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World Quilt New England – Where Innovation Meets Education

Continuing education and keeping up with industry changes are a big part of today’s quilting world. Quilters and textile artists are constantly looking to learn new skills, find new inspiration and build their knowledge base. Mancuso Show Management’s events strive to offer a great variety of workshops presented by a renowned faculty for those interested in further learning. World Quilt New England 2016, held August 18-20 at the Center of Manchester in New Hampshire is no exception.

We have the privilege of hosting such an amazing and diverse group of instructors at World Quilt New England and while there are still workshop spaces open, if you are interested in participating in any of the available workshops, please don’t wait to sign up. Visit quiltfest.com to register. Here’s a sneak peak of what’s still available.

DaceT&T2016_CirclesBInternationally known instructor and South African native, Rosalie Dace brings her expertise in design with her workshops African Motifs in Design and Going Round in Circles. She is also presenting a lunch and lecture on Saturday, August 20 at 12:30pm. Old Traditions, New Directions offers a personal view of the obsessive pleasure and delight (along with a measure of agony) that many quilt makers experience in their art.

Known for her hand dyed fabrics, FriedaAndersonWebfusing and stunning quilts, Frieda Anderson offers 2 full day workshops Thursday and Saturday. Thursday’s workshop plays around with lines, shapes, and colors in Creative Crisp Curves – Intentional Improvisational Class. Her Saturday dyeing workshop Flooded with Color teaches you how to dye formulas for 48 shades – a skill that any quilter would certainly “dye” for! Frieda will also present Moving Forward with a New Tradition – Art Quilts, a lecture featuring art quilts on Wednesday, August 17 at 6:00pm.

DruhenWQNE16_004bRegional artist, Pamela Druhen is an instructor for all seasons. Pamela uses threadwork to bring texture and depth to her quilts. If you are tired of the hot summer, take Pamela Druhen’s full day workshop The Winter Palette on Thursday, August 18. The class explores the blues, blacks and grays of winter in a beautiful quilted landscape. Or, join Pamela’s Landscape for Real workshop that delves into creating that perfect quilted landscape. Pamela also will lecture on Thursday, August 18 at 4:30pm where she will share her latest works and answer your questions about technique, color and anything else that comes to mind!

If you are a nature or free-motion aficionado, Marjan Kluepfel offersKluepfelWQNE16_008b 3 full day workshops at WQ New England Thursday through Saturday that will sharpen your noggin as well as your needle. Originally, from the Netherlands, Marjan resides in sunny California where her views inspire her uniquely beautiful quilting pieces. She teaches across the world and is one of our favorite instructors to have teach at Mancuso events. Her Thursday workshop, Bobbin Drawing, Thread Painting & Free-Motion Machine Embroidery is a hands on class featuring the title’s techniques. Marjan’s Friday workshop, Zen and the art of Free Form Fiberscapes teaches essential design principles to make a picturesque fantasy quilt and her Saturday workshop, Shimmering Dragonflies & Sparkling Flowers will use fusing, free-motion machine embroidery, thread painting and bobbin drawing to create a fabric collage.

McElroyWQNE16_011Do your quilts have something to say? Didi McElroy’s Saturday half day AM workshop, Words in Quilts will teach students to incorporate words in their quilts using reverse appliqué. Didi, a world renowned hand quilter will also present her famous full day workshops Needle-Turn Applique 101 and That Perfect Stitch on Thursday and Friday respectively.

With this incredible line up, you won’t want to miss your chance to learn from the best. Visit quiltfest.com and register now!

Modern Quilt Symposium – Palm Springs, CA


Modern Quilt Symposium
Palm Springs, CA
October 5-7, 2016
Evening Welcome Reception Tuesday, October 4
~Part of Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs~

Join Libs Elliott and Joe Cunningham as they explore Modern Quilting
Libs & Joe

The Modern Quilt Symposium is an opportunity to connect with other artists, work with some of the best instructors in the world, and challenge yourself creatively. There’s more to the Symposium than classes! Included is a 4-night stay at the Hilton Palm Springs Resort (optional), Welcome Reception, two Full-Day Workshops, Lectures, Luncheon Lecture, Reflection, Meditation, Relaxation & Modern Design Day, Quilter’s Game Zone and the Quiltfest Oasis Show & Merchants Mall.

Symposium includes:

  • Tuesday Evening Welcome Reception
  • A full day workshop with Libs Elliott, and a full day workshop with Joe Cunningham
  • Lectures with Libs Elliott and Joe Cunningham
  • Special Luncheon/Lecture with Ashley Nickels
  • Friday “Reflection, Meditation, Relaxation & Modern Design Day”
  • Friday evening Quilter’s Game Zone
  • Quiltfest Oasis Show & Merchants Mall
  • 4-night Stay at the Hilton Palm Springs Resort (optional)

Symposium registrants also have the option of taking a Saturday workshop from the Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs faculty and attending the Saturday luncheon and lecture with Gloria Loughman.

Special Note: This symposium will be limited to 40 registrants. It is only available through the printable registration form on our website that can be emailed, mailed or faxed. You may also call 215-862-5828 to register. (You cannot register for this symposium with our online check out.) If you are interested in participating in this new concept symposium, feel free to contact us by phone (215-862-5828) or email mancuso@quiltfest.com.


World Quilt Competition Countdown – LAST DAY

Today, Monday, July 18, is the final day to submit your entry to the 2016 World Quilt Competition: click here for the online and printable entry forms.

You may enter online or print an entry form to mail to the competition. Online entries must be submitted by midnight Eastern Daylight Time tonight; mail-in entries must be postmarked today, July 18.

More wonderful entries from the 2015 competition:

Hide and Seek by Claire Wallace, South Africa
Humming Bee by Judith Wilson, UKSONY DSC


Quiltfest Oasis Rocks the Desert

Quilts, quilts and more quilts will roll into the Palm Springs Convention Center October 6-8, 2016.  Now in its third year, Quiltfest Oasis brings the ever popular craft to southern California with the first National Modern Quilt Competition, Mid-Century Mod. While newly created,  these competition quilts will have a Mid-Century Mod feel to them. The festival will also include the traditional, innovative and wall quilts that everyone has come to enjoy.

The World Quilt Competition also rolls into beautiful Palm Springs as a special exhibit. Quilts from ten countries will be on display as part of this exhibit. Look for the country flags to identify the quilts from each participating country. Other special exhibits include A Slice of Oz by Quiltfest instructor Gloria Loughman of Australia, quilts by the 3-D Designing Desert Divas, California’s Hues, Tints, Shades & Tones presented by the Southern California Council of Quilt Guilds, Modern Simplicity by Kathleen Probst, Oasis by SAQA SoCal, and many more.

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Alinea #5 by Kathleen Probst

Quilt festival vendors will also roll into the convention center with items not only for quilters, but also for home sewers, knitters, wearable artists, textile artists and other crafters. These merchants will rock the show floor with the latest gadgets and gizmos, and fabric (lots of fabric!) to help festival attendees create their own stunning works of art.

Festival attendees may opt to learn new quilting techniques or brush up on old ones from the Quiltfest’s internationally renowned faculty. Joe Cunningham, Libs Elliott and Gloria Loughman are headlining the show. A Modernism Presentation & Tour, presented by Kurt Cyr (who you may recognize him from his appearances on HGTV) will also be available on Friday morning.

Quiltfest Oasis is Thursday thru Saturday, October 6-8, from 10am to 6pm each day. Attendees who roll into the quilt show this October will certainly not be disappointed.

Quiltfest Funnies

Too much fabricA recent study indicated that fabric gives off certain Pheromones that actually hypnotize women and cause them to purchase unreasonable amounts. When stored in large quantities in enclosed spaces, the Pheromones (in the fabric) cause memory loss and induces the nesting syndrome (similar to the one squirrels have before the onset of winter; i.e. storing food). Therefore perpetuating their species and not having a population loss due to their kind being cut into pieces and mixed with others.

Sound tests have also revealed that these fabrics emit a very high pitched sound, heard only by a select few, a breed of women known as “quilters.” When played backwards on an LP, the sounds are heard as chants, “buy me, cut me and sew me”. In order to overcome the so called “feeding frenzy effect” that these fabrics cause, one must wear a face mask when entering a storage facility and use ear plugs to avoid being pulled into their grip. One must laugh, however, at the sight of customers in a quilt fabric store, with WWII army gas masks and headphones!

Studies have also indicated that aliens have inhabited the earth, helping to spread the effects that these fabrics have on the human population. They are called QUILT FABRIC STORE CLERKS. It’s also been experienced that these same Pheromones cause a pathological need to hide these fabric purchases when taken home (or at least blend them into the existing stash), and when asked by significant other if the fabric is new, the reply is “I’ve had it for awhile.”

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Traditions at the White Swan Returns to PNQE

White SwanEvery September Dick & Wendy Shank, whose Traditions at the White Swan store has been based in Hagerstown, Maryland for over 25 years, travel to Pennsylvania to participate in the Merchants Mall at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza. Though their shop originally started out as a combination crafting and quilting store, today they devote all of their resources entirely to quilting.

Traditions at the White Swan features an extensive inventory of designer fabrics including reproduction prints, batiks, and flannels, all from top fabric manufacturers such as Moda, Marcus Brothers, Wilmington, Timeless Treasures, P & B, and Maywood. When you visit the Traditions booth at PNQE, you’ll be greeted by inspirational project samples along with the patterns and kits to go with them. They also carry a selection of notions.

Dick & WendyBe sure to stop by and say hello to Dick & Wendy at the Quiltfest this September 15-18, 2016 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA (Valley Forge area). They always look forward to meeting the creative needs of quilters. Their goal is to provide the best customer service, helpful project advice, ongoing support, and high quality products. Dick, Wendy and their staff are ever willing to assist customers with questions and projects, big or small!