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Instructor to Teach “Mystical” Longarm Quilting Series

Innova longarm teacher Jamie Wallen to share quilting knowledge
at Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza

Joining the faculty for the 25th annual Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza (PNQE), September 13 through 16, is Innova longarm instructor Jamie Wallen. Teaching three days, Jamie will be introducing his internationally known Mystical Quilting series at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.

Innova longarm instructor Jamie Wallen.
Innova longarm instructor Jamie Wallen.

For the last two decades, instructor Jamie Wallen has worked to develop his unique quilting style after purchasing his first longarm machine back in the 90s. Ever since, Jamie’s passion for sharing and teaching his technique with others has grown immensely.

In Jamie’s workshops, students have the opportunity to work on Innova longarm machines provided by PNQE sponsor The Longarm Network. For four hours registrants will learn how to properly use a longarm machine while creating a fun project! All six of his classes are designed for beginners and intermediate skill levels.

Students will be learn how to make this in Jamie Wallen's Thursday afternoon workshop Mystical Florals Leaves and Vines from 1 to 5 pm (4 hour class).
Students will learn how to make this design in Jamie Wallen’s Thursday afternoon workshop Mystical Florals Leaves and Vines from 1 to 5 pm (4 hour class).

Jamie will be presenting his signature series of workshops, Mystical Quilting. The first class on Thursday morning titled Mystical Feathers is dedicated to feather work, exploring all feather forms and learning how to apply feather styles to quilting. On Thursday afternoon students can learn how to add florals, leaves, and vine variations to their quilts in the class, Mystical Florals Leaves and Vines. Jamie’s Friday morning workshop, Mystical Grids, comprises of new designs, specifically his Point-to-Point “Mystical Grid Designs.”

For the rest of his classes, Jamie Wallen will teach Mystical Rulers, Mystical Shapes, and Mystical Borders & Blocks. In the Friday afternoon class, Mystical Rulers, Jamie will demonstrate how to use his favorite rulers to save time on projects. His fifth class Mystical Shapes, taught on Saturday morning, will teach students new variations of the common shapes found on quilts. In Jamie’s last class on Saturday afternoon called Mystical Borders & Blocks, students will learn how to use his tricks to tackle making borders and blocks.

Take Jamie Wallen's Mystical Rulers workshop on Friday afternoon from 1 to 5 pm (4 hour class).
Take Jamie Wallen’s Mystical Rulers workshop on Friday afternoon from 1 to 5 pm (4 hour class) to learn how to use rulers to save time on projects.

For the last 25 years, the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza has offered students the most unique workshops taught by a variety of talented instructors. The longarm classes especially, give students the chance to try a machine they would otherwise not have access to. Jamie Wallen does an impeccable job of teaching simplified techniques and methods that will help quilters create masterpieces.

Major Annual Sponsor Brother / Byrne Sewing Connection, Major Sponsors Baby Lock / Hayes Sewing Machine Company, BERNINA / Steve’s Sewing, Vacuum & Quilting, JanomeElna / Pocono Sew & Vac, Juki / Byrne Sewing Connection, Innova / The Longarm Network, Husqvarna VikingPfaff / The Sew’n Place, Silver Sponsors Gammill, Handi Quilter, Threads Run Thru It, Pocono Sew & Vac, and Special Vendor Sponsors French Connections and Martelli Enterprises have generously sponsored the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.

For complete show details and to register online, visit the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.

Australian Woman Celebrates Her 20th Year of Entering The World Quilt Competition

Two decades later and quilter Tanya McRae submits yet another beautiful traditional quilt

The spectacular global event, World Quilt New England, continues to be the host of the premiere of the highly renowned World Quilt Competition in Manchester, New Hampshire. Bringing quilt enthusiasts the best quilts from across the globe, many quilters dream of having their work displayed in the competition. For one particular quilter, the competition is a special event she has partaken in year after year.

McRae's first program book from World Quilt & Textile Festival in 1998.
McRae’s first program book from World Quilt & Textile Festival in 1998.

Quilter Tanya McRae, who’s from Wonthaggi Australia, is no stranger to the World Quilt Competition. For the last 20 years, she has diligently submitted her entry from Australia. McRae’s first quilt submission was back in 1998 when the show was held at Pasadena, California. During that time World Quilt New England was a traveling show and titled World Quilt & Textile. Flash forward twenty years, and Tanya continues to produce beautiful masterpieces, entering her quilt in this year’s 22nd annual competition.

Tanya McRae’s 2010 entry Candles of Life.

With the World Quilt Competition now in its 22nd year this August, McRae reminisces on the past twenty years and her experiences with Mancuso Show Management’s quilt festival.  Tanya even kept her flyer from the first World Quilt Competition she entered. Her use of vibrant colors and technical patterns in her traditional style quilts makes her work unique and recognizable after all these years! Looking back eight years ago, we were able to find her 2010 entry Candles of Life as well as her traditional quilt Day’s End from last year.

The competition, which includes entries from across the globe, is the largest international quilt festival to date with 15 countries participating in the competition. These countries over the years have included Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States and of course Australia.

McRae’s quilt will appear at the Manchester venue, and be judged with the other entrants and has the opportunity to be selected to travel across the country to three other Mancuso Show Management quilt festivals. These shows include The Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza in September, Pacific International Quilt Festival in October, and World Quilt Florida in January.

Tanya McRae's 2017 entry Day's End.
Tanya McRae’s 2017 entry Day’s End.

Be sure to check out Tanya McRae’s quilt along with the other international quilts in Manchester, NH from August 16-18 at the Center of New Hampshire! Offering workshops, a number of exhibits and a large Merchants Mall, the quilter in you is sure to have a great time! For complete show information on World Quilt New England visit: www.quiltfest.com.

Major Sponsors Innova Longarm Systems / Olde City Quilts, PfaffHusqvarna Viking/ Nashua Sew & Vac and Silver Sponsors Gammill / The 12th Stitch Quilts and Handi Quilter / Bits ‘n Pieces have generously sponsored the 2018 World Quilt New England.

The Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza Celebrating its Silver Anniversary in 2018

September 13-16, 2018
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, PA

25 in color

You are invited to celebrate the world of quilting and the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza’s 25th Anniversary as the event returns to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA, September 13-16, 2018. PNQE remains a spectacular show of creation, innovation, and education where show-goers will enjoy 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 booths, offering everything the quilter, needlecrafter, textile artist and home sewers need to quench their creative thirsts. The Extravaganza, the largest and most comprehensive quilt festival in a state that is known for its rich history of quilting, will be dishing up all the ingredients needed for a successful quilt show.

Talent, creativity, and expertise surround PNQE …

Quilters have the opportunity to display their quilts at PNQE by submitting works to the annual juried quilt competition. This year’s quilt competition themed A Day in the Life, asks entrants to tell us what a day in the life of a quilt artist is like. This competition will include magnificent works by some of the nation’s finest quilt and fiber artists. Attendees can witness these quilts including the international entries and select U.S. winner from the 2018 World Quilt Competition. Plus, you can take part in judging by casting your vote for the Viewer’s Choice Award. The winner will be announced on www. quiltfest.com following the close of the Extravaganza.

A renowned faculty will offer a wide variety of workshops for the beginner to the more advanced quilter and textile artist. Opportunities to learn new techniques and skills will be available with a wide array of workshops presented by the 2018 faculty that includes Sarah Bond (PA), Augusta Cole (VA), Gyleen Fitzgerald (MD), Marjan Kluepfel (CA), Deborah Konchinsky (PA), Dierdra McElroy (CA), Bobbie Bergquist (NH), Beth Dix (NC), Joan Jones (NJ), Joyce Teng (TX), Erin Underwood (MD), Marilyn Urciuoli (NH), Judy Donovan (PA), Phyllis Twigg Hatcher (MD), and Jamie Wallen (IN).

Augusta Cole’s lecture, A Collage of Tricks, Tips and Tidbits will be presented on Friday afternoon at the event. This lecture promises to entertain you with fun, friends, laughs, tricks, tips and tidbits every quilter should know. This event is included with Registration or General Admission.

Back again this year will be the entertaining runway fashion shows! PNQE Goes Fashion – is included in your show entrance or registration. The two Fashion Shows are both moderated by award-winning wearable, bead and fiber artist Judy Donovan. Thursday afternoon, Judy will present her own work in Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Art, Music & Humor in Clothing! Join Judy as she moderates Saturday afternoon’s SewBatik Challenge Fashion Show. Entries to the challenge will be viewed, judged, and awarded Judge’s Choice, Honorable Mention, and People’s Choice. Come to one or both – you’ll be glad you did!

Also, for your viewing pleasure, there will be over twenty special exhibitions on display including works by local guilds. These guilds, The Philadelphia Modern Quilt Guild, Quilters of the Round Table, and the Lancaster Modern Quilt Guild, will be providing the show with quilts created by members of their guild. The exhibits will showcase the unique styles and adaptions of the different quilt groups. Among these exhibits, there are international entries and select United States winners from the 2018 World Quilt Competition. These beautiful works of quilt art from across the globe are a must see!

Another special exhibit that the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza is honored to present is the contemplative juried exhibit of fiber art titled “Threads of Resistance.” Created by the Artist Circle Alliance, this contemporary exhibit is one that addresses current issues Americans are facing in this day and age. It is a great example of how quilting is an art form that can not only provoke emotions but communicate different points of view.

Certified Appraiser Phyllis Twigg Hatcher will be in attendance, appraising new and old quilts Thursday, Friday, and Saturday to any registrant who signs up for an appointment. Patrons will have the chance to explore the Merchants Mall inside the show, which includes 50+ vendors from across the country. Bringing the latest products in the quilt world to PNQE, exhibitors provide everything from fabric to thread, needles to sewing machines, and patterns to batting!

With all the products, workshops, and exhibits the quilt festival offers, the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza continues to be at the center of it all for quilt, fiber, wearable and textile art. Join Mancuso Show Management as they celebrate 25 great years in the Greater Philadelphia area!

The Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza is supported by Major Annual Sponsor Brother / Byrne Sewing Connection; Major Sponsors Baby Lock / Hayes Sewing Machine Company, BERNINA / Steve’s Sewing, Vacuum & Quilting, JanomeElna / Pocono Sew & Vac, Juki / Byrne Sewing ConnectionInnova / The Longarm Network; Silver Sponsors Gammill / Threads Run Thru It,  Handi Quilter / Pocono Sew & Vac; and Special Vendor Sponsors French Connections and Martelli Enterprises.

For complete show details and to register online, visit Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.