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Longarm Workshops at Quilt Fest of New Jersey

Innova Longarm Workshops
at the 2018 Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey

New Jersey Convention & Expo Center
Edison, NJ
April 26-29, 2018


The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey is excited to announce that well-known instructors/quilt artists Judy Engime and Lisa Calle will teach longarm workshops during the festival. Olde City Quilts and Innova Longarm Systems will provide the longarm machines!

Judy Engime, who opened Burlington, NJ’s Olde City Quilts in 2006, long arm classis dedicated to growing interest in longarm quilting by providing machine rental and instruction for all skill levels. Judy’s goal is to inspire beginners and she especially strives to replace fear of failure with fun! Judy will teach a beginner longarm workshop at QFNJ, Let’s Get Started – Free Motion Focus on Thursday, April 26, in the afternoon. If you are a beginner longarm quilter or one who feels intimidated, this class is for you! Judy provides basic techniques to eliminate fears and fuel your creativity. On Friday morning, April 27, Judy will present Let’s Try Something Different; this class is for everyone who wants to experiment with alternative textiles on the longarm. Click here for more information.

Longarm quilter and instructor Lisa Calle discovered her love for the flowerpowersampleartistic side of textiles after earning a degree in Textile Management. Never thinking of herself as a creative person, everything changed once she drove her first longarm. Along her journey she has produced award winning quilts and found she loves to inspire others.  She is teaching three, half-day workshops at the NJ Quilt Fest: Flower Power, Rulers for Rookies and Feathers for the Timid. Click here for workshop details.

The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey is excited to provide these outstanding longarm workshops for its registrants. Be sure to sign up early as these workshops are going to fill quickly!

For complete Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey details please visit quiltfest.com.

Frieda Anderson’s Naturally Inspired Workshops

 World Quilt Show Florida
January 18-20, 2018
Orange County Convention Center – Orlando, Florida

The World Quilt Show Florida at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, January 18-20, 2018 features well-known instructors including the very talented and informative Frieda Anderson.

FriedaAnderson_2Frieda made her first quilt when she was in high school. She has always made things, and loves the process of creating. In college she majored in Art History and minored in ceramics, but returned to fiber because it was more satisfying. She can’t remember when she didn’t sew

She finds each step of quilt making, from the beginning to the end, a real challenge. Frieda says, “It is hard to say what part I like best. I love the pure creativity involved in conceiving and designing a new quilt. I love to piece and I love to fuse. I have found that by fusing smaller pieces, I can work out design issues. Then I like to make a bigger, bolder statement and piece the same quilt in a large format. Most of my work is machine quilted and nature inspired.”

Frieda’s original quilts are inspired by the everyday scenery that surrounds her and the colors of the mid-west landscape she lives in. She works with her own hand dyed cotton and silk fabrics. The dyeing process is always an adventure. The ways the dyed fabric look influence the rhythm of her work and the way she uses color in her pieces and often affects how she quilts her quilts. Trees and leaves are a big part of what influences her designs. Frieda has been making quilts for over 40 years.

Naturally Inspired Workshops:

DragonFly Garden, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm – Thursday, January 18

Seaside Village, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm – Friday, January 19

Under the Sea, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm – Saturday, January 20

Dragonfly Garden

For detailed information about Frieda’s workshops, please visit www.quiltfest.com.

World Quilt Florida is generously sponsored by Major Annual Sponsor Brother/The Sewing Studio Fabric Superstore; Major Vendor Sponsors BERNINA/Wandering Stitches, Juki – Baby Lock/The Sewing Studio Fabric Superstore, Innova Longarm Quilting Systems/Florida Quilting Center; and Silver Sponsor Handi Quilter/Heart of Florida Sewing Machine Co.

Learn Longarm Quilting this Winter

 World Quilt Show Florida
January 18-20, 2018
Orange County Convention Center – Orlando, Florida

Learn something new and exciting this January at the World Quilt Show Florida held at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center, January 18-20, 2018. With only two quilters per Innova machine, this is your chance to learn new, or master already acquired longarm skills. Taught by Gina Perkes, these workshops are a great opportunity to train on an Innova with its exclusive Lightning Stitch – the ultimate in stitch regulation!

Gina PerkesGina, an internationally award-winning quilter, has been quilting for nearly two decades and has developed many tools for machine quilters and a thread line with Superior Threads. She has appeared on several quilting shows and is the author of: Mastering the Art of Longarm Quilting published by C & T. She operates her shop, The Copper Needle, an Innova dealership, and training center in Payson, Arizona. Gina loves working with other quilters, sharing her techniques and helping them find inspiration and gain confidence. She teaches both domestic and longarm techniques and, believing that quilting is therapeutic, strives to create a stress-free, fun learning environment for her students.

Gina Perkes’ Longarm Workshops – each limited to just 12 students!
Thursday, January 18:
The Fundamentals of Longarm Quilting, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Beauteous Blocks and Borders, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Friday, January 19:
Make Mine Modern, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Glorious Grids with Fillers, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Saturday, January 20:
Quiltside Tools, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Free Motion Edge to Edge Designs, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Fundamentals of Longarm Quilting

For detailed information about Gina’s workshops, please visit www.quiltfest.com.

World Quilt Florida is generously sponsored by Major Annual Sponsor Brother/The Sewing Studio Fabric Superstore; Major Vendor Sponsors BERNINA/Wandering Stitches, Juki – Baby Lock/The Sewing Studio Fabric Superstore, Innova Longarm Quilting Systems/Florida Quilting Center; and Silver Sponsor Handi Quilter/Heart of Florida Sewing Machine Co.


World Quilt Florida Returns to Orlando!

Discover the World of Quilting Arts

After an exciting and adventurous 2017 in Central Florida, Mancuso Show Management announces that World Quilt Florida will again return to Orlando, January 18-20, 2018. Mancuso Show Management is thrilled to return World Quilt Florida to such an amazing city! The festival will be held in Hall WE2, West Concourse of the Orange County Convention Center on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. This unique quilt and textile event offers attendees a trip around the world – no passport needed!

View how the other side of the globe creates their quilts! The show will exhibit the international entries as well as selected United States ribbon winning entries from the 2017 World Quilt Competition. An outstanding nine countries are represented in this beautiful collection including Australia, Canada, Germany, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.

David Mancuso, President of Mancuso Show Management states, “This is the most comprehensive collection of international quilts displayed in the US.”

The quilt show will also include the Florida Quilt Competition, open only to residents of Florida. Like a fine art show, the entries to this competition are an impressive showcase of some of Florida’s most talented quilt and textile artists. It’s a wonderful opportunity for quilters to experience the diversity and creativity of their fellow enthusiasts.

The World Quilt Competition – On Tour, the Florida Quilt Competition and other special exhibitions allow attendees to view over 500 quilts! For those who love anything quilt related, this display of quilt art should not be missed!

The aisles of the World Quilt Merchants Mall will be filled with everything a happy shopper could possible imagine and more:  sewing machines, long arm machines, machine accessories, needles, pins, fabric markers, books, jewelry, thread, more fabric than you’ve ever seen in one place, notions, batting, patterns, stencils, finished ‘art’ clothing and patterns for clothing, shoes, jewelry making supplies, sewing machine carrying bags, scissors, rotary cutters, rotary cutting mats, rulers, magazines, magnification products, yarn and knitting supplies, trims, buttons, beads, stencils and more … much, much more!

FL MerchantsMall

In addition, workshops and lectures are available for those quilters looking to learn new techniques and work with some of the most talented and world-renowned quilt instructors. Quilters wanting inspiration with a large dose of entertainment will not want to miss the opportunity to learn from such a fantastic faculty including Frieda Anderson, Linda Hahn, Mark Sherman, David Sirota, Michele Sanandajian,  the “new for 2018” longarm workshops taught by Gina Perkes and more.

The World Quilt Show Florida is generously sponsored by Major Annual Sponsor Brother/The Sewing Studio Fabric Superstore; Major Vendor Sponsors BERNINA/Wandering Stitches, Juki – Baby Lock/The Sewing Studio Fabric Superstore, Innova Longarm Quilting Systems/Florida Quilting Center; and Silver Sponsor Handi Quilter/Heart of Florida Sewing Machine Co.

Pre-registration and other information is available on the show’s website.

Virginia Quilt Guilds Exhibit at the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival

The Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, February 22-25, 2018, will have an amazing collection of special exhibitions from around the county, the state and the country. This year, many quilt guilds from Virginia are taking part in M-AQF in the best way they know – by creating quilts. There will be a lot of beauty, talent and fabric in one room. M-AQF is proud to include these special exhibitions.

Included among these hometown exhibits are:

A Year of Mini-Challenges –
Peninsula Modern Quilt Guild
Stacks of Block Blocks by Kelley Paz
During 2017, the PMQG focused on education in the principles of modern quilting as a major goal. To that end, the guild had 3 mini-challenges, each focused on a different aspect of modern quilting. Pictured: Stacks of Block Blocks by Kelley Paz.



Baskets & Blooms –
The Virginia Quilt Museum
Heralding the arrival of spring in Virginia, the Virginia Quilt Museum shares this selection of floral and basket quilts from its Educational Collection that are representative of the flowers that are telling us that spring has arrived.


The World Around Us –
Colonial Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Italian Tiles (detail) by Beth Filko
Inspiration is all around us. This challenge invites us to make a quilted piece inspired by architecture or an architectural element. Pictured: Italian Tiles by Beth Filko.




Over the Years –
54-40 African American Quilt Guild
This exhibit celebreates the 25th Anniversary of 6 women who had a vision to learn and share the art of quilting with other African Americans.


Quilts Represent the Threads of Life –
Tidewater Quilters’ Guild
Goose in the Pond detail - Tidewater

We sew together, in groups; almost never alone! Sew and sew, sometimes with strife; Stories and tales, and gifts of love; Created in our “Threads of Life.” Pictured: Goose in the Pond (detail).




To Every Thing There Is a Season –
Cabin Branch/Stonehouse Quilt Guilds
Every season has a food, weather, sport or activity or holiday that makes it special. Share your love of that special part of the year in fabric and thread.


 The Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice
“We Are Somebody” Quilting Program presents “Just 4 U”
Quilt (detail) by L.R. - VA Juvenile Justice
The Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice’s quilting program, believed to be the only quilting class in the country in a male juvenile corrections setting, teaches not just the hard skills involved in this difficult craft, but also critical life skills such as goal-setting, patience, frustration management, public speaking, and the value of precision.  Pictured Quilt (detail) by L.R.



In addition, The Golden Thimble Needlework Guild and The Bead Society of Southeastern Virginia will be presenting free Fiber and Needle Arts Demonstrations throughout the four-day event.

Founding Sponsor BERNINA/Nancy’s Calico Patch/Cottonwood; Major Annual Sponsor Brother/Tidewater Sew-Vac; Major Sponsors Baby Lock/All Brands, Elna/The Quilters Studio, Janome/ Tidewater Sew-Vac, and Innova Longarm Systems; and Silver Sponsor Handi Quilter generously sponsor the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival.

For complete details, including workshop and lecture information, please visit: www.quiltfest.com.

Florida Quilt Competition

Quilt Artists  Present Their Talents
at the 2018 World Quilt Florida


World Quilt Florida returns to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, January 18-20, 2018. Included among the many exhibits at the show will be the entries to the popular Florida Quilt Competition, open only to entrants who are residents of Florida. This impressive quilt art showcase will feature works by Florida’s most talented quilt and textile artists. World Quilt Florida is an incredible opportunity for quilters from across the Sunshine State to experience the talent and creativity of their fellow enthusiasts.

Entrants to the Florida Quilt Competition will vie for over $3,500 in awards. In addition, show-goers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite competition quilt to win the prestigious Viewers Choice Award. For those who love anything quilt related this wonderful display of quilt art cannot be missed!

Be sure to get a glimpse of this year’s exquisite quilt competition entries. The show is anticipating its best year yet!

To enter the Florida Quilt Competition, please click here.

Pictured below: From the 2017 Florida Quilt Competition –
Geese Galaxy by B. Watana Cantrell.

PNQE 2017 Competition Winners

2017 Competition Winners

#4004 Atomic Synergy
by Deborah  Levy
PNQE17 4004a

PNQE17 4004b

BERNINA 1st Runner-Up Best of Show:
#1007 Respite
by Sandy Curran
PNQE17 1007a

First Place:
#1006 When My Spirit is Set Free
by Teri L Cherne
PNQE17 1006a

Second Place:
#1001 The Big Bang
by Kathie Beltz and Mara Novak
PNQE17 1001a
Third Place:
#1009 Dialogue
by Rachel Derstine
PNQE17 1009a
Honorable Mention:
#1021 Life and Times of the Attitude Birds
by Lydia Erika Middugh
PNQE17 1021a
Best Hand Workmanship:
#1010 Women Rulers
by Connie Harris Farrington
PNQE17 1010a
Best Sewing Machine Workmanship:
#1027 Words for a Good Life
by Carolee Rounsaville
PNQE17 1027a
Best Longarm Machine Workmanship:
#1023 Points and Zigzags
by Catherine Palmer
PNQE17 1023a
Best Use of Color:
#1012 The Midnight Musician
by Marlene Fenoglietto
PNQE17 1012a
Best Interpretation of Theme:
#1022 The Shot
by Leslie A. O’Brien
PNQE17 1022a
First Place:
#1032 Decadent Victorian Darlings
by Hattie F Williams
PNQE17 1032a
Second Place:
#2033 When the Stars Come Out
by Diane Wingo
PNQE17 2033a
Third Place:
#1020 Paradise In Blooms
by Joyce McComas
PNQE17 1020a
Honorable Mention:
#2002 With Milk and Sugar … ?
by Rhonda Adams
PNQE17 2002a
Best Hand Workmanship:
#2005 I Get By with a Little Help from My Friends
by Stephanie J Braskey
PNQE17 2005a
Best Sewing Machine Workmanship:
#2014 Afterglow of Summer
by Lorraine A Ennis
PNQE17 2014a
Best Longarm Machine Workmanship:
#2020 The Doctor’s Wife
by Debra Lohman
PNQE17 2020a
Best Use of Color:
#2022 Butterflies
by Jan Lucas
PNQE17 2022a
Best Interpretation of Theme:
#2013 Flowers from My Grandmother’s Garden
by Claudia Dimond
PNQE17 2013a
First Place:
#4003 Whistling Winds in the City
by Cindy Carey
PNQE17 4003a
Second Place:
#4010 Climbing Your Ladder
by Janet Schoenfeld
PNQE17 4010a
Third Place:
#4002 Connect the Dots
by Sue Bower
PNQE17 4002a
Honorable Mention:
#4011 The Neighborhood
by Janet Schoenfeld & Maria O’Haver
PNQE17 4011a
Best Use of Color:
#4005 Off-kilter
by Rebecca Moyer
PNQE17 4005a
Best Use of Negative Space:
#4009 Miro and Me
by Stephanie Zacharer RuylePNQE17 4009a
Best Interpretation of Mid-Century Theme:
#4013 Mod Blocks 2.0
by Betsy Vinegrad
PNQE2017 4013a
#3008 A Silver Lining
by Lisa H Calle
PNQE17 3008a

PNQE17 3008b

Second Place:
#3031 Autumn Forest
by Carolyn L Olsen
PNQE17 3031a
Third Place:
#3001 Everyday Rust … Faded Glory
by Esterita Austin
PNQE17 3001a
Honorable Mention:
#3047 Drawing Nigh
by Betty Jo Tatum
PNQE17 3047a
Best Mid-Century Mod Wall Quilt:
#3007 Night Moon
by Maxine Shall Burkholder
PNQE17 3007a
Best Hand Workmanship:
#3051 Joyful Blooms
by Joyce L Wuehle
PNQE17 3051a
Best Sewing Machine Workmanship:
#3036 The Toymaker
by Sheila Riess
PNQE17 3036a
Best Longarm Machine Workmanship:
#3004 Nathan’s School House
by Daria Bernard
PNQE17 3004a
Best Use of Color:
#3020 Where is Everyone?
by Susannah  Kipp, Jane Frenke, Phyllis Hagstad, Shirley Hillgren, Dawn Lewis, Colleen Tavenner & Lin Vance
PNQE17 3020a
Best Interpretation of Theme:
#3023 Lime Ammonite II
by Kimberly Lacy
PNQE17 3023a

Frieda Anderson:
#3042 S Spiral
by Sheila Shepherd
PNQE17 3042a

Bobbie Bergquist:
#2007 Berries & Blossoms
by Katherine Carrington
PNQE17 2007a
Pepper Cory:
#3010 Two Heads are Better than One
by Donna Chambers
PNQE17 3010a
Paula Golden:
#1024 Flying Off into the Sunset
by Jamee Pemberton
PNQE17 1024a
Dierdra McElroy:
#1032 Decadent Victorian Darlings
by Hattie F Williams
PNQE17 1032a
#2011 Edith and Irene (central detail)
by Rich Danner
PNQE17 2011a