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Quilting Dynamo from South Africa

Join us for summertime fun  …
Don’t just GO to a New England quilt festival  …
VACATION at one!

World Quilt New England
Presents a Quilting Dynamo from South Africa
Rosalie Dace – Quilter, Instructor & Talented Artist

From August 18-20, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire, World Quilt New England will offer a fantastic, panoramic view of the world’s take on quilting and textile art. The World Quilt Competition and special exhibitions provide a colorful vista of fabric and thread. In addition, the world-renowned faculty presenting workshops at the show can open the doors to a new world of quilting with their innovative designs and techniques.

Rosalie DaceIncluded among the instructors is Rosalie Dace who lives in South Africa. Rosalie is a talented quilter who enjoys teaching those who love the craft as much as she does. She loves fabric, particularly the texture, smell and human quality. She comments, “I love the way the color goes right through fabrics and the way it drapes. It is comforting and exciting at the same time and is constantly a platform for people’s ingenuity and creativity. While the traditions of the craft give us a measure of security and continuity with the past, the medium lends itself to innovation and incorporation of new technology. As a quilt maker, I am constantly trying to balance being a teacher and helping people develop their creativity, while producing fresh work myself.”

Rosalie started teaching in her home, but today is invited to teach at events all over the world. Her specialties are good basic design, numerous embellishment techniques, techniques in skinny line piecing and the use of sheers. Teaching allows Rosalie to interact with people who have the same interests as her, but who have unique and diverse backgrounds. “I see my job as being a catalyst to enable students to do far more than they ever believed possible; and I love to see their eyes light up when they say, ‘Look what I did,’” Rosalie said.

Major moments in Rosalie Dace’s quilting life range from making her first quilt and seeing her son’s face when she gave him a quilt for his 17th birthday to winning major awards and being published and exhibited nationally and internationally. How does she feel about her life these days? “I feel very fortunate to do the traveling I do as a quilter and sometimes feel I have to pinch myself to see if it’s all real.”

RosalieTTWorkshopsRosalie teaches two, full day workshops at the World Quilt New England on Thursday, August 18, Going Round in Circles, and on Friday, August 19, African Motifs in Design. You also won’t want to miss her luncheon lecture on Saturday, August 20 at 12:30 pm, Old Traditions, New Directions offering a personal view of the of the obsessive pleasure and delight (along with a measure of agony) that many quilt makers experience. Pictured: Class samples, African Motifs in Design.

World Quilt New England is generously sponsored by ABM International/Innova, Handi Quilter and SewBatik.,  Visit World Quilt New England for complete show details and to register online.

Quiltfest Oasis International Instructors

Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs
Octoer 6-8, 2016
Quilting is the Best Way to Travel

For those interested in breaking borders to find that perfect quilting design or who simply want to try a new technique, Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs offers a wide variety of workshops and lectures with an international faculty including Libs Elliott from Canada and Australian Gloria Loughman. Both instructors will be at the Palm Springs Convention Center, October 6 – 8, 2016 offering participants the opportunity to experience a medley of multi-cultural quilting and textile art.

Libs ElliottLibs Elliott is a quilter and textile designer who explores the intersection of technology and traditional craft by using generative design to build handmade quilts. A deep appreciation for craftsmanship, design history and future-focused applications are all reflected in her work. As a quilter, Libs’ ongoing project is an exploration in how modern technology can transform a traditional craft into modern functional art without abandoning the inherent pleasures of handcrafted products. We have become accustomed to identical mass-produced goods, but Libs believes many of us also crave personalized objects that communicate our individual identities. Libs’ goal is to underline the importance of craft as art in our contemporary age by producing bespoke modern heirlooms. Just like quilts from a century ago, these are pieces that can be passed down through generations. All her quilts are randomly designed using a programming language called Processing. This project began in 2012 as a collaboration with designer and technologist, Joshua Davis, who provided the original code framework. Using Processing allows Libs to quickly edit the code and generate random compositions from simple geometric and traditional quilt block shapes. Libs has been quilting since 2009, and lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

Dynamic StripesIn Palm Springs, Libs will teach 3 full day workshops including Dynamic Stripes on Wednesday, October 5 and repeating the class on Thursday, the 6th. On Saturday, October 8 she will present Embrace the Chaos – An Exercise in Controlled Randomness. Pictured: Dynamic Stripes workshop sample

In addition to the workshops, Libs will also present a lecture titled Quilting with Code: The Quilts of Libs Elliott. In this lecture, Libs will discuss her ongoing exploration of how technology can transform a traditional craft into modern, functional art. She will give attendees a peek into how she works, what inspires her designs and where she finds balance.

Australian Gloria Loughman lives by the sea, on the beautiful Gloria Loughman BBellarine Peninsula, in Victoria. Her initiation into the world of quilting occurred approximately 20 years ago. After completing studies in design and color, she began to make her large vivid landscape quilts depicting the Australian bush. Having the opportunity to travel to many unique and fascinating parts of the Australian continent, she finds herself continually challenged to reproduce these images in fabric. These quilts have won many major awards internationally. If you have wanted to learn the techniques that make Gloria a prizewinner, here is your chance. However, be sure to sign-up early – Gloria’s classes fill quickly. She really enjoys sharing her knowledge and skills with others. She challenges students to design their own quilts, but is also happy to provide patterns for those less confident.

LightUpYourLandscape2Gloria will teach two, full-day workshops at Quiltfest Oasis, Light Up Your Landscape on Thursday, and Distinctive Doorways on Friday. Pictured: Light Up Your Landscape class sample.

In addition, Gloria will present a luncheon/lecture on Saturday, Share the Journey. Come and be entertained, listening to a humorous account of life as a contemporary quilt maker, teacher and author. Learn of Gloria’s inspiration and the techniques she uses to create her prize winning quilts.  Laugh as you hear of the challenges of working with students around the world, and view beautiful images that will inspire you to start creating your own designs.

Gloria’s collection of quilts titled, A Slice of Oz will also be featured at Quiltfest Oasis as a special exhibit.


Go West, Go Mod

First Annual National Modern Quilt Competition
Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs – Pacific International Quilt Festival

The Modern Quilt movement is making itself known across the globe and Mancuso Show Management is continuing to embrace Mod’s entry into the world of quilting. For 2016, Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs and Pacific International Quilt Festival are introducing a National Modern Quilt Competition – “Mid-Century Mod.”

Mid-Century Mod emphasizes the look and feel of mid-20th century design. Artists who enter the competition are asked to draw inspiration from this period, reflecting their own exposures or from the work of  artists  such as Joan Miro, Piet Mondrian, Victor Vasarely, Frank Stella, etc.

The online and postmark deadline for Modern Quilt Competition entries is August 30, 2016. Accepted Modern Quilt Competition entries must be available for display at Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs, October 6-8, 2016 AND at the Pacific International Quilt Festival, October 13-16, 2016.

4031aCompetition entries to this new juried and judged competition will vie for over $6,000 in prizes generously sponsored by Founding Sponsor Bernina/California Sewing & Vacuums; Major Annual Sponsor Brother / Meissner Sewing Center; Major Sponsors Baby Lock/Eddie’s Quilting Bee, Bernina/Ralph’s Sewing Center, Gammill, Inc/Meissner Sewing Center, Janome/Ray’s Sewing Machine Center; Silver Sponsors ABM International/Innova, HandiQuilter; Special Exhibit Sponsor Nolting Manufacturing and Special Vendor Sponsors Quilters Slidelock, Monica’s Quilt and Bead Creations, and SewBatik. Pictured: The Disintegration of the Persistence of Artichokes by Sylvia Schaefer:

Quiltfest Oasis will take place in the Palm Springs Convention Center October 6-8, 2016. The Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara/Bay area is the venue for the 25th annual Pacific International Quilt Festival, October 13-16, 2016.

The Disintegration of the Persistence of Artichokes by Sylvia Schaefer:

Ralph’s Sewing Center at Quiltfest Oasis

Ralph'sMancuso Show Management is excited to announce that BERNINA sewing machines will be represented at Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs by Ralph’s Vacuum & Sewing Center from Palm Desert, California.

BERNINA, a leader in home sewing and embroidery machines, has a strong and loyal following.  Founded in 1893, this company from Steckborn, Switzerland has continued to be on the cutting edge of the quilting world with innovations that include the BERNINA Stitch Regulator, touchscreen programming, CutWork Tool and CutWork software, PaintWork and CrystalWork software.

Ralph’s Vacuum & Sewing Center has served the Palm Desert, California community since 1976, offering sales, service, and repair of sewing machines and vacuum cleaners. The staff at the store has a high level of knowledge about the sewing and vacuum industries.  They are quality-oriented, always paying close attention to detail.  With their 35+ years of experience, they are ready to assist festival participants in selecting the BERNINA sewing machine that meets their needs.

Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs takes place October 6-8, 2016 in the Palm Springs Convention Center. Show hours are 10am to 6pm daily.  With over 500 quilts and works of textile art on display, festival participants will surely be inspired to create their own work of art and Ralph’s Vacuum & Sewing will be ready to help with their line-up of BERNINA machines.

World Quilt New England – Where Innovation Meets Education

Continuing education and keeping up with industry changes are a big part of today’s quilting world. Quilters and textile artists are constantly looking to learn new skills, find new inspiration and build their knowledge base. Mancuso Show Management’s events strive to offer a great variety of workshops presented by a renowned faculty for those interested in further learning. World Quilt New England 2016, held August 18-20 at the Center of Manchester in New Hampshire is no exception.

We have the privilege of hosting such an amazing and diverse group of instructors at World Quilt New England and while there are still workshop spaces open, if you are interested in participating in any of the available workshops, please don’t wait to sign up. Visit quiltfest.com to register. Here’s a sneak peak of what’s still available.

DaceT&T2016_CirclesBInternationally known instructor and South African native, Rosalie Dace brings her expertise in design with her workshops African Motifs in Design and Going Round in Circles. She is also presenting a lunch and lecture on Saturday, August 20 at 12:30pm. Old Traditions, New Directions offers a personal view of the obsessive pleasure and delight (along with a measure of agony) that many quilt makers experience in their art.

Known for her hand dyed fabrics, FriedaAndersonWebfusing and stunning quilts, Frieda Anderson offers 2 full day workshops Thursday and Saturday. Thursday’s workshop plays around with lines, shapes, and colors in Creative Crisp Curves – Intentional Improvisational Class. Her Saturday dyeing workshop Flooded with Color teaches you how to dye formulas for 48 shades – a skill that any quilter would certainly “dye” for! Frieda will also present Moving Forward with a New Tradition – Art Quilts, a lecture featuring art quilts on Wednesday, August 17 at 6:00pm.

DruhenWQNE16_004bRegional artist, Pamela Druhen is an instructor for all seasons. Pamela uses threadwork to bring texture and depth to her quilts. If you are tired of the hot summer, take Pamela Druhen’s full day workshop The Winter Palette on Thursday, August 18. The class explores the blues, blacks and grays of winter in a beautiful quilted landscape. Or, join Pamela’s Landscape for Real workshop that delves into creating that perfect quilted landscape. Pamela also will lecture on Thursday, August 18 at 4:30pm where she will share her latest works and answer your questions about technique, color and anything else that comes to mind!

If you are a nature or free-motion aficionado, Marjan Kluepfel offersKluepfelWQNE16_008b 3 full day workshops at WQ New England Thursday through Saturday that will sharpen your noggin as well as your needle. Originally, from the Netherlands, Marjan resides in sunny California where her views inspire her uniquely beautiful quilting pieces. She teaches across the world and is one of our favorite instructors to have teach at Mancuso events. Her Thursday workshop, Bobbin Drawing, Thread Painting & Free-Motion Machine Embroidery is a hands on class featuring the title’s techniques. Marjan’s Friday workshop, Zen and the art of Free Form Fiberscapes teaches essential design principles to make a picturesque fantasy quilt and her Saturday workshop, Shimmering Dragonflies & Sparkling Flowers will use fusing, free-motion machine embroidery, thread painting and bobbin drawing to create a fabric collage.

McElroyWQNE16_011Do your quilts have something to say? Didi McElroy’s Saturday half day AM workshop, Words in Quilts will teach students to incorporate words in their quilts using reverse appliqué. Didi, a world renowned hand quilter will also present her famous full day workshops Needle-Turn Applique 101 and That Perfect Stitch on Thursday and Friday respectively.

With this incredible line up, you won’t want to miss your chance to learn from the best. Visit quiltfest.com and register now!

Modern Quilt Symposium – Palm Springs, CA


Modern Quilt Symposium
Palm Springs, CA
October 5-7, 2016
Evening Welcome Reception Tuesday, October 4
~Part of Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs~

Join Libs Elliott and Joe Cunningham as they explore Modern Quilting
Libs & Joe

The Modern Quilt Symposium is an opportunity to connect with other artists, work with some of the best instructors in the world, and challenge yourself creatively. There’s more to the Symposium than classes! Included is a 4-night stay at the Hilton Palm Springs Resort (optional), Welcome Reception, two Full-Day Workshops, Lectures, Luncheon Lecture, Reflection, Meditation, Relaxation & Modern Design Day, Quilter’s Game Zone and the Quiltfest Oasis Show & Merchants Mall.

Symposium includes:

  • Tuesday Evening Welcome Reception
  • A full day workshop with Libs Elliott, and a full day workshop with Joe Cunningham
  • Lectures with Libs Elliott and Joe Cunningham
  • Special Luncheon/Lecture with Ashley Nickels
  • Friday “Reflection, Meditation, Relaxation & Modern Design Day”
  • Friday evening Quilter’s Game Zone
  • Quiltfest Oasis Show & Merchants Mall
  • 4-night Stay at the Hilton Palm Springs Resort (optional)

Symposium registrants also have the option of taking a Saturday workshop from the Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs faculty and attending the Saturday luncheon and lecture with Gloria Loughman.

Special Note: This symposium will be limited to 40 registrants. It is only available through the printable registration form on our website that can be emailed, mailed or faxed. You may also call 215-862-5828 to register. (You cannot register for this symposium with our online check out.) If you are interested in participating in this new concept symposium, feel free to contact us by phone (215-862-5828) or email mancuso@quiltfest.com.


World Quilt Competition Countdown – LAST DAY

Today, Monday, July 18, is the final day to submit your entry to the 2016 World Quilt Competition: click here for the online and printable entry forms.

You may enter online or print an entry form to mail to the competition. Online entries must be submitted by midnight Eastern Daylight Time tonight; mail-in entries must be postmarked today, July 18.

More wonderful entries from the 2015 competition:

Hide and Seek by Claire Wallace, South Africa
Humming Bee by Judith Wilson, UKSONY DSC