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World Quilt Florida Returns to Orlando

Discover the World of Quilting Arts

After an exciting and adventurous year in Central Florida, Mancuso Show Management announces that World Quilt Florida will return to Orlando, January 19-21, 2017. Mancuso Show Management is thrilled to return World Quilt Florida to such an amazing city! The festival will be held in Hall E2, West Concourse of the Orange County Convention Center on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm each day. This unique quilt and textile event offers attendees a trip around the world – no passport needed!

View how the other side of the globe creates their quilts! The show will exhibit the international entries as well as selected United States ribbon winning entries from the 2016 World Quilt Competition. An outstanding nine countries are represented in this beautiful collection including: Australia, Canada, Germany, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.

David Mancuso, President of Mancuso Show Management states, “This is the most comprehensive collection of international quilts displayed in the US.”

photo-jan-07-10-02-33-am-1The quilt show will also include the Florida Quilt Competition, open only to residents of Florida. Like a fine art show, the entries to this competition are an impressive showcase of some of Florida’s most talented quilt and textile artists. The competition entrants will be competing for over $3,500 in prizes. It’s a wonderful opportunity for quilters to experience the diversity and creativity of their fellow enthusiasts. PIctured: Donna Douglass with her Best of Show entry, Flourish on the Vine.

The World Quilt Competition – On Tour, the Florida Quilt Competition and other special exhibitions allow attendees to view over 500 quilts! For those who love anything quilt related, this display of quilt art should not be missed!

The aisles of the World Quilt Merchants Mall will be filled with everything a happy shopper could possible imagine and more:  sewing machines, long arm machines, machine accessories, needles, pins, fabric markers, books, jewelry, thread, more fabric than you’ve ever seen in one place, notions, batting, patterns, stencils, finished ‘art’ clothing and patterns for clothing, shoes, jewelry making supplies, sewing machine carrying bags, scissors, rotary cutters, rotary cutting mats, rulers, magazines, magnification products, yarn and knitting supplies, trims, buttons, beads, stencils and more … much, much more!

In addition, workshops and lectures are available for those quilters looking to learn new techniques and work with some of the most talented and world-renowned quilt instructors. Quilters wanting inspiration with a large dose of entertainment will not want to miss the opportunity to learn from such a fantastic faculty including nationally renowned quilt instructor of the year Mark Lipinski, Netherlands born Marjan Kluepfel, and Florida native Mark Sherman.

Major Annual Sponsor – Brother: Sewing Studio; Major Vendor Sponsors – BERNINA of America: Wandering Stitches, Elna: Sew-Mini Things, Juki & Baby Lock: The Sewing Studio Fabric Superstore; Sponsors –  ABM/Innova, and Handi Quilter; and Special Vendor Sponsor –  Granny’s Legacy Patterns and Hannah’s Quilts generously support World Quilt Florida.

PIQF 2016 Quilt Competition Results

Pacific International Quilt Festival
Santa Clara, California October 15-18, 2016

Celebrating 25 Years!
“Then & Now” Quilt Competition

The Yuko Watanabe BEST OF SHOW Award: #2073 No L by Janet Stone

J. Stone-No L-FULLThe BERNINA 1st Runner-Up Award: #1043 Reborn by Molly-Hamilton-McNally


First Place: #1086 Woven Journey by Claudia Pfeil

1086aSecond Place: #1037 At the Waterhole by Sheila Finzer

1037aThird Place: #1101 Really ‘Wild’ Flowers! Third Season by Sharon L Schlotzhauer1101a

Honorable Mentions (2):
#1095 Dream a Little Dream of Me by Pat Rollie

1095a#1014 High Voltage Birds by Susan Bianchi

1014aBest Sewing Machine Workmanship: #1021 Pink Bird by Judy Coates Perez

1021aBest Longarm Machine Workmanship: #1044 Admit One to the Sands of Time by Virginia Hammon & Coleen Barnhardt1045a

Best Hand Workmanship: # 1049 Proud Peacock by Antonia Hering

1049aBest Use of Color: #1105 Prairie Sunsets by Monika Scola

1105aBest Use of Embellishment: #1102 Skyrockets in Flight Over San Francisco by Linda Schmidt

1102aBest Pictorial Quilt: #1069 Best of the N.W. by Kathy McNeil
Best Interpretation of Theme: #1006 Building Soon by Thom Atkins


First Place: #2050 Barbara’s Circle by Beth Nufer & Clem Buzick

2050aSecond Place: #2071 Illuminations by Margaret Solomon Gunn

2071bThird Place: #2038 A Tisket A Tasket by Carole Lafferty

2038aHonorable Mentions (2):
#2044 The Kind of the Barnyard Meets the Big Apple by Joanne MacNevin

2044a#2033 Baltimore Album by Frankie Hey

2033aBest Sewing Machine Workmanship: #2082 Bouquet Blanc by Michiko Yonemaru

2082aBest Longarm Machine Workmanship: #2002 Elizabeth’s Butterflies by Cory Allender & Danna Bieth


Best Hand Workmanship: #2064 Charming Chintz by Linda Roy

2064aBest Use of Color: #2018 Bubbling Sunrise Inell Dunn and Brandy Rayburn

2018aBest Use of Embellishment: #2007 Cannelle et du Chocolat (Cinnamon & Chocolate) by Eileen Billey

2007aBest Pictorial Quilt: #2019 The Heart of America by Sharon Engel

2019aBest Interpretation of Theme: #2062 Mill Brook Crossing by Patricia Robertson


BEST WALL QUILT: #3003 Yuja by Linda Anderson

3003aSecond Place: #3038 When I’m 64 by Diane J Evans

3038aThird Place: #3108 Orbiting Ovals by Beth Schillig

3108aHonorable Mentions (2):
#3009 Orange You Glad I Got the Blues? by Mel Beach

3008a#3127 Forget Me Not by Gerrie Thompson3127a

Best Sewing Machine Workmanship: #3021 Why Knot? by Tanya Brown

3021aBest Hand Workmanship: #3050 Cosmos by Janeen Herchold

3050aBest Use of Color: #3076 Flourish by Sandra Mollon3077a

Best Interpretation of Theme: #3042 Cachagua Indians by Claudia Gano


Esterita Austin: #1096 My Montana Dreams by Laura Ruiz

1096aBobbie Bergquist: #2006 Island Blossoms by Linda Bergman

2006aEti David: #3018 Autumn’s Last Stand by Rosalinda Brainerd

3018aGloria Loughman: #1038 Not Forgotten by Janet Fogg

1038aMarjan Kluepfel: #3027 Bushwhack by Judy Coates Perez

3027aDixie McBride: #3013 Golden Days by Inger Blood & Katherine Martinelli

3013aJennie Rayment: #2049 October’s Bride by Maria Monson

2049aLaura Wasilowski: #1065 A Windy Day by Yoonjung Lim

#3003 Yuja by Linda Anderson


PIQF 2016 Wearable Art Competition Results

Pacific International Quilt Festival

Celebrating 25 Years!

Santa Clara, California October 15-18, 2015



BEST OF SHOW: #5006 Azulejos by Gilbert Muniz

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BERNINA 1st Runner-Up Best of Show:
#6021 Organica by Harold Thomas

First Place:
#5002 Bouquet In Memoriam (One Yer Later) by Kathy Knapp5002a

Second Place:
#5004 Buttoned and Tied to the Past by Frances Krupka

5004aThird Place:
#5001 Ragtime Diva by Lila Rose Bradshaw

5001aBest Machine Craftmanship:
#5003 Boldly Batik by Eve Kovacs5003aBest Use of Embellishment:
#5005 Noshi Ribbons by Annette Mach

First Place:
#6007 Namaste by Kathy Knapp

6007aSecond Place:
#6003 Multi-pattern Jacket by Judy Dieter

6003aThird Place:
#6014 My Shoulder by Judy Mullen

Honorable Mention:
#6002 Aboriginal Lights by Donna M Brown6002a

Best Machine Craftmanship:
#6015 Rooster in my Roses by Beth North6015aBest Use of Embellishment:
#6017 Tea Time Fantasy Vest and Reticule by Marietta Price

6017aMost Innovative Design:
#6011 Claudetta was Arrested by Patricia A Montgomery

Dierdra McElroy:
#6021 Organica by Harold Thomas

6021aJennie Rayment:
#5006 Azulejos by Gilbert Muniz

#5005 Noshi Ribbons by Annette Mach


Meet Donna Driver – Volunteer for 25 Years at the Pacific International Quilt Festival

The Pacific International Quilt Festival held at the Santa Clara Convention Center October 13-16, 2016, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. As part of the celebration, Mancuso Show Management interviewed local quilter Donna Driver, who has been an invaluable volunteer for PIQF since its first year.

donna-driver-imageEvery year Donna coordinates the many volunteers needed to dress mannequins for the wearable art competition as well as help with the annual fashion show. She may work behind the scenes, but her wonderful support takes center stage at the event. MSM greatly appreciates Donna’s efforts in making every PIQF spectacular. We’ve asked her to think back to those early days of PIQF and tell us how she thinks the event has changed over the years.

How did you and David meet? How did you start volunteering for the fashion show?

When PIQF came to Burlingame (where PIQF was held before moving to Santa Clara) I read about the show in an advertisement. That year I was in charge of our opportunity quilt and getting the tickets sold was my job; I was looking for every opportunity.

I called Mancuso Show Management, spoke with David and inquired if I could have space in the lobby to show our guild’s quilt and sell tickets.

As we talked he said he needed guild members to white glove at the show and could I provide some members? That was easy as our guild is very enthusiastic and always willing to help. This was a big show and something we were not use to so everyone wanted to help.

That was the beginning of our friendship.

What was it like as a volunteer in the beginning and what is it like now?

Since this show was new on the west coast everyone was curious about it. Our guild (Amador Valley Quilt Guild, Pleasanton, CA) was most anxious to help however needed. So assistance was easy. Quilters are still “ready to help”. Several sign up to be scribes, dress the mannequins, model and “press and dress” the models.

David has called on me to find “tall” men to help hang the quilts. My godson Phillip Annas has worked with PIQF for many years and takes vacation time to continue hanging quilts. One year I rounded up the kid across the street. Sometimes I still get the call – “I need someone tall!”

Sometimes I get a call from Mary Claire that they need a scribe or something else “immediately” and that is accomplished by calling on the guilds in the East Bay – Diablo Valley Quilters, Danville and Piecemakers in Fremont plus our Amador Valley Quilt Guild, Pleasanton.

Today things run very smoothly at PIQF, so it has always been easy to get volunteers as we all love the event!

Any memorable moments from working with Mancuso Show Management?

One year long long ago MSM did a quilt show in Palm Springs. My two good friends and I went down to see the show. We came early to help with the fashions. To everyone’s horror none of the paperwork had arrived. This was before the advent of the internet. The paperwork had accidently been sent Fed Ex ground!  Nothing to go by. So with the help of dining room chairs we joined in and climbed up and down and hung the quilts. After all that was done, the paper work arrived.

There was the morning on 9/11 and David had called me at work. I was always at work by 7 am West coast time so it was a good time for us to connect. The towers had fallen earlier. Stuff was happening all around the U.S. All of a sudden during our conversation David started getting calls from teachers who were going to teach. All planes had been grounded and they were calling to say they had no way to get the upcoming show that weekend! Obviously, we hung up. People are resourceful and also very understanding. The show went on and I don’t know how!

My mom modeled one year for the fashion show – the year she was 90 years old. (I will show you her photo when we meet – she still looks amazing). 102 years now.

How has PIQF changed in your eyes in 25 years?

Well, I don’t get the phone calls like I used to the first few years when something came up and they needed it solved here on the west coast.

As we go on with the show, things improve with age just as haa PIQF. Glitches still happen but with their experience they are easily solved. They know where the resources are to fix the issue!

You’ve stepped up to be such a great organizer for PIQF’s fashion show since year one, what does volunteering for PIQF mean to you?

It’s been a joy to work with David (and Peter now retired) over the years. They are like “family” after all this time. Many friendships don’t last 25 years. We often lose contact.

What’s it like to work with the Quilt Diva, Karen Boutte for the fashion show?

Karen has it down “pat.” It improves each time as she gets the designers in line. It is very fast paced backstage but everyone has a wonderful time and volunteers year after year.

I have become friends with Karen over the years and love working with her and having her for a friend. She does a fantastic job.

What do you do when you are not volunteering for PIQF?

I retired about 13 years ago from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory after 16 years. I was a stay at home mom while our children were growing up, so entered the workforce later in life.

I work with our community quilts outreach and I am also active in our church.

My husband just stripped my sewing room, floors, walls, etc. New floors, shelves, counters plus a new sewing machine. Plus way too much fabric! So since I have a new sewing room I am sewing again!

Mid-Century Mod Competition Winners

Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs
October 6-8, 2016

“Mid-Century Mod”
National Modern Quilt Competition

“It has been an honor to help launch the Mid-Century Modern Quilt Exhibition. The quilts are diverse, yet reflect the style, the energy and the spirit of the era! Congratulations to all who participated. The standard of entries was very high and we would have loved to have had more ribbons to reflect the quality of the submissions. Congratulations to all. You are all winners in our eyes.”
~ The Judging Team

Best Mid-Century Mod 

#4039 As The World Turns by Patricia Guthrie

Second Place
#4017 Tempo by Susan Buckingham

Third Place
#4097 Entanglement by Claire Victor

Honorable Mention
#4088 Confetti by Jen Sorenson
& Members of the Simply Solids Bee

Best Sewing Machine Workmanship
#4068 Dandelion Dream by Sharon H Pedersen

Best Longarm Machine Workmanship
#4029 Spin by Diane Dixon

Best Hand Workmanship
#4002 Toalla de Playa by Suzanne Appelman

Best Use of Color
#4087 The Color of Squares by Juli Irene Smith

Best Use of Negative Space
#4100 Building Blocks by Lynda Wallace

Best Interpretation of Mid-Century Theme 
#4072 At the Cabin by Jodi Robinson

Judge’s Choice Ribbons
Gloria Loughman
#4026 Branching Out by Mary Kay Davis

Ashley Nickels
#4085 Tranquility by Kristin Shields

Bobbie Bergquist
#4071 Atomic by Jodi Robinson


Spectacular Designers at the Pacific International Quilt Festival’s 25th Anniversary Fashion Show

The Pacific International Quilt Festival held at the Santa Clara Convention Center October 13-16, 2016 presents a special 25th anniversary showcase on Friday, October 14 at 7:00 pm, “Fashion Flair 2016.” Over the 25 years there has been a tremendous amount of talent in wearable arts featured on the runway.  This year, is no different, talented designers, Viktorya  Allen and Rami Kim present their unique and amazing garments on the runway. The show is for everyone who enjoys fun, flair and fashionable wearable art.

Viktorya Allen has been practicing her art since the 1970’s. She is a painter and wearable artist, with a background in quilt making since vaportrait-gthompsonphotographythe 1980’s. A decade later to further her education in art, Viktorya earned a degree from the University of California – Davis in Studio Arts.

Watershed events in her career have included curating and moderating a fashion show for the International Federation of University Women at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. In addition, she was the founding President of the Network for Wearable Art. She traveled to South Africa with a fashion show from that organization, subsequently presenting it in Durban, South Africa, as part of the Stars for Africa Quilt Show. Years later, Viktorya was  one of two partners in an online web design and digital media agency until her retirement in 2014, giving her the technology tools to start a Wearable Art Facebook Group, now with 2000+ members.

Viktorya Allen divides her time between Baja California, Mexico, and Northern California USA.

Rami Kim is a DNA scientist-turned fabric artist/quilter/instructor known nationally and internationally. She is a 19-time Best of Show winner, distinguished for her innovative art-to-wear.

Her passion is in contemporary art-to-wear, quilts, cloth dolls and home-page-picbags with special interest in 3-dimensional textures.In addition, she is known for her own distinctive colors and techniques. Her first book, Folded Fabric Elegance is about her 3-D texturing techniques and projects. Her second book, Quilted Elegance, focuses on reversible wearable arts, bags and two-sided quilts. The third book, Elegant Cotton, Wool, Silk Quilts was published in autumn 2012.

She graduated from Seoul National University majoring in Chemistry and the University of California – San Francisco (UCSF) majoring in endocrinology and worked at the Cancer Research Institute at UCSF before her passion and talent in fabric art drastically changed this biochemist’s career years ago.  She says she’d rather spend even more time with beautiful fabrics and threads and beads than with DNA sequencing gels and radioactive isotopes of cold, gray science.

Rachel D.K Clark, a contemporary folk artist, teacher and lecturer will be moderate the fashion challenge to be presented at the fashion show.  Rachel comes from a long line of sewers, beginning with her great-grandmother. She has been a wearable artist for over 30 years and has taught on the national circuit for more than 20 years. Rachel’s work includes eclectic fabric mixes, vibrant designs, and a keen sense of wit.

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The “Quilt Diva,” Karen Boutte

PIQF’s 25th Anniversary fashions show, Fashion Flair 2016 has been coordinated by Karen Boutte, “The Quilt Diva”.  Karen is a nationally known instructor, lecturer, author and designer. She started sewing as a child and quilting intrigued her since she saw a Cathedral Window quilt made by her Great Aunt Nora in 1989. She decided to become a full-time quilt instructor and began teaching at shops, guilds and quilting events. “There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a student having fun discovering their creativity with fabric and thread,” Karen stated. Karen will moderate the fashion show.

Pacific International Quilt Festival is generously sponsored by Founding Sponsor BERNINA: California Sew & Vacuum, Major Annual Sponsor Brother: Meissner Sewing, Major Sponsors Gammill: Meissner Sewing, 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.

View and/or print the complete brochure from our website, www.quiltfest.com or to receive a brochure in the mail, email mancuso@quiltfest.com or write to PIQF – Dept P, PO Box 667, New Hope, PA 18938