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“Mid-Century Mod” National Modern Quilt Competition Sees Overwhelming Response

Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs is excited to announce the first ever National Modern Quilt Competition, “Mid-Century Mod” to be judged and juried at the event, held at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, CA, Thursday, October 6 through Saturday, October 8. The entries will then travel to be displayed at the Pacific International Quilt Festival, held at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Thursday, October 13 to Sunday, October 16.

The call for entries for the National Modern Quilt Competition received a staggering  response with over 100 accepted quilts in the competition. Quilt artists from coast to coast have submitted their modern quilts for judging at Quiltfest Oasis in seven categories.

Palm Springs, CA, well known for mid-century modern design and architecture, provides the perfect backdrop for this incredible competition. Quilt entrants, who are competing for over $6,000 in prizes, were asked to describe how and  where they drew inspiration for their Mid-Century Mod quilt.

Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs is generously sponsored by Major Annual Sponsor Brother, and sponsors Ralph’s Sewing & Vacuum: Bernina, Handi Quilter, ABM/Innova, Monica’s Quilt & Bead Creation.

Pacific International Quilt Festival is generously sponsored Founding Sponsor BERNINA: California Sew & Vacuum, Major Annual Sponsor Brother: Meissner Sewing & Vacuum Centers, Major Sponsors Gammill: Meissner Sewing & Vacuum Centers, Baby Lock: Eddie’s Quilting Bee, Janome: Ray’s Sewing Machine Center, Handi Quilter, ABM/Innova, Nolting Longarm Quilting Machines, Quilter’s Slidelock, SewBatik and Intelliquilter.

Pre-registration and other information for Quiltfest Oasis and Pacific International Quilt Festival is available on Quiltfest.com. View and/or print the event brochures from the website.

World Renowned Instructors Join the Faculty of QuiltFest Oasis Palm Springs October 6-8, 2016

Quiltfest Oasis prides itself on bringing talented and inspiring instructors to present workshops in Palm Springs. Creativity and expertise are always abundantly available from the wonderful teachers. This year’s QuiltFest Oasis Palm Springs at the Palm Springs Convention Center, October 6-8, has a spectacular faculty who will be offering a wide variety of workshops for beginner to advanced quilters and textile artists. Included for 2016 are well-known instructors and internationally admired quilters Joe Cunningham, Libs Elliott, Gloria Loughman and Ashley Nickels.

Gloria Loughman, from Australia, lives by the sea, on the beautiful Bellarine 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 gloria-loughmanAustralian 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.

Gloria Loughman will teach one full day workshop Light Up Your Landscape and present one Luncheon/Lecture Share the Journey.

If you visit instructor Libs Elliott’s website, you will see the words TECHNOLOGY and TRADITION. Based in Toronto, Canada, Libs is a textile designer who combines technology with quilting. Using a program language called Processing allows her to create random compositions from simple geometric and traditional quilt block libselliott_elizabethelliott_headshotshapes. The Processing project began as collaboration with designer and technologist, Joshua Davis. Libs states on her website, ” My 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.” Libs studied Material Art & Design at OCAD University. Her commissions include work for individuals and corporate clients such as Playground Inc. In addition, Libs teaches internationally. Her first fabric collection, True Love, was just released this year.

Libs Elliott will teach three full day workshops Dynamic Stripes (Wednesday and repeat Thursday) and Embrace the Chaos as well as present a lecture Quilting with Code: The Quilts of Libs Elliott

Joe Cunningham, from San Francisco, California began making quilts professionally in 1979, after a ten-year career as a musician in Michigan. His early mentors were steeped in the history and traditions of quilts, leading Cunningham to a life of study in quilt history and a love of traditional technique. Over psa1the years, his quilts have evolved into a unique, personal style. His quilts are in the permanent collections of museums, as well as in numerous private collections. Cunningham has authored 11 books on quilts include the 2010 book “Men and the Art of Quiltmaking,” (the first book on the subject). His column for the national magazine The Quilt Life is called “Biased and Edgy.” He has appeared on numerous television programs including the PBS series “Craft in America,” the HGTV series “Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson.” He gives talks about quilts and teaches workshops nationwide.

Joe Cunningham will teach two full day workshops Rock the Block (Wednesday and repeat Thursday) and present one Luncheon/ Lecture Share My Life in Quilts.

Ashley Nickels is a quilter, teacher, and writer based in San Francisco, California. She was greatly influenced by quilters in her family; she made her first nine-patch at eight years old and designed her own handbags in high school. Ashley, a former English and Spanish literature and language teacher, taught in both the United ashley_nickelsState and in Spain. Currently she is a full time member of the creative community. She teaches sewing and quilting classes across the country, writes, and owns, Alphabet Summer. According to an interview with Dear Handmade Life, she draws inspiration for her projects often from nature, “I truly do find inspiration in the world. Even if it’s not a tangible idea that’s formed, whenever I go on a hike or travel, my brain always starts to fire on more cylinders.”

Ashley Nickels will teach one full day workshop Basic Machine Quilting for Modern Quilters: Using the Home Sewing Machine to Add a Modern Twist! and present one Luncheon/Lecture New Aesthetic, Same Quilt! A Look at the Evolution of the “Modern” Quilt.

Major Annual Sponsor Brother, and sponsors Ralph’s Sewing & Vacuum: Bernina, Handi Quilter, ABM/Innova, Monica’s Quilt & Bead Creation generously support QuiltFest Oasis Palm Springs.

Pre-registration and other information is available on quiltfest.com. View and/or print the event brochure from the website.

PNQE Winners

Please enjoy the amazing winning quilts in the Evolving! quilt competition at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XXIII. There’s still time to see these wonderful works of textile art in person at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. The Extravaganza is open today and tomorrow (Friday & Saturday, September 16-17) from 10 am to 6 pm and on Sunday, September 18 between 10 am and 4 pm.

#2010 Chasin’ Rainbows by Teri L Cherne

BERNINA 1st Runner-Up Best of Show:
#1007 Hungry Hunter by Anna Faustino

First Place:
#1003 Emma in the Looking Glass by Lenore Crawford
Second Place:
#1004 Sunset Trees by Sandy Curran
Third Place:
#1024 The Couple by Eve Vallorani   


Honorable Mention:
#1002 Weeds by Nancy Breland

Best Hand Workmanship:
#1006 Lady of the House by Connie Harris Farrington

Best Sewing Machine Workmanship:
#1026 Geisha in the Snow by Jennifer Wheatley
Best Longarm Machine Workmanship:
#1005 Pueblos by Marcia DeCamp

Best Use of Color:
#1015 Gaudi at the Gates of Heaven by Amy A Peterson

Best Use of Embellishment:
#1018 Lost in the Woods by Susan H Schweikhart

Best Interpretation of Theme:
#1020 Spiral Galaxy Number 3 by Betty Jo Tatum

First Place:
#2011 Now I Know My ABC’s by Marie Anne Coadic

Second Place:
#2036 Cultivate Creative Wonder by Terri VandenBosch
Third Place:
#2023 Love in Bloom by Nancy L Losee

Honorable Mention
#2002 Party Games by Marcia Andrews
Best Hand Workmanship:
#2029 Cairo Nights, Cairo Lights by Sarah Pierson
Best Sewing Machine Workmanship:
#2032 Iced Ginger Snap Latte by Nancy Simmons
Best Longarm Machine Workmanship:
#2018 Mariner’s Compass by Valeria J Hill & Lew Kinter

Best Use of Color:
#2014 Spring has Come by Lynne Do

Best Use of Embellishment:
#2034 Bountiful by Jo Timko

Best Interpretation of Theme:
#2037 Razzmatazz by Becky Weiland

First Place:
#4009 Tiki Dilemma by Jodi Robinson

Second Place:
#4008 Ribbon Dance by Rosemarie Palmer-Sungail
Third Place:
#4001 Improv Insanity by Janet Bergman
Honorable Mention:
#4004 Dottie’s Lament by Sue Bower
Best Use of Color:
#4007 Ashes to Ashes by Teri O’Meara
Best Use of Negative Space:
#4011 Modern Mojo Three by Linda M Thielfoldt
Best Interpretation of Mid-Century Theme:
#4010 Home by Jessica Skultety

#3003 Waratah by Melinda Bula3003a
Second Place:
#3019 Late Bloomers by Eileen Mannion
Third Place:
#3007 Alegria by Anna Faustino
Honorable Mention:
#3029 The Birds on Hoffman Avenue by Sheila Riess
Best Mid-Century Mod Wall Quilt:
#3038 Dream House by Janneke Van der Ree
Best Hand Workmanship:
#3033 ‘Wild’ Flower Fiesta by Sharon L Schlotzhauer
Best Sewing Machine Workmanship:
#3031 Annabelle’s Wedding Feast by Kathleen Rountree
Best Use of Color:
#3006 Blue-Throated Barbet by Deb Crine
Best Interpretation of Theme:
#3014 Becket Mountain Trilliums by Terry Kramzar

Bobbie Bergquist:
#2003 Surprisingly Red by Becolourful by Margaret B Applegate & Jeanne Thompson
Karen Boutte:
#1011 Randy the Rhino by Nanette Konstant
Pepper Cory:
#4005 Airplane Quilt by Kimberly DiJoseph
 Robbi Joy Eklow:
#1025 Wild Roses on a Eclectic Field by Eve Vallorani

#2031 Friends of Baltimore by Dorothy E Shaddinger

It’s Happening this Week … PNQE!

pnqe1pnqe-2016You are invited to celebrate the world of quilting as the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza returns to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA, September 15-18, 2016. This popular event is the largest and most comprehensive quilt festival in a state that is known for its rich history of quilting. PNQE will be dishing up all the ingredients needed for a successful quilt show including a unique and beautiful display of over 600 quilts and works of textile and wearable art from across the globe. Plus, as past visitors know, the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza features an amazing Merchants Mall filled to the brim with vendor booths, offering everything quilters and needlecrafters need to quench their creative thirsts. The Extravaganza is the largest and most comprehensive quilt festival in a state that is known for its rich history of quilting.

The Merchants Mall and Quilt Show daily hours are:
Thursday, September 15   10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Friday, September 16         10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday, September 17    10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday, September 18       10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Learn More about the Show Here

pnqe3pnqe2pnqe4pnqe5pnqe6pnqe7Karen D. Boutte – California
Pepper Cory – North Carolina
Robbi Joy Eklow – Illinois
Pat Harrison – Rhode Island
RaNae Merrill – New York
David Sirota – New Hampshire
Bobbie Bergquist – New Hampshire
Phyllis Twigg Hatcher – Maryland
Caroline Hershey – Virginia
Debora Konchinsky – Pennsylvania
Renelda Peldunas Harter, Carolyn Perry Goins & Cindy Simms – Virginia
Lisa White Reber – Pennsylvania
Lisa Steele – Virginia
Janneke Van der Ree – New Jersey


Inaugural SewBatik Fashion Challenge On the Runway on Saturday, September 17th

It’s fashion history in the making! SewBatik, show exhibitor and sponsor has partnered with Mancuso Show Management to produce  the first ever Challenge Fashion Show at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza on Saturday, September 17th at 2pm during the quilt show. The Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza will held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA, Thursday, September 15 – Sunday, September 18, 2016. Find out who was up to the wearable art task at the Sew Batik Challenge Fashion Show on Saturday!

paisleyThe fashion show will feature garments submitted by challenge entrants nationwide. The challenge fabric, a magnificent paisley batik, has inspired home sewers and wearable artists to create unique and beautiful wearable art pieces. Two prizes will be awarded at this fashion event; Diva’s Choice, a $300 prize chosen by Challenge Fashion Show Moderator/Judge Karen Boutte, and People’s Choice, $200 prize chosen by the fashion show audience. Also Karen will discuss the process of a challenge, for those interested in participating in the future.  From day to day wear to runway style, this show will be fabulous and fun!


Not only is SewBatik a vendor at Mancuso Show Management events, they are a supportive sponsor as well. Based in Mayville, North Dakota, SewBatik cofounders Diane and Bruce Magidson are usually found on the road, exhibiting at over 30 shows per year. In 2004, Diane and Bruce’s passion for designing beautiful batik and hand dyed fabrics led them to the creation of SewBatik. All of their fabrics are produced in Indonesia where the art of batik was born. SewBatik offers the largest selection of coordinating fabrics in the industry.  Be sure to visit SewBatik’s booth following the fashion show to see everything that they have to offer in batiks. For more information on SewBatik, visit http://www.sewbatik.com.

Great news! There is no additional charge for the SewBatik Challenge Fashion Show. Quilt Show admission includes admission to all three fashion shows throughout the event. Fashion show seats are available on a first come, first served basis. For more information on the SewBatik Challenge Fashion Show, visit https://www.quiltfest.com/upcoming-shows-and-events/pennsylvania-national-quilt-extravaganza/additional-information-2/pnqe-goes-fashion/

Major sponsors Brother/Byrne Sewing Connection, BERNINA/Steve’s Sewing, Vacuum & Quilting, Baby Lock/Hayes Sewing Machine Company, Janome – Elna/Pocono Sew & Vac; Silver sponsors ABM International Innova and Handi Quilter; and Special Vendor Sponsors French Connections and SewBatik generously support the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.