Special Exhibits

3/5/2015 - 3/8/2015
Somerset, New Jersey

Special Exhibits


Award Winning Quilts of the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival

The best part about beauty is that it comes in so many forms. These amazing quilts represent the talent and artistry that are on display year after year at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival. This year, we thought we’d share the ribbon winners, including the “Best of Show” quilt, with The Quilt Fest of New Jersey attendees because nothing could be better than having more quilts at a quilt show. Enjoy the beauty created by some of your fellow quilt artists. You’ll leave inspired to create your own masterpiece. Perhaps, you’ll even enter next year’s M-AQF Competition!


Special Invitational One Man Show
Quilting Pieces: Making a Quilter - Edward Bostick

It was some time during the mid-1990’s that I became interested in the avocation of quilt making. A colleague of mine quilted and I begged him to teach me. At first, he was hesitant; he told me that I had two left thumbs and he doubted if I could ever learn to sew or to quilt. I had never used a sewing machine, but I was determined to prove him wrong. One day he gave in to my many requests and invited me to his apartment to show me how to construct an African American String Diamond Quilt. He showed me how to sew scraps and string pieces to a cloth foundation. When the session was over, I set out to make my own string quilt. After many days, with hours spent sewing the pieces together, I finished making the top. It was too large, the pieces were not all square and many areas of the top of the quilt separated. With determination and encouragement from other quilters, I pressed forward and continued ahead in the art of quilt making. Twenty-five years and over 200 quilts later, I continue to push myself with new patterns and to teach others the art of quilting. I particularly like making quilts with left-over materials. Pieces that others might toss away seem to shine and sparkle when added to a new quilt.


50 Shades of Gray:
Gold Coast Quilters Guild, Boca Raton, Florida

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.

Appearances - Quilt on the Wall Fiber Artists  
Appearances was chosen as the theme for this Quilts On The Wall challenge in which each participant was asked to use the concept as a platform for surface design and embellishment. In addition to normal piecing, appliqué and quilting some of the techniques used include wool felting, beading, embroidery both by hand and machine, painting, dye, yarn couching, paper/textile collage, and folded fabric manipulation. Quilts on the Wall is a group of fiber artists sharing a passion for quilt art and a desire to push beyond the traditional boundaries of their medium.  Our bimonthly meetings are designed to encourage professional growth, provide a place to exchange information, explore the creative process and to educate the public on the medium of quilt art.


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.


Children’s Artwork Quilts
Quilts, by their very nature, evoke a myriad of emotions. Shannon Shirley’s Children’s Artwork Quilts reflect pure joy! You cannot help but smile when you look at the variety of textiles she has created to immortalize our children’s creativity. She has found a way to capture the very essence of children’s talents and the inherent pride in their artwork. Everyone has at one time, received a precious piece of children’s artwork. These come from our children, nieces, nephews or a special little one who lives down the block. They are presented to us as priceless works of art and we often lament the fact that these scraps of paper do not stand the test of time. Shannon has given us a way to allow these treasured pieces to bring us joy for many years to come. This collection of quilts is from Shannon’s new book, Creating Children’s Artwork Quilts.


Compelled - Anna Hergert, Canada
A Canadian landscape portrait features selected works capturing Canada’s geographical diversity from coast to coast. Compelled was created to raise awareness. Compelled reflects personal impressions while traveling on and off the Trans-Canada Highway, internalizing the breath-taking scenery, and in turn portraying selected virtues and shortfalls of each province explored. Compelled captures these experiences in fiber and stitch. Compelled incorporates materials and supplies that are re-purposed to add interest and depth whenever appropriate while at the same time bringing into consciousness the importance to re-use and preserve nature for future generations.


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 o
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).


Diamond and Triangles from the  Pat Yamin Collection    

Pat has collected quilts for over 45 years and her collection includes several quilts with the Diamond and Triangle theme. One of her most recent acquisitions is a Lone Star Quilt from Lancaster, PA bought from a well known Amish quilter. Pat drove out to the country to “look” at her collection and says“I just had to buy a few from her.” We hope you will enjoy the exhibit.


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!


The Hoffman Challenge

Since 1988, the Hoffman Challenge has been a premiere traveling quilt, clothing and doll collection. The Quilts are chosen for their creative use of the chosen fabric. The Clothing includes a variety of garments from simple to elegant to artistic. Notice the artistic way the Doll Makers use challenge fabric in the doll or its clothing.


Infinite Divisibility
Infinite Divisibility is the result of a Playing Outside the Block Bee challenge. Seventeen participants split in half a yard of black and white fabric to a half yard, then to a fat quarter, then half of that, and then half and half again, finally ending with a piece about 4” x 5”. Next, keeping the half yard for their own use, they round-robin exchanged the other five pieces for a good assortment. Using no more than one yard of any additional fabric and black binding, they each created a 24” x 30” vertical wall hanging.



Inspired by the Beatles
To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles first visit to the U.S., artists each chose a different Beatles song to portray as an 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 Beatles music.



Inspired by the Masters presented by AQuA

The Art Quilt Association (AQuA) members delve into art history and find inspiration from works of master painters covering the period of the Renaissance through Impressionism. Enjoy our interpretation of the Masters.


Maps presented by Quilts on the Wall Fiber Artists

We use maps to help us get where we want to go, but they also can tell us where we are in the universe and more about our surroundings. This exhibit features art quilt pieces based on the many interpretations and uses of maps in our lives.


My Inner Self Portrait - Beyond the Edge Fiber Artists

My Inner Self Portrait is a fine arts fiber exhibit exploring aspects of self-portraiture. In this exhibit the artist was asked to look beyond the mere physical and instead present an inner view. The art work may reflect how the artist sees themselves at this time, or at a formative moment in their life. Each piece reveals something unique to the individual and at the same time, that which is universal to all. Pictured: Emergence by Linda Friedman


Quilters Treasure Challenge 2015

The winning entries of Quilters Treasure’s 11th Annual Challenge, “My Favourite Holiday,” were announced at Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival. Entrants used the challenge fabric “Holiday Green” from Quilters Treasure. Sponsors included Singer, Hobbs Bonded Fibers, Quilters Rule, Barb’s Original, YLI Thread and Morgan Products.

Visit www.QuiltersTreasure.com for details and an entry form.


A Walk on the Boards - Boardwalk Quilters

For quite a few years two co-workers at a local quilt shop talked about making a quilt that depicted the Ocean City Boardwalk. The shop closed and the ladies had time on their hands, but decided they needed help from other quilters. So in January 2012 Boardwalk Quilters was formed. One of the co-founders took pictures of buildings on the Boardwalk and eleven were chosen for their historical value. After many stumbling blocks and hurricane Sandy (some of our members lived in Ocean City and one even lost her home), our project was completed. Meeting once a month was the key to completing our project. We were our own support group. 


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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