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Category Archives: Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival

Animals on Parade at M-AQF

Quilters love to portray animals on their quilts! From family pets to animals photographed in the wild, you’ll find just about every species imaginable – even some that sprang from someone’s imagination. Here’s a look at some of the creatures we saw in the competition and in special exhibits at this year’s Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival. We hope you enjoy seeing them as much as we did!

Celtic Fox by Kathy McNeil
The Dreamy Lemur
by Maria Cousins

American Bison by Ann Horton
The Lookout by Barbara McKie
Night Shift by Sarah Jillard
Puppy Love by Jennifer JuneSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES
The King Looking for His Bride by Judy Murphy
Over the Wall by Jodi Scaltreto
Carousel Stampede by Cathy Wiggins
From the The James River Rug Hookers & the Shockoe Slip Rug Hookers



Happy Pi Day

The perfect quilt for pi day … Einstein himself couldn’t have made a better one to celebrate this special day!

VA4008AMid-Atlantic Quilt Festival Quilt Competition “Sew Far, Sew Good”
1st Place Mid-Century Modern
#4008 A Slice of Pi by Connie Kincius Griner

Connie wrote about her quilt, “After being a quilter for 25 years, I have finally come “sew far” to have the confidence to design original quilts. A Slice of Pi is my first original design. It is a visual pun, and I hope it will bring a smile to the viewer. The appliqued border features pi to 70 decimal places.”

Mid-Atlantic Best of Show

Melissa Sobotka’s extraordinary Silk Road Sampler won Best of Show at the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, February 25-28 in Hampton, Virginia.

Based on a photograph, the quilt measures 60″ x 70″.

Melissa wrote the following:
Where east meets west in Istanbul, there is a Spice Bazaar that has been there since 1597. There, surrounded by exotic smells and tastes, the vibrant colors of the silk road come alive. One vendor had so many ornate pillows of various colors and designs, it was like viewing an applique sampler.

Yes, this REALLY is a QUILT!

A “Real Quilt” Quiltfest Funny

Dottie’s Lament by Suzanne BowerBowerS_DottiesADottie’s Lament will make a “guest” appearance as a one-quilt special exhibit at The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey this week.

If you want inspiration, entertainment, and to learn new skills look no further than the amazing roster of workshops and lectures to be presented at the 2016 Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey. Headliners Meg Cox and Liza Prior Lucy along with our other exceptional faculty members will motivate any beginner or expert quilt and textile artist. This spectacular event is held at the Garden State Exhibit Center, in Somerset, March 3 – 6, 2016. In addition to the fantastic faculty, The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey will display a unique collection of quilt and textile art, along with a fabulous Merchants Mall featuring merchandise for all your quilt making and sewing needs!

The quilt show features the juried and judged “Northeast Quilt Competition” with an array of quilts created by residents of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Over $8,000 in awards and prizes as well as ribbons will be presented to winners in a number of categories including Best of Show and Viewer’s Choice. In addition to the competition quilts, attendees to this event will not want to miss the spectacular special exhibitions such as the beautiful award winning quilts of the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival and the Hoffman Challenge.

The workshops offered at The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey range from modern design with traditional piecing to appliqué and fabric dying. Quilt enthusiasts looking to explore new techniques or sharpen their talent will not be disappointed. Also, during the event Phyllis Twigg Hatcher will be available to provide quilt appraisals. Quilt and textile artists interested in stocking up on fabrics, tools, and sewing notions can shop the Merchants Mall.

You may purchase general admission tickets or sign up for available workshops,  lectures or appraisal appointments at the show, March 3-6, 2016 at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset.


Quiltfest Bucks @ MAQF!


When you fill out a brief survey at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, you’re entered to win a $25 or $50 Quiltfest Bucks Gift Certificate to be used at any ONE vendor on the show floor. Winners will be informed via email and over the loud speaker at the show.

No cash value, no change given. Certificate has no value after end of show on February 28, 2016. Be sure to fill out your survey for a chance to win big!

One week from today …

One week from today The Center of it All for Quilts, Wearable and Textile Arts will be in Hampton, Virginia at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival!

To get you ready for all the wonderful works of art you will see in Hampton, here are the Best of Show winners from last year’s quilt and wearable art competitions.

Big Bertha by Margaret Solomon GunnBig Bertha - Margaret Solomon Gunn


Circle Game 1957 by Marty OrnishCircleGame1957_MartyOrnish

Colonial Williamsburg Joins MAQF

Stop by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation table located in the lobby of the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival. Learn about the two world-class Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and their special exhibit, A Century of African-American Quilts.

This exhibit showcases eleven colorful and stunning quilts, half of which have never before been seen by the public. The quilts of

African Americans varied widely, depending on the date, location, community, the purpose for which the quilt was made, and the personal artistic vision of the quiltmaker. The bold designs and brilliant colors of the quilts featured in the exhibition speak to a longstanding cultural and artistic tradition within which the women designed and created their quilts. Although none of the quilts in the exhibit were made during the era of slavery in America, several of the quilters represented in the exhibit were born into slavery and others descended from enslaved families. Each quilt maker used the humble materials of fabric and thread to create a bedcover that was warm and practical as well as brilliant in color and artistry.
Quilt pictured  was pieced and appliqued by Dora Smith ( 1901).

Calling All Aspiring Quilters

Have a friend that you’re trying to convert into a quilter? Beginners are encouraged to attend all Mancuso Show Management quilt Shows! There’s so much to learn & aspire to and plenty of people willing to help. Click here to find a show near you: www.quiltfest.com.

Speaking of aspiring to… get a look at The End of the Line? By Joanne Baeth, Best Wall Quilt at the 2014 Pacific International Quilt Festival.