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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.


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.


Thursday @ Mid-Atlantic

Thursday, February 25 is a great day to enjoy a workshop at Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival. We have several suggestions: Twist & Shout with instructor Anna Hergert, Vikki Pignatelli’s Crazy About Curves workshop, or So Square taught by Gyleen Fitzgerald.


Anna Hergert is the 2014 Canadian Quilters Association Teacher of 02_Design based on inspirational sourcethe Year! Anna’s classes earn rave reviews, so you should take this opportunity to study quilting with this outstanding instructor. Anna’s Thursday Mid-Atlantic workshop is Twist & Shout. In this design class, you will journey from realism to abstraction and produce one-of-a-kind tessellated designs. Get ready for the “WOW” effect! Click here for complete workshop details.


Vikki Pignatelli is known for her flowing designs and passion forCrazyAboutCurves color–as well as breaking all quilting “rules. Vikki’s Thursday workshop, Crazy About Curves, is “No Rules, No Stress, All Fun!” Students will quickly master Vikki’s technique that is a combination piecing/appliqué method of creating even sharp curves and narrow points effortlessly and with precision! For workshop details, please click here.


Gyleen Fitzgerald’s Thursday workshop, So Square, is perfect for theMAQF16_Fitzgerald012 beginning quilter. Squares and rectangles do all the work as students create a visually stunning graphic and modern quilt. Click here for complete workshop details.


The Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival is generously sponsored by BERNINA of America/Nancy’s Calico Patch Brother/Tidewater Sew-Vac; Baby Lock/All Brands, Janome/Sew E-Z, Juki, Husqvarna Viking/Bella Fabrics, Juki, ABM International / Innova, Handi Quilter, Sew Batik and Intelliquilter.


Important Reminder: The pre-registration deadline for M-AQF is February 5, 2016. For those who miss this deadline registration will open, for available workshops and activities, at the quilt festival on Wednesday, February 25 at 3pm.




Make a Mola at Quiltfest New Jersey

Hand sew a cockatoo mola in a workshop led by Phyllis Twigg Hatcher at the Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey, March 3-6 at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset.


You will learn to create a mola in the easy style of the San Blas Island women. The Galah in the image is a pink and gray cockatoo, but you can make your cockatoo in any colors you like. You will learn to layer fabrics for easy access in a relaxed reverse appliqué island technique. While the class stitches, Phyllis will tell you about the island women she met who make these hand sewn mola treasures off the coast of Panama and tell their way of life secrets.


The Galah Cockatoo Mola workshop will be held on Thursday, March 3 from 1:00 to 4:00pm. Please click here for complete details.


Phyllis Twigg Hatcher has been an American Quilters SocietyPhyllisTH Certified Appraiser of both new and antique quilts since 1999. She serves on the Board of Directors of The Quilters Hall of Fame. Phyllis currently works with the Baltimore Appliqué Society to document all the quilts in the collection of the Maryland Historical Society.

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.


Glorious Color at the Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey

Liza Prior Lucy is the featured instructor at the Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey, March 3-6, 2016, held at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, NJ. However, in addition teaching her business, Glorious Color, will be vending in the event’s Merchants Mall.

Since 1999, GloriousColor.com has specialized in the quilt fabricHeritageCover_TN and books created by Kaffe Fassett and Liza Prior Lucy. They carry all of Kaffe’s quilt fabrics. In addition, they make fabric packs for many of the quilts featured in Kaffe Fassett`s Heritage Quilts, Quilt Grandeur, Kaffe Quilts Again, Kaffe Fassett’s Simple Shapes, and other sources.

Glorious Color also carries all the fabrics from Philip Jacobs and Brandon Mably and selections from Marcia Derse, Martha Negley and Keiko Goke, plus appliqué patterns by Kim McLean and Susan Powell.

Liza says the best part of her job is collaborating with the fabric artists – Kaffe Fassett, Philip Jacobs and Brandon Mably – as well asLizaPriorLucy working with the team that put Kaffe and her books together. She added, “It’s a joy to be surrounded by creative energy and generous people.”

Meet Liza at the Quiltfest! Sign up for a full day workshop or shop at the Glorious Color booth in the Merchants Mall. Liza is teaching Glorious Hexagons on Friday, March 4, and Bright Squares on Saturday, the 5th.

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.


M-AQF Competition Countdown

7 Days 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:
White Spaces by Bev Bird

Fancy Coat by Roberta Morgan


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.


Brother Sponsors Youth Workshops at Quiltfest New Jersey

Long-time Quiltfest sponsor Brother has stepped up at the Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey to support youth sewing workshops. Youth from ages 11-16 will benefit from this sponsorship as they work on projects using the machines Brother will provide.

JannekeThe Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey is also excited to announce that Janneke Van der Ree of Pennington, New Jersey will teach these workshops that are designed for this age group. The quilt festival takes place March 3-6, 2016 at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, NJ.

Janneke Van der Ree is a Dutch quilter who moved to the United States 20 years ago. Always a craftsy sewer, she took up quilting to get to know people and fell in love with this fabric art. Janneke has been quilting and teaching in Europe and the USA and tries to combine the art and craftsmanship learned in the USA with her Dutch whimsical craft sense.

Grey&White Puppies


On Saturday, March 5 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, Janneke will help those in her class create a charming Puppy Pet Pillow. Students will practice both machine and hand sewing, but must have some prior experience using a sewing machine.



Janneke will present her most popular youth workshop on Sunday, NotebookMarch 6 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm – Fabric Notebook Cover. Those in attendance will turn their ugly, plain composition books into cool, colorful notebooks with fantastic, fabric covers. After sewing the covers by machine, the students can decorate their covers with quilting and embellishments. Again, prior experience using a sewing machine is necessary.


Act now – each workshop is limited to just 15 students from the ages of 11 to 16! Click here for complete details and to download a printable, registration form. Online registration is not available for these workshops

Sewing machines and accessories for the youth workshops at the Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey are generously provided by Brother/Rock-Paper-Scissors.


M-AQF presents Demystifying the Book Proposal

Intimidated by writing a book proposal? It’s not as scary as it may seem. Join quilt book authors Renelda Peldunas-Harter, Carolyn Perry Goins & Cindy Sisler Simms as they guide you through their “5-Step Roadmap” to writing a book proposal. The “Roadmap” takes you through your initial idea, identifies your writing/thinking process, breaks down the actual proposal, gives you a reality check, and includes follow-up with the workshop’s coordinators. SchifferPublishingSponsored by Schiffer Publishing this 3-hour workshop will be offered at Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival on Thursday, February 25 at 1pm.

Renelda Peldunas-Harter: Renelda, a retired military officer hasRenelda Peldunas-Harter turned her service into the quilt book From Ensign’s Bars to Colonel’s Stars. A love of quilting and a desire to honor the men and women who defend our nation culminated in this book. During her 25+ years as an active duty officer and reservist, Renelda was always fascinated with fabric, shapes, and color. As she and her family moved around the country with the military, she always found quilt guilds and after her final “promotion” to full-time civilian, she has pursued quilting full-time.

Carolyn Perry Goins:
Carolyn made her first quilt in the 1970s using Carolyn Perry Goinsa how-to book! She has continued her education by attending conferences and quilt festivals, and studying from noted instructors. In 2005, she created CPG Designs to produce quilt patterns for beginners. Her patterns encourage new quilters to express their creativity and improve their technique. She has been an active member of quilt groups around the world. She is author of The Fiona Block – 14 Projects from Sassy to Classy.


Cindy Sisler Simms:
Cindy was raised in the heart of the  Cindy Sisler SimmsAppalachian Mountains, where quilting was a part of everyday life.  Her grandmothers started teaching Cindy to quilt when she was about 5 years old. She made her first full sized quilt, all by hand, at the age of 10. She has been quilting for over 55 years, and teaching quilting techniques for over 35 years. As a military wife for 20 years, Cindy  feels the Mariner’s Compass always points the way home. She is the author of Mariner’s Compass Quilts: Solid & Split Point Patterns.









The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey 2016

A Magnificent Duo to Present Workshops and Lectures at The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey 2016

If you want inspiration, entertainment, and to learn new skills look no further than the amazing roster of workshops and lectures to be presented at the 2016 Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey.Meg Cox & Liza Lucy Headliners Meg Cox and Liza Prior Lucy (pictured) along with our other exceptional faculty members will motivate any beginner or expert quilt and textile artist. This spectacular event, held at the Garden State Exhibit Center, in Somerset, March 3 – 6, 2016 is easily accessible from central New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York metropolitan and southern New England areas. In addition to the fantastic faculty, The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey will display a unique collection of quilt and textile art, along with a fabulous Merchants Mall featuring merchandise for all your quilt making and sewing needs!

The quilt show features the juried and judged “Tri-State Quilt Competition” with an array of quilts created by residents of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Over $8,000 in awards and prizes as well as ribbons will be presented to winners in a number of categories including Best of Show and Viewer’s Choice. In addition to the competition quilts, attendees to this event will not want to miss the spectacular special exhibitions such as the beautiful award winning quilts of the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival and the Hoffman Challenge. Pictured 2015 Best of Show:  My Version of a Persian by Christine Wickert.
The workshops offered at The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey range from modern design with traditional piecing to appliqué and fabric dying. Quilt enthusiasts looking to explore new techniques or sharpen their talent will not be disappointed. Also during the event Phyllis Twigg Hatcher will be available to provide quilt appraisals. Quilt and textile artists interested in stocking up on fabrics, tools, and sewing notions can shop the Merchants Mall.

Pre-registration and other information is available on the show’s website, www.quiltfest.com.

Major Annual Sponsor – Brother: Rock, Paper, Scissors; and Sponsors – ABM/Innova and Handi Quilter generously support The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey.