Special Exhibits & Demonstration

1/8/2015 - 1/10/2015
West Palm Beach, Florida

Special Exhibitions

World Quilt Competition XVIII - On Tour

See the exciting international entries of the 2014 World Quilt Competition XVIII - On Tour along with ribbon winning entries from the United States. This outstanding collection of quilts highlights the skills of quilters from around the world: Australia, Canada, Germany, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. Sponsored by Coats, Handi Quilter, ABM International / Innova, Sew Batik and www.worldquilt.com / Mancuso Show Management.
Pictured:  A Newborn Star by Atsuko Matsubara, Japan



50 Shades of Gray - Gold Coast Quilters Guild

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 graduations 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 this challenge, guild members had to incorporate at least one OBVIOUS GRAY fabric in their design!!! They could create a quilt using only graduations 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.


Cool Classic Rides    
Teresa Shippy’s inspiration for Cool Classic Rides is her love for vintage. She remembers the cars we 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.


Dushi Korsow

We are a small group of art quilters residing in Curaçao. Curaçao is an Island in the Caribbean with approximately 150,000 inhabitants. It is an autonomous Island within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. We all started out as traditional quilters. Inspired by the Dutch artist Leslie Gabriëlse, our work took on a more ‘out of the box’ approach over the last years. Most of our inspiration comes from our beautiful Islands’ nature, peoples, architecture, or as we say in our local language ‘Papiamentu’, from our ‘Dushi Korsow’, meaning ‘Lovely Curaçao’.


From the Sea – the 2014 Gone to Pieces Quilt Challenge Project

Each of our quilters was committed to produce a quilt reflecting the title of the challenge 'From the Sea.' We are pleased to have 19 quilts submitted for this show.

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.


The Hoffman Challenge

Started in 1988, the Hoffman Challenge has grown to be a premiere traveling quilt, clothing, and doll collection. The Challenge started with ninety-four enthusiastic quilters, and in some years, the number of entries has grown to more than seven hundred. The Hoffman Challenge exhibition at the World Quilt Show - Florida is sponsored by Mancuso Show Management. 

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.


I Remember ...  - SAQA Brazil

“I Remember ...”, presents works from Brazilian members of Studio Art Quilt Associates – SAQA. They were invited to create art quilts for the Art Exhibit curated by Déda Maldonado at the 4th Quilt & Craft Show in Curitiba, Brazil 2014. The artists were asked to create art quilts with a memory, a moment they remember. The time at which the events occurred did not matter. It could have happened in the distant past or recently as well. What mattered was that the moment captured had a significant meaning for each artist. The only rules that all participating artists had to follow were a maximum size limit and that the work had at least one irregular side. The show “I Remember ...” is a traveling exhibit that first traveled in Brazil. Now we have the opportunity to see it here and through the artists’ works we can experience some of their memories.


Manipulations 2 - Eti David, Israel

In this exhibition Eti tries again to show how she manipulates fabrics and uses them in various techniques. She love fabrics as we all do! However, let’s try to understand what we do with them and how we deal with them. We buy the fabric, cut it, sew it, piece it, dye it, stamp it, fuse it, quilt it and so on. What we are doing is manipulating fabric. Enjoy!


Music, Music, Music

The Martin County Quilters Members’ Challenge 2014

Each member selected a favorite song as their starting point for inspiration and was challenged to show how that song or music has inspired her quilt. It was not required to be a literal depiction, but it could. Quilts could be in any shape; the perimeter of the quilt could be no smaller than 96” and no larger than 180”.Martin County Quilters is a quilt guild dedicated to the education and growth of the art of quilting. Established in 2006 by Dori Hawks with a hand full of quilters, we’ve grown to a membership of close to one hundred. Our members have a vast range of abilities from beginner quilters to quilters who have won “Best of Show” at major quilt shows. Some members play with traditional methods while others use artistic techniques. We meet the second Thursday of the month - visit www.mcquilters.com for more information.

My Favorite Vacation – Quilt Guild by the Sea

Quilt Guild by the Sea had a challenge entitled "My Favorite Vacation".  We are so proud the 20 of our members shared the favorite vacation trips.  Every technique available was used in the 20 presentations.  We were taken to Europe, Asia and to many states in the United States.  One of our vacations took us on Route 66 while another took us to Yellowstone Park, Minnesota, and Alaska.  We also traveled to Japan, Scotland and Panama.  What a wonderful time we had sharing all these adventures.  We hope that all who view our exhibit will enjoy the many trips with us.


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. Quilters Treasure 11th Challenge was announced January 1, 2014. Visit www.QuiltersTreasure.com for details and an entry form.


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.


Solar Sister Challenge Exhibit - Quilt for Change
Organized by Quilt for Change (quiltforchange.com), this challenge showcases the work of non-profit Solar Sister (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.


Strip Tease - Palm Beach County Quilters’ Guild
This challenge was indeed a tease! Members received fourteen different 2 1/2” strips of fabric and they had to use some of each in whatever they made: Quilt, tote, apparel, etc. Additional fabrics could be added as long as the perimeter was no more than 120 inches. Enjoy our Strip Tease.


Wings – Quilters’ Innovative Design

“Until you spread your wings,

You will have no idea how far you can fly.”      


For the year 2015, QID challenged its members with the single word: “Wings.”  This solitary word creates images found in literature, art and our imaginations.  Wings evoke dreams of winged flight in birds, and even us.  In this exercise we have chosen to free our imaginations and soar above on our “Wings!”


Wood, Concrete and Sand - Miami Art Quilters

As quilters, we are inspired by the vast array of styles brought to Florida from around the world. Our unique location influences our architecture. The sea breezes and sun-kissed colors of the tropics contribute to design choices. We, the Miami Art Quilters, present our environment in fabric, paint and thread.


2014 UFO to FO
Our challenge was to take 3 UnFinished Objects and turn them into 3 Finished Objects. All UnFinished Objects must have been started before August 1, 2013. For a bonus round, the participant was to complete an addition 3 UFO's to FO's.



Bead Society of the Palm Beaches
Founded in 2014, we are a new Society of diverse and enthusiastic beaders, wire workers, bead embroiders, loomers, knitters, crocheters and polymer clay artists. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced beader, we welcome you to join us as a member. Our mission is to inspire and nurture creative expression in a non-competitive atmosphere and to provide community with an educational resource in the art, history and cultural significance of beads and beading. We are a not-for-profit group and have chosen Special Olympics as our 2015 charitable organization. Visit us at our booth at the Palm Beach Quilt Show to see demonstrations and examples of our member’s work and on our website: beadsocietyofthepalmbeaches.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