January 7-9, 2016, World Quilt Florida relocates to Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center. Included as always at the event will be the always-popular Florida Quilt Competition. 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. For those who love anything quilt related, this display of quilt art should not be missed!
The Competition highlights quilt art created by Florida artists who are competing while representing their quilt and textile art communities with a fabulous collection of artwork. The competition entrants will be competing for over $3,500 in prizes. Pictured: I Still Remember When by Sandi Snow, Judge’s Choice: Florida Quilt Competition 2015.
The Competition Entry Form is available on the show’s website or you may enter online. Also, due to the delayed launch of the new quiltfest.com web site, the entry deadline has been revised to December 14, 2015.
Major Annual Sponsor Brother, Major Vendor Sponsors BERNINA/Wandering Stitches, Juki/The Sewing Studio, Janome/Heartfelt Quilting and Sewing, and Elna-Baby Lock/Sew-Mini Things; and Sponsors ABM Innova, Handi Quilter and Sew Batik generously support World Quilt Florida.
World Quilt Florida, presented January 7-9, 2016 in Orlando, offers a fantastic, panoramic view of the world’s take on quilting and textile art. The world-renowned faculty presenting workshops at the show can open the doors to a whole new world of quilting with their innovative designs and techniques. Included among the instructors is Florida native Carole Lyles Shaw.
Carole is a modern quilter and teacher who truly loves her job. Since Carole began quilting in 1989, she has taken a modern and creative approach with her art. She enjoys modern quilting’s allowance for individualism and free expression. Teaching gives Carole the opportunity to open quilters’ eyes to the possibilities in creating modern quilts. Carole is a member of the Board of Directors of The Modern Quilt Guild as well the co-founder of the Sarasota Modern Quilt Guild in Florida where she served as President in 2014. In addition to teaching and lecturing from coast to coast, Carole is currently working on publishing patterns of her quilts.
Carole will present 2 full-day, 9 am to 4 pm, workshops at World Quilt Florida:
Fractured Disappearing Modern 9 Patch,
Thursday, January 7
Scrappy Improv Block Quilt: Stash Buster & Orphan
Block Project , Friday, January 8
Included among the World Quilt Florida instructors at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida is Marjan Kluepfel who has a penchant for teaching quilting to those who love the craft as much as she does. Marjan was born and raised in the Netherlands, but has lived in many places – Florida, Hawaii, South Carolina and Australia. Now residing in Northern California, Marjan teaches and exhibits quilts across the globe. Her main artistic influence is nature; most of her designs are organic. Marjan pays close attention to color and texture, “I like to work with color and movement in my pieces. The bright colors I use express my positive outlook on life.” She uses many different surface design techniques such as fabric dyeing, painting, printing, pleating and machine quilting and embroidery.
Marjan will present a lecture, “The Colorful World of a Fabric Dyer & Art Quilter” at 4:30 pm on Friday afternoon and will offer three full day, 9 am to 4 pm, workshops at World Quilt Florida:
Thursday, January 7
Fabulous Flowers – Fast, Fun, Fused,
Friday, January 8
Zen & the Art of Free Form Fiberscapes,
Saturday, January 9
May Peace, Joy, Hope and Happiness be yours during this Holiday Season and throughout the New Year.
Cathy Wiggins is a self-taught quilter who truly loves sharing her passion with others. In 2002, her neighbor introduced her to quilting and took Cathy to her first quilt guild meeting. By Christmas of that year, Cathy had made five quilts, which were all very traditional. After attending her first quilt show in Williamsburg, Virginia, she knew that she had finally found the artistic outlet she had been looking for, but felt she had never quite achieved in the watercolor world. She saw that anything was possible using fabric as her palette! Since the beginning of her quilting career, she has won praise and recognition both nationally and internationally, for her unique and whimsical designs. Cathy has now turned her focus to leather and is pioneering the art of quilting on leather.
Cathy’s lecture, Evolution of an Artist – Fifteen Years of Quilting, will be presented at 4:30 pm on Thursday, February 25. Cathy began her quilting journey just like many of us, piecing traditional quilt tops, but that didn’t last long. Soon she was venturing out! She’s worked with fusibles, fabrics, embroidery, beading, painting and now leathers to create her award-winning quilts. It has been a journey, taken one stitch at a time, with courage, determination and the ability to push the quilting world envelope by introducing cutting edge techniques into competition quilting. Come join Cathy as she shows us how it’s possible to evolve as an artist while, simultaneously, introducing change in an industry. Pictured: example of Cathy’s quilting on leather.
Just for Fun – Quilts for the Kid in All of Us is Cathy’s special exhibit at M-AQF. Come enjoy the whimsical creations of Cathy Wiggins’ ‘Just for Fun’ quilt series. You’ll relive your youth while viewing many of your favorite childhood puzzles and games brought to life in quilts. Everything from hidden picture and find the difference puzzles to mazes and matching games will delight kids of all ages. These international award-winning quilts have traveled around the world and been featured in magazines. Now see all 14, including Christmas Eve ABC’s pictured below, in one exhibition.
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.
Special exhibits are always eagerly anticipated by attendees of the Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey. Viewers in attendance at the Garden State Expo Center, March 3-6, 2016, will not be disappointed with the wonderful special exhibits Mancuso Show Management has planned! Included among the exhibits at the 2016 event are:
- Aunt Lucy Goes to Quiltfest – Pieced Together Quilters
- Cool Classic Rides II – Quilts by Teresa Shippy
- Diverse Visions – Adirondack Regional Textile Artists’ Alliance
- 1914-2014: U.S. Modern Era – Mason Dixon Quilt Professional Network
- Modern Quilts – North Jersey Modern Quilt Guild
- Paint Chip Challenge – Allentown Crazy Quilters
- Standing on the Shoulders of Famous Leaders – Quilts by Dr. Edward Bostick
(pictured: Marian Anderson & Thurgood Marshall)
- Urban Rainbow – Empire Quilters Guild
Major Annual Sponsor – Brother: Rock, Paper, Scissors; and Sponsors – ABM/Innova and Handi Quilter generously support The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey.
The Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, Virginia, February 25-28, 2016, features an impressive instructor line-up offering a variety of workshops and lectures. This year’s Quilt Festival features nationally and internationally well-known instructors including the very talented and informative Gyleen Fitzgerald!
Gyleen makes quilts that blend color, pattern and texture to provide a contemporary essence in traditional quilting. She loves to share her enthusiasm for quilting and will do so through her full-day workshops at M-AQF:
WS #012 So Square
Thursday, February 25
WS #013 Play Modern
Friday, February 26
WS #014 Trash to Treasure Pineapple Quilts
Saturday, February 27
Gyleen’s philosophy of quilting – “Done is better than perfect, break the rules, do what works for you, have your quilts out and use them or your family will yard sale them when you are gone.” We have to agree …