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World Quilt New England Shines with International Instructor

Christine Porter:
Quilt Teacher, Lecturer, Author, Quilt Judge

  The fifteenth annual World Quilt New England event, August 17-19, 2017, at Manchester’s Radisson Center of New Hampshire, offers a fantastic, panoramic view of the world’s take on quilting and the textile arts. The Festival’s World Quilt Competition, along with its special exhibits, provides a colorful vista of fabric and thread. In addition, the world-renowned faculty presenting workshops at the show can open the doors to a new world of quilting with their innovative designs and techniques.

ChrisPorter-AwardIncluded on the faculty for 2017 is Christine Porter. Taught to sew as a child by her grandmother and mother, it was not until 1989 that – on a sudden impulse – she visited the American Museum in Bath and discovered a wonderful collection of vintage American quilts. The quilts moved her so much that she gave up her career as a college lecturer in health studies to become a full-time quilter. (Pictured left, Christine with the Amy Emms Award for Services to British Quilting.)

Today, Christine is one of the foremost British quilters. Working in her Bristol studio, Chris creates wonderfully refreshing quilts that combine traditional shapes and clear colors with simple construction. The results are always fun, happy quilts. Chris’ quilts encourage the playful use of fabric.

The former editor of Britain’s Patchwork & Quilting magazine, Christine has authored six beautiful books including her most recent, Sensational Circle Quilts. On a lighter note, Chris combined her talents with Darra Williamson to create a new, light-hearted book, which is A Year in the Life of Sunbonnet Sue. Another book is currently in the making. She has also made four DVDs.

Because Christine is an excellent teacher, she is a very popular guest instructor, lecturer and quilt judge throughout Great Britain, the USA, Canada, Australia, Ireland, Norway, Dubai, Kuwait, New Zealand, Spain, Turkey and France, and on cruises for Quilt Seminars at Sea. In 2010, Christine was given the Amy Emms Award for Services to British Quilting You may learn more about Christine at www.christineporterquilts.com.

FlyingAroundinCirclesChristine will present two full day workshops at the New England event. On Thursday, August 17, students can enjoy Flying Around in Circles while making an exciting quilting using circles and squares to produce a stunning design. Friday will be Strippy Fans with a Twist! – the twist is the special wedge ruler that takes math out of the equation. The half-day Rainbow Color Wheel Fan workshop on Saturday is Christine’s class for those new to making a fan quilt; learn the technique while making a pretty wall hanging or larger quilt. Click here for workshop details and images. (Pictured left,  Flying Around in Circles workshop sample.)

Christine will wrap up her stay in Manchester by hosting a luncheon/lecture on Saturday, August 19. She will transport you to Venice, Rome, Spain and beyond with her presenting Floor Tiles Make Fabulous Quilts – Be Inspired! Lunch is included with this presentation.

Handi Quilters, Innova, Bits ‘n Pieces and Olde City Quilt generously sponsor World Quilt New England.

View and/or print the World Quilt New England brochure from quiltfest.com or to receive a brochure in the mail email mancuso@quiltfest.com.

World Quilt New England XV
Featuring the premier of the 2017 World Quilt Competition XXI
August 17-19, 2017
Radisson Center of New Hampshire
Manchester, NH


Join Us for Summertime Fun … World Quilt New England

Join us for summertime fun …
Don’t just GO to a New England quilt festival,
VACATION at one!
All Inclusive Show & Hotel Package Available!

Get a taste of culture, diversity and creative talent at World Quilt New England in Manchester, New Hampshire. This show is an amazing opportunity to see the work of textile artists from throughout the globe. This worldwide event is not to be missed!

World Quilt New England offers a COMPLETE Show & Hotel package to make your visit carefree. Show and Hotel packages include:

  • Show Pre-Registration
  • 3 or 4 Night Stay at the Radisson Hotel Manchester
  • 3 or 4 Breakfast Coupons per Person
  • Hotel Parking for 3 or 4 Nights (1 vehicle)
  • Choice of 1 full-day workshop on Thursday or Friday
  • Lecture with David Sirota, Thursday at 4:30 pm
  • World Quilt Panel & Forum Ice Cream Social, Friday at 4:30 pm
  • Special Luncheon Presentation by Christine Porter, Saturday at 12:30 pm
  • PLUS, you’ll have time to explore the show on your own!

*Note: if you choose a full-day Saturday workshop, it may overlap with Saturday’s Special Luncheon Presentation.

 Click Here for the 3 night package form
Click Here for the 4 night package form

Radisson Manchester

Located in the heart of New England, the Radisson Hotel Manchester is attached to The Center of New Hampshire and just minutes from the area’s major airport and highways. The city’s cafés, theater and museums are within walking distance, while Boston is within an hour’s drive. The Radisson offers a full service day spa, an on-site fitness facility, indoor pool and whirlpool, and a complimentary airport shuttle.

It’s your vacation! So, do it right, and enjoy the luxurious accommodations brought to you by the Radisson Hotel Manchester. Each room is outfitted in chic decor, and is backed by the comfort of high-end furniture and bedding.

Fantastic dining is available directly on the premises. Start your day off right with a delightful breakfast from Café on the Park. Unwind from the day’s activities over one of the popular dinner specials, and a Quilters Cocktail from JD’s Tavern.

While you’re in town, take advantage of the opportunity to explore downtown Manchester, NH! Full of exquisite sights, top-notch dining, and an array of activities to do – it’s no wonder World Quilt New England comes back each year.

World Quilt New England XV
Featuring the premier of the 2017 World Quilt Competition XXI
August 17-19, 2017
Radisson Center of New Hampshire
Manchester, NH



OCTOBER 12 – 15, 2017

 The Pacific International Quilt Festival returns to Santa Clara, CA October 12-15, 2017 with a spectacular collection of over 800 quilts and works of wearable and textile art. This highly anticipated quilt show, the largest on the west coast, is held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in the greater San Francisco Bay area.

As the Pacific International Quilt Festival celebrates 26 years, the 1043a2017 Quilt Competition theme, Everyday, asks textile artists how Everday is a quilting day and what they see in their Everydays ahead. Entrants to the quilt competition will compete for over $20,000 in awards and prizes. Pictured: Reborn by Molly Hamilton-McNally, Winner of The BERNINA First Runner-up Award, PIQF 2016.

In addition, PIQF will also present the Mid-Century Mod Modern Quilt Competition. Entrants to this competition, who will compete for over $12,000 in awards and prizes, are asked to draw inspiration from the look and feel of mid-20th century design.

The fashionable entries in the Wearable Art Competition will also be on display. The best entries from among these works will be awarded over $4,700 in awards and prizes.

In addition to the competition entries there will be Special Exhibits of quilts and textile art from around the world. Among them are the international entries and selected U.S. winning entries from the 2017 World Quilt Competition XXI: On Tour.

Not only does this incredible event feature astounding works of art, it also offers a wide array of workshops and lectures presented by a stellar line-up of national and international instructors teaching all levels of quilt, wearable and textile arts. The Festival’s 2017 faculty includes Libs Elliott – Canada, Angela Madden – England, Alex Anderson – CA, Frieda Anderson – IL, Gyleen X Fitzgerald – MD, Pat Harrison, RI, Marjan Kluepfel – CA, Sue Nickels – MI, Mark L Sherman – TN, David Sirota – NH, Meri Henriques Vahl – CA, Nancy Bavor (Appraisals) – CA, Anelie Belden – CA, Bobbie Bergquist – NH, Karen D Boutte – CA, Sue Pelland – MA, Fern Royce – CA, Joyce Teng – TX, Pat Yamin – NY, BERNINA Educator Debbi Lashbrook, and Baby Lock Educators Debbie Martinez and Aaron Hoskins.

New for PIQF in 2017 is the National Association of Certified Quilt Judges (NACQJ) Two Day Introduction to Judging Seminar. Presented by Pat Harrison (Rhode Island), the seminar is limited to just 12 participants.

In addition, PIQF hosts a 200-booth Merchants Mall with the best in fabrics (no quilter can have too much fabric!), notions, machines, wearable art and everything for the quilter, textile artist and home sewer.

Also offered at PIQF is the Quilters Adventure Tour. The Adventurers will visit the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles and the charming Monterey Bay town of Pacific Grove for shopping and lunch, plus the studios of renowned textile artists Rachel Clark and Nora Deans. Another perennial favorite among show-goers is the PIQF Fashion Show; For the Love of Color – 2017 will be presented Friday evening, October 13. This fun event is organized and moderated by Karen Boutte, Quilt Diva.

There’s so much to see and do at PIQF, it will take a long weekend in sunny Santa Clara to experience it all!  Many who travel in quilting circles will tell you this is an event not to be missed! Experience the magical combination of beautiful fabric and amazing quilting talent … all under one roof at the Pacific International Quilt Festival!

Founding Sponsor BERNINA of America/California Sewing & Vacuums; Major Annual Sponsor Brother/Meissner Sewing Centers; Major Sponsors Baby Lock/Gammill/ Meissner Sewing Centers, Husqvarna Viking/U.S. Sewing, and Janome/Ray’s Sewing Machine Center; Silver Sponsors Handi Quilter and Innova; and Special Exhibit Sponsor Nolting Manufacturing generously support the Pacific International Quilt Festival.

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

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.”