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Words in Quilts

Words in Quilts is the newest hand quilting workshop developed by MAQF16_McElroy022well-known instructor Dierdra McElroy. Knowing how to incorporate words into your quilts will open up new avenues of design and self-expression. Didi will present this workshop at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival on Friday, February 26; click here for details.

Dierdra’s mother, Roxanne, shared her passion for quilting with her daughter who went on to design new quilting products such as the world famous Roxanne Thimble and Roxanne Glue-Baste-It. Years later the Roxanne name is well known by all discerning quilters and Dierdra is known for her methodical testing of products in theDidi on beach industry, and shares her findings in the classroom to help quilters avoid pitfalls and frustration. She wrote the world famous hand quilting book That Perfect Stitch that has been referred to as the hand quilting bible and is frequently the standard text book in quilting classes around the world.

Didi delights in motivating students to step outside of the box to new creative heights and to strive for excellent workmanship no matter their style choices. She is internationally recognized as one of the world’s greatest hand quilters and her ability to break down that art into manageable steps amazes her students.

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Calling all Star Lovers to Quiltfest New Jersey

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In Nancy’s workshop you will make a wall hanging featuring the starMurtieQFNJ16_006 Marianne Fons designed for Eleanor Burns’ new book All Star Quilts. You will learn the easy, time saving techniques used by Marianne and Eleanor. Nancy’s version of this quilt features striped border fabric. Nancy has also developed an easy mitered corner technique that will be taught in class. A step-by-step demonstration of how to create Eleanor’s new feather star will be given. This feather star has no set in seams and is as easy as the Bear’s Paw block. This workshop is great for beginner and intermediate level quilters.

The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey is generously sponsored by Brother/Rock, Paper, Scissors; BERNINA of America/Olde City Quilts, ABM Innova/Olde City Quilts, BabyLock/Pocono Sew & Vac, Elna/Pocono Sew & Vac, Handi Quilter, Pocono Sew & Vac, Pfaff/Above & BeyondCreative Sewing; and Sew Batik.

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Create a Fabric Postcard at Quiltfest New Jersey

Janneke Van der Ree’s fabric post card workshop at the Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey, March 3-6, 2016 will be held on Friday, March 4 from 9:00am to 12:00pm.

VanDerRee_QFNJ16_009 After picking a theme, you will design and construct your own personal postcards. Have fun with your scraps and embellishments and then finish these cards with fun quilting and decorative edge stitching. You will go home with your one-of-a-kind postcards. You can keep them for yourself, give them away or actually mail them to your friends. This is a great class for beginning quilters. For more details and to sign up for the class, click here.

Janneke Van der Ree has a very Dutch name because she was bornJanneke in the Netherlands. Growing up she was a typical Dutch craftsy child who always wanted to become a teacher. She graduated college with a specialty in textile arts and drawing.

After only a few years of teaching, she moved to England with her husband and took sewing classes to get to know people. There she discovered that sewing (clothes) was not for her, but she loved the fellow artists she met and the socializing. For that reason, she took up quilting when she moved to the USA 20 years ago.

She learned all the basics from traditional Pennsylvanian and Lancaster quilters. Janneke then tried to combine their craftsmanship with her Dutch whimsical craft sense.

She never lost the teacher inside herself and continues to love to teach adults as well as children to quilt and express themselves through the arts. She strives to learn new techniques and ways of making joyful pieces of fabric art.

The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey is generously sponsored by Brother/Rock, Paper, Scissors; BERNINA of America/Olde City Quilts, ABM Innova/Olde City Quilts, BabyLock/Pocono Sew & Vac, Elna/Pocono Sew & Vac, Handi Quilter, Pocono Sew & Vac, Pfaff/Above & BeyondCreative Sewing; and Sew Batik.

 *** Janneke will also be presenting Youth (ages 6-11) Workshops at the Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey! Click Here for More Information!

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Ever think of entering your quilt in a competition?

Ever think of entering your quilt in a competition?

Well, if you have, you 5 Days until the Northeast Quilt Competition Competition Entry Deadline

Northeast Quilt Competition: Entry Deadline Monday, February 1, 2016

The Northeast Competition is open to residents of New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine only.

To enter the Northeast Quilt Competition, please click below:
Enter your Quilt Online or View a Printable Entry Form.

From the 2015 Competition:
Best of New Jersey Award:
#8043 Felicity aka Spargo-esque by Jo Timko
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M-AQF Competition Countdown

This is it! … just 1 Day until the M-AQF Competition Entry Deadline

Quilt & Wearable Art Competition Deadline: January 26, 2016

To enter, please click below:
Enter your Quilt Online or View a Printable Entry Form.
Enter your Competition Garment Online or View a Printable Entry Form

From the 2015 Competitions:
Best of Show:
Big Bertha by Margaret Solomon Gunn
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Best of Show:
Circle Game 1957
by Marty R Ornish

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Founding Sponsor BERNINA/Nancy’s Calico Patch; Major Annual Sponsor Brother/Tidewater Sew-Vac; Major Sponsors Baby Lock/All Brands, Janome/Sew E-Z, and Husqvarna Viking/Bella Fabrics; and Silver Sponsors ABM International / Innova and Handi Quilter generously sponsor the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival.

For complete M-AQF details, including pre-registration, workshop and lecture information, please visit quiltfest.com.

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A Fabric Workshop to “Dye” For in NJ

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“Dyed Fabrics are good for everything!”
~ Lisa White Reber

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For 20 years, Lisa White Reber has been dyeing fabrics. “What’s amazing is that you start out with a plain white piece of fabric and end up with an amazing piece of art,” Lisa said in an interview with Quiltfest. After years of reading books and watching television programs about dyeing, Lisa’s once casual hobby turned her into a, “passionate dyer.”
Lisa will be teaching her full day workshop, “Painterly Effects with Various Thicknesses of MX Dyes” on Saturday, March 5 at The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey. “My class is technique-driven,” Lisa explains, “we will cover the basics of MX dyes on cotton fabric and mixing thickened dye in different consistencies and strengths.” Students in the workshop will then experiment with different marks made on fabric by different brushes and palette knives. Lisa continues, “You’ll go home with at least 20 samples, plus handouts to help you remember how you got there. You can use them in your quilts or as a starting point for further exploration. I strongly recommend note-taking as you go, plus taking pictures.”
While not a prerequisite, this year’s dye class will incorporate some of the work from Lisa’s MX Dye class at the last Quiltfest of New Jersey. “Last year’s class explored four different ways to use thickened dyes, but it was all the same thickness. That was great for screen printing, but thick dye really doesn’t flow.” Students will spend the day thinning out dye to see how it handles and how the results differ from a thicker dye. “In Art History terms,” Lisa proclaims, “part of the definition of painterly is non-linear.”
For more information of Lisa’s Workshop, click here.
The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey is generously sponsored by Brother/Rock, Paper, Scissors; BERNINA of America/Olde City Quilts, ABM Innova/Olde City Quilts, BabyLock/Pocono Sew & Vac, Elna/Pocono Sew & Vac, Handi Quilter, Pocono Sew & Vac, Pfaff/Above & BeyondCreative Sewing; and Sew Batik.
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Create Hexagons at Quiltfest New Jersey

Maria Tamaoka’s workshop at the Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey, March 3-6, 2016 at the Garden State Exhibit Center will help you create a hexagon mat to fit in a mini tray that is provided in the class kit. This workshop, Hexagon Mini Tray, was a sell-out at Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in 2015!

 

MariaTamaokaMaria started her quilt shop, Pinwheels in 1991. Since then, she has been recognized as the “Taupe Lady” specializing in Daiwebo Taupe fabric. Her kits, patterns and projects incorporate many unique materials and techniques, which Maria finds throughout her travels in Japan and Europe.

 

Maria’s Hexagon Mini Tray workshop is from 9:00am to 12:00pm on Thursday, March 3. All levels of quilters will experience the success of English paper piecing while making a simple “mat” for this tray. Daiwabo fabric is included in the class kit, and, of course, so is the tray. To sign up, please click here.

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The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey is generously sponsored by Brother/Rock, Paper, Scissors; BERNINA of America/Olde City Quilts, ABM Innova/Olde City Quilts, BabyLock/Pocono Sew & Vac, Elna/Pocono Sew & Vac, Handi Quilter, Pocono Sew & Vac, Pfaff/Above & BeyondCreative Sewing; and Sew Batik.

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