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From Atlantic to Pacific … M-AQF

From Atlantic to Pacific the Quilting is Terrific
at the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival XXVIII

Mancuso Show Management is happy to announce that the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival’s competitions will award over $19,000 in awards and prizes to quilt and wearable art entrants. The Festival, to be held February 23 – 26, 2017 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, Virginia, welcomes its always unique and magnificent collection of quilt, wearable and textile arts.

va1029aM-AQF’s 2017 Quilt Competition theme, From Atlantic to Pacific, is a reflection of how M-AQF has progressed leaps and bounds over its 28 years of existence. Entrants are asked to explain how where they are from, whether it be the Atlantic or Pacific coast or anywhere in between, affects their quilting. Modern quilting, which will again have a category in the competition, has made its mark in today’s quilting world. Entrants are asked to draw inspiration from the Mid-Century Mod period of mid-20th century design and reflect their own exposures or from the work of artists such as Joan Miro, Piet Mondrian, Victor Vasarely, and Frank Stella. The quilt entries are sure to be a beautiful, heartwarming and inspiring display! Pictured:  Silk Road Sampler by Melissa Sobotka, MAQF Best of Show 2016 – Yes, this REALLY is a quilt!

The accepted quilt entries compete in the Traditional, Innovative, and Modern Categories and Wall Quilt Competition with prizes totaling more than $16,500. The winning works of the quilt competition will travel to The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey in Somerset, March 2-5, so that another region’s quilt artists can get an up-close look at these stunning pieces of art.

Prepared to be dazzled with the exceptional entries in the Wearable Art Competition that will also be on display at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival. The handiwork and detail put into these amazing vests, jackets, coats and full ensembles will astound! The best from among these works will be awarded over $2,800 in prizes. You won’t want to miss these beautiful garments created with creativity, talent and devotion to textile art!

Event attendees can even be part of the judging by voting for their favorite quilt and wearable art entry to win the prestigious Viewers Choice Awards!

Over 500 magnificent quilts and garments on exhibit, workshops and lectures taught by an international faculty and a fabulous Merchants Mall – it’s all waiting for you at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival.

Founding Sponsor BERNINA/Nancy’s Calico Patch; Major Annual Sponsor Brother/Tidewater Sew-Vac; Major Sponsors Baby Lock/All Brands, Elna/The Quilters Studio, Janome/ Tidewater Sew-Vac, and Pfaff/Bella Fabrics; Silver Sponsors ABM International / Innova and Handi Quilter; and Special Vendor Competition Sponsor IntelliQuilter  generously sponsor the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival.

Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival – Celebrating 28 Years!

The Largest Quilt Festival on the Eastern Seaboard Celebrating 28 Years!
February 23 – 26, 2017
Hampton Roads Convention Center, Hampton, Virginia

Mancuso Show Management announces the always spectacular Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, February 23 – 26, 2017. Not only does this incredible event feature astounding works of quilting art, it also offers a wide array of workshops presented by world-renowned instructors along with a fabulous Merchants Mall for plenty of shopping. The Festival’s centerpiece, however, will again be its outstanding collection of over 500 quilts and works of wearable and textile art on display. In addition to the competition entries, there will be special exhibitions of quilts and textile art on display. This ever-popular quilting arts event is one not to be missed!

“The Hampton Roads Convention Center, which hosts this fabulous event, is an ideal venue for a quilt festival of this magnitude,” states David Mancuso, President of Mancuso Show Management. He adds, “The exhibition space along with the break-out rooms for workshops and the nearby official event hotels make this a win-win situation for Show Management and the City of Hampton.”

This year’s Quilt Competition themed “From Atlantic to Pacific” gives entrants an opportunity to tell show-goers about how where they live or grew up affects their quilting! In addition, 2017 will feature a Modern Quilt Category in the quilt competition titled “Mid-Century Mod.” Also, while attending the event, be sure to explore the Wearable Art Competition where you will find unique full ensembles, vest, jacket & coat entries on display. The Quilt and Wearable Art Competitions will feature magnificent works by some of the nation’s finest quilt and fiber artists. Take part in judging by casting your vote for the Quilt and Wearable Art Viewer’s Choice Awards.

From award-winning quilters to those who would like to sew their first stitch, everyone will find workshops and lectures that will introduce them to the latest innovations in the quilting world. This year a multitude of workshops and lectures will be offered by a stellar line-up of instructors teaching all levels. In addition, you also will not want to miss the “best time you’ll ever have” at a quilt festival at the Game Zone: Quilters’ Strip Poker/Quilt-O Combo, held on Friday evening, February 24. For those who are interested in pre-registering for workshops, lectures and activities at the festival or for additional information, complete show information is available here, Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival.

Everything needed to make the beautiful quilts and works of textile art on exhibit is available in MAQF’s Merchants Mall. The vendors, occupying over 250 booths, will be offering the best in machines, fabrics, notions, wearable art, embroidery and everything for the quilter, textile artist and home sewer.

Founding Sponsor BERNINA/Nancy’s Calico Patch; Major Annual Sponsor Brother/Tidewater Sew-Vac; Major Sponsors Baby Lock/All Brands, Elna/The Quilters Studio, Janome/ Tidewater Sew-Vac, and Pfaff/Bella Fabrics; Silver Sponsors ABM International / Innova and Handi Quilter; and Special Vendor Competition Sponsor IntelliQuilter  generously sponsor the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival.

More Mid-Atlantic Wearable Art Winners

The wearable art competition has been a unique part of the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival for many years. Pictured below are some of the winning entries from the 2016 event. These garments illustrate the unique and creative styles found in the spectacular collection of garments displayed each year in the Mid-Atlantic Wearable Art Competition.

The competition categories are Full Ensemble and Vest, Jacket or Coat. These fabulous garments will definitely inspire you to explore new wearable art ideas for your own creation.

1st Place Full Ensemble: Silver Lining by Natasha Lehrer Lewis
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Best Use of Embellishments Full Ensemble: The Emergence of Spring by Kathy Knapp
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1st Place Vest, Jacket or Coat: Dahlia Diamonds by Karla Dahms
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Best Use of Embellishments Vest, Jacket or Coat & Viewers’ Choice: Warm in Blue by Roberta Morgan

The online and printable entry  forms for the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Wearable Art Competition will be available on quiltfest.com in October 2016.

More Mid-Atlantic Winners

We can never see too many beautiful quilts. Here are the first place winners from each of the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival’s Sew Far, Sew Good quilt competition categories.

1st Place Innovative
#1012 Moonflower by Molly Y Hamilton-McNalleyVA1012A
1st Place Traditional
#2037  by Karen SievertVA2037a
Best Wall Quilt
#3037 Magical Toys by Flora Joy

1st Place Mid-Century Modern
#4008 A Slice of Pi by Connie Kincius Griner
Congratulations to all these winners!

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.