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The Center of it All for Quilt, Wearable, and Textile Art!

The Fashion Show Returns to M-AQF!

7:00 pm, Thursday, February 22, 2018
Artistic Innovation with “Decade of the Coat”
at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival Fashion Show

The Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center February 22-25, 2018, explores advances in techniques, cultural diversity and the rise of artistic expression. What better way to express yourself than with a fabulous wardrobe! Not only is there a wonderful collection of garments in the wearable art competition displayed on the floor of the show, but on Thursday, February 22 at 7:00 pm the catwalk will come alive with the return of the M-AQF Fashion Show. Rachel D. K. Clark and Karen Boutte organize and moderate this fashion showcase titled Decade of the Coat. Let Rachel and the “Quilt Diva” (Karen) entertain you, and the unique and beautiful clothes inspire you.

MAQF Fashion Show 1
Nothing short of spectacular, Decade of the Coat will introduce fresh looks at wearable art and is all about you! Join Rachel and Karen to view an amazing collection of coats and jackets featuring eclectic fabric mixes and vibrant colors and hear their stories as well. The show is for everyone who enjoys fun, funky and fashionable wearable art. Especially selected just for M-AQF, the fashions are sure to ignite your creativity. You won’t be able to resist saying, “Fabulous!”

Rachel D. K. Clark is a contemporary folk artist, teacher and lecturer who comes from a long line of sewers. Eclectic fabric mixes, vibrant designs, and a keen sense of humor characterize Rachel’s work. While her garments and quilts can be whimsical, political or a personal statement they always reflect her love of traditional quilt making.



Quilters from across the country don’t call Karen D. Boutte the “Quilt Diva” for nothing. Karen is a nationally known instructor, lecturer, author and designer. “There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a student having fun discovering their creativity with fabric and thread,” Karen stated. “I love selecting fabric for a project. The color, texture and design possibilities are endless. Nothing makes my heart sing more than visiting a variety of quilt shops looking for just the right fabric for a new project.”

Founding Sponsor BERNINA/Nancy’s Calico Patch/Cottonwood; Major Annual Sponsor Brother/Tidewater Sew-Vac; Major Sponsors Baby Lock/All Brands, Elna/The Quilters Studio, Gammill/Threads Run Thru It, Janome/ Tidewater Sew-Vac, and Innova Longarm Systems; and Silver Sponsor Handi Quilter generously sponsor the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival.

For complete details, including workshop and lecture information, please visit: www.quiltfest.com.

Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza 2017: It’s a Wrap – Part 1

Not Fade Away
– Quilt Competition

The twenty-fourth annual Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza held September 14-17, 2017 was more “Extravagant” than ever. Show-goers, workshop students, vendors, and the competition entrants enjoyed an outstanding event.

Competition entrants vied for awards and prizes. With an incredible breath of outstanding entries, the judges had a difficult time selecting the winners. However, Frieda Anderson, Bobbie Bergquist, Pepper Cory, Paula Golden, and Dierdra McElroy were up to the task. We think you’ll agree that their selections were on target! See all the winners here.

Of course, the best of show winner is always the big news on opening day. This year, for the first time, a Mid-Century Mod entry took the top prize in the competition themed Not Fade Away. Atomic Synergy by Deborah Levy is pictured:
PNQE17-4004aDeborah told quiltfest, “Atomic Synergy is my first foray into the modern quilting movement. This original design of wonky pieced blocks and applique blends my love of chemistry and the mid-century modern era. The simplicity of the design and all that negative space to play with made this an enjoyable process.”

Respite by Sandy Curran was The BERNINA 1st Runner-Up Best of Show:
PNQE17-1007aRespite is a departure from the majority of Sandy’s quilts. She told us, “After a wonderful workshop, I took a break from the realistic, representational quilts I usually do to just play with color and shape.  I loved it so much, I did it three times!”

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; and Silver Sponsors Handi Quilter and Innova generously sponsored the 2017 Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.

PNQE will return to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks/Valley Forge, PA September 13-16, 2018. Stay tuned to quiltfest.com to learn our plans for the twenty-fifth anniversary celebration of this outstanding Quilt Extravaganza!

The Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival Celebrates Twenty-Nine Years as the Center of It All for Quilt, Wearable & Textile Art


You are invited to celebrate its twenty-nine years when the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival returns to the Hampton Roads Convention Center, Hampton, VA, February 22-25, 2018. Take part in sharing a love for quilting, creating and shopping all under one roof. Whether you are a quilt, wearable, or fiber artist, or an enthusiastic home sewer you won’t want to miss joining M-AQF as it celebrates twenty-nine years as the largest quilt event on the Eastern Seaboard!

Regardless if you are a beginner just starting out or a seasoned veteran seeking new ideas, M-AQF features workshops & lectures that will satisfy all of your quilting needs! The 2018 faculty includes renowned instructors Esterita Austin (NY), Karen Boutte (CA), Rachel D. K. Clark (CA), Pepper Cory (NC), Robbi Joy Eklow (IL), Cynthia England (TX),l Marjan Kluepfel (CA), Sue Nickels (MI), Cheryl See (VA), David Sirota (NH), Margaret Solomon Gunn (ME), and many more!

Included in the Festival are the entries to the quilt and wearable art competitions. The Quilt and Wearable Art Competitions will feature magnificent works by some of the nation’s finest quilt and fiber artists. Pictured: Bouquet Royale by Margaret Solomon Gunn.

Margaret Solomon Gunn, "Bouquet Royale"

The 2018 quilt competition is themed Imagine, giving entrants an opportunity to demonstrate and celebrate their imaginations. Entrants to the Mid-Century Mod category of the competition will reflect on how their quilt design emphasizes mid-20th century design.

While attending the event be sure to explore the Wearable Art Competition to view the unique entries. Also, be sure to take part in judging by casting your vote for the Quilt and Wearable Art Viewer’s Choice Awards.

As if all this ‘eye candy’ isn’t enough the Convention Center will be packed with special exhibits and demonstrations of needlecraft and traditional rug hooking. M-AQF’s appraisal will also be available by appointment.

The Fashion Show returns to M-AQF in 2018! Join Karen Boutte and Rachel D.K. Clark for a fun night out starting at 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 22, as they celebrate the Decade of the Coat. You’ll view an amazing collection of coats and jackets featuring eclectic fabrics, vibrant colors and hear their stories. This show will feature recent garments as well as old favorites.

Featured once again this year is the always-popular Quilters Game Zone. Pat Yamin, who has participated since MA-QF’s inception in 1990 hosts this exciting event! Enjoy an escape from the sewing machine for an evening of fun, prizes and lots of laughter on Friday, February 23 at 7:30 pm.

M-AQF’s Merchants Mall includes more than 250 vendor booths. These exhibitors will feature quilting supplies, textiles, antique quilts, books, sewing related craft items, kits, sewing machines, clothing, and so much more!

Founding Sponsor BERNINA/Nancy’s Calico Patch/Cottonwood; Major Annual Sponsor Brother/Tidewater Sew-Vac; Major Sponsors Baby Lock/All Brands, Elna/The Quilters Studio, Gammill/Threads Run Thru It, Janome/ Tidewater Sew-Vac, and Innova Longarm Systems; and Silver Sponsor Handi Quilter generously sponsor the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival.

For complete details, including workshop and lecture information, please visit: www.quiltfest.com.

Florida Quilt Competition

Quilt Artists  Present Their Talents
at the 2018 World Quilt Florida


World Quilt Florida returns to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, January 18-20, 2018. Included among the many exhibits at the show will be the entries to the popular Florida Quilt Competition, open only to entrants who are residents of Florida. This impressive quilt art showcase will feature works by Florida’s most talented quilt and textile artists. World Quilt Florida is an incredible opportunity for quilters from across the Sunshine State to experience the talent and creativity of their fellow enthusiasts.

Entrants to the Florida Quilt Competition will vie for over $3,500 in awards. In addition, show-goers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite competition quilt to win the prestigious Viewers Choice Award. For those who love anything quilt related this wonderful display of quilt art cannot be missed!

Be sure to get a glimpse of this year’s exquisite quilt competition entries. The show is anticipating its best year yet!

To enter the Florida Quilt Competition, please click here.

Pictured below: From the 2017 Florida Quilt Competition –
Geese Galaxy by B. Watana Cantrell.

PIQF Quilt Competition Winners

Pacific International Quilt Festival XXVI
Santa Clara, California – October 12-15, 2017

Everyday Quilt Competition


The Yuko Watanabe BEST OF SHOW Award:
#2071 Eternal Beauty by Sherry Reynolds

The BERNINA 1st Runner-Up Award:
#1071 Fractal by Claudia Pfeil

First Place:
#1087 The Sprinter by Birgit Schueller
Second Place:
#1045 Here’s Lookin’ at You by Wendy Knight
Third Place:
#1026 Garden Party #2 by Caryl Fallert-Gentry
Honorable Mentions (2):
#1068 Garden Memories by John Palmer
#1032 The Moon is Made of Green Cheese by Sue Frame
Best Sewing Machine Workmanship:
#1001 Braveheart by Linda Anderson
Best Longarm Machine Workmanship:
#1035 Byzantine Beauties by Tami Graeber
Best Hand Workmanship:
#1064 A Bittersweet Bouquet by Marie O’Kelley
Best Use of Color:
#1046 Ammonite Confusion by Kimberly Lacy
Best Pictorial Quilt:
#1086 Mont St. Michel Memories by Linda Schmidt
Best Interpretation of Theme:
#1028 Sue’s Journals by Sue Fiscalini

First Place:
#2003 Supernova by Marilyn Badger
Second Place:
#2068 Old Glory Under His Wings by Julee Prose
Third Place:
#2010 A Taste of Tie by Inger Blood  2010a
Honorable Mentions (2):
#2043 Tumbling Logs by Dorothy Gustin
#2087 828 Valence St. by Laurie Tigner

Best Sewing Machine Workmanship:
#2082 Grandmother’s Cabin by Rahna Summerlin

Best Longarm Machine Workmanship:
#2083 Silver and Gold Series II by Betty Tang

Best Hand Workmanship:
#2042 Hawaiian Garden by Beverly Gulley

Best Use of Color:
#2020 Color and Passion 1 by Geneva Foote Carroll
Best Pictorial Quilt:
#2073 Hummingbirds Delight by Rosillis Rosario

Best Interpretation of Theme:
#2037 Crazy Chemo Quilt (detail) by Jean Gillette

#3108 Jars of Clay by Sharon L. Schlotzhauer
Second Place:
#3001 Joshua is Jazz by Linda Anderson3001a
Third Place:
#3048 A Glimpse Through the Lattice – Cattails by Julia Graber
Honorable Mentions (2):
#3040 Medieval by Karen G. Fisher
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#3075 Sandstone Portal by Linda MacKown
Best Sewing Machine Workmanship:
#3061 Acer Macrophyllum by Lisa Jenni

Best Longarm Machine Workmanship:
#3019 Pepper Dish by Linda Burrell

Best Hand Workmanship:
#3041 A Nighttime Garden by Judie Fleming
Best Use of Color:
#3105 Poinsettia by Laura Ruiz
Best Interpretation of Theme:
#3091 Valparaiso Rowhouses by Randa Mulford
NACQJ Ribbon (Pat Harrison):
#3088 Liz, From a Selfie by Sandra L. Mollen

Frieda Anderson:
#1031 I Heard a Bird Sing by Sue Frame
Pat Harrison:
#3020 Forest Park Patrol by Rosemary Burris3020a

Marjan Kluepfel:
#1012 River Oak by River City Quilter’s Guild
Angela Madden:
#2029 Flourish on the Vine by Sharon Engel
Dixie McBride:
#3027 Sanctuary 2 by Barbara Confer
Pat Yamin:
#2057 Garden of Blue by Karen Litvinchuk

#1071 Fractal by Claudia Pfeil

PIQF Wearable Art Competition Winners

Pacific International Quilt Festival XXVI
Santa Clara, California        October 12-15, 2017



#5017 Portmanteau by Harold Thomas

The BERNINA 1st Runner-Up Wearable Art Award:
#6001 Pumpkin in Silk by Vendulka Battais

First Place:
#5008 Florentine Rose by Eve Kovacs

Second Place:
#5015 Heidi’s Dream by Monika Scola

Third Place:
#5007 30th Anniversary Tribute to Michael Jackson’s Bad
by Kathy Knapp

Honorable Mention:
#5014 Pants Outfit by E. L. Salmon

Best Machine Craftmanship:
#5011 Field of Flowers by Ahuva Libman
Best Use of Embellishment:
#5006 Rose Red Fantasy by Kathy Knapp

Most Innovative Design:
#5016 OctoGent by Annalisa Tay

First Place:
#6021 Red Brick Road by Betty Tang

Second Place:
#6013 Wanda’s Challenge by Roberta F. Morgan

Third Place:
#6011 Hidden Treasures by Tonja McCarthy

Honorable Mention:
#6010 An Artist Is Someone You Make Yourself Into
by Victoria Light

Best Machine Craftmanship:
#6020 When Life Throws You Curves by Teresa Soll

Best Use of Embellishment:
#6004 Plum Tree Jacket by Judy Dieter

Most Innovative Design:
#6007 Mad Tea Party by Diane Gloystein

Bobbie Bergquist:
#5013 Cardamom Coat & Dress by Mary Ann Reed
Sue Nickels:
#5010 Color Games by Ahuva Libman

#5016 OctoGent by Annalisa Tay

PIQF Modern Quilt Competition Winners

Pacific International Quilt Festival XXVI
Santa Clara, California          October 12-15, 2017

 Mid-Century Mod Modern Quilt Competition

Best Mid-Century Mod:
#4035 Carnival by Beth Nufer & Clem Buzick
Second Place:
#4062 My Modern May Basket by Sherry Werum

Third Place:
#4004 Spinning Stars by Mel Beach

Honorable Mention:
#4006 Unchained Melody
by Jackie Benedetti & Dionne Matthies-Buban

Best Sewing Machine Workmanship:
#4047 Licorice Ribbons III by Sharon L. Schlotzhauer

Best Hand Workmanship:
#4022 DaVinci by Dee Goodrich
Best Use of Color:
#4045 Clifford, Still Life by Stephanie Zacharer Ruyle
Best Use of Negative Space:
#4008 Configuration by Eva Birch

Best Interpretation of Mid-Century Theme:
#4024 Color Block by Patti Henderson

Bobbie Bergquist:
#4048 Quo Vadis? by Birgit Schueller

 Sue Nickels:
#4058 New Directions by Betsy Vinegrad

PNQE 2017 Competition Winners

2017 Competition Winners

#4004 Atomic Synergy
by Deborah  Levy
PNQE17 4004a

PNQE17 4004b

BERNINA 1st Runner-Up Best of Show:
#1007 Respite
by Sandy Curran
PNQE17 1007a

First Place:
#1006 When My Spirit is Set Free
by Teri L Cherne
PNQE17 1006a

Second Place:
#1001 The Big Bang
by Kathie Beltz and Mara Novak
PNQE17 1001a
Third Place:
#1009 Dialogue
by Rachel Derstine
PNQE17 1009a
Honorable Mention:
#1021 Life and Times of the Attitude Birds
by Lydia Erika Middugh
PNQE17 1021a
Best Hand Workmanship:
#1010 Women Rulers
by Connie Harris Farrington
PNQE17 1010a
Best Sewing Machine Workmanship:
#1027 Words for a Good Life
by Carolee Rounsaville
PNQE17 1027a
Best Longarm Machine Workmanship:
#1023 Points and Zigzags
by Catherine Palmer
PNQE17 1023a
Best Use of Color:
#1012 The Midnight Musician
by Marlene Fenoglietto
PNQE17 1012a
Best Interpretation of Theme:
#1022 The Shot
by Leslie A. O’Brien
PNQE17 1022a
First Place:
#1032 Decadent Victorian Darlings
by Hattie F Williams
PNQE17 1032a
Second Place:
#2033 When the Stars Come Out
by Diane Wingo
PNQE17 2033a
Third Place:
#1020 Paradise In Blooms
by Joyce McComas
PNQE17 1020a
Honorable Mention:
#2002 With Milk and Sugar … ?
by Rhonda Adams
PNQE17 2002a
Best Hand Workmanship:
#2005 I Get By with a Little Help from My Friends
by Stephanie J Braskey
PNQE17 2005a
Best Sewing Machine Workmanship:
#2014 Afterglow of Summer
by Lorraine A Ennis
PNQE17 2014a
Best Longarm Machine Workmanship:
#2020 The Doctor’s Wife
by Debra Lohman
PNQE17 2020a
Best Use of Color:
#2022 Butterflies
by Jan Lucas
PNQE17 2022a
Best Interpretation of Theme:
#2013 Flowers from My Grandmother’s Garden
by Claudia Dimond
PNQE17 2013a
First Place:
#4003 Whistling Winds in the City
by Cindy Carey
PNQE17 4003a
Second Place:
#4010 Climbing Your Ladder
by Janet Schoenfeld
PNQE17 4010a
Third Place:
#4002 Connect the Dots
by Sue Bower
PNQE17 4002a
Honorable Mention:
#4011 The Neighborhood
by Janet Schoenfeld & Maria O’Haver
PNQE17 4011a
Best Use of Color:
#4005 Off-kilter
by Rebecca Moyer
PNQE17 4005a
Best Use of Negative Space:
#4009 Miro and Me
by Stephanie Zacharer RuylePNQE17 4009a
Best Interpretation of Mid-Century Theme:
#4013 Mod Blocks 2.0
by Betsy Vinegrad
PNQE2017 4013a
#3008 A Silver Lining
by Lisa H Calle
PNQE17 3008a

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Second Place:
#3031 Autumn Forest
by Carolyn L Olsen
PNQE17 3031a
Third Place:
#3001 Everyday Rust … Faded Glory
by Esterita Austin
PNQE17 3001a
Honorable Mention:
#3047 Drawing Nigh
by Betty Jo Tatum
PNQE17 3047a
Best Mid-Century Mod Wall Quilt:
#3007 Night Moon
by Maxine Shall Burkholder
PNQE17 3007a
Best Hand Workmanship:
#3051 Joyful Blooms
by Joyce L Wuehle
PNQE17 3051a
Best Sewing Machine Workmanship:
#3036 The Toymaker
by Sheila Riess
PNQE17 3036a
Best Longarm Machine Workmanship:
#3004 Nathan’s School House
by Daria Bernard
PNQE17 3004a
Best Use of Color:
#3020 Where is Everyone?
by Susannah  Kipp, Jane Frenke, Phyllis Hagstad, Shirley Hillgren, Dawn Lewis, Colleen Tavenner & Lin Vance
PNQE17 3020a
Best Interpretation of Theme:
#3023 Lime Ammonite II
by Kimberly Lacy
PNQE17 3023a

Frieda Anderson:
#3042 S Spiral
by Sheila Shepherd
PNQE17 3042a

Bobbie Bergquist:
#2007 Berries & Blossoms
by Katherine Carrington
PNQE17 2007a
Pepper Cory:
#3010 Two Heads are Better than One
by Donna Chambers
PNQE17 3010a
Paula Golden:
#1024 Flying Off into the Sunset
by Jamee Pemberton
PNQE17 1024a
Dierdra McElroy:
#1032 Decadent Victorian Darlings
by Hattie F Williams
PNQE17 1032a
#2011 Edith and Irene (central detail)
by Rich Danner
PNQE17 2011a