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SewBatik Fashion Challenge Deadline

SewBatik Fashion Challenge Deadline: August 15, 2016

If you purchased the Challenge fabric, Tossed Paisley Lake (picturedRayon - Tossed Paisley Lake right) from SewBatik and have been sewing all summer, now is the time to mail the entry form you received with your fabric. All entries must be mailed and postmarked on or before August 15, 2016. Entry confirmation, shipping or hand delivery/pick-up details will be sent to you by August 22.

Please mail your entry form to:
SewBatik Challenge
c/o Mancuso Show Management
PO Box 667
New Hope, PA 18938

If you’ve misplaced the entry form you received when you purchased the Challenge fabric, please email mancuso@quiltfest.com for a replacement.




Call for Entries – PNQE

With over 600 quilts and garments on display, it is no wonder that the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, held September 15-18, 2016, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks (Greater Philadelphia area), Pennsylvania is called “The Center of It All for Quilts, Wearable and Textile Arts.”

Included among the many exhibits at PNQE are the entries to the quilt competition. Evolving is the competition theme for 2016: “The next generation is entering the world of quilting; new ideas are emerging and change seems to be constant. How is your work evolving as quilting moves forward?

Quilts may be entered in the Innovative, Traditional, Modern or Wall Quilt Category. See the competition entry form, available on quiltfest.com, for complete competition details.

The entry deadline is August 15, 2016.

Over $13,000 in awards and prizes are being offered by the competitions generous sponsors that include Byrne Sewing Connection: Brother, Hayes Sewing Machine Company: Baby Lock, Steve’s Sewing, Vacuum & Quilting: Bernina; Pocono Sew & Vac: Janome / Elna; ABM International/Innova, Handi Quilter, SewBatik and French Connections.

The quilts entered in the PNQE competition highlight the talent and creativity of regional as well as national quilt artists. Be sure to get a glimpse of this year’s exquisite quilt competition entries!

From the 2015 Competition: Small Moments by Patsy Kittredge
3020a PNQE 2015

Lunch and Listen at WQ-NE

World Quilt New England is coming to the Radisson Center of New Hampshire on August 17-20, 2016 and is bringing its world renowned faculty with it! Our lecture lineup features an impressive group of women, among them Rosalie Dace and Bonnie Dwyer. The two will speak at the World Quilt New England’s luncheon lectures.

Internationally renowned instructor Rosalie Dace will travel from Durban, South Africa to speak at the 12:30pm, Saturday August 20, 2016 luncheon lecture. Rosalie will explore the ideas of Old Traditions, and New Directions. Rosalie is a South African studio artist with a background in art and education. Not only has she spent years teaching and lecturing but also judging and exhibiting around the globe. Although she values tradition she believes that a quilt should say something about its time and place in history. Rosalie’s colorful, South African, surroundings inspire her textile work, which gives all her pieces a particular character.RosalieDaceWeb

Rosalie’s lecture will speak to the abstract and give insight to difficult questions asked by quilters. She will shed light on questions such as: Why do we take such obsessive pleasure and delight (and a measure of agony) in making our quilts?; What drives us to seek out new directions and techniques?; What are the traditions we work from and why? Her talk will ask listeners to think outside of the box, and reflect on the roots and traditions of quilting, as well as where we go from here.

Rosalie’s luncheon lecture won’t be the only one that asks its listeners to reflect. Bonnie Dwyer will speak at the 12:30pm Thursday, August 18, luncheon lecture on The Roots of Modern Quilting. Bonnie’s professional experience in the textile arts 129community began in the 1980s. However, her sewing experience reaches back much farther than that. She began to sew at the age of nine and grew up surrounded by family members who were prolific at knitting, tatting, crochet, embroidery, clothing construction and, of course, quilt making. She believes that the modern quilt revival of the early 21st century is quilt history in the making.

The Roots of Modern Quilting lecture will showcase Bonnie’s study and findings about the Modern Quilt Guilds and how they reflect the development of modern quilting. This lecture will help its listeners understand what modern quilting is, what it looks like, and who and what it influences.

To register for these lectures or for more information on all World Quilt New England activities, please click here.

PIQF: Quilters Adventure Tour 2016

Generic_BusGroup-2A perennial favorite among Pacific International Quilt Festival show-goers is the annual Quilters Adventure Tour. Plans are now finalized for this always-popular event. Board the bus in front of the Santa Clara Convention Center at 8:30 am on Friday, October 14 and get ready for a day filled with amazing quilts!

The first stop on the adventure will be the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles where Nancy Bavor, the Museum’s Curator of Collections, will lead the Adventurers on a private tour of a special exhibit, The California Art Quilt Revolution: From the Summer of Love to the New Millennium. In the last decades of the 20th century, California quilt makers charted new territory in quilt making, leading the nation in creativity and innovation. During the 1970s and 1980s, California artists were among the first to embrace the quilt medium as their primary means of expression. More traditional quilt makers also expanded horizons, creating original designs based on traditional quilt patterns. This exhibition includes works by pioneers of the art quilt movement such as Jean Ray Laury, Yvonne Porcella, Joan Schulze and Therese May, who pushed the boundaries of what could be called a quilt, and highlights late 20th and 21st century artists working in the quilt medium.

Next, this fun adventure tour will take the highway north to Livermore and the In Between Stitches quilt shop where you will be treated to a lecture by the Material Girlfriends, aka twin sisters Lisa Nort and Lora Zmak. After the lecture, there will be time for lunch on your own and shopping in Old Town Livermore. After shopping and lunch, you will visit Alden Lane Nursery for an outdoor quilt show in their beautiful flower gardens.

Quilting in the Garden – Alden Lane Nursery

The final stop on the tour will be in Fremont for a visit to the studio of well-known quilter Gretchen Crozier. After sewing for more than 40 years, the quilting bug bit Gretchen in 1992. She stumbled into teaching a few years later. Her students encouraged me to enter PIQF in 2000, and she won a first place plus a photo of the quilt ended up on the cover of Quilters Newsletter. Gretchen told PIQF, “Paper piecing, applique, painting, …. I love them all.”

You’ll return to PIQF filled with new ideas and inspiration for future projects! The Quilters Adventure Tour is led by professional tour guide Barbara Lockwood. Included in the tour fee is transportation on a deluxe tour bus and Museum admission. Meals are not included.

The Pacific International Quilt Festival will be held October 13-16, 2016 in the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara/Bay Area, California. Click here for all the details!