Baby Lock/Steve’s Sewing, Vacuum & Quilting, BERNINA/Hayes Sewing Machine Company, Janome/Elna/Pocono Sew & Vac; and Silver Sponsors Handi Quilter and Innova generously sponsored the 2017 Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.

PNQE will return to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks/Valley Forge, PA September 13-16, 2018. Stay tuned to quiltfest.com to learn our plans for the twenty-fifth anniversary celebration of this outstanding Quilt Extravaganza!

Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza 2017: It’s a Wrap – Part 2


Fashion Returned to PNQE!

The twenty-fourth annual Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza held September 14-17, 2017 was more “Fashionable” than ever. Show-goers were thrilled to learn that fashion had returned to PNQE for 2017 in the form of two fashion shows!

Vickie Clontz, vendor, instructor & fashion show moderator presented a show of her own fashion creations, Celebrating Art & Fashion on PNQE’s opening day. Pictured below is one of Vickie’s beautiful and colorful creations just before our model walked the PNQE Runway:
Vickie Clontz 1 WebAnother of Vickie’s beautiful creations being admired by Julian, the youngest model who walked the PNQE runway.
Julian Web
Then, on Saturday Vickie took to the moderator podium again to moderate the 2nd annual Sew Batik Challenge Fashion Show. All garments in the Challenge included the SewBatik challenge fabric, Paisley Esprit – Midnight Sand Storm. Kristin Vierra’s garment, Mehndi Magic, pictured below was the Challenge’s big winner taking both the Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice prizes:
Mehndi Magic
PNQE’s Sew Batik Challenge models waiting their turn on the runway:
Back Stage
Major Annual Sponsor Brother/Byrne Sewing Connection; Major Sponsors Baby Lock/Steve’s Sewing, Vacuum & Quilting, BERNINA/Hayes Sewing Machine Company, Janome/Elna/Pocono Sew & Vac; and Silver Sponsors Handi Quilter and Innova generously sponsored the 2017 Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.

PNQE will return to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks/Valley Forge, PA September 13-16, 2018. Stay tuned to quiltfest.com to learn our plans for the twenty-fifth anniversary celebration of this outstanding Quilt Extravaganza!

 

 

 

 

The Fashion Show Returns to M-AQF!

7:00 pm, Thursday, February 22, 2018
Artistic Innovation with “Decade of the Coat”
at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival Fashion Show

The Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center February 22-25, 2018, explores advances in techniques, cultural diversity and the rise of artistic expression. What better way to express yourself than with a fabulous wardrobe! Not only is there a wonderful collection of garments in the wearable art competition displayed on the floor of the show, but on Thursday, February 22 at 7:00 pm the catwalk will come alive with the return of the M-AQF Fashion Show. Rachel D. K. Clark and Karen Boutte organize and moderate this fashion showcase titled Decade of the Coat. Let Rachel and the “Quilt Diva” (Karen) entertain you, and the unique and beautiful clothes inspire you.

MAQF Fashion Show 1
Nothing short of spectacular, Decade of the Coat will introduce fresh looks at wearable art and is all about you! Join Rachel and Karen to view an amazing collection of coats and jackets featuring eclectic fabric mixes and vibrant colors and hear their stories as well. The show is for everyone who enjoys fun, funky and fashionable wearable art. Especially selected just for M-AQF, the fashions are sure to ignite your creativity. You won’t be able to resist saying, “Fabulous!”

Rachel D. K. Clark is a contemporary folk artist, teacher and lecturer who comes from a long line of sewers. Eclectic fabric mixes, vibrant designs, and a keen sense of humor characterize Rachel’s work. While her garments and quilts can be whimsical, political or a personal statement they always reflect her love of traditional quilt making.

 

 

Quilters from across the country don’t call Karen D. Boutte the “Quilt Diva” for nothing. Karen is a nationally known instructor, lecturer, author and designer. “There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a student having fun discovering their creativity with fabric and thread,” Karen stated. “I love selecting fabric for a project. The color, texture and design possibilities are endless. Nothing makes my heart sing more than visiting a variety of quilt shops looking for just the right fabric for a new project.”

Founding Sponsor BERNINA/Nancy’s Calico Patch/Cottonwood; Major Annual Sponsor Brother/Tidewater Sew-Vac; Major Sponsors Baby Lock/All Brands, Elna/The Quilters Studio, Gammill/Threads Run Thru It, Janome/ Tidewater Sew-Vac, and Innova Longarm Systems; and Silver Sponsor Handi Quilter generously sponsor the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival.

For complete details, including workshop and lecture information, please visit: www.quiltfest.com.

Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza 2017: It’s a Wrap – Part 1


Not Fade Away
– Quilt Competition

The twenty-fourth annual Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza held September 14-17, 2017 was more “Extravagant” than ever. Show-goers, workshop students, vendors, and the competition entrants enjoyed an outstanding event.

Competition entrants vied for awards and prizes. With an incredible breath of outstanding entries, the judges had a difficult time selecting the winners. However, Frieda Anderson, Bobbie Bergquist, Pepper Cory, Paula Golden, and Dierdra McElroy were up to the task. We think you’ll agree that their selections were on target! See all the winners here.

Of course, the best of show winner is always the big news on opening day. This year, for the first time, a Mid-Century Mod entry took the top prize in the competition themed Not Fade Away. Atomic Synergy by Deborah Levy is pictured:
PNQE17-4004aDeborah told quiltfest, “Atomic Synergy is my first foray into the modern quilting movement. This original design of wonky pieced blocks and applique blends my love of chemistry and the mid-century modern era. The simplicity of the design and all that negative space to play with made this an enjoyable process.”

Respite by Sandy Curran was The BERNINA 1st Runner-Up Best of Show:
PNQE17-1007aRespite is a departure from the majority of Sandy’s quilts. She told us, “After a wonderful workshop, I took a break from the realistic, representational quilts I usually do to just play with color and shape.  I loved it so much, I did it three times!”

Major Annual Sponsor Brother/Byrne Sewing Connection; Major Sponsors Baby Lock/Steve’s Sewing, Vacuum & Quilting, BERNINA/Hayes Sewing Machine Company, Janome/Elna/Pocono Sew & Vac; and Silver Sponsors Handi Quilter and Innova generously sponsored the 2017 Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.

PNQE will return to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks/Valley Forge, PA September 13-16, 2018. Stay tuned to quiltfest.com to learn our plans for the twenty-fifth anniversary celebration of this outstanding Quilt Extravaganza!