For those interested in exploring the Merchants Mall and viewing a beautiful display of over 400 quilts, wearable, and textile works, general admission is $13. This includes re-admittance and can be purchased on-site during show hours (Sunday only admission is $11). Accompanied children under the age of 16 are admitted for free. Interested in group rates? Discounts for groups of 20 or more can be arranged (call 215-862-5828 for more details). The show opens its doors promptly at 10 am and will close at 5 pm. On Sunday the show will close an hour earlier at 4 pm.
Anyone wanting to take a workshop or get a quilt appraised can do so at the festival’s registration desk. A registration fee of $20, that includes show admission, is required to sign up for any workshop. There are 10 instructors teaching 14 different workshops so you are sure to find a class you’ll like!
Be sure to bring a friend or two and enjoy a weekend at the Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey!
Talented Israeli Instructor and Quilter
to Travel to Manchester for Global Event
For the 16th annual World Quilt New England (WQNE) taking place at the Center of New Hampshire, attendees are anticipating so much more than fabric and thread. During the quilt festival, held from Thursday, August 16 to Saturday, August 18, eager students have the opportunity to further their quilting education. Individuals can sign up for workshops and be taught by a lineup of 12 wonderful instructors. This year World Quilt New England has the honor of hosting international instructor Eti David, a native of Ramat Hasharon, Israel.
Arriving with her quilts and fabric, she brings an entirely different perspective on the art of quilting. Not only can she impart her skill set and quilting knowledge, she will also offer a cultural lens to her students. This is the reason why World Quit New England, home to international quilts, is the perfect festival to have her participate in.
Since her beginnings in patchwork and quilting 40 years ago, Eti’s completely immersed herself into the quilting world. In 2005, she attended QSDS (Quilt Surface Design Symposium) one of the most comprehensive art conferences in the world. Here she learned more about fusing and was able to perfect her techniques. This trip would later change her attitude towards art quilts and help shape her current teaching methods.
Eti’s outlook on quilting continues to be inspired by daily life, particularly from the work of painters in her country, and from the simplicity and beauty of the nature around her. She uses commercial fabrics as well as her own hand dyed fabrics to create her quilt masterpieces. Her choices in fabrics helped her win the Hilary Morrow Fletcher Award, “Persistence Pays.” In this particular work titled “Orange Towers,” she practiced using only one fabric for the entire quilt.
Throughout the years she has partaken in numerous group and solo quilt exhibits in Israel, Europe, and the United States. Eti’s unique approach to quilting and her diverse cultural background is sure to present a new way of viewing the craft of quilting.
Eti will be teaching three full-day workshops each day from 9 am to 4 pm at WQNE. The first titled “One Line Variation” will take place on Thursday and will explore the main principles of composition and how complete composition can be attained by the use of lines. In her second workshop “Mikado,” students will be creating a quilt that represents the Japanese tradition of sleeping on the floor by playing with lines, rhythm, and flow. This class will take place on Friday and her last class, “Waves”,will be on Saturday. In this workshop, Eti will show students how to create an interesting and complex flow of waves in their quilt by utilizing an array of colors and shapes.
As well as an instructor for World Quilt New England, Eti is the official Israeli world quilt coordinator for the World Quilt Competition. From the Manchester venue, select U.S. winners and all international entries, including the ones coordinated by Eti David, will travel across the country to three other Mancuso Show Management quilt festivals in PA, CA, and FL. Eti David will also be the third panelist for the World Quilt Panel & Forum Ice Cream Social Friday at 4:30 pm.
Outstanding Faculty to Present Over Twenty Workshops During Quilt Festival
With the return of World Quilt New England (WQNE)to the Center of New Hampshire, comes new artistry, quilts, and instructors. Celebrating its 16th year in Manchester, Mancuso Show Management’s remarkable quilt festival is scheduled for this summer, Thursday, August 16 through Saturday, August 18. The show offers incredible workshops taught by some of the most extraordinary teachers in the industry.
Mancuso Show Management prides itself on providing instructors who can communicate to students the most innovative ideas, techniques, and methods in the quilting world. The aim, to have a collective faculty of talented, fresh innovators, has resonated positively among registrants. This year is no different.
For the summer of 2018, World Quilt New England is presenting an outstanding group of twelve men and women who will present over twenty different workshops and lectures. Some instructors travel the globe to be here with us, some a few states, and others a few towns over. All, however, bring to the table their own unique style and approach to quilting. If interested in participating in any of the available workshops, don’t wait to sign up! Click here to register. Here’s a peak of at the workshops available:
For those attending who live in the New England area, there are several instructors who live and teach in New Hampshire and Maine. If you haven’t been able to take a class with them yet, be sure to sign up! Nowhere else will you be able to get all these instructors in one place, at one time again!
Another native of New Hampshire isBobbie Bergquist who will be a judge for the competition in addition to instructing a half-day class on Thursday. The workshop, new for 2018, is titled How to Make a 2-Sided Quilt with Quilt As You Go. Learn Bobbie’s simple Quilt As You Go technique where you will learn how to create 2 sided blocks and join them together.
Fiber enthusiast Cyndi Catt is the last local from New Hampshire, who will be bringing the art of needle felting to the workshops! Anyone looking to learn the basics of needle felting and bring home a cute project of your choice (gnomes, sheep, trees, foxes, owls etc.) then this is the class for you!
Try something new and work on a longarm machine! One of our very talented longarm teachers for this year is Margaret Solomon Gunn. Her Thursday morning class, Dense & Danty Freehand Fills, introduces students to several creative background fills! Join Margaret in the afternoon for her Templates I workshop. This class is perfect for newer longarm users who are interested in learning template techniques and tips. The longarm workshop on Friday morning, Fearless Feathers, is for quilters who want to incorporate feathers into their quilting! By the end of her three half-day classes on Thursday and Friday, you will be a pro at using a Longarm machine. For those more interested in a design workshop, Margaret will also be offering her Creating a Masterpiece half-day workshop on Friday afternoon. During this class, she will be discussing the characteristics of quilts and what makes them true masterpieces! Students will then utilize Margaret’s suggestions and guidelines to create a quilting design for a top.
Or learn the basics of the longarm machines in Judy Engime’s Friday afternoon half day workshop Let’s Get Started – Free Motion Focus or experiment with alternative textiles on the machines in her Saturday morning half day class Let’s Try Something Different! Let’s all be sure to take these Longarm workshops!
A judge, lecturer, and instructor, Esterita Austin is sure to be a presence at this summer’s festival. An internationally award-winning quilt maker and designer, she is well known for her portraiture and stone series as well as her mono printing techniques. Esterita will have three full-day workshops each day suited for all skill levels. HerLuminous Painted Illusions on Thursday and Iridescent Painted Irises on Saturday will both teach students an original technique that uses fusible web to transfer painted imagery to Organza using textile paints. Esterita’s Friday class Animal Portraits will be creating a fabric portrait with an emphasis on color and value. Her lecture, Inspirational Journeys, on Thursday at 4:30 pm will discuss the idea that we can find inspiration for art in the most unlikely places.
Barbara Dann, an instructor who enjoys teaching techniques that make piecing easier, faster, and more accurate, will be presenting three full-day workshops. Her Thursday class Galaxy will have students making a quilt with the alternating block design. Then on Friday, she will be teaching how to make a quilt that uses corner beam blocks that give your masterpiece an alternating diamond illusion in Diamonds in the Sky. Her final class on Saturday, titled Love Links, involves learning how to make flying geese using the Wing Clipper tool. Barbara is also a panelist on Friday’s World Quilt Panel & Forum Ice Cream Social at 4:30 pm.
Lecturer, panelist, judge, and instructor Laura Wasilowski will present three classes. In Thursday’s full-day class, Another Nut House, students will learn fusing techniques, how to add hand embroidery, and finally how to bind an art quilt. Then, in the full day Friday class, Improvisational Hand Embroidery on Wool, learn to create a hand embroidered vignette on wool. Her Saturday half-day workshop, titled Tiny Homes, explores the techniques of fusing while creating a little house quilt. If you don’t have time to take Laura’s class, see her at Friday’s 4:30 pm World Quilt Panel & Forum Ice Cream Social. She will be discussing the quilting world and the direction of the industry with two other panelists. Then catch her luncheon lecture, about quilt making in a series, on Saturday at 12:30 pm.
The official quilt appraiser for the show and an instructor on our faculty this year is Joyce Fischer from New York state. Her Friday half day workshop titled Invisible Machine Applique will teach an invisible machine applique technique where students will learn to prepare applique shapes and background fabric, how to apply prepared shapes, and finally how the technique will give a look of hand applique when applied. Come learn these new skills to make a masterpiece all your own!
Don’t be intimidated by Michele Galloway’sScared Silly!workshop. The class which is for all skill levels will have you combining color and embroidery with the Crayola Color Tinting technique. Done with hand embroidery, students will leave this Saturday half-day workshop with a fall themed wall quilt.
Looking to learn the tricks that make machine quilting easier? Erin Underwood has all the answers for you in her Saturday full day workshopFree Motion Machine Quilting. Students will practice border patterns, sashing ideas, and fillers for all that empty white space. You won’t want to miss out on this class!
The international instructor on this year’s faculty is Eti David, from Israel. With 40 years of quilting experience, Eti will be teaching three full-day workshops. She will also be on the panel for the World Quilt Panel & Forum Ice Cream Social on Friday at 4:30 pm. Her Thursday class, One Line Variation, will examine the principles of composition with an emphasis on lines. Mikado, her Friday class will work with lines, rhythm, and flow while creating a quilt that represents the Japanese tradition of sleeping on the floor. Her last workshop on Saturday, Waves, teaches students how to create a flow of waves by combining curvy lines while using various colors and shapes.
This incredible lineup will have you leaving World Quilt New Englandwith a new method or technique that will be helpful when working toward your next quilting project. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn from the best!
NEW VENUE / NEW DATES
The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey Takes Center Stage at the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center Edison, New Jersey ~ April 26-29, 2018
Mancuso Show Management is excited to announce thatThe Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jerseyis moving to a wonderful new venue with late April show dates. The New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center in Edison, NJ is the new host venue for this always popular event to be held April 26-29, 2018. Serving New Jersey, Pennsylvania, the New York metropolitan and southern New England areas, this remarkable event provides the stage for a unique collection of quilt, wearable and textile art, along with a fabulous Merchants Mall featuring merchandise for all your quilt making and sewing needs! Also available on the Quilt & Sewing Fest agenda are inspiring workshops. Join us for another year of amazing quilting, wonderful shopping and exceptional learning!
The Quilt Fest of New Jersey features fifteen special exhibits plus the entries to the juried and judged Tri-State Quilt Competition showcasing an array of quilts created by residents of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. These talented regional quilt artists will display a superb collection of artwork while competing for prizes. In addition, visitors to the Quilt Fest will not want to miss the special exhibit starring the beautiful award-winning quilts of the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival XXIX. Enjoy the beauty created by some of your fellow quilt artists; you’ll leave inspired to create your own masterpiece.
A wide range of workshops and lectures for beginners as well as for the more advanced quilt artist will be offered throughout the festival. Any quilt or textile art enthusiast who is interested in learning new techniques can learn from an exceptional faculty including Sarah Bond, Joyce Hughes, Jessica Skultety, David Sirota, Bobbie Bergquist, Debora Konchinsky, Lisa White Reber, Erin Underwood and longarm instructors Lisa Calle and Judy Engime. In addition, Certified Appraiser Phyllis Twigg Hatcher will be on-site to provide appraisals of traditional, modern and non-traditional quilts as well as woven coverlets.
Major Annual Sponsor Brother/Sew Jersey, and Sponsors Baby Lock-Elna-Handi Quilter/Pocono Sew & Vac, BERNINA-Innova/Olde City Quilts, Gammill/Threads Run Thru It and Janome/American Sew & Vac, generously sponsor The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey.
As we approach the 16th year of World Quilt New England (WQNE) this August, Mancuso Show Management is reflecting on the many years hosted at Manchester’s Center of New Hampshire. World Quilt New England, which was originally named World Quilt Show: On Tour, has morphed and changed drastically in the 16 years since first opening in the city of Manchester.
Before settling in Manchester in 2003, the international event began on the West Coast in Pasadena, California in 1997. Known then as the World Quilt Show: On Tour, the exhibit traveled across the country for the next five years. The international quilts were displayed in Lansing, MI, Winston-Salem, NC, Greensboro, NC, Grand Rapids, MI, and Columbus, OH, until finding its final home in New Hampshire.
In 2003, the festival’s name was officially changed to World Quilt New England and exclusively premiered at the Center of New Hampshire by 2006. To this day, WQNE has returned year after year to Manchester where it continues to be the perfect location for this spectacular event.
Throughout the years we have developed ideas and improved activities to remain a progressive influence in the show industry. For Mancuso Show Management 2010 was a pinnacle summer for the direction of World Quilt New England. It was at this festival that we redesigned our activities and overall look of the event to further engage and entertain attendees.
That year, WQNE added an Ice Cream Social to the long-standing World Quilt Panel & Forum, making the experience not only educational but fun! The new Special Luncheon Presentation gave registrants the opportunity to interact with instructors in a more intimate setting than in the classroom. This activity continues to be a favorite among attendees, who learn more about the instructors while enjoying a delicious meal.
This was also the year World Quilt New England introduced the all-inclusive show & hotel package. By making this available, Mancuso Show Management transformed this event into not just a quilt festival, but a wonderful vacation getaway for many quilt enthusiasts. It’s the ultimate place to purchase fabric, patterns, sewing machines, batting, needles, thread etc., or to simply learn a new quilting skill or technique.
To this day the most excitement originates from the acclaimed World Quilt Competition now in its 22nd year. With entries coming in from across the globe it is easy to get excited about this spectacular global event! Being the largest international quilt competition to date, it really is at the center of it all for quilt, wearable, and textile art.
The response from the public has been a positive one, with people traveling near and far to catch a glance of the World Quilt Competition. While a trip around the world would take months, WQNE brings quilts from across the globe to people’s doorstep. Making its initial appearance at the Manchester venue where the entries are juried and a “Best of World” winner selected, attendees are the first in the U.S. to view the new display of world quilts.
Over the years World Quilt New England has provided it attendees with hundreds of different exhibitors and showcased the largest display of international quilts in one facility. In the last 22 years, the World Quilt Competition has had 15 countries participate in the competition. These countries include Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States.
What really ties this entire show together is the international quilt competition. The number of years the World Quilt Competition has been touring speaks volumes. It all comes back to the quilts and the creative inspiration each provokes. Behind every piece of art is a story. No matter where the quilt comes from or what culture it represents, people are able to look beyond the diverse artistry and appreciate the cohesive collection created by talented quilters.
World Quilt New England Returns to Manchester with Spectacular Global Event: Mancuso Show Management Presents the World Quilt Competition XXII
Mancuso Show Management is proud to announce World Quilt New England (WQNE)will be returning for its 16th year in Manchester, NH. Held at the Center of New Hampshire, this show continues to be at the center of it all for quilt, wearable and textile arts. The three-day quilt festival, taking place on Thursday, August 16 through Saturday, August 18 opens its doors each day at 10 am and closes at 5 pm. This unique festival allows quilt and sewing enthusiasts to appreciate the amazing artistry of textile artists from around the globe, providing a source of inspiration and a means to express new ideas.
Come behold beautifully crafted quilts, with the main attraction being entries to the 22nd World Quilt Competition. Making its debut at the Manchester venue, the entries will be judged and the highly sought after “Best of World” title will be awarded. Attendees will have the opportunity to be the first in the U.S. to view the new display of 2018 World Quilts.
The World Quilt Competition, which includes select U.S. winners and all international entries, will then travel across the United States to Mancuso Show Management’s shows in Pennsylvania, California, and Florida. At World Quilt New England, there will be over 400 quilts from 10 countries, making this show one of the most exciting on the east coast.
Discover the fun and enlightening activities, lectures, and workshops offered, including a special luncheon presentationhosted by Laura Wasilowski. Titled “Where did I go wrong? Confessions of a serial quilter”, hear her interpretation of quilt making in a series while enjoying a delicious meal. Back for another year is the World Quilt Panel & Forum Ice Cream Social. Dive into the quilt conversation with fellow quilters, after a moderated led discussion by World Quilt instructors. While at the festival you are sure to find activities, you’ll want to take part in!
After immersing yourself in the culture and creative minds of others, pick up some supplies for your next project! This year’s festival has anything you’d ever need. Our exceptional Merchants Mall includes rows of exhibitors from across the country, providing booths full of fabric, thread, thimbles, patterns, sewing machines, etc. In the weeks leading up to World Quilt New England, be sure to visit our website for the full list of vendors participating in the quilt festival!
Now that you have the supplies, come learn a new skill or two! We are sure to have the perfect class for you. The lineup of talented instructors makes for an incredible faculty who will present techniques and methods that you can effectively use in upcoming quilting projects. Classes of all skill level are provided, ranging from novice registrants to the most experienced quilter.
Teachers for WQNE will include: Eti David (Israel), Esterita Austin (NY), Barbara Dann (PA), Laura Wasilowski (IL), David Sirota (NH), Bobbie Bergquist (NH), Cyndi Catt (NH), Joyce Fischer (NY), Michelle Galloway (PA), Erin Underwood (MD), and Longarm Instructors Judy Engime (NJ) and Margaret Solomon Gunn (ME). Joyce is also the show’s official certified quilt appraiser, who will be offeringappraisals, by appointment all days of the event.
Don’t miss out on our all-inclusive show and hotel package! It continues to be a favorite among quilt show registrants because of its easy and cost-effective way to enjoy all World Quilt New England has to offer.