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The Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival Welcomes Gyleen Fitzgerald, Unique Quilter & Informative Instructor

The Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival at the Hampton Roads Convention fitzgerald05020-crunched-2Center 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:

MAQF16_Fitzgerald012WS #012 So Square
Thursday, February 25




MAQF16_Fitzgerald013WS #013 Play Modern
Friday, February 26




MAQF16_Fitzgerald014WS #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 …



Virginia Quilters Exhibit at Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival

The 27th annual Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival at the Hampton RoadsHamptonWelcomesMAQF Convention Center February 25-28, 2016, will feature an amazing collection of ‘hometown’ fiber art. Guilds from Virginia are taking part in M-AQF in the best way they know how – by creating quilts & fiber art! The Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival is proud to include these special exhibitions & demonstrations … that’s a lot of beauty, talent and fabric in one room!

  •  Alphabet Soup – Colonial Piecemakers Quilt Guild
  • Bringing Hexy Back – Richmond Modern Quilters Guild
  • Express Yourself – Virginia Beach Modern Quilt Guild
  • Fabric Fanatics
  • The Fabric Poets
  • The Windchimes – Fiber Artists @ Loose Ends
  • First Thursday Night Bee
  • For the birds – Cabin Branch & Stonehouse Quilters
  • Honoring 19th Century Quilters – The Churn Dashers of Tidewater Virginia
  • A Modern Quilting Journey – Peninsula Modern Quilt Guild
  • Music to My Ears – Richmond Quilters Guild
  • On the Road Again – River Country Quilters
  • Naturescapes & Illusions/Quilt Me a Song – Tidewater Quilters’ Guild
  • 30 x 30 x 30 – Peninsular Piecemakers
  • Golden Thimble Needlework Guild
  • Traditional Rug Hooking – James River & Shockoe Slip Rug Hookers

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.


M-AQF Welcomes Laura Wasilowski to Virginia

One of the highlights of Mancuso Show Management’s quilt festivals is always the instructors who present workshops. Talent, creativity and expertise are abundantly available from the wonderful teachers. This year the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, February 25-28 in Hampton, Virginia, has a spectacular faculty who will offer a wide variety of workshops for beginner to advanced quilters and textile artists. Included is well-known instructor Laura Wasilowski, a Mancuso Show Management regular and nationally admired quilter.


Laura is a contemporary quilt maker whose artwork is collected andLauraW exhibited internationally. Her quilts begin with her unique hand-dyed fabrics and threads and are infused with color, whimsy and joy. Laura is author of Fusing Fun, Fuse-and-Tell and her latest book Fanciful Stitches, Colorful Quilts.



Laura’s three full-day workshops at M-AQF are:

kaysbouquets6aWoven Flower Basket Quilts
WS #030 on Thursday




prettyplanet10Pretty Planet Quilts
WS #031 on Friday




housingdept17detailbTiny Homes & Gardens
WS #032 on Saturday




A highlight of Laura’s appearance at M-AQF is her Thursday, 6:00 pm lecture, Art Quilts: The Musical. Yes, she sings! Listen to her adventures in quilt making, see her art work, and hear traditional art quilt folk songs like “Everybody Gets Rejected Sometime” and the “Minnesota Quilter’s Polka.”

Laura sums up her quilting life by saying, “The art of quilting gives me the freedom to express myself and play at the same time. It’s the best job in the world!


Florida Quilt Competition

The countdown is on for entries to the Florida Quilt Competition at World Quilt Florida. The deadline for entry is one week from today – December 14, 2015!

Which quilt will win Best of Show in this “all Florida” competition? You won’t know if your quilt will come out on top unless you enter. To enter online, click here.

For inspiration … past winners:

2015: “A Baltimore Reflection” by Rosalynn McKown8055a

2014: “Mozart” by Barbara A. Stewart

2012: “Poppy’s Rainbow” by Mark L. Sherman

The Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival Welcomes Vikki Pignatelli – Artist, Instructor & Quilt Enthusiast

For those interested in studying a wide variety of quilting Vikkitechniques and styles, the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, February 25-28 in Hampton, Virginia features a range of workshops and lectures presented by a world-renowned faculty, including Vikki Pignatelli who is eager to spread her knowledge and passion of quilt making to students planning on participating in her full day workshops.

Have you ever wished for an easy method of machine piecing intricate curves, or wanted to incorporate curved designs into a quilt but had no inkling where to begin? Look no further than one of Vikki’s workshops! Vikki told Quiltfest, “When I first began quilting, I visualized beautiful curved designs, but the traditional method of piecing curves left me frustrated. I knew there must be an easier way. After much trial and effort I did find a way . . . and now I’m crazy about curves!”

Vikki will teach three, full-day workshops at M-AQF:

WS #027: Crazy About Curves CrazyCurves






Adding dimension #2  low resWS #028: Fun with Fabrics: Adding Dimension to Landscape






WS #029: Improvisation Everyone Can Do



In addition, on Saturday at 4:30 pm Vikki will present a lecture based on her newest book, Nurture Your Creative Spirit: Wisdom and Insight Learned From the Art of Quilting.


Vikki’s love for quilting is contagious. You won’t want to miss her this year at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival!



World Quilt Florida Hotel Reservation Deadline Extended

The Rosen Plaza Hotel has extended the deadline to make Quiltfest special group rate reservations to December 11, 2015. Those who travel to Orlando, especially in January, know this rate is an exceptional value.


Rosen Plaza Hotel
9700 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819 USA
Telephone: 800-627-8258 or 407- 996-9702
Located in the heart of the convention district, across from Pointe Orlando, only 15 minutes from Orlando International Airport, only minutes from Orlando’s theme parks, and connected via Skybridge to the Orange County Convention Center, the Rosen Plaza’s superior location is hard to beat. Recently renovated rooms and suites, complimentary in-room basic wireless internet, complimentary fitness center, resort-style amenities, and a variety of dining options from casual to fine dining make Rosen Plaza a most conducive place to work and play. The group rate reservation deadline is Friday, December 11, 2015. For reservations, please call 800-627-8258 or 407-996-9702. Please be sure to mention QuiltFest World Quilt Florida to receive our special group rate of $129 single or double, (one additional person, $20) plus tax and OCCCD fund of 1%.


World Quilt Florida Instructor – Anna Hergert, Canadian Teacher of the Year!

World Quilt Florida, presented January 7-9, 2016 in Orlando, provides attendees with a three day all access pass to some of the greatest quilt and textile art minds from across the globe. Whether it’s technique, design or motivation, the world-renowned faculty presenting workshops at the show can offer it all. Included among the instructors is Anna Hergert who travels to Orlando from Canada.

Anna Hergert’s passion for the arts has her wearing many hats in today’s quilting world – artist, teacher, lecturer and writer. Teaching fiber arts is an especially important part of Anna’s life; she was the recipient of the CQA/ACC Teacher of the Year Award in 2014. Growing up in Germany, Anna was exposed to fiber art at an early age. Finding she had a deep interest in art and textiles, Anna decided to pursue a career in the arts – first obtaining Diplomas in Art, Design, Contemporary Embroidery as well as Patchwork and Quilting from London City & Guilds, eventually establishing herself as a full time professional artist. Today, she teaches and exhibits quilts internationally. Anna and her husband reside in rural Saskatchewan Canada, north of Moose Jaw at Buffalo where she says the views are a continual source of inspiration.

Anna will present a lecture, “Choosing Creativity” at 4:30pm on Thursday afternoon and will also offer 2 full day, 9 am to 4 pm, workshops at World Quilt Florida:

Hergert_MolaLayer – Baste – Cut – Reveal: Uncover the Mystical Mola:
Friday, January 8



Make It Shine!Hergert_Make It Shine
Saturday, January 9




Most Trending Quilt Competition

How would you like to win a $500 Quiltfest Bucks Shopping Spree to be spent in the fantastic Merchants Mall at World Quilt Florida AND have your quilt on display at the show? Enter Mancuso Show Management’s first ever Most Trending Quilt Competition for a chance to win! Anyone in the U.S. can win and entering is easy.MostTrendingQuilt

Visit Quiltfest – Mancuso Shows on Facebook. Then, comment on the Most Trending Quilt post with a photo of your quilt (1 quilt per person) and get all your friends to like it. Be sure to include all the details as described in the post.

The Most Trending Quilt must be available to hang in the World Quilt Florida show, January 7-9, 2016.

The Quilt with the most “likes” will be the winner! If you can’t make it to the show, you can always donate your Quiltfest Bucks to a friend who can attend!

World Quilt Florida
January 7-9, 2016 – Orlando, Florida