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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.

PNQE Goes Fashion

Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza
September 15-18, 2016
3 Days of Fashion Shows Included with Admission

Prepare to be amazed by the world of Fashion at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza. Witness amazing works of fiber and fabric in not just ONE, but THREE different Fashion Shows moderated by Karen D. Boutte. Included with admission, these Fashion Shows are sure to inspire, Friday Sept. 16 through Sunday Sept. 18, 2016.

Fashion Shows Moderator:
Karen D. Boutte, The Quilt Diva, California
PNQE’s fashion show moderator and instructor, Karen is a KarenBouttenationally known quilt instructor, lecturer, author and designer of original quilts and garments. She encourages her students to free their creative spirit, enjoy the process and above all, have fun! Karen specializes in teaching basic and intermediate quilt making skills, embellishing and decorative stitching. Karen enjoys the freedom of designing quilts and creating art to wear. In addition to moderating three fashion shows, Karen is also teaching a full-day work shop on Thursday, September 15:

Delightful Diva Designs – Designer Collection Jacket
Choose your favorite designer fabric (i.e., Kona Bay; Michael Miller, RJR, Moda or Lonni Rossi, to name just a few) and create a jacket using a purchased sweatshirt for the foundation. The “Diva” will teach you the techniques for designing and constructing your jacket including preparing the foundation, layering the background, adding embellishment and decorative stitches.  All levels.

Pepper Cory Returns to PNQE

Pepper Cory Returns
to the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza

The 2016 teaching staff at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, September 15-18, 2016 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA, is sure to enlighten – from beginner to advanced there will be something for everyone. Presenting this year is Pepper Cory, a longtime favorite at Mancuso Show Management’s festivals.

Active in quilting since 1972, Pepper Cory is known for her eclecticCory_PNQE16_004D use of color and her personalized one-on-one approach to teaching. The author of six books and numerous articles, she also designs piecing templates, quilting stencils, and fabric lines. Pepper shares her enthusiasm for quilting by teaching and lecturing throughout the United States as well as internationally. Pepper also blogs about learning to quilt Pepper at the Quilt Studio and shares photos and commentary about vintage quilts at Quilt Flap. When not quilting, she can be found on the beach near her North Carolina coastal home.

Pepper both machine and hand pieces, but prefers hand quilting for her own work. Handling a needle gives her, in her own words, “A kind of high.” And, while she collects antique quilts, she creates contemporary quilts with all sorts of fabrics.

A longtime instructor, Pepper brings a sense of humor and confidence to her classes. Pepper is presenting three full day workshops at PNQE. For details, please click here.

Swartz Creek Scrap Quilt
Inspired by an Antique Pennsylvania Quilt
Full Day Workshop, Thursday, 9/15/16
Sewing machines provided by Janome/Pocono Sew & Vac

Easy String Star Quilt
Full Day Workshop, Friday, 9/16/16

Yokosu! Welcome to Sashiko
(Japanese Hand Quilting)
Full Day Workshop, Saturday, 9/17/16

Quiltfest Goes Mod!

It’s a Mod, Mod World! Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs and the Pacific International Quilt Festival are presenting a National Juried & Judged Modern Quilt Competition – Mid-Century Mod.

With over $6,000 in prizes, the competition is sure to draw entries from some of the best Modern Quilters in the country. Pictured below: Shelter by Ann Horton.


The entries will be judged and displayed at Quiltfest Oasis in Palm Springs, October 6-8. Then, the quilts will travel to the Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara/Bay area where they will be on exhibit from October 13-16.

Mid-Center Mod entrants will be asked to respond to the competition’s theme:

  • Mid-Century Mod emphasizes the look and feel of mid-20th century design. Artists are asked to draw inspiration from this period, reflecting their own exposures or from the work of artists  such as Joan Miro, Piet Mondrian, Victor Vasarely, Frank Stella, etc. Where did you find the inspiration for your Mid-Century Mod quilt?

For entry information and details please visit the Modern Quilt Competiton on quiltfest.com.

The Mid-Century Mod competition is generously sponsored by Founding Sponsor BERNINA/California Sewing & Vacuums, Major Annual Sponsor Brother/Meissner Sewing Center, Major Sponsors Gammill/Meissner Sewing Center, Janome/Ray’s Sewing Machine Center, Baby Lock/Eddie’s Quilting Bee, BERNINA/Ralph’s Sewing Center; Silver Sponsors ABM/Innova and Handi Quilter; Special Exhibit Sponsor Nolting Longarm Quilting Machines; and Special Vendor Sponsors Sew Batik and Quilter’s Slidelock.