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Quilter Extraordinaire Cathy Wiggins to Lecture & Exhibit at M-AQF

Cathy Wiggins is a self-taught quilter who truly loves sharing her WEBSZCathyWiggins9699PhotoBonnieMcCafferypassion with others. In 2002, her neighbor introduced her to quilting and took Cathy to her first quilt guild meeting. By Christmas of that year, Cathy had made five quilts, which were all very traditional. After attending her first quilt show in Williamsburg, Virginia, she knew that she had finally found the artistic outlet she had been looking for, but felt she had never quite achieved in the watercolor world. She saw that anything was possible using fabric as her palette! Since the beginning of her quilting career, she has won praise and recognition both nationally and internationally, for her unique and whimsical designs. Cathy has now turned her focus to leather and is pioneering the art of quilting on leather.

Cathy’s lecture, Evolution of an Artist – Fifteen Years of Quilting, willCathy-Wiggins-Leather be presented at 4:30 pm on Thursday, February 25. Cathy began her quilting journey just like many of us, piecing traditional quilt tops, but that didn’t last long. Soon she was venturing out! She’s worked with fusibles, fabrics, embroidery, beading, painting and now leathers to create her award-winning quilts. It has been a journey, taken one stitch at a time, with courage, determination and the ability to push the quilting world envelope by introducing cutting edge techniques into competition quilting. Come join Cathy as she shows us how it’s possible to evolve as an artist while, simultaneously, introducing change in an industry.  Pictured: example of Cathy’s quilting on leather.

Just for Fun – Quilts for the Kid in All of Us is Cathy’s special exhibit at M-AQF. Come enjoy the whimsical creations of Cathy Wiggins’ ‘JustChristmas Even ABC's for Fun’ quilt series. You’ll relive your youth while viewing many of your favorite childhood puzzles and games brought to life in quilts. Everything from hidden picture and find the difference puzzles to mazes and matching games will delight kids of all ages. These international award-winning quilts have traveled around the world and been featured in magazines. Now see all 14, including Christmas Eve ABC’s pictured below, in one exhibition.

Founding Sponsor BERNINA/Nancy’s Calico Patch; Major Annual Sponsor Brother/Tidewater Sew-Vac; Major Sponsors Baby Lock/All Brands, Janome/Sew E-Z, and Husqvarna Viking/Bella Fabrics; and Silver Sponsors ABM International / Innova and Handi Quilter generously sponsor the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival.


The Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival Welcomes Gyleen Fitzgerald, Unique Quilter & Informative Instructor

The Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival at the Hampton Roads Convention fitzgerald05020-crunched-2Center in Hampton, Virginia, February 25-28, 2016, features an    impressive instructor line-up offering a variety of workshops and lectures. This year’s Quilt Festival features nationally and internationally well-known instructors including the very talented and informative Gyleen Fitzgerald!

Gyleen makes quilts that blend color, pattern and texture to provide a contemporary essence in traditional quilting. She loves to share her enthusiasm for quilting and will do so through her full-day workshops at M-AQF:

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Thursday, February 25




MAQF16_Fitzgerald013WS #013 Play Modern
Friday, February 26




MAQF16_Fitzgerald014WS #014 Trash to Treasure Pineapple Quilts
Saturday, February 27




Gyleen’s philosophy of quilting – “Done is better than perfect, break the rules, do what works for you, have your quilts out and use them or your family will yard sale them when you are gone.” We have to agree …



Virginia Quilters Exhibit at Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival

The 27th annual Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival at the Hampton RoadsHamptonWelcomesMAQF Convention Center February 25-28, 2016, will feature an amazing collection of ‘hometown’ fiber art. Guilds from Virginia are taking part in M-AQF in the best way they know how – by creating quilts & fiber art! The Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival is proud to include these special exhibitions & demonstrations … that’s a lot of beauty, talent and fabric in one room!

  •  Alphabet Soup – Colonial Piecemakers Quilt Guild
  • Bringing Hexy Back – Richmond Modern Quilters Guild
  • Express Yourself – Virginia Beach Modern Quilt Guild
  • Fabric Fanatics
  • The Fabric Poets
  • The Windchimes – Fiber Artists @ Loose Ends
  • First Thursday Night Bee
  • For the birds – Cabin Branch & Stonehouse Quilters
  • Honoring 19th Century Quilters – The Churn Dashers of Tidewater Virginia
  • A Modern Quilting Journey – Peninsula Modern Quilt Guild
  • Music to My Ears – Richmond Quilters Guild
  • On the Road Again – River Country Quilters
  • Naturescapes & Illusions/Quilt Me a Song – Tidewater Quilters’ Guild
  • 30 x 30 x 30 – Peninsular Piecemakers
  • Golden Thimble Needlework Guild
  • Traditional Rug Hooking – James River & Shockoe Slip Rug Hookers

Founding Sponsor BERNINA/Nancy’s Calico Patch; Major Annual Sponsor Brother/Tidewater Sew-Vac; Major Sponsors Baby Lock/All Brands, Janome/Sew E-Z, and Husqvarna Viking/Bella Fabrics; and Silver Sponsors ABM International / Innova and Handi Quilter generously sponsor the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival.


M-AQF Welcomes Laura Wasilowski to Virginia

One of the highlights of Mancuso Show Management’s quilt festivals is always the instructors who present workshops. Talent, creativity and expertise are abundantly available from the wonderful teachers. This year the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, February 25-28 in Hampton, Virginia, has a spectacular faculty who will offer a wide variety of workshops for beginner to advanced quilters and textile artists. Included is well-known instructor Laura Wasilowski, a Mancuso Show Management regular and nationally admired quilter.


Laura is a contemporary quilt maker whose artwork is collected andLauraW exhibited internationally. Her quilts begin with her unique hand-dyed fabrics and threads and are infused with color, whimsy and joy. Laura is author of Fusing Fun, Fuse-and-Tell and her latest book Fanciful Stitches, Colorful Quilts.



Laura’s three full-day workshops at M-AQF are:

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prettyplanet10Pretty Planet Quilts
WS #031 on Friday




housingdept17detailbTiny Homes & Gardens
WS #032 on Saturday




A highlight of Laura’s appearance at M-AQF is her Thursday, 6:00 pm lecture, Art Quilts: The Musical. Yes, she sings! Listen to her adventures in quilt making, see her art work, and hear traditional art quilt folk songs like “Everybody Gets Rejected Sometime” and the “Minnesota Quilter’s Polka.”

Laura sums up her quilting life by saying, “The art of quilting gives me the freedom to express myself and play at the same time. It’s the best job in the world!


The Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival Welcomes Vikki Pignatelli – Artist, Instructor & Quilt Enthusiast

For those interested in studying a wide variety of quilting Vikkitechniques and styles, the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, February 25-28 in Hampton, Virginia features a range of workshops and lectures presented by a world-renowned faculty, including Vikki Pignatelli who is eager to spread her knowledge and passion of quilt making to students planning on participating in her full day workshops.

Have you ever wished for an easy method of machine piecing intricate curves, or wanted to incorporate curved designs into a quilt but had no inkling where to begin? Look no further than one of Vikki’s workshops! Vikki told Quiltfest, “When I first began quilting, I visualized beautiful curved designs, but the traditional method of piecing curves left me frustrated. I knew there must be an easier way. After much trial and effort I did find a way . . . and now I’m crazy about curves!”

Vikki will teach three, full-day workshops at M-AQF:

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Adding dimension #2  low resWS #028: Fun with Fabrics: Adding Dimension to Landscape






WS #029: Improvisation Everyone Can Do



In addition, on Saturday at 4:30 pm Vikki will present a lecture based on her newest book, Nurture Your Creative Spirit: Wisdom and Insight Learned From the Art of Quilting.


Vikki’s love for quilting is contagious. You won’t want to miss her this year at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival!



Most Trending Quilt Competition

How would you like to win a $500 Quiltfest Bucks Shopping Spree to be spent in the fantastic Merchants Mall at World Quilt Florida AND have your quilt on display at the show? Enter Mancuso Show Management’s first ever Most Trending Quilt Competition for a chance to win! Anyone in the U.S. can win and entering is easy.MostTrendingQuilt

Visit Quiltfest – Mancuso Shows on Facebook. Then, comment on the Most Trending Quilt post with a photo of your quilt (1 quilt per person) and get all your friends to like it. Be sure to include all the details as described in the post.

The Most Trending Quilt must be available to hang in the World Quilt Florida show, January 7-9, 2016.

The Quilt with the most “likes” will be the winner! If you can’t make it to the show, you can always donate your Quiltfest Bucks to a friend who can attend!

World Quilt Florida
January 7-9, 2016 – Orlando, Florida

Two New Lectures Added to the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival

Paula Golden and Anna Hergert have stepped up when we needed them and will present lectures at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, February 25-28, 2016 in Hampton, Virginia.

Paula Golden will present the annual “Early Bird Lecture” at 6:00 pmMAQF-PaulaGolden on Wednesday, February 24, immediately preceding the M-AQF Show & Merchants Mall Preview (open to pre-registered participants only.) In Body Smart Quilting, Paula will discuss how proper body mechanics and ergonomic workspaces (computer, sewing, ironing and quilting) are the keys to quilting longevity. You will also learn ten easy tips to make your workspace healthy and efficient.

The 2014 Canadian Quilting Teacher of the Year, Anna Hergert’sAnnaHergert lecture is Everything Old is New Again: It’s Hip to Stitch! Keeping traditional techniques alive and ultimately sharing these has been a strong focus of this presenter. Years of in-depth personal research to augment workshop content and current bodies of work are the impetus for Anna Hergert’s renewed passion in hand stitching and hand embellishment. Be inspired to explore traditional embroidery to gather ideas on how to transfer simple techniques for complex outcomes with this visual feast. Join Anna on Friday, February 26 at 6:00 pm.

Due to serious illness, Mark Lipinski has cancelled all his teaching engagements for the first two months of 2016. While no one can truly replace Mark, Paula and Anna have agreed to lecture in his place.


The 2016 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival Introduces “Mid-Century Mod” to the Quilt Competition

Mancuso Show Management is happy to announce that the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival‘s annual competitions will award over $18,400 in prizes to quilt and wearable art entrants. This year the Festival will include a new category: “Mid-Century Mod”. The Festival, held February 25 – 28, 2016 in Hampton, Virginia, welcomes the new genre to be displayed amongst the always unique and magnificent collection of quilt, wearable and textile arts. Modern quilting has made its mark in today’s quilting world and entrants in the category 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.

M-AQF’s 2016 Quilt Competition theme, “Sew Far, Sew Good”, is a MAQF15_3003areflection on how M-AQF has progressed leaps and bounds over its 27 years of existence. Entrants are asked to explain how far their quilt making journey has taken them and where they are today as artists. It’s sure to be a beautiful, heartwarming and inspiring exhibit! Pictured: Robber’s Roost by Joanne Baeth.

The accepted quilt entries compete in Traditional, Innovative, Modern and Wall Quilt Categories as well as for the “Best of Show” title, with prizes totaling more than $15,500. The winning works of the quilt competition will travel to The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey in Somerset, March 3-6, 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 from the Wearable Art Competition that will also be on display at M-AQF. 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, Janome/Sew E-Z, and Husqvarna Viking/Bella Fabrics; and Silver Sponsors ABM International / Innova and Handi Quilter generously sponsor the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival.

For complete M-AQF details, including workshop and lecture information, please visit quiltfest.com. Or, to receive a printed brochure in the mail, please write to M-AQF, PO Box 667, New Hope, PA 18938.


The Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival Celebrates Twenty-Seven Years of Quilt, Wearable & Textile Art

Welcome to MAQFMancuso Show Management announces the always spectacular Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, February 25 – 28, 2016. 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 “Sew Far, Sew Good” gives MAQF15_1039aentrants an opportunity to tell show-goers about the secret treasures hidden away in their fabric stash! In addition, 2016 will premier 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. Pictured: Snow Buddies by Ruth Powers.

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 26. For those who are interested in pre-registering for workshops, lectures and activities at the festival or for additional information, the show’s website is quiltfest.com.

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, Janome/Sew E-Z, and Husqvarna Viking/Bella Fabrics; and Silver Sponsors ABM International / Innova and Handi Quilter generously sponsor the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival.

For complete M-AQF details, including workshop and lecture information, please visit http://quiltfest.com/. Or, to receive a printed brochure in the mail, please write to M-AQF, PO Box 667, New Hope, PA 18938.