Special Exhibits

9/18/2014 - 9/21/2014
Greater Philadelphia Area, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza

Special Exhibits


Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza

and Mancuso Show Management are proud to present:


World Quilt Competition XVIII: On Tour

See the exciting international entries of the 2014 World Quilt Competition XVIII along with ribbon winning entries from the United States. This outstanding collection of quilts highlights the skills of quilters from around the world: Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, New Zealand and North America.
Sponsored by Coats, Handi Quilter, ABM International/Innova, and Mancuso Show Management: www.worldquilt.com.

Pictured: Flower Songs 2 by Eileen Campbell, 2013 World Quilt Competition Honorable Mention


A is for Appliqué:

Quilts of the Baltimore Appliqué Society   

The Baltimore Appliqué Society, founded in 1993, was established to preserve the tradition of the Baltimore Album quilts of 1842 to 1862. Members seek to promote the art of appliqué and to assist in the preservation and historical documentation of these quilts. This collection demonstrates the outstanding artistry of its members. We continue to recreate the antique patterns, using measurements, colors, and fabric that are similar to the Baltimore Beauties. However, in this collection we also show appliqué designs that demonstrate a contemporary use of fabric and design.


Broad Changes: Women of Social Justice 

This exhibit features 22 original artworks from an international fiber artist group, Fiber Artists for Hope. The word “broad” is a feisty reference to women; when combined with “changes,” it implies a double meaning, since broad can mean big. This term used in our title aligns with the definition from Womanwords, A Dictionary of Words about Women (1985) by feminist Jane Mills, where she defines broad as “a woman who is liberal, tolerant, unconfined and not limited or narrow in scope.”  Pictured above: Mother Jones by Sherry Boram


Celebrate the Day with Quilts

Is there a better way to honor a special day and celebrate than to make a quilt? We all have special days in our lives like anniversaries, holidays, and birthdays. But, people celebrate other special days like National Quilting Day, Earth Day or Secretary Day, too. That made challenge creator Shannon Shirley wonder what other special days there are to design quilts for. So, Shannon got online and found out that there are hundreds. Some are international, some national and many are very serious, but there are dozens of silly and what seem like completely random special days that are celebrated every year as well. Enjoy viewing these “Celebrate the Day” quilts.


Cool Classic Rides  
Teresa Shippy’s inspiration for Cool Classic Rides is her love for vintage. She remembers the cars we all used to drive as kids. Some were hand me downs, however we never thought that was the case. We were always excited to get behind the wheel of the next slightly used ride. This collection has been created from her cut-up quilts, leftover fabric painted pieces, vintage men’s ties, and wool scraps.


Crossing the Line: Artists at Work (CLAW)        

Art Can’t Hurt You deals with social issues and shows that a piece of art can give you food for thought, we can also disagree and no one gets hurt. Rewriting Art History celebrates women artists throughout history who are not well known but made incredible art. Created by CLAW (Crossing the Line: Artists at Work), a group of artists from across the United States who answered Karen Musgrave’s call to create meaningful art dealing with women and social justice issues. Left: "Art Can't Hurt You but Drought Can" by Claudia Comay, from Art Can’t Hurt You.


Dare to Dance:

An Artist’s Interpretation of Joy

Mary Kerr is proud to present a collection of 32 art quilts that reflect individual expressions of dance and joy. Artists were challenged to create an 18” x 30” inch quilt that reflected the theme, “Dare to Dance: An Artist’s Interpretation of Joy.” Each created their own personal version that told their own unique story. Some quilters found joy in those happy memories with family. Some expressed their joy in overcoming steep obstacles. Others created a quilt to express support for social causes. Still others simply wanted to share the joy they feel when dancing. Each has a story to tell. You may be inspired by the design, awed by the

 talent or simply touched by the stories contained in these works of art. Dance is truly a means of expressing joy! The quilts in this exhibit, plus more, will be included in Mary’s new book, Dare to Dance Art Quilts (Schiffer 2014).


Flower Gardens

presented by the Cabin Branch & Stonehouse Quilters

We’ve all walked by gardens that were things of beauty in color and form and thought about taking a picture. This year we’re using our talents with fabric and thread to create a picture of our “Flower Gardens.”  But not everybody thinks “flowers” when they think “garden,” so expect some quilts that are outside the flower box. Quilters have used paint, beads, yarns, buttons and other embellishments that fit their vision. Techniques include piecing, appliqué and paper-piecing. Since this year is the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Cabin Branch Quilt Guild, we added another element: each quilt must have silver somewhere in the design. The silver might be beads, paint, fabric with silver accents or anything else that fits the requirement. So look for the silver when you view our beautiful “Flower Gardens.”


Gee’s Bend Revisited - Two Decades Later           

In 1993, a photograph of a quilter standing in front of two quilts, led to over a dozen major museum exhibits, a Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper article, countless books, and a series of U.S. postage stamps. So why are there still so many avid quilters who know little or nothing about the quilters of Gee’s Bend, Alabama? Possibly because while they were highly sought after by art collectors, they were dismissed by the national quilt community at large. These replicas by master African American quilter Allyson Allen offer us another look at some of those quilts. Pictured: Four Generation Quilt by Allyson Allen & Krysta Wright

The Goose is Loose

presented by the Crazy Quilter’s Quilt Guild

The Crazy Quilters, based in Allentown, Pennsylvania, challenged their members to use flying geese blocks in a quilt. The challenge was that the quilts had to include a minimum of three different sizes of this block! Guild meetings are the first Tuesday of the month and new members are always welcome. The group has about 115 members, an active and exciting itinerary of lectures and workshops each year plus many community service projects. Visit www.crazyquilters.org for more details and a membership application.


The Hoffman Challenge

Started in 1988, the Hoffman Challenge has grown to be a premiere traveling quilt, clothing, and doll collection. This year the Hoffman Challenge is celebrating its 27th Anniversary. The Challenge started with 94 enthusiastic quilters, and in some years, the number of entries has grown to more than 700. The Quilts: Designs are chosen for their creative use of the chosen fabric. This collection includes top entries and prize winners from the Pieced, Appliquéd and Mixed Techniques categories. The Clothing: The clothing shows the versatility of stitchers who made a variety of garments from simple to elegant to artistic. Enjoy seeing the ways of manipulating fabric, how using metallic thread and fabric add a sparkle, and the special touches added by embellishments. The Dolls: Notice the artistic way the challenge fabric is a part of each doll or its clothing.


Let’s Vogue! - Playing Outside the Block  

Each fall, Vogue Magazine publishes a super-sized 900+ page issue, chock full of visual things wild, odd and wonderful.  It is nothing short of spectacular.  Members of Playing Outside the Block in Fairfax, Virginia were challenged to choose a page of the magazine as inspiration to create an 18” x 24” piece of fiber art.  Take a look at the original page from Vogue and see how it was interpreted as an art quilt.

Out of the Crayon Box        

Rachel Clark presents a celebration of color, using a box of crayons as inspiration to explore the range of a color. “You know that brand new box of eight crayons we all got at the beginning of the school year … I always thought getting that brand new box of crayons was such a special event.” Each of the crayons is represented by coats and accessories commemorating its color. Rachel began this project seven years ago. “It is finished!”

Pictured: Bitter Orange by Rachel Clark


Quilters Treasure Challenge 2014

The winning entries of Quilters Treasure’s 10th Annual Challenge were announced at Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival. The theme was “A Treat for the Eye” and entrants were to use the challenge fabric “Berries ‘n Cream” from the Quilters Treasure line of fabric. A Wearable Art category was added to the Challenge in 2006. Sponsors for this challenge included Singer Sewing Machine, Hobbs Bonded Fibers, Quilters Rule, Barb’s Original, YLI Thread and Morgan Products. The eleventh annual Quilters Treasure Challenge was announced January 1, 2014. Please visit www.QuiltersTreasure.com for details and an entry form. Fabric pictured: Berries 'n Cream by Quilters Treasure.


Renewing Tradition - Preserving The Past

Friendly Quilters, an African American quilt guild, was organized in 1997 by four members who expressed interest in learning to quilt as a medium to renew our heritage and preserve the past. A voice of spirituality is embedded in all of our works of art. The Stitchers of Faith was organized in 2009 after a group of women from Second Baptist Church of Doylestown attended a Friendly Quilters Quilt Exhibit at a local museum. The ladies wanted to learn to do what they saw. Both organizations’ are learning quilting techniques while creating and donating quilts to the Sickle Cell Anemia children at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. They enjoy bringing colorful, inspirational Quilts of Comfort to these young children. If you would like to join The Stitchers of Faith or donate quilts, fabric, or your time to their cause, contact Edna White at TheStitchersofFaith@gmail.com.


Retrospective Tour of the Signature Art Quilters 
The Signature Art Quilters have been together almost 20 years. When the group started, the term “art quilt” was not really recognized as serious quilting. We had trouble finding people to join us. We painted, we stamped, we beaded, we dyed our own fabric and, in the beginning, we were dismissed. Well, the quilt world has drastically changed and now the “art quilt” has taken its rightful place at shows and in the market place. As in so many instances, the group has run its course and this is our final Mancuso show tour. We are grateful for the opportunity that Mancuso Show Management has provided us for these many years. Pictured: Mean Sisters by Barbara Held


Solar Sister Challenge Exhibit - Quilt for Change
Organized by Quilt for Change (www.quiltforchange.com), this challenge showcases the work of non-profit Solar Sister (www.solarsister.org) that helps African women start small businesses selling solar energy products in their communities. Thanks to this, children can study at night, mothers can care for their families and run small businesses, and communities can provide basic health care. These quilts debuted  at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Quilt for Change hopes this exhibit will inspire guilds to use the proceeds from raffle quilts to sponsor a “Solar Sister Entrepreneur” and help her become an environmentally-responsible businesswoman.


Stretching Art & Tradition 16: Illuminated Letters

In the history of the written word, the illuminated book served to educate unread masses using color, symbolism and pictorial representations to convey the message written in the text. Books in this style are highly prized for their beauty, complexity, layered meaning and craftsmanship. In this 16th Challenge, participants were asked to examine, in the tradition of Illuminated Letters, an area in their life or any idea they would like to explore in an original quilt featuring one letter. Participants were also asked, in honor of SA&T’s origins, to identify an area or technique of fiber arts unfamiliar to them and to stretch their artistic or technical ability by incorporating that area or technique in their piece.


Two Hot Fuser Chicks:

An Exhibit from the Chicago School of Fusing Faculty

You may know the Chicago School of Fusing Faculty members, Frieda Anderson and Laura Wasilowski, as really hot fuser chicks. But there is more to this sexy façade. They also create fused art quilts from their hand-dyed fabric. Why do they choose to fuse? Fusing gives you design freedom. Using a dry glue transferred to fabric with the heat of an iron, fusing is a rapid method of creating pictorial or story quilts. Without the worry of seam allowances or matching points, fusing is the fastest way from an idea in your head to implementation of that idea in fabric. Ease of construction allows for original and improvisational designs. There are endless design possibilities with the fine art of fusing. Frieda and Laura are creators of hand-dyed fabrics and threads, traveling quilt instructors, authors, and, as you know, really hot fuser chicks. Please visit their websites: www.artfabrik.com and www.friestyle.com. Pictured above Laura Wasilowski (l) and Frieda Anderson (r).


Viewpoints 9

Viewpoints 9 is an international, invitational, fiber art group founded in 2012. Challenges, posed by each artist, consider unique sources of creative inspiration with members sharing their interpretations on a bi-monthly, online blog. Themes include the scent of a memory, symbolism in our contemporary world, the masks we wear, and 6 more topics. The emerging narrative allows opportunities to experiment with new techniques, share each artist’s individual perspective and glimpse their creative process. Members: Sue Dennis (Australia), Mary Pal (Canada), Misik Kim (South Korea), Lin Hsin-Chen (Taiwan), Betty Busby, Lisa-Marie Sanders, Kate Themel, Martha Wolfe, and Diane Wright (USA). Visit www.Viewpoints9.blogspot.com.

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*Quilts pictured above:
top row: "California Chardonnay" by Jan Rashid, "Gathering Baskets" by Margret Strauchman, "Life Goes On" by Irene MacWilliam
bottom row: "Technique Rebellion II Redux" by Melody Johnson, "Cape Primrose" by Barbra Barrick McKie, "Breadfruit in Blue Hawaii" by Connie Ayers