One of the highlights of Mancuso Show Management’s quilt festivals is always the instructors who present workshops. Talent, creativity and expertise are abundantly available from the wonderful teachers. This year the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, February 25-28 in Hampton, Virginia, has a spectacular faculty who will offer a wide variety of workshops for beginner to advanced quilters and textile artists. Included is well-known instructor Laura Wasilowski, a Mancuso Show Management regular and nationally admired quilter.
Laura is a contemporary quilt maker whose artwork is collected and exhibited internationally. Her quilts begin with her unique hand-dyed fabrics and threads and are infused with color, whimsy and joy. Laura is author of Fusing Fun, Fuse-and-Tell and her latest book Fanciful Stitches, Colorful Quilts.
Laura’s three full-day workshops at M-AQF are:
Woven Flower Basket Quilts
WS #030 on Thursday
Pretty Planet Quilts
WS #031 on Friday
Tiny Homes & Gardens
WS #032 on Saturday
A highlight of Laura’s appearance at M-AQF is her Thursday, 6:00 pm lecture, Art Quilts: The Musical. Yes, she sings! Listen to her adventures in quilt making, see her art work, and hear traditional art quilt folk songs like “Everybody Gets Rejected Sometime” and the “Minnesota Quilter’s Polka.”
Laura sums up her quilting life by saying, “The art of quilting gives me the freedom to express myself and play at the same time. It’s the best job in the world!”
The countdown is on for entries to the Florida Quilt Competition at World Quilt Florida. The deadline for entry is one week from today – December 14, 2015!
Which quilt will win Best of Show in this “all Florida” competition? You won’t know if your quilt will come out on top unless you enter. To enter online, click here.
For inspiration … past winners:
2015: “A Baltimore Reflection” by Rosalynn McKown
2014: “Mozart” by Barbara A. Stewart
2012: “Poppy’s Rainbow” by Mark L. Sherman
For those interested in studying a wide variety of quilting techniques and styles, the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, February 25-28 in Hampton, Virginia features a range of workshops and lectures presented by a world-renowned faculty, including Vikki Pignatelli who is eager to spread her knowledge and passion of quilt making to students planning on participating in her full day workshops.
Have you ever wished for an easy method of machine piecing intricate curves, or wanted to incorporate curved designs into a quilt but had no inkling where to begin? Look no further than one of Vikki’s workshops! Vikki told Quiltfest, “When I first began quilting, I visualized beautiful curved designs, but the traditional method of piecing curves left me frustrated. I knew there must be an easier way. After much trial and effort I did find a way . . . and now I’m crazy about curves!”
Vikki will teach three, full-day workshops at M-AQF:
WS #027: Crazy About Curves
WS #028: Fun with Fabrics: Adding Dimension to Landscape
WS #029: Improvisation Everyone Can Do
In addition, on Saturday at 4:30 pm Vikki will present a lecture based on her newest book, Nurture Your Creative Spirit: Wisdom and Insight Learned From the Art of Quilting.
Vikki’s love for quilting is contagious. You won’t want to miss her this year at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival!
The Rosen Plaza Hotel has extended the deadline to make Quiltfest special group rate reservations to December 11, 2015. Those who travel to Orlando, especially in January, know this rate is an exceptional value.
Rosen Plaza Hotel
9700 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819 USA
Telephone: 800-627-8258 or 407- 996-9702
Located in the heart of the convention district, across from Pointe Orlando, only 15 minutes from Orlando International Airport, only minutes from Orlando’s theme parks, and connected via Skybridge to the Orange County Convention Center, the Rosen Plaza’s superior location is hard to beat. Recently renovated rooms and suites, complimentary in-room basic wireless internet, complimentary fitness center, resort-style amenities, and a variety of dining options from casual to fine dining make Rosen Plaza a most conducive place to work and play. The group rate reservation deadline is Friday, December 11, 2015. For reservations, please call 800-627-8258 or 407-996-9702. Please be sure to mention QuiltFest World Quilt Florida to receive our special group rate of $129 single or double, (one additional person, $20) plus tax and OCCCD fund of 1%.