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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.




Local Guilds at World Quilt Florida

Quilt guilds are fantastic participants at all the festivals presented by Mancuso Show Management. The guilds offer the opportunity for you to win a spectacular opportunity quilt. In addition, the guild members serve as  white glove hosts and hostesses to help show goers more closely appreciate the hundreds of quilts on display at each event.

Pictured below, with their opportunity quilts, are members of the The Feather Princesses Applique Guild Guild and the Quilt Guild by the Sea.

TheFeatherPrincessesQuilt Guild by the Sea


M-AQF Competition Countdown

14 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:
Thank You by Cary Langhorne Caldwell
Regal Red Power Suit by Miriam S Oberkirsch

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.


Florida Quilt Competition Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the
2016 Florida Quilt Competition at World Quilt Florida!

  • Best of Show
    • #8004: “Flourish on the Vine” by Donna Douglass
  • Second Place
    • #8019: “Dotting Inside the Box” by Sandi Snow
  • Third Place
    • #8007: “Moonswept” by Nikki Hill
  • Best Hand Workmanship
    • #8028: “Dancing Vines” by Rosillis Rosario
  • Best Sewing Machine Workmanship
    • #8021: “Grandmother’s Cabin” by Rahna Summerlin
  • Best Longarm Machine Workmanship
    • #8005: “Winter in the Garden” by Olive Gobin
  • Best Pictorial Quilt
    • #8017: “Birthday Party DLVIII” by Cynthia Pilkington
  • Best Use of Color
    • #8043: “Bird of Paradise” by Laura Ruiz
  • Best Use of Embellishments
    • #8036: “Tranquility #2” by Linda Hoffmeister
  • Judges Choice Ribbons
    • Anna Hergert
      • #8012: “Jewel of a Daisy” by Anne Marie Miro
    • Bobbie Bergquist
      • #8001: “Evening Flight” by Gretchen Brooks
  • Viewer’s Choice

    • #8019: “Dotting Inside the Box” by Sandi Snow



Best of Show!

Donna Douglass with her Florida Quilt Competition Best of Show winning  quilt, Flourish on the Vine.

You can view this quilt along with all the Florida Quilt Competition  entries and special exhibit quilts at World Quilt Florida at the Orange County Convention Center, 10:00am to 6:00pm today & tomorrow, January 8-9.