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Florida Quilters Exhibit at World Quilt Florida

World Quilt Florida at the Orange County Convention Center, January 7-9, 2016, will have an amazing collection of special exhibitions. This year, several guilds from Florida are taking part in the quilt festival in the best way they know – by creating quilts. There will be a lot of beauty, talent and fabric in one room!

Special Exhibits will be presented by:

  •  Connections – Quilters Innovative DesignInternationalConnection_Barbara Stewart
  •  Fabric 20 – Gone to Pieces QuiltersFabric20
  •  Flowers, Always and All Ways – Out of the Box Design GroupFlowers
  •  Opposites Attract – Martin County QuiltersOpposites
  •  Paradise Found – Tampa Bay Surface Design GroupParadiseFoundTampaBaySurfaceDesign2
  •  Around & Around / Nine Patch Nirvana – Quilt Guild by the SeaUntitled-1
  •  South Florida Modern Quilt GuildSugar Magnolia
  •  Strip Tease Revisited – Palm Beach County Quilters GuildBossMan-KatharineStubbsWardWEB


World Quilt Florida – Advance Show Tickets Available

World Quilt Florida is coming to Orlando, January 7-9, 2016. Mancuso Show Management is thrilled to bring the event to such an amazing city! The festival will be held in Hall E2, West Concourse of the Orange County Convention Center on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm each day. This unique quilt and textile event offers attendees a trip around the world – no passport needed!

Advance show tickets can be purchased at a discount of $1.00 off the $12.00 admission price ($11.00) at the following local businesses:

  • Heartfelt Quilting and Sewing in their two locations / www.heartfeltquilting.net/:
    • Winter Haven: 365 5th St SW, Winter Haven, FL 33880
    • Kissimmee: 401 S John Young Pkwy, Kissimmee, FL 34741
  • Sewing Studio Fabric Superstore: 9605 US-17, Maitland, FL 32751 / www.sewing.net/

The World Quilt Competition, Florida Quilt Competition and other special exhibitions allow attendees to view over 500 quilts! For those who love anything quilt related, this display of quilt art should not be missed!

Plus, the aisles of the World Quilt Merchants Mall will be filled with everything a happy shopper could possible imagine and more:  sewing machines, long arm machines, machine accessories, needles, pins, fabric markers, books, jewelry, thread, more fabric than you’ve ever seen in one place, notions, batting, patterns, stencils, finished ‘art’ clothing and patterns for clothing, shoes, jewelry making supplies, sewing machine carrying bags, scissors, rotary cutters, rotary cutting mats, rulers, magazines, magnification products, yarn and knitting supplies, trims, buttons, beads, stencils and more … much, much more!


Amazing Works of Quilt Art on Display in Orlando at the 2016 World Quilt Florida

January 7-9, 2016World 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 FloridaFL2015_8042 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.


Modern Quilter Carole Lyles Shaw Joins the World Quilt Florida Faculty

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:

CShaw Frac Dis Mod 9 PatchFractured Disappearing Modern 9 Patch,
Thursday, January 7

IMG_5314Scrappy Improv Block Quilt: Stash Buster & Orphan
Block Project , Friday, January 8


Marjan Kluepfel – Lecture & Workshops at World Quilt Florida: January 7-9, 2016

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



daylilyFabulous Flowers – Fast, Fun, Fused,
Friday, January 8


zen2Zen & the Art of Free Form Fiberscapes,
Saturday, January 9


Quilter Extraordinaire Cathy Wiggins to Lecture & Exhibit at M-AQF

Cathy Wiggins is a self-taught quilter who truly loves sharing her WEBSZCathyWiggins9699PhotoBonnieMcCafferypassion 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, willCathy-Wiggins-Leather 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’ ‘JustChristmas Even ABC's 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 a Highlight of The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey

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 ShippyCoolClassicRidesWEB
  • Diverse Visions – Adirondack Regional Textile Artists’ Alliance
  • 1914-2014: U.S. Modern Era – Mason Dixon Quilt Professional NetworkMDQPN
  • 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)Anderson-MarshallWEB
  • 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.