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PNQE XXIV Announces Its 2017 Quilt Competition Theme: Not Fade Away

With over 600 quilts and garments on display, it is no wonder that 1003athe Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza held September 14-17, 2017 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks (Greater Philadelphia/Valley Forge area), Pennsylvania is called The Center of It All for Quilt, Fiber, Wearable and Textile Art. Included among the exhibits on display is the annual Juried & Judged Quilt Competition highlighting 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; the show is anticipating its best year yet! (Pictured: Emma in the Looking Glass by Lenore Crawford (PNQE 2016.)

The competition theme chosen for the 2017 Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza is Not Fade Away. Quilt entrants, who are vying for over $13,000 in awards and prizes, are asked to respond to, “The art of quilting continues to grow in popularity, but it is up to us to keep it growing and vibrant! How were the skills and love of quilting passed on to you? How will you pass it on so that this art form will Not Fade Away?” Enjoy reading the artists’ statements about their work.

The accepted quilt entries are competing in Traditional, Innovative and Mid-Century Modern Categories and the  Wall Quilt Competition. Event attendees can even be part of the judging by voting for their favorite quilt entry to win the prestigious Viewers Choice Award!

The Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza is generously sponsored by major annual sponsor Brother/Byrne Sewing Connection; Major Sponsors Baby Lock/Steve’s Sewing, Vacuum & Quilting; BERNINA/Hayes Sewing Machine Company; Janome – Elna/Pocono Sew & Vac; Silver Sponsors Handi Quilter,  Innova; and Special Vendor Sponsor French Connections.

Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XXIV
The Center of It All for Quilts, Wearable & Textile Art
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA  19456

September 14-17, 2017
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10am – 6pm
Sunday 10am – 4pm




World Quilt New England Shines with International Instructor

Christine Porter:
Quilt Teacher, Lecturer, Author, Quilt Judge


 The fifteenth annual World Quilt New England event, August 17-19, 2017, at Manchester’s Radisson Center of New Hampshire, offers a fantastic, panoramic view of the world’s take on quilting and the textile arts. The Festival’s World Quilt Competition, along with its special exhibits, provides a colorful vista of fabric and thread. In addition, the world-renowned faculty presenting workshops at the show can open the doors to a new world of quilting with their innovative designs and techniques.

ChrisPorter-AwardIncluded on the faculty for 2017 is Christine Porter. Taught to sew as a child by her grandmother and mother, it was not until 1989 that – on a sudden impulse – she visited the American Museum in Bath and discovered a wonderful collection of vintage American quilts. The quilts moved her so much that she gave up her career as a college lecturer in health studies to become a full-time quilter. (Pictured left, Christine with the Amy Emms Award for Services to British Quilting.)

Today, Christine is one of the foremost British quilters. Working in her Bristol studio, Chris creates wonderfully refreshing quilts that combine traditional shapes and clear colors with simple construction. The results are always fun, happy quilts. Chris’ quilts encourage the playful use of fabric.

The former editor of Britain’s Patchwork & Quilting magazine, Christine has authored six beautiful books including her most recent, Sensational Circle Quilts. On a lighter note, Chris combined her talents with Darra Williamson to create a new, light-hearted book, which is A Year in the Life of Sunbonnet Sue. Another book is currently in the making. She has also made four DVDs.

Because Christine is an excellent teacher, she is a very popular guest instructor, lecturer and quilt judge throughout Great Britain, the USA, Canada, Australia, Ireland, Norway, Dubai, Kuwait, New Zealand, Spain, Turkey and France, and on cruises for Quilt Seminars at Sea. In 2010, Christine was given the Amy Emms Award for Services to British Quilting You may learn more about Christine at www.christineporterquilts.com.

FlyingAroundinCirclesChristine will present two full day workshops at the New England event. On Thursday, August 17, students can enjoy Flying Around in Circles while making an exciting quilting using circles and squares to produce a stunning design. Friday will be Strippy Fans with a Twist! – the twist is the special wedge ruler that takes math out of the equation. The half-day Rainbow Color Wheel Fan workshop on Saturday is Christine’s class for those new to making a fan quilt; learn the technique while making a pretty wall hanging or larger quilt. Click here for workshop details and images. (Pictured left,  Flying Around in Circles workshop sample.)

Christine will wrap up her stay in Manchester by hosting a luncheon/lecture on Saturday, August 19. She will transport you to Venice, Rome, Spain and beyond with her presenting Floor Tiles Make Fabulous Quilts – Be Inspired! Lunch is included with this presentation.

Handi Quilters, Innova, Bits ‘n Pieces and Olde City Quilt generously sponsor World Quilt New England.

View and/or print the World Quilt New England brochure from quiltfest.com or to receive a brochure in the mail email mancuso@quiltfest.com.

World Quilt New England XV
Featuring the premier of the 2017 World Quilt Competition XXI
August 17-19, 2017
Radisson Center of New Hampshire
Manchester, NH


From Mid-Atlantic to Pennsylvania

Show, Travel & Hotel Package to the 2017 Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza from Hampton, Virginia

A Three-Night Quilting Adventure including a stop in Lancaster, PA. September 13-16, 2017

The Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza offers a Show, Travel & Hotel Package to make your visit to the “Extrav” carefree. Travelling by deluxe charter coach from Hampton, Virginia to Oaks, Pennsylvania, your first adventure will be in scenic Lancaster County for shopping, a Pennsylvania Dutch lunch and a short tour of the Amish countryside before heading to the show.

Your host hotel is the Homewood Suites in Audubon, PA where breakfast is included.
Your itinerary of activities at the Extravaganza include a Fashion Show and two Lectures. Plus, you’ll have time to explore the show on your own. You may also choose to sign up for a full or half-day workshop (at the cost published in the PNQE brochure) on Thursday and/or Friday. You will be sent PNQE workshop details as soon as they are available. Thursday features a group dinner. On Friday evening, your tour bus will transport you to the charming town of Phoenixville, PA. Check out of the hotel on Saturday, September 16, ready to go home and create your own quilted masterpiece!

Show, Travel & Hotel Package Includes:
• Round trip transportation via deluxe charter coach between Hampton, Virginia and Oaks, Pennsylvania
• Show Pre-Registration and Admission
• 3 Night Stay at the Homewood Suites, Audubon, PA (Breakfast
• Lancaster County shopping, lunch and tour
• PNQE Fashion Show presented by Vickie Clontz, Thursday at 2:00 pm (2016 PNQE fashion show pictured below)
Fashion Show
• PNQE Lectures presented by Pepper Cory on Thursday and David Sirota on Friday
• Group dinner on Thursday evening
• Friday evening adventure to Phoenixville, PA

Please click here to download a Show, Travel & Hotel Package registration form.  

Fashion Makes a Triumphant Return to PNQE

Celebrating 24 years, the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza returns to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center (Oaks, PA) this September 14-17.  Two outstanding fashion shows will, once again, be part of this not-to-miss event.

2016-09-16 14.15

Award-winning fiber and textile artist, Vickie Clontz, of Annie’s
Vickie_6345_03Keepsakes, will be the moderator of both fashion shows.  On
Thursday, she presents her “Celebrating Art & Fashion” creations at 2:00pm.  Inspired by nature and art from around the world, she will
explore a wide variety of textures, hues and shapes in this captivating collection of wearable art. Join us as we embrace our unity in creativity and applaud our diversity in individuality on our journey of love, learning and illumination. There will also be a Special Accessories in this cultural blend of clothing created by the “Art Tarts” art quilt group of Charlotte, NC. To see more of Vickie’s work, please visit her web-site at www.annieskeepsakes.com.

Saturday at 2:00pm, Vickie turns her attention to the presentation of the SewBatik Challenge Fashion Show.  This challenge was created last year by Bruce and Diane Magidson of SewBatik in SewBatikFabric17conjunction with Mancuso Show Management and asks entrants to be inspired to create day to day street wear or runway style garments.  This year, the challenge fabric is Paisley Esprit – Midnight Sand Storm (pictured left).  Vickie Clontz will award the Judge’s Choice prize to the top entry as well as an Honorable Mention ribbon and the audience will vote for the garment to win People’s Choice. As you read this and become inspired to create your own garment visit www.sewbatik.com (Our Products menu – SewBatik Challenge) to enter.  Entry deadline is August 14, 2017.

These fashion shows are included with your paid admission to the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.  Come and be inspired!  For more information about the quilt festival, visit www.quiltfest.com.

Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XXIV
The Center of It All for Quilts, Wearable & Textile Art
September 14-17, 2017
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10am – 6pm
Sunday 10am – 4pm

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA  19456