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Special Exhibits at Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza

Special exhibits are highly anticipated each year by attendees of the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza held this year from September 14-17, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks (Valley Forge area), Pennsylvania. As with past shows, viewers will not be disappointed with the exhibits on display!

Included are exhibits by regional Modern Quilt Guilds from Lancaster, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Central Jersey. The four guilds are all members of The National Modern Quilt Guild. According to The Guild, “Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. Modern quilters work in different styles and define modern quilting in different ways. ‘Modern traditionalism’ or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often seen in modern quilting.”

While each group will present its own exhibit, all are tied together Central Jersey Modernby the common thread of Modern Quilting. The exhibit from the Lancaster Modern Quilt Guild will highlight its members’ unique interpretations of the many different styles of quilting they experienced and learned through the Guild’s speakers, workshops, and sew days. The Philadelphia Modern Quilt Guild’s exhibit will include examples of works chosen specifically to illustrate the range of activities the guild has orchestrated for its members over the last year. The Pittsburgh Modern Quilt Guild will present a Member’s Exhibit that is a representative collection of quilts crafted by their members, both individually and collectively. Members of the Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild will exhibit challenge quilts based on the Pantone color of the year (#8217, Greenery). (Pictured left, a challenge quilt from the Central Jersey Guild.)

In addition, PNQE instructor Sarah Bond will also present an exhibit titled Modern Quilts from My Grandmothers. The Modern Quilt movement has quilters creating new and exciting quilts all over the world. Sarah comes from a long line of quilters, something she didn’t know when she made her first quilt. This exhibit will present the work of some of those quilters along with some of Sarah’s modern and contemporary works. See for yourself how the lives and quilts of four 19th and 20th century women influenced the 20th and 21st century work of one quilter.

Show-goers to the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza will not want to miss the amazing quilts showcased in these special exhibits.

The Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza is proudly supported by Major Annual Sponsor Brother/Byrne Sewing Connection, Major Sponsors Bernina/ Hayes Sewing Machine Company, Baby Lock/Steve’s Sewing, Vacuum & Quilting, Janome/Elna/Pocono Sew & Vac, and Silver Sponsors Handi Quilter and Innova.

View and/or print the complete brochure from the show’s website, www.quiltfest.com.

Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XXIV
The Center of It All for Quilts, Wearable & Textile Art
September 14-17, 2017
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10am – 6pm
Sunday 10am – 4pm

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA  19456

New England Quilters Exhibit at WQNE

World Quilt New England at the Radisson Center of New Hamsphire, August 17-19, 2017, will have an amazing collection of special exhibitions on display. This year, several New England based guilds are taking part in WQNE in the best way they know – by creating quilts. There will be a lot of beauty, talent and fabric in one room. WQNE is proud to include these special exhibitions.

Crested Barbet FullOne Woman Show: Barbara Barrick McKie
Barbara Barrick McKie has been fascinated with sewing, nature, and photography since high school. Her first original art quilt was created in 1971. In 1994, she created her first digital quilt and have been doing so ever since, printing her own fabric. Many of Barbara’s quilts are inspired by her trips around the world, and the animals and plants on her property. She photographs animals and nature, uses free-motion applique and quilting, and often uses trapunto & thread painting. (Pictured: Crested Barbet – yes, this really is a quilt!)

Wicked Good Art Quilts – SAQA Vermont-New Hampshire-Maine
Birds Relaxing Badly Again_Stephanye Schuyler
New Englanders describe things as wicked, whether they are very good or very bewitching.  New England SAQA artists were invited to create an art quilt displaying their finest – or rather – their wicked good art quilts. The exhibit showcases the diversity of style and techniques used by New England SAQA artists. (Pictured: Birds Relaxing Badly Again by Stephanye Schuyler)




World Quilt New England is generously sponsored by Olde City Quilts InnovaHandi Quilter and Bits ‘n Pieces.

For complete show details and to register online, please visit World Quilt New England.

World Quilt New England
Featuring the premier of the 2017 World Quilt Competition
Radisson Center of New Hampshire
700 Elm St., Manchester, NH  03101
Thursday, Friday & Saturday
August 17-19, 2017
10:00 am – 6:00 pm daily




Memorial Day 2017

Fallen Heroes by Valerie BeuthFallen Heroes - Valerie Beuth

Valerie entered Fallen Heroes in the competition at the Pacific International Quilt Festival. At that time she wrote about this quilt, “The source of my quilting energy comes from a compelling desire to translate works of art from other mediums into fabric. My visual inspiration for Fallen Heroes was provided by a drawing by political cartoonist David Granlund. Our flag is reaching out in gratitude to those who sacrificed everything to keep us free. The stripes coming apart remind us that war takes its toll on us all.”

PNQE XXIV Announces Its 2017 Quilt Competition Theme: Not Fade Away

With over 600 quilts and garments on display, it is no wonder that 1003athe Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza held September 14-17, 2017 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks (Greater Philadelphia/Valley Forge area), Pennsylvania is called The Center of It All for Quilt, Fiber, Wearable and Textile Art. Included among the exhibits on display is the annual Juried & Judged Quilt Competition highlighting the talent and creativity of regional as well as national quilt artists. Be sure to get a glimpse of this year’s exquisite quilt competition entries; the show is anticipating its best year yet! (Pictured: Emma in the Looking Glass by Lenore Crawford (PNQE 2016.)

The competition theme chosen for the 2017 Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza is Not Fade Away. Quilt entrants, who are vying for over $13,000 in awards and prizes, are asked to respond to, “The art of quilting continues to grow in popularity, but it is up to us to keep it growing and vibrant! How were the skills and love of quilting passed on to you? How will you pass it on so that this art form will Not Fade Away?” Enjoy reading the artists’ statements about their work.

The accepted quilt entries are competing in Traditional, Innovative and Mid-Century Modern Categories and the  Wall Quilt Competition. Event attendees can even be part of the judging by voting for their favorite quilt entry to win the prestigious Viewers Choice Award!

The Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza is generously sponsored by 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; Silver Sponsors Handi Quilter,  Innova; and Special Vendor Sponsor French Connections.

Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XXIV
The Center of It All for Quilts, Wearable & Textile Art
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA  19456

September 14-17, 2017
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10am – 6pm
Sunday 10am – 4pm




From Mid-Atlantic to Pennsylvania

Show, Travel & Hotel Package to the 2017 Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza from Hampton, Virginia

A Three-Night Quilting Adventure including a stop in Lancaster, PA. September 13-16, 2017

The Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza offers a Show, Travel & Hotel Package to make your visit to the “Extrav” carefree. Travelling by deluxe charter coach from Hampton, Virginia to Oaks, Pennsylvania, your first adventure will be in scenic Lancaster County for shopping, a Pennsylvania Dutch lunch and a short tour of the Amish countryside before heading to the show.

Your host hotel is the Homewood Suites in Audubon, PA where breakfast is included.
Your itinerary of activities at the Extravaganza include a Fashion Show and two Lectures. Plus, you’ll have time to explore the show on your own. You may also choose to sign up for a full or half-day workshop (at the cost published in the PNQE brochure) on Thursday and/or Friday. You will be sent PNQE workshop details as soon as they are available. Thursday features a group dinner. On Friday evening, your tour bus will transport you to the charming town of Phoenixville, PA. Check out of the hotel on Saturday, September 16, ready to go home and create your own quilted masterpiece!

Show, Travel & Hotel Package Includes:
• Round trip transportation via deluxe charter coach between Hampton, Virginia and Oaks, Pennsylvania
• Show Pre-Registration and Admission
• 3 Night Stay at the Homewood Suites, Audubon, PA (Breakfast
• Lancaster County shopping, lunch and tour
• PNQE Fashion Show presented by Vickie Clontz, Thursday at 2:00 pm (2016 PNQE fashion show pictured below)
Fashion Show
• PNQE Lectures presented by Pepper Cory on Thursday and David Sirota on Friday
• Group dinner on Thursday evening
• Friday evening adventure to Phoenixville, PA

Please click here to download a Show, Travel & Hotel Package registration form.