Special Exhibits

3/26/2015 - 3/29/2015
Savannah, GA

Special Exhibits

QuiltFest Destination Savannah & Mancuso Show Management are proud to present:

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.  Pictured: Life on Mars by Ilona Farnes


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.

Pictured: The Spice Merchants by Priscilla Stultz


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.


Best of Hilton Head Island - Palmetto Quilt Guild

Palmetto Quilt Guild has 180 members living in the beautiful coastal area of the Low Country between Savannah, GA and Beaufort, SC. We meet on Hilton Head Island and every even year hold a Quilt Festival.  In 2014, Beverly Fine, NQA Certified Judge, chose winners from 14 categories and chose 10 quilts as “best overall” for their unique style. We are thrilled to bring the “Best of Hilton Head Island” to Mancuso Show Management’s QuiltFest Destination Savannah. Our 2016 Quilt Festival will be held on March 11-13, 2016 at the Hilton Head Beach and Tennis Resort. March on the island is beautiful, fun and a quilter’s delight.


A Color Runs Through It - Studio Art Quilt Associates of New Mexico

The challenge: create an art quilt, measuring 18” x 24” using any variation of black, white or gray, and any variation of one color. Who are we? Studio Art Quilt Associates is a worldwide organization that focuses on promoting the quilt as fine art. The New Mexico chapter is very active state wide, holds regular bi-monthly meetings, and is open to all. Membership information is available at SAQA.com. If you’re interested in getting into art quilting, you’re welcome to join us!

Pictured: His Tern by Martha Wolfe


Crayola Crayon Lap Quilt Challenge - Wiregrass Quilters Guild

For this challenge, each participating quilter reached into a bag filled with Crayola crayons and pulled out three crayons. The challenge was to use the three colors to make a quilt that was 52 to 68 inches wide and 52 to 78 inches long. At least half of the quilt had to be the three colors drawn from the bag, but other colors were allowed. Each quilt had to have at least one of the crayon color names in the title of the quilt.


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).


Destination Savannah Squares: A Second Look
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.


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.


Dierdra McElroy Presents a Celebration of Handwork

A unique display of quilts that are made 100% by hand. The award winning quilts were made by Dierdra McElroy and her mother Roxanne McElroy who passed away peacefully at a quilt show in 1997. The progression of styles from these two women span 30 years of quilt making, beginning with Tahitian appliqué. Dierdra “Didi” McElroy grew up in Tahiti and is still passionate about Tifaifai (tee-fay-fay).  She is the also the author of the best selling book, That Perfect Stitch. There is a growing trend back towards the artistry of handwork which is being celebrated by this exhibit of over a dozen beautiful handmade quilts and hand appliquéd tops.


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

Started in 1988, the Hoffman Challenge has grown to be a premiere traveling quilt, clothing and doll collection. Sponsored by Mancuso Show Management.

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.


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 United States, 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.


The Introductory Tour of ARTAA
The Adirondack Regional Textile Artists’ Alliance (ARTAA) has been sharing 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



Maps presented by Quilts on the Wall Fiber Artists

We usually 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 fiber 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.


Patches n Pieces Quilt Club 35th Anniversary Challenge
This year Patches n Pieces Quilt Club of Lynchburg Virginia celebrated our 35th anniversary with a quilt challenge. How else would we do it? The challenge was to make a wall hanging that was 35 inches on each side and had 35 of something on it. It could be as simple as 35 stripes of fabric or as complex as 35 different appliquéd wildflowers. The exhibit was organized by Joan Savage.

Quilt as Desired
Twenty-four vintage tops have been “Quilted as Desired” by some of the best long arm quilters in our business. Together we have taken unremarkable vintage tops and created something magical! Enjoy this unique marriage of the old and new as the lines that divide our quilt worlds become blurred. Curated by Mary Kerr.


Quilters Treasure Challenge 2015

The winning entries of Quilters Treasure’s 11th Annual Challenge are announced at 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 included Singer Sewing Machine, Hobbs Bonded Fibers, Quilters Rule, Barb’s Original, YLI Thread and Morgan Products. Quilters Treasure 11th Challenge deadline is December 31, 2014. Visit www.QuiltersTreasure.com for details and an entry form.


Quilts of Valor

Quilts of Valor are stitched with love, prayers and healing thoughts. Our troops who have been touched by war are awarded this tangible token of appreciation that unequivocally says, “Thank you for your service, sacrifice and valor.” Quilts may go to military hospitals where Chaplains award them to service members; there may be awards to entire service units returning from deployments or awarded individually.   But no matter how a Quilt of Valor is given, the impact it delivers is unequivocal.   As a recipient said “My quilt isn’t another military medal to be placed in a box and sit on my shelf. I was moved to tears.”  As of October 2014, there have been over 107,000 quilts awarded to service members/veterans. “Why Quilts of Valor?” It is a wonderful form of National Service and anyone can do it! National Service starts at home. Make a Quilt of Valor! For more information visit www.QOVF.org.


Sheep Behaving Baaadly - Mid-Atlantic Quilt Exhibitors

Yes, you heard correctly! What happened when ewe challenge all skill levels of quilters to depict sheep behaving baaadly? A dozen quilts of nefariously sheepish content! The flock is a true cross section of quilting skills - from the true beginners (you have to start somewhere!) to professional quilters. Graze with these quilts for awhile and you’ll fall in love. Join the flock of singing, munching, meth-ing, politically incorrect, orange is the new blaaack, ewe of the evening and much more!


Sue Nickels Retrospective: From Handwork to Machine Quilting

View Sue’s quilts from the beginning of her career in 1978 through her most recent work. Sue’s quilting career started with hand stitching and then transitioned to machine techniques. In the thirty-six years that Sue has been a quilter, the quilt world has changed significantly and this retrospective chronicles the change. Enjoy this look back and forward through Sue’s quilts.


Variations – presented by Debora Konchinsky

This is how Debora works … she makes something and then builds on that idea. Her design is tweaked in the next project to include something different and then the layout or maybe the technique, the fabric, or the colors are changed. All of this work is, of course, centered around the theme of realistic animal images. By constantly changing, Debora has developed her Critter Patterns from flat one-color appliqués, to realistic designs that are hard not to fondle. Debora is always searching for the illusive characteristic, "charming." Debora says, “If I were to have a tombstone, I would be thrilled if it said that I was "Clever." Visit Debora, and see more of her critters, at the Critter Pattern Works booth.


Vickie Clontz - Celebrating 25 Years!
Vickie Clontz’s love of wearable art shines through in each of her creations of wool, silk, and other tantalizing textiles. Vickie began sewing at the age of five and by college, where she earned a BS in Clothing Design, was creating many of her own unique designs. Her inspiration is derived from nature, having grown up in the country, and her passion is felting! Vickie has incorporated a “wee bit o’ wool” in each of these pieces, and she teaches felting and sewing all over the country. Vickie also has a pattern company Annie’s Keepsakes, celebrating 25 years of business in 2015! Visit www.annieskeepsakes.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