3/27/2014 - 3/30/2014
QuiltFest: Destination Savannah
and Mancuso Show Management are proud to present:
A Bit of Whimsy
The Art Quilt Association (AQuA) of Grand Junction, Colorado takes a walk on the unpredictable side with design, color and fiber. Free to follow a fanciful or capricious idea, see where “A Bit of Whimsy” takes you!
Celebrate the Day
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.
Cluck, Cluck Chickens - The Hall County Quilt Guild
|For many years Gainesville, Georgia has been known as the Poultry Capital of the world. Every year Gainesville celebrates their fame with a Chicken Festival. The Hall County Quilt guild, with 82 members, has contributed to the festival every year by making chicken quilts to hang at the festival. Our guild presents many types of chickens – from wacky to award winning chickens, from small wall hangings to large bed size quilts. This yearly chicken event is always a huge success, showing the ingenuity and imagination of our members.|
Color Challenge - Patches and Pieces Quilt Club
For the Patches and Pieces Quilt Club of Lynchburg, Virginia’s 2013 challenge, each participant drew four crayons from a bag. They colored those four onto two index cards, keeping one and giving one to the coordinators of the challenge. Only four fabrics of those four colors could be used. Thread for thread painting or quilting could be any color, but could not exceed 20% of the design. Embellishments could be yarn, ribbon, rick-rack, beads, or anything except fabric and could be any color, but also could not exceed 20% of the design. If fabric embellishments were used, they could only be of the same four fabrics as the main quilt top. Size was up to the quilter. We think the results are very colorful!
The Colorful World of a Biologist Turned Art Quilter:
|Marjan grew up in the Netherlands. Science attracted her to the United States and the quilting fabrics made her stay (among other things!). Marjan has been creating art quilts for 20 some years. Most of her organic designs are influenced by her love of nature and all its wonders. The bright colors she uses reflect her positive outlook on life. Marjan’s desire is to create unique pieces and have lots of fun during the process. Pictured: Morning Glories|
Color Wheel of Emotions
|Cultures universally associate colors with emotions using them to describe a mood or express a feeling. Anthropologists and businesses alike hypothesize about the role colors play within a community and how to anticipate a reaction. In contemporary society a person may be feeling blue or turn green with envy. Red is often associated with strength while yellow is a happy color. These works were designed to convey a sense of emotion or feeling expressed by the artists. Curated by Carol R. Eaton, Studio Arts Quilt Associates.|
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. |
Destination: Savannah Squares
Quilts by the Savannah Quilt Guild
Savannah Quilt Guild, founded in 1983, has sustained and promoted quilting knowledge for more than 30 years. SQG supports our members’ artistic endeavors using time honored techniques and innovative methods. As our favorite quilts reveal, we have preserved the past through traditional quilts fashioned with exquisite workmanship; we embrace the present with modern quilts inspired by shape and color; we imagine the future by joining technology with history.
|Members of SAQA (Studio Arts Quilt Associates) from Southern California and Southern Nevada were invited to interpret the theme Fiber Reactions. Their submittal could tell a story of what inspires them to create textile art. It might be a fond memory, a favorite person, place, color or thing. Individual expression and construction techniques of unlimited variety were encouraged. Twenty artists participated in this SAQA regional showcase. Pictured: Eternal Life by Mary Tabar.|
Free Expression Quilts: Robbi Joy Eklow
|Robbi Joy Eklow loves making fused appliqué quilts because she can cut whatever line she can draw and thus can use any shape that she wants. She dyes her own fabrics, fuses them, and then heavily free motion quilts them. Most of her quilts have been in exhibited in our shows, many have debuted at Mancuso Show Management events. Robbi teaches fused quilt making and free motion machine quilting, and gives lectures all over the world. Pictured: "Steampunk"|
Gee’s Bend Revisited - Two Decades Later
|In 1993, a photograph of a quilter and her granddaughter 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 quilts and quilters of Gee’s Bend, Alabama? Possibly because while they were highly sought after by art collectors, they were dismissed and down-played by the influential national quilt community at large. These replicas by master African American quilter Allyson Allen offer us another look at some of those quilts. Pictured: 4-Generation Quilt|
The Hoffman Challenge
|Started in 1988, the Hoffman Challenge has grown to be a premiere traveling quilt, clothing and doll collection. The Quilts were chosen for their creative use of the chosen fabric including prize winners from the pieced, appliquéd and mixed techniques categories. The Clothing shows the versatility of the 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 embellishing with buttons and other trim. The Doll Makers asked to be recognized in the 5th year of the Challenge. Notice the artistic way the challenge fabric is a part of the doll or its clothing.|
Humorous Appliqué Quilts by Linda Cantrell
|Linda Cantrell, who was a painter before she started quilting made her first quilt in 1980. Before long she was thinking of pictorial quilts. Appliqué was a natural choice with fabrics and embroidery thread becoming her paints and brushes. She is self-taught in appliqué and quilting and her specialty is humorous pictorial appliqué. Her award winning quilts have exhibited nationally and been published in many magazines and books. Linda’s time is spent quilting, teaching quilting or thinking about her next quilt. Pictured: "Pat Reaches Quilters Nirvana"|
The Lavender Mountain Quilt Guild
The Lavender Mountain Quilt Guild founded in Rome, GA in 1989, currently has 42 members ranging in age from 30 to 96 with a diverse level of expertise and interests from beginners to professional. We have an annual exhibition of quilts at the Sara Hightower Library for the last 17 years. The Guild supports several local charities with quilt donations. We make doll quilts every December for "Angel Express" to provide Christmas cheer for local tots, lap quilts are made for Floyd Hospital, and quilts for recipients of Habitat for Humanity homes.
Make Mine Modern
Peninsula Modern Quilt Guild, Newport News, Virginia
In January 2013, quilters with an interest in the modern quilt aesthetic met to establish a guild for like-minded quilters in the Newport News, Virginia area. This small independent group includes novice, intermediate, and advanced quilters, giving us a wide variety of experience and talent. The first challenge of PMQG was to interpret a weather pattern or natural phenomenon in a small quilt. Those quilts and quilts from block and fabric exchanges are proudly displayed, along with independent projects, in our first public display. Coordinated by Patricia C. Winters and Lois A. Bates.
New Mexico: Unfolding
|New Mexico: Unfolding is an exhibit that was on exhibit in New Mexico’s capitol building in Santa Fe in summer 2013. The artists all belong to Studio Art Quilt Associates, an international organization dedicated to promoting the quilt as a fine art form. Organized by SAQA area representative Michelle Jackson, the group encompasses seasoned professionals as well as beginning artists who are encouraged to exhibit their work for the first time. The theme of the show was to explore the different aspects of life in our beautiful state. There is a wide diversity of people in the group, but we share a love for art, and the land, and the desire to support each other as we explore our own creativity. Pictured: Cosmic Collisions by Katie Pasquini Masopust.|
Plantation Quilts presents UGRR Secret of the Quilts
Who used the Quilt Codes? Where did the patterns come from? How many freedom seekers did the Quilt Codes assist? How was it done? Come out and see 5 generations of quilts, the origins of the Quilt Codes and have all your questions answered. For more information visit: www.plantationquilts.com.
Pretty Planet: Fiber Artists Coalition
Pretty Planet is an exhibit of art quilts inspired by the beauty of the earth. Members of the Fiber Artists Coalition find inspiration in the environment, the people, and the joy of living in a wonderful world. Whether firmly planted in the soil or soaring through the sky, their art absorbs and reflects this pretty planet.
Pictured: Big Sky by Trish Williams
Quilters Treasure Challenge 2014
The winning entries of Quilters Treasure’s 10th Annual Challenge are 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 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.
Rami Kim Fascination: Celebrating Art-to-Wear
|Rami Kim, a DNA scientist turned fabric artist, is an 18-time wearable art best of show winner, and is the author of 3 books: Folded Fabric Elegance, Quilted Elegance and Elegant Cotton, Wool & Silk Quilts. Her passion is for contemporary art-to-wear, with special interest in 3-dimensional textures. Rami is also known for her own distinctive colors and techniques. She says she’d rather spend time with beautiful fabrics, threads and beads than DNA sequencing gels and radioactive isotopes of cold, gray science. We think you’ll agree when you see Rami’s beautiful art-to-wear on display!|
Red, White & Beautiful
Gold Coast Quilters Guild 2012 Challenge
A challenge was issued to originate a 21st century response to the exhibit since many of the quilts had been made in the 19th century. What would a difference of 200 years produce? The quilt top fabric, colors and size were clearly defined: Northcott ColorWorks Premium Solid 9000: Color 251-“Lipstick Red,” Color 24-“Tomato Red” and Color 10-“Snow White” along with a minimum size of 36” by 36” and a maximum of 96” by 88”. With the fabric and size designated, the strong emphasis for the challenge was on the design, the quilting, and the overall quality of the work. Over 80 quilts were judged by Beverly Fine, NQA Judge. Visit www.gcqg.org for Guild info. Pictured: Hawaiian Star Plumeria by Louise Moor.
|Wow! The Gold Coast Quilters Guild of Boca Raton, Florida was so inspired by the breathtaking exhibit INFINITE VARIETY Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts at the American Folk Art Museum in New York, featuring 651 red and white quilts from the collection of Joanna Rose that the Guild decided to creatively channel its members’ overwhelming enthusiasm for red and white quilts. |
Retrospective Tour of the Signature Art Quilters
The Signature Art Quilters have been together for almost 20 years. At the time the group started, the term “art quilt” was not really recognized as serious quilting. We had trouble finding people who would 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. We wish you, the viewer, happy quilting!
“Sacred Threads is an exhibit of artwork intended to touch all those who view it on both spiritual and personal levels. We share the experiences of quilters whose stories are a source of healing and strength for others. The show does not emphasize any particular religion or theology but conveys the spirituality, healing and inspirational messages that transcend all people. Quilts are divided into categories based on theme. These are Expressions of Joy, Spirituality, Inspiration, Grief, Healing and Peace/Brotherhood. The exhibit is a positive influence on the human spirit, giving joy as well as addressing concerns of the soul and mind.” Presented by Sacred Threads Chair Lisa Ellis and Curator Barbara Hollinger. For more information, visit, www.sacredthreadsquilts.com.
Solar Sister Challenge Exhibit - Quilt for Change
Organized by Quilt for Change (ww.quiltforchange.com), this challenge exhibit showcases the work of Rhode Island-based non-profit Solar Sister (www.solarsister.org), which helps women start small businesses selling solar energy products within their communities in Africa. Thanks to these efforts, children are able to study at night, mothers can care for their families and run small businesses from home, and communities can provide basic health care and other services. These 22 quilts debuted at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Quilt for Change hopes this exhibit will inspire quilt guilds to use the proceeds of their raffle quilts to sponsor a “Solar Sister Entrepreneur” and help her become an environmentally-responsible businesswoman.
Southern Exposure - South Carolina / Georgia SAQA
|The SAQA South Carolina and Georgia Region is proud to show our interpretation of “Southern Exposure”. We southerners are “exposed” to sights, sounds and feelings that people who live in other parts of the country are not. Our creativity flows as we“expose” our vision of living and life in the South. We enjoy mountains, seashores and flat farm lands. Our seasons can be mild and harsh. Beauty is outside every window waiting for us to let it in.|
A Stroll with Augusta Cole
An exhibition showcasing the work of QuiltFest: Destination Savannah instructor Augusta Cole. Augusta is known as the “Scrappy Lady” for her creative incorporation of scraps into her repertoire. Over her many years of quilting, she has accumulated a wide variety of quilts that are both creative and classically beautiful. Hope you enjoy seeing the quilts as you “stroll” through the show.
A Texas Experience
|Each state in the United States has its own unique character. The Texas members of the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) were challenged to create 12”x 12” art quilts that reflect the distinctive character of the Lone Star State. The resulting works of art reflect on each artist’s version of their “Texas Experience;” the diverse topography and cultural landscape, the past, present, and future of the Lone Star State, and the emotional impact of being a Texan. Pictured: Hereford Calf by Sara Sharp|
Time Lines: SAQA - Nebraska Regional Exhibit
|From our conception to our last day, we go through life events that comprise our personal timeline. We are born tied to our mothers via a physical line; lines mark sports fields, carry electricity, and we “read between the lines.” Lines can be imposing like the Grand Canyon or fragile like a spider’s web. They are created over thousands of years or in a few seconds. |
In this exhibit, artists explored their own interpretation of lines that occur over time and each piece incorporates one such line, either obvious or implied, as part of the design. Pictured: "PicosPintados" by PatDunbar.
Tulipomania - Old Church Gallery Quilters Guild
|Tulipomania is the story of the world’s most coveted flower and the extraordinary passion it aroused. Members of the Old Church Gallery Quilters Guild in Floyd, Virginia were asked to create a bed of tulips or spring flowers with sky and foreground visible for their quilt guild challenge 2013. Each quilt had the following size recommendation: between 20” minimum to 42” maximum length on any side.|