Special Exhibits

9/17/2015 - 9/20/2015
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 XIX: On Tour

See the exciting international entries of the 2015 World Quilt  Competition XIX 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 Major Sponsor Brother, and Sponsors Handi Quilter, ABM International/Innova, Sew Batik and Mancuso Show Management: www.worldquilt.com.


Presented by International Instructor Jennie Rayment, England:

Fantastic Fiddling & Tucked Up Twiddles!

Who wants flat surfaces? Why not embellishment and manipulate? Play with origami and geometry, abstract and formal, it is material magic! An array of some of Jennie Rayment’s innovative and ingenious designs featuring many of her novel and intriguingly different and highly individual techniques. Come and see some fabric fandangos - it’s fast, fun and Oh sew easy!


50 Shades of Gray:

Gold Coast Quilters Guild, Boca Raton, FL

Gray has been described as the perfect neutral. It plays an important role in art and design. Designers often use it as a background color, utilizing light gray to replace stark white or dark charcoal gray to replace black or use any of the vast gradations of what seems an almost absence of color and it works! Gray doesn’t evoke particularly strong emotions, but pair it with passionate colors such as red, orange, or purple and it will pop! Use it with pastels and it evokes a softer, more subtle 

feminine sensibility. It works with just about any color. Often in the growing Modern Quilt movement, gray is employed in the design. So for the Guild’s 2014 Challenge, guild members had to incorporate at least one obvious gray fabric in their design! They could create a quilt using only gradations of gray or an obvious gray with a color or colors. Their quilt had to be a new creation, Modern, Traditional with a Modern Twist, Traditional, or Art quilt design. The minimum size was 36” by 36” or a perimeter of 144 inches and a maximum size of 96” by 90”. Over 70 members of the guild participated. Quilts were judged by Beverly Fine, National Quilting Association Certified Judge. Co-Curators were Marianne Haycook and Louise Moor. Quilt pictured left is by Sarah Michael.


Along the Spice Route         
Along the Spice Route is an exhibit of 41 wall quilts interpreting a spice used in cooking today and its country of origin. In addition to the artistic interpretation of a spice, the goal of the exhibit is to provide a learning opportunity to the origins of spices, learn the importance of early trade routes and the connection between countries. Curated by Ann Reardon and Paula Golden.

American Made Brand Farm to Fabric Challenge

This juried exhibition of quilts made exclusively from Clothworks’ American Made Brand cotton solids speaks to the theme, “Celebrating Farm to Fabric.” Entrants were asked to submit quilts that answered, “What does it mean to you, your family or your community to bring fabric production back to America to use in your American made quilts?”

The Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild presents Modern Quilts

Modern quilting has different definitions, but the quilts are primarily functional and are inspired by modern design. Some design elements you will see often are lots of negative space, asymmetry, alternate grid layout, bold colors, use of solid fabric, improvisational piecing (including seams that aren’t always straight or even) and minimalism. Traditional quilt designs are also used and updated for a modern look. 

 The Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild has members of all levels of quilting experience and these quilts represent a overview of some of the types of modern quilts that we challenge ourselves to make. Please visit our blog to learn more: www.centraljerseymqg.blogspot.com.


Dr. Maya Angelou - A Phenomenal Woman         
Known for her powerful and insightful poems, narratives, and autobiographies, Maya Angelou is quoted in languages around the world. The quilts in this tribute to her life, by Master African American quilter Allyson Allen, remind us she was also an actress, singer, dancer, filmmaker, director, producer, teacher, and civil rights activist. Dr. Angelou overcame life changing trauma as a child, to become one of the most eloquent voices of hope and inspiration of our time. She was truly the bright light of a beautiful black candle!


Fiber Perceptions -Beyond the Edge Fiber Artists           

Perception is defined as: “the ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses.” The artist’s eye perceives something worth
capturing in everyday scenes or objects; perhaps it’s a shape or color that catches their eye, a glimpse of a memory from long ago, or simply the contrast with one’s surroundings. Things that others may see as plain and ordinary, an artist may perceive as special and extraordinary, something worthy of artistic interpretation. This exhibit represents individual artistic perceptions, seen with clear vision and interpreted in a fiber medium. Pictured: Spring Rain by Cynthia Catlin.

From Ensign’s Bars to Colonel’s Stars      
The quilts in From Ensign’s Bars to Colonel’s Stars are from Renelda Peldunas-Harter’s recently released book of the same name. The book chronicles her military journey with short stories and six original quilts designed to honor the officer ranks between 2nd Lieutenant/Ensign through Colonel/Captain. The quilts honor all five of the military’s sister services: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. Renelda retired at the rank of Colonel.


The Hoffman Challenge

Hoffman Challenge
2015 Fabric
"Pomegranate Gold"

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 twenty-seventh 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.


Inspired by the Beatles

To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles first visit to the United States, quilt artists have each chosen a different Beatles song to portray as a 24” x 24” fiber art quilt. Inspired by the vast array of Beatles music and lyrics, these are a sampling of the quilts contained in the new book by Schiffer Publishing, “Inspired By The Beatles: An Art Quilt Challenge.” Behold the magic that happens when artists are challenged to use songs and fabric to celebrate the timeless treasures of the Beatles’ music.


The Introductory Tour of ARTAA             

The Adirondack Regional Textile Artists’ Alliance (ARTAA) has shared their individual styles since 2005 when the group of like-minded artists first organized to explore, encourage, critique, and exhibit fiber as art. Sometimes inspired by a single theme, each member seeks to develop and expand her own interpretations while learning from and being associated with the others. ARTAA talents and friendships have grown over time, attesting to the notion that affiliations have a positive impact on one’s work and life. ARTAA members encourage others to form their own groups with those who express a similar interest in fiber as art. Pictured: Dunes

Life’s Reflections – Presented by Lisa Calle

Much like the work of a painter or musician a quilter’s work can be reflective of a period in life. My early work (1997–2002) was that of a beginner finding little time to myself while raising young children. Then as my skills developed (2003–2006) I started to find my own style while working on customer quilts. A festive period where the creativity really started to flourish was next (2007-2010) until I met the biggest challenge of my life (2011-2012). As the “new” normal returns (2013-2014) inspiration has as well. What’s next? If we knew, it wouldn’t be Life.


My Favorite Things: Cabin Branch Quilters & Stonehouse Quilters     

What is one of your favorite things? A pattern, color, technique or embellishment? A morning cup of coffee? Birds at the feeder? A sunset? A child or grandchild? Maybe it was that summer where you spent all your time catching up on your reading – a beach chair and a drink with an umbrella kind of vacation. I know teachers are thinking about that voice on the radio saying, “School is canceled due to snow.” Pick your favorite fabrics, photographs and frills and create a quilt that shares with us one of your favorite things. Cabin Branch Quilters meet on the 4th Monday of the month at Lake Ridge Baptist Church in Lake Ridge, Virginia. The web site is www.cabinbranchquilters.org. Stonehouse Quilters meet on the 2nd Monday of the month at the Manassas Baptist Church in Manassas, Virginia. The web site is www.stonehousequilters.org. Visitors are welcome.

New York Beauty State of Mind - Presented by Linda J. Hahn

Born on Staten Island (NY), Linda developed an interest in the New York Beauty block early in her quilting career. After many failed attempts to create a block with no puckers, she developed a technique that uses just one pin to create a perfect New York Block the very first time you try. Her first book, New York Beauty Simplified shared that technique as well as how merely changing the fabric and orientation of the blocks creates a whole new “flavor” for the quilt. New York Beauty Diversified kicks the New York Beauty block up a notch by combining or incorporating it into simple blocks.


The Philadelphia Modern Quilt Guild

The Philadelphia Modern Quilt Guild (Philly MQG) is a chapter of a national organization, The Modern Quilt Guild. Members  meet to share their love of modern quilting and activities focus on modern quilting aesthetics and techniques (all quilters are welcome). According to The Modern Quilt Guild:“Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. Modern quilters work in different styles and define modern quilting in different ways. ‘Modern traditionalism’ or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often seen in modern quilting.” Contact us at phillymodernquiltguild@gmail.com or visit www.phillymodernquiltguild.com for more information.


Quilters Treasure Challenge 2015  
The winning entries of Quilters Treasure’s eleventh Annual Challenge were announced at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival. The theme was “My Favourite Holiday” and entrants were to use the challenge fabric “Holiday Green” from the Quilters Treasure line of fabric. A Wearable Art category was added in 2006. Sponsors for this challenge include Singer, Hobbs Bonded Fibers, Quilters Rule, Barb’s Original, YLI Thread and Morgan Products. Quilters Treasure twelfth Challenge deadline is December 31, 2015. Visit www.QuiltersTreasure.com for details and an entry form.


Seeds for SAQA - How Does Your Garden Grow?

Who doesn’t love to plant a seed in the fertile earth and watch it bloom? One of our favorite activities in the dead of winter is to look over the colorful plant catalogs and dream of a colorful spring. The New Mexico group of Studio Art Quilt Associates has created an enormous rack of seed packets illustrated by our fiber art. Each artist chose a plant or vegetable, real or imagined, and created an image of it in a quilt. We hope you enjoy browsing in our garden center as much as we did in making it!



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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