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Happy Pi Day

The perfect quilt for pi day … Einstein himself couldn’t have made a better one to celebrate this special day!

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1st Place Mid-Century Modern
#4008 A Slice of Pi by Connie Kincius Griner

Connie wrote about her quilt, “After being a quilter for 25 years, I have finally come “sew far” to have the confidence to design original quilts. A Slice of Pi is my first original design. It is a visual pun, and I hope it will bring a smile to the viewer. The appliqued border features pi to 70 decimal places.”

Mid-Atlantic Best of Show

Melissa Sobotka’s extraordinary Silk Road Sampler won Best of Show at the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, February 25-28 in Hampton, Virginia.

Based on a photograph, the quilt measures 60″ x 70″.

Melissa wrote the following:
Where east meets west in Istanbul, there is a Spice Bazaar that has been there since 1597. There, surrounded by exotic smells and tastes, the vibrant colors of the silk road come alive. One vendor had so many ornate pillows of various colors and designs, it was like viewing an applique sampler.

Yes, this REALLY is a QUILT!

New Jersey Quilts

The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey, held March 3-6 in Somerset, NJ,  was filled with wonderful quilts – from the entries of the Northeast Quilt Competition to the quilts in the special exhibits including the incredible winning quilts from the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival .

You can view images of the New Jersey winners here and the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival winners that were on display in Somerset here.

The Quiltfest included modern quilts:
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a fantastic lion quilt, “Just Stop” by Krishma Patel:8031a

quilts with birds including “Birds of Iceland” by Barbara McKie:
plus the fanciful, “Christmas Eve ABC’s”by Cathy Wiggins:ABC's cropped
and lots of other, fantastic quilts that provided plenty of eye candy for everyone who attended this outstanding quilt festival.

A “Real Quilt” Quiltfest Funny

Dottie’s Lament by Suzanne BowerBowerS_DottiesADottie’s Lament will make a “guest” appearance as a one-quilt special exhibit at The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey this week.

If you want inspiration, entertainment, and to learn new skills look no further than the amazing roster of workshops and lectures to be presented at the 2016 Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey. Headliners Meg Cox and Liza Prior Lucy along with our other exceptional faculty members will motivate any beginner or expert quilt and textile artist. This spectacular event is held at the Garden State Exhibit Center, in Somerset, March 3 – 6, 2016. In addition to the fantastic faculty, The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey will display a unique collection of quilt and textile art, along with a fabulous Merchants Mall featuring merchandise for all your quilt making and sewing needs!

The quilt show features the juried and judged “Northeast Quilt Competition” with an array of quilts created by residents of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Over $8,000 in awards and prizes as well as ribbons will be presented to winners in a number of categories including Best of Show and Viewer’s Choice. In addition to the competition quilts, attendees to this event will not want to miss the spectacular special exhibitions such as the beautiful award winning quilts of the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival and the Hoffman Challenge.

The workshops offered at The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey range from modern design with traditional piecing to appliqué and fabric dying. Quilt enthusiasts looking to explore new techniques or sharpen their talent will not be disappointed. Also, during the event Phyllis Twigg Hatcher will be available to provide quilt appraisals. Quilt and textile artists interested in stocking up on fabrics, tools, and sewing notions can shop the Merchants Mall.

You may purchase general admission tickets or sign up for available workshops,  lectures or appraisal appointments at the show, March 3-6, 2016 at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset.