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World Quilt Florida Competition Entry Deadline Extended

Because of a delay in launching its new website, Mancuso Show Management has extended the entry deadline for the Florida Quilt Competition. The deadline for online and mailed entries is now December 14, 2015.

 The entries to this competition are an impressive showcase of some of Florida’s most talented quilt and textile artists. The competition entrants will compete for over $3,500 in prizes.

FL2015_8032Sunshine State of Mind by Susan H Rienzo,
Judge’s Choice, 2015 Florida Quilt Competition.

 In 2016, World Quilt Florida is relocating to the Orange County Convention Center located in Orlando, January 7-9. This show is a wonderful opportunity for quilters to experience the diversity and creativity of their fellow enthusiasts.

 Visit our all new website: www.quiltfest.com.


Mancuso Show Management Announces Northeast Quilt Competition

Mancuso Show Management is excited to announce the expansion of the Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey’s quilt competition to include entrants from the entirety of the northeastern United States – New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont & Maine.

These northeast regional artists will represent their quilt and textileFelicityakaSpargo-esque_JoTimko communities with a stunning collection of artwork while competing for over $7,000 in awards and prizes in the Quilt Fest’s juried and judged competition. Online and printable entry forms are available on quiltfest.com and the entry deadline is February 1, 2016. Pictured: Felicity aka Spargo-esque by Jo Timko, Best of New Jersey 2015

Major Annual Sponsor Brother: Rock, Paper, Scissors and Sponsors Bernina: Olde City Quilts, Baby Lock/Elna/Handi Quilter: Pocono Sew & Vac, Above and Beyond Creative Sewing Center and ABM International/Innova generously support The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey.

Will your quilt be the next to win Best of Show at the Quilt Fest? We’ll never know … until you enter!


The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey – Featured Faculty for 2016

Mancuso Show Management has announced that Liza Prior Lucy of New Hope, Pennsylvania is the featured instructor, and Meg Cox from Princeton, New Jersey is the featured lecturer at the 2016 Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey, March 3-6, 2016 in Somerset, New Jersey.

A well-known quilter in her own right, Liza Lucy is also famed asLizaPriorLucy Kaffe Fassett’s collaborator in quilt design and is co-author with him of many books including Glorious Patchwork. Liza specializes in re-interpreting traditional quilt patterns using contemporary fabrics and unexpected color combinations. Visit Liza’s online fabric store, GloriousColor.com. Liza is teaching two full day, 9 am – 4 pm, workshops at the Quilt Fest: Glorious Hexagons on Friday and, on Saturday, Bright Squares.

 Meg Cox is a journalist and thought leader on quilting and traditions who lectures at guilds, shows and museums. She contributes articles MegCoxto the Wall Street Journal and many national magazines. Her popular newsletter, Quilt Journalist Tells All!, features news, reviews and monthly giveaways. You may subscribe to her newsletter at www.megcox.com. Meg’s 1:30 pm, Sunday, March 6 lecture, Celebrate! Rituals for Quilters, will be enjoyed by quilters and their non-quilting friends and family alike.


Two New Lectures Added to the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival

Paula Golden and Anna Hergert have stepped up when we needed them and will present lectures at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, February 25-28, 2016 in Hampton, Virginia.

Paula Golden will present the annual “Early Bird Lecture” at 6:00 pmMAQF-PaulaGolden on Wednesday, February 24, immediately preceding the M-AQF Show & Merchants Mall Preview (open to pre-registered participants only.) In Body Smart Quilting, Paula will discuss how proper body mechanics and ergonomic workspaces (computer, sewing, ironing and quilting) are the keys to quilting longevity. You will also learn ten easy tips to make your workspace healthy and efficient.

The 2014 Canadian Quilting Teacher of the Year, Anna Hergert’sAnnaHergert lecture is Everything Old is New Again: It’s Hip to Stitch! Keeping traditional techniques alive and ultimately sharing these has been a strong focus of this presenter. Years of in-depth personal research to augment workshop content and current bodies of work are the impetus for Anna Hergert’s renewed passion in hand stitching and hand embellishment. Be inspired to explore traditional embroidery to gather ideas on how to transfer simple techniques for complex outcomes with this visual feast. Join Anna on Friday, February 26 at 6:00 pm.

Due to serious illness, Mark Lipinski has cancelled all his teaching engagements for the first two months of 2016. While no one can truly replace Mark, Paula and Anna have agreed to lecture in his place.


Mancuso Show Management Launches New Website & Blog

Quiltfest.comthe center of it all for quilts, wearable & textile arts – is all new! Please visit the site to see what we’re so excited about. All the information you need, whether it’s show details, competition, vendor or workshop & lecture information, is easy to locate either by clicking through the site or using the search function. The beautiful, new look of the site is only the beginning.HomePage

Workshop registration is easier than ever. And, most importantly, when you register for an event you will immediately know if that coveted workshop or lecture seat is available. Plus, you can create a user account so you can easily return to your registration and add additional activities whenever you like.

Online quilt and wearable art competition entry has also gotten more user friendly. All competition details and entry information is available on each show’s section of the site. Competition entrants may also create user accounts.

There’s even more ease of use – prospective vendors and instructors may submit their details through links on the home page. And, there’s even a link to submit your email address to be included in our mailing list whether it be for all show & festival information or for shows in specific geographic areas only.

Finally, as you’ve already discovered if you’re reading this, you can continue to read all the latest news from Mancuso Show Management on the site’s blog.

Take a few minutes to visit the new quiltfest.com – you’ll like it!

The 2016 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival Introduces “Mid-Century Mod” to the Quilt Competition

Mancuso Show Management is happy to announce that the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival‘s annual competitions will award over $18,400 in prizes to quilt and wearable art entrants. This year the Festival will include a new category: “Mid-Century Mod”. The Festival, held February 25 – 28, 2016 in Hampton, Virginia, welcomes the new genre to be displayed amongst the always unique and magnificent collection of quilt, wearable and textile arts. Modern quilting has made its mark in today’s quilting world and entrants in the category are asked to draw inspiration from the Mid-Century Mod period of mid-20th century design and reflect their own exposures or from the work of artists such as Joan Miro, Piet Mondrian, Victor Vasarely, and Frank Stella.

M-AQF’s 2016 Quilt Competition theme, “Sew Far, Sew Good”, is a MAQF15_3003areflection on how M-AQF has progressed leaps and bounds over its 27 years of existence. Entrants are asked to explain how far their quilt making journey has taken them and where they are today as artists. It’s sure to be a beautiful, heartwarming and inspiring exhibit! Pictured: Robber’s Roost by Joanne Baeth.

The accepted quilt entries compete in Traditional, Innovative, Modern and Wall Quilt Categories as well as for the “Best of Show” title, with prizes totaling more than $15,500. The winning works of the quilt competition will travel to The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey in Somerset, March 3-6, so that another region’s quilt artists can get an up close look at these stunning pieces of art.

Prepared to be dazzled with the exceptional entries from the Wearable Art Competition that will also be on display at M-AQF. The handiwork and detail put into these amazing vests, jackets, coats and full ensembles will astound! The best from among these works will be awarded over $2,800 in prizes. You won’t want to miss these beautiful garments created with creativity, talent and devotion to textile art!

Event attendees can even be part of the judging by voting for their favorite quilt and wearable art entry to win the prestigious Viewers Choice Awards!

Over 500 magnificent quilts and garments on exhibit, workshops and lectures taught by an international faculty and a fabulous Merchants Mall – it’s all waiting for you at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival.

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 workshop and lecture information, please visit quiltfest.com. Or, to receive a printed brochure in the mail, please write to M-AQF, PO Box 667, New Hope, PA 18938.


Mancuso Show Management Awards World Quilt Florida Shuttle Bus Contract to ESCOT Bus Lines

Mancuso Show Management is happy to announce that the shuttle bus contract for World Quilt Florida has been awarded to ESCOT Bus Lines. Because World Quilt’s Orlando venue, the Orange County Convention Center, is such a vast facility, Mancuso Show Management elected to provide shuttle service for attendees. The shuttle bus will take attendees to and from the West Concourse parking area to the show’s entrance located in West Concourse/Hall E2, running on a continuous loop throughout the day.

For the convenience of our event patrons, the shuttle will run every show day between the following times:
• Thursday, January 7th: 8:00am – 7:00pm (last pick up at 6:30pm)
• Friday, January 8th: 8:00am – 9:00pm (last pick up at 8:30pm)
• Saturday, January 9th: 8:00am – 7:00pm (last pick up at 6:30pm

ESCOT Bus Lines, a family owned and operated charter bus 20150707_100306_resizedcompany was founded in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1983 by Lou and Diane Scott. Beginning with a fleet of two mini-buses that provided daily shuttle service to Tampa Bay area attractions, they now have 45 late model charter coaches, and 19 transit style coaches for contract services in both Tampa and Orlando. Over the past 30 years, the nature of the business has evolved from local service into a full service company specializing in charters, contract services and luxury services.

Mancuso Show Management is happy to partner with ESCOT Bus Lines for the upcoming World Quilt Florida!Florida



The Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival Celebrates Twenty-Seven Years of Quilt, Wearable & Textile Art

Welcome to MAQFMancuso Show Management announces the always spectacular Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, February 25 – 28, 2016. Not only does this incredible event feature astounding works of quilting art, it also offers a wide array of workshops presented by world-renowned instructors along with a fabulous Merchants Mall for plenty of shopping. The Festival’s centerpiece, however, will again be its outstanding collection of over 500 quilts and works of wearable and textile art on display. In addition to the competition entries, there will be special exhibitions of quilts and textile art on display. This ever-popular quilting arts event is one not to be missed!

“The Hampton Roads Convention Center, which hosts this fabulous event, is an ideal venue for a quilt festival of this magnitude,” states David Mancuso, President of Mancuso Show Management. He adds, “The exhibition space along with the break-out rooms for workshops and the nearby official event hotels make this a win-win situation for Show Management and the City of Hampton.”

This year’s Quilt Competition themed “Sew Far, Sew Good” gives MAQF15_1039aentrants an opportunity to tell show-goers about the secret treasures hidden away in their fabric stash! In addition, 2016 will premier a Modern Quilt Category in the quilt competition titled “Mid-Century Mod.” Also, while attending the event, be sure to explore the Wearable Art Competition where you will find unique full ensembles, vest, jacket & coat entries on display. The Quilt and Wearable Art Competitions will feature magnificent works by some of the nation’s finest quilt and fiber artists. Take part in judging by casting your vote for the Quilt and Wearable Art Viewer’s Choice Awards. Pictured: Snow Buddies by Ruth Powers.

From award-winning quilters to those who would like to sew their first stitch, everyone will find workshops and lectures that will introduce them to the latest innovations in the quilting world. This year a multitude of workshops and lectures will be offered by a stellar line-up of instructors teaching all levels. In addition, you also will not want to miss the “best time you’ll ever have” at a quilt festival at the Game Zone: Quilters’ Strip Poker/Quilt-O Combo, held on Friday evening, February 26. For those who are interested in pre-registering for workshops, lectures and activities at the festival or for additional information, the show’s website is quiltfest.com.

Everything needed to make the beautiful quilts and works of textile art on exhibit is available in MAQF’s Merchants Mall. The vendors, occupying over 250 booths, will be offering the best in machines, fabrics, notions, wearable art, embroidery and everything for the quilter, textile artist and home sewer.

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 workshop and lecture information, please visit http://quiltfest.com/. Or, to receive a printed brochure in the mail, please write to M-AQF, PO Box 667, New Hope, PA 18938.



The Orange County Convention Center Welcomes “World Quilt Florida” to Orlando!

Mancuso Show Management announces a new location for 2016 World Quilt Florida – Orrrlannndooo! A premier vacation destination, Orlando is home to many attractions and theme parks, over 170 golf courses, and an eclectic range of restaurants, nightlife and entertainment. Most importantly, Orlando is centrally located so World Quilt Florida can be easily accessed from all directions. MSM is thrilled to bring World Quilt Florida to such an amazing city January 7-9, 2016, to be held in Hall E2, West Concourse of the Orange County Convention Center. Show days will be on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm each day. Escape the frigid temps of the northern January winter and enjoy the warmth of artistic inspiration at the 2016 World Quilt Florida!

Orange County Convention Center
Orange County Convention Center

World Quilt Florida offers a fantastic excuse to plan a weekend getaway with a display of over 500 quilts from across the globe, workshops and lectures presented by an international faculty and a fabulous Merchants Mall featuring a variety of quilt, sewing and textile vendors.

The quilt show will once again include the Florida Quilt Competition, open only to residents of Florida. In addition, the spectacular 2015 World Quilt Competition international quilts as well as selected US winners will be on display. These special exhibitions, along with many others will be available for viewing up close. Very appreciated white glove volunteers from local guilds will be walking the aisles to assist.

Carefree by Ellen Lindner, Best Pictorial Quilt – 2015 Florida Quilt Competition
Carefree by Ellen Lindner, Best Pictorial Quilt – 2015 Florida Quilt Competition

Quilters wanting inspiration with a large dose of entertainment will not want to miss Mark Lipinski’s special afternoon presentation on Saturday, January 9, “Bull in a China Shop (or The Unexpected Journey of an Out of Control Quilter Traveling the World and What He Encountered Along the Way).” Mark truly lives up to his reputation for being a talented quilter, instructor and entertainer. In addition, workshops and lectures will be  presented by  well-known faculty members including Anna Hergert from Canada, Marjan Kluepfel, Carole Lyles Shaw, Mark Lipinski and several others. On Friday, the fun continues after hours with Game Zone – a Quilters Strip Poker/Quilt-O combo hosted by Pat Yamin.

Have a New Year’s resolution to start a new project? The show’s Merchants Mall will offer everything you may possibly need!

Make it a quilt show-cation!  Mancuso Show Management encourages attendees to take advantage of the very popular all-inclusive show and hotel package that is available to quilt show registrants. Visit quiltfest.com for details.

Pre-registration and other information is available on the show’s website, www.quiltfest.com. View or print the event brochure from the website, or to receive a brochure in the mail please write to:  World Quilt Florida, Dept. P, P.O. Box 667, New Hope, PA 18938.

Major Annual Sponsor – Brother: Wandering Stitches; Major Vendor Sponsors – BERNINA of America: Wandering Stitches, Elna/Baby Lock: Sew-Mini Things, Juki: The Sewing Studio Fabric Superstore; Sponsors –  ABM/Innova, Sew Batik and Handi Quilter: Heartfelt Quilting and Sewing; Special Vendor Sponsor –  Siesta Silver Jewelry generously support World Quilt Florida.





Ready … Set … Quilt at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza

Ready … Set … Quilt!
at the 22nd annual
Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza

You are invited to celebrate the world of quilting as the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XXII returns to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA, September 17-20, 2015. This longstanding event remains a spectacular show of creation, innovation, and education. Show-goers will enjoy a unique and beautiful display of over 600 quilts and works of textile and wearable art from across the globe. Plus, as past visitors know, the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza would not be complete without its amazing Merchants Mall filled to the brim with vendor booths, offering everything the quilter, textile artists and needle crafter needs to quench their creative thirsts.

This year’s national prize money competition has been titled “ReadyPNQE14_1032a … Set … Quilt!,” challenging quilt artists to respond to “Creating a new quilt takes lots of planning from designing to selecting fabrics to … How do you get yourself to the starting line? What is your process?” In addition, special exhibitions will fill the aisles with hundreds of works by quilt artists from around the globe. In all, over 600 quilts and works of textile and wearable art will be presented. Pictured: Welcome to My Universe by Elizabeth A Ohlson.

Talent, creativity and expertise surround the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza. An internationally renowned faculty will offer a wide variety of workshops for the beginner to the more advanced quilter and textile artist. Opportunities to learn new techniques and skills will be available with a wide array of workshops and lectures presented by the 2015 PNQE faculty that includes international instructor Jennie Rayment from England plus Frieda Anderson (IL), Lisa Calle (PA), Lenore Crawford (MI), Linda J Hahn (NJ), Laura Wasilowski (IL), Jodi Barrows (TX), Bobbie Bergquist (NH), Debora Konchinsky (PA), Susan Pelland (MA), Lisa Reber (PA) & Pat Yamin (NY).

In addition, featured once again will be Quilt-O on Friday, September 18 at 6 p.m. This “most fun you will have at a quilt show” event is hosted by Pat Yamin. The show will also offer educational and entertaining lectures, plus appraisals by Joyce Fischer. Seminar and other information may be found on the event’s website, www.quiltfest.com.

Brother: Byrne Sewing Connection; Baby Lock: Steve’s Sewing, Vacuum & Quilting; BERNINA: Hayes Sewing Machine Company; Elna / Janome: Pocono Sew & Vac; Handi Quilter, ABM International / Innova, Sew Batik and Mancuso Show Management generously sponsor the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.

View and/or print the complete brochure from www.quiltfest.com or to receive a brochure in the mail, please email mancuso@quiltfest.com or write to Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, Dept. P, PO Box 667, New Hope, PA 18938.