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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!

Dyeing Workshops @ PNQE

Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, September 15-18, 2016 in Oaks/Valley Forge, PA features an impressive instructor line-up offering a variety of workshops and lectures. This year’s Extravaganza features well-known instructors including the very talented and informative Lisa White Reber.

Lisa White Reber, who has been quilting since 1994, started dyeing fabric in 1996 after seeing a demonstration on a television show. Lisa’s first few squares turned into a few quarter yards, and that turned into buying 100 meters of white fabric at a time. A few years and a few dye classes later, it was time to take the plunge and dye for a living. Lisa new vends as Dippy Dyes at major quilts shows where she also teaches her wonderful fabric dyeing classes.

A student wrote, “Lisa is an amazingly talented artist with the mind of a Ph.D. in chemistry when it comes to the science of creating colors. She is a dream to work with…exceedingly kind and generous with her expertise.”

Lisa will be offering two dyeing classes at PNQE:
On Friday, September 16, Lisa will teach Exploring Deconstructed (Breakdown) Screen Printing. Suitable for all levels of dyeing skills, this class explores thickened MX dyes applied to a silk screen and then printed from the screen onto your fabric. This is much easier to do than to describe – look at the sample pictures below to see the results.
Lisa’s second, full-day dyeing workshop at PNQE is on Saturday, September 17, Machine Stitched Shibori Vest. Shibori is a Japanese term meaning ‘shaped resist’ dyeing and encompasses a variety of techniques. You will learn a fast method for stitched resists along with the basics of dyeing with MX. The patterns made by many different stitch and thread combinations will also be explored. This workshop is also suitable for all levels of dyeing skills, beginners through advanced. The images below are examples of what you will create in class.
REBER_PNQE16_019Click here to register for Lisa’s workshops at PNQE. We’re sure you will learn a lot from this talented dyeing teacher.

SewBatik: More than just vending at PNQE

SewBatikBruce and Diane Magidson of SewBatik will be driving to Pennsylvania this fall from North Dakota to have a booth in the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza’s Merchants Mall. Held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks (Valley Forge area), the show runs September 15-18, 2016.

SewBatik, a merchant of fine batik and hand-dyed fabrics, is a Special Vendor Competition Sponsor of the Extravaganza. Their generosity helps PNQE have an amazing quilt competition and display fantastic quilts in special exhibits from around the world including the entries to the 2016 World Quilt Competition. Bruce and Diane look forward to another successful event and invite quilters, wearable artists and anyone who enjoys the textile arts to stop by their booth to see patterns, kits and especially their 112” cotton batiks.

New for 2016, Bruce and Diane are presenting the SewBatik Fashion Challenge. Challenge information and the entry form are available here. The Fashion Challenge culminates on Saturday, September 17 in a runway style fashion show.

The moderator of the SewBatik Fashion Challenge Show is the Quilt Diva herself, Karen Boutte who will be judging the fashions and presenting her Diva’s Choice award. There will also be a People’s Choice award as voted on by the fashion show audience.

For complete details on everything offered at PNQE please visit the Extravaganza’s website.

Caroline Hershey Makes Teaching Debut at PNQE

Traveling from her sheep farm on Chincoteague Island, Virginia, Caroline Hershey to be at Quilt FestivalCaroline will be presenting a workshop for the first time at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, September 15-18 (Oaks, PA / Valley Forge area). She will  teach,  Cable-licious, on Saturday, 9/17/16, from 1 to 4pm.  Caroline will teach the beautiful technique of knitted cables. Using hand dyed yarn from Chincoteague Island, you’ll explore the technique of cabling, creating a reversible super soft scarf. Moving stitches with the aid of a cable needle, you’ll see how cables moving left or right are created giving a smooth flow to your knitting.

When Caroline Hershey is not teaching she can be found, with her Carodan Farm to be at Quilt Festival in the Merchants Mallhusband Dan, in their booth Carodan Farm Wool Shop at the show.  Caroline produces her own line of hand dyed yarns. Yarn, patterns, needles, hooks and other knitting tools and supplies will be available for purchase so that you can create your own handmade items.

Be sure to register early for “Cable-licious” as it is being offered once only at the Quiltfest. Visit quiltfest.com for more information and to register to attend the festival and the workshop.  This class is for advanced beginners to intermediate level students.