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Fashion Makes a Triumphant Return to PNQE

Celebrating 24 years, the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza returns to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center (Oaks, PA) this September 14-17.  Two outstanding fashion shows will, once again, be part of this not-to-miss event.

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Award-winning fiber and textile artist, Vickie Clontz, of Annie’s
Vickie_6345_03Keepsakes, will be the moderator of both fashion shows.  On
Thursday, she presents her “Celebrating Art & Fashion” creations at 2:00pm.  Inspired by nature and art from around the world, she will
explore a wide variety of textures, hues and shapes in this captivating collection of wearable art. Join us as we embrace our unity in creativity and applaud our diversity in individuality on our journey of love, learning and illumination. There will also be a Special Accessories in this cultural blend of clothing created by the “Art Tarts” art quilt group of Charlotte, NC. To see more of Vickie’s work, please visit her web-site at www.annieskeepsakes.com.

Saturday at 2:00pm, Vickie turns her attention to the presentation of the SewBatik Challenge Fashion Show.  This challenge was created last year by Bruce and Diane Magidson of SewBatik in SewBatikFabric17conjunction with Mancuso Show Management and asks entrants to be inspired to create day to day street wear or runway style garments.  This year, the challenge fabric is Paisley Esprit – Midnight Sand Storm (pictured left).  Vickie Clontz will award the Judge’s Choice prize to the top entry as well as an Honorable Mention ribbon and the audience will vote for the garment to win People’s Choice. As you read this and become inspired to create your own garment visit www.sewbatik.com (Our Products menu – SewBatik Challenge) to enter.  Entry deadline is August 14, 2017.

These fashion shows are included with your paid admission to the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.  Come and be inspired!  For more information about the quilt festival, visit 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



The Center of It All! Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XXIV

The Center of It All!
Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XXIV
September 14-17, 2017

In 2017, the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza celebrates its 24th year. This popular event has grown into a “destination” for quilt, textile, fiber and wearable artists. The Extravaganza is the largest and most comprehensive quilt festival in a state known for its rich history of quilting. Held September 14-17 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks (Valley Forge area), PA, PNQE will be dishing up all the ingredients needed for a successful quilt show.

This year’s national competition theme is Not Fade Away, 3003achallenging quilt artists to describe how they will pass on the art of quilting to the next generation. In addition, the show’s special exhibitions will fill the aisles with hundreds of works by quilt and textile artists from around the globe. In all, over 600 quilts and works of textile art will be on display. Pictured: 2016 Best Wall Quilt, Waratah by Melinda Bula.


This expansive venue offers plenty of room for the Extravaganza’s mega Merchants Mall. Anyone who has attended in the past will attest to the vast variety of merchandise offered by quality companies.

The 2017 teaching staff at the Extravaganza is sure to enlighten many a student. From beginner to advanced there will be something for everyone. Presenting this year are Frieda Anderson (Illinois), Pepper Cory (North Carolina), Paula Golden (Virginia), Dierdra McElroy (California), David Sirota (New Hampshire), Sarah Bond (Pennsylvania) and more! In addition, and NEW for 2017, are longarm workshops taught by Lisa Calle (Pennsylvania), Jill Churchill (Pennsylvania) and Valerie Schlake (Virginia). Also, certified appraiser Phyllis Twigg Hatcher will be on-site providing quilt appraisals by appointment.

Lectures will also be featured at PNQE. Sarah Bond will present “Many Quilts, One Family: Quilts from my Grandmothers” on Thursday afternoon, September 14. We are also excited to have David Sirota back for a second year in Oaks. In addition to his workshops, he will speak on Friday afternoon at 2pm – “What Makes a Quilter Tick? A Humorous Look in the Mirror.” David’s lecture is included with show registration or general admission.

As if all this isn’t enough to keep you busy, the PNQE Fashion Shows 2016-09-16 14.15will be returning for a second exciting year! Thursday will feature Vickie Clontz – Celebrating Art & Fashion. The SewBatik Challenge Fashion Show will headline on Saturday afternoon. Both shows will be moderated by Vickie Clontz, and fashion show admission is included with your show admission or registration.


Visit PNQE’s website at www.quiltfest.com for complete workshop, lecture, fashion show and other “Extrav” details.

The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center is located in Oaks, PA just a few miles west from the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s Valley Forge exit; just off Route 422. Plus, the overall region presents many opportunities for groups traveling to the Quilt Extravaganza. Valley Forge, Lancaster County, Historic Bucks County and Philadelphia are all within easy reach.

The Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza is generously sponsored by major annual sponsor Brother/Byrne Sewing Connection; Major Sponsors Baby Lock/Steve’s Sewing, Vacuum & Quilting; BERNINA/Hayes Sewing Machine Company; Janome – Elna/Pocono Sew & Vac; Silver Sponsors Handi Quilter and Innova; and Special Vendor Sponsor French Connections.

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






World Quilt New England
August 17-19, 2017
Radisson Center of New Hampshire
Manchester, NH

21st Annual World Quilt Competition
ostmark and online entry deadline: July 27, 2017

The World Quilt Competition is a juried and judged competition offering over $9,500 in Prizes!

U.S. Entrants click here to enter online, or click here for a printable entry form.

International Entrants: All international entries must be submitted through your country’s World Quilt Competition Coordinator. Click here to discover  your country’s coordinator.

The World Quilt Competition is generously sponsored by Handi Quilter and Innova Quilting Systems.






Best of Country 2016 – Australia:
True Blue Mates by Yvonne Chapman



Just Announced at World Quilt New England – Longarm Workshops

Longarm classes have been newly added to the festival’s workshop line up!  Well-known instructors Barbara Persing and Judy Engime will present these fabulous new additions to World Quilt New England, to take place August 17-19, 2017 at the Radisson Center in Manchester, New Hampshire.

meJudy Engime, who opened Olde City Quilts in 2006, has been dedicated to growing interest in long arm quilting by providing machine rental and instruction for all skill levels. Judy strives to inspire beginners and especially enjoys replacing fear of failure with fun!

Judy will teach two, 3-hour workshops; one on Friday afternoon, August 18 and the second on Saturday morning, August 19. Both workshops are geared to the beginning longarm quilter: Let’s Get Started – Free Motion Focus, and Let’s Get Started with Rulers. Judy’s workshops are limited to 12 students each, so sign up early if you are eager to Get Started!

 Barbara PersingBarbara Persing, who started her longarm quilting business in 2000, is an author, designer, professional longarm quilter/ instructor and award winning quilt artist. Her customers appreciate her unique ability to develop quilting designs that highlight the personality of their quilts. She has taught longarm classes at local and national venues and values the opportunity to share her experience with students.

You Can Feather is a 4-hour workshop for the beginner and intermediate level longarmer on Thursday morning, August 17. Barbara’s Borders, Sashing and More (Thursday, August 17) and Fill the Spaces (Friday, August 18) are also 4-hour workshops, but are suitable for all levels of longarm quilting experience. Keep in mind that Fill the Spaces is limited to just 12 students.

 For complete workshop and World Quilt New England details, please click on the links above.

World Quilt New England
Featuring the premier of the 2017 World Quilt Competition XXI
August 17-19, 2017
Radisson Center of New Hamsphire
700 Elm St., Manchester, NH  03101

Workshop longarm machines & accessories are generously provided by Innova Longarm Systems & Olde City Quilts of Burlington, New Jersey.