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Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza 2017: It’s a Wrap – Part 6

 

Quilt For Kids

The twenty-fourth annual Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, September 14-17 was more “fun” than ever. Show-goers, workshop students, vendors, and the competition entrants enjoyed an outstanding event.

Mancuso Show Management proudly supports Quilts for Kids, Inc., a volunteer based charity, that for over 15 years has been comforting children in need with the gift of beautiful handmade patchwork quilts. The charity had a booth at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza where visitors signed up as volunteers, made donations and purchased fabric and quilt kits – all proceeds went towards the production of the children’s quilts.
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Along with Quilts for Kids, Inc. Founding President, Linda Arye, many individuals and businesses support the charity’s cause. In 2016, about 200,000 quilts were distributed worldwide.  Today, the charity has 98 chapters throughout North America and the Bahamas. For more information on how to donate, join a chapter or volunteer, go to www.quiltsforkids.org or call 215-295-5484.

Visit the Quilts for Kids booth at the upcoming Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey, April 26-29, 2018 and learn how you can help make these children’s arduous journeys a little brighter, a littler snugglier, a little happier. Pictured below, happy recipient of a quilt from QFK.
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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; and Silver Sponsors Handi Quilter and Innova generously sponsored the 2017 Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.

PNQE will return to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks/Valley Forge, PA September 13-16, 2018. Stay tuned to quiltfest.com to learn our plans for the twenty-fifth anniversary celebration of this outstanding Quilt Extravaganza.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza 2017: It’s a Wrap – Part 5


Special Exhibits

The twenty-fourth annual Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza held September 14-17, 2017 was more “Special” than ever. Show-goers enjoyed an outstanding array of over 1200 (yes, twelve hundred!) quilts and works of textile and wearable art on display in 28 special exhibits during the event.

The scope of the exhibits ranged from the international entries of the 2017 World Quilt Competition: On Tour to Quilts for Kids to Modern Quilts from My Grandmothers. Guilds from New Jersey and Pennsylvania traveled to the show to hang their recent works. Challenges, including Fly Me to the Moon, Inspired by the Nationals Parks and The Lion King Cherrywood Challenge, made for plenty of eye candy! Plus, there were more … much more!

Pictured below are quilts by Becky Paneck, Jackie Berry and Karon Huggler from Rhapsody in Blue presented by Artrageous (Missouri):
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Fly Me to the Moon included many ‘out of this world’ quilts including these of astronaut Ed White, a Moondance and an Apollo spacecraft on the launch pad at the moment of take-off.
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And there were even more exhibits, too numerous to mention, of great quilting and textile art from across the U.S. and the world.

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; and Silver Sponsors Handi Quilter and Innova generously sponsored the 2017 Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.

PNQE will return to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks/Valley Forge, PA September 13-16, 2018. Stay tuned to quiltfest.com to learn our plans for the twenty-fifth anniversary celebration of this outstanding Quilt Extravaganza!

 

 

 

Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza 2017: It’s a Wrap – Part 4


The Merchants Mall

The twenty-fourth annual Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza held September 14-17, 2017 was more about “Shopping ‘til you drop” than ever. Anyone who has ever attended the Extrav will attest to the vast variety of merchandise that is offered each year by the quality companies in the Merchants Mall.MerchantsMall2
PNQE 2017 featured an extravagant Merchants Mall, filled to the brim with vendors who offered everything quilters, textile artists and needle crafters needed to quench their creative thirsts – quilting supplies, fabric,  books, sewing related craft items, kits, sewing machines, notions, clothing, embroidery, accessories and so much more! Everything needed to make the beautiful quilts and works of textile art on exhibit was available in PNQE’s Merchants Mall.
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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; and Silver Sponsors Handi Quilter and Innova generously sponsored the 2017 Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.

PNQE will return to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks/Valley Forge, PA September 13-16, 2018. Stay tuned to quiltfest.com to learn our plans for the twenty-fifth anniversary celebration of this outstanding Quilt Extravaganza!

 

Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza 2017: It’s a Wrap – Part 3


Workshops & Lectures

The twenty-fourth annual Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza held September 14-17, 2017 was more “Enlightening” than ever for the many eager students who attended the Extrav’s classes and lectures.

PNQE’s instructors related that their workshops were filled with enthusiastic, ready-to-learn students. From hand quilting with Dierdra McElroy, to foundation piecing with Pepper Cory (workshop sample pictured below), to longarm quilting with Lisa Calle students learned new skills or improved on ones they already had. We saw many happy students every afternoon as classes ended – and more than a few were happy to share their class projects with us on their ways home.
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Lectures at PNQE included a wonderful history lesson from Sarah Bond and a “Humorous Look in the Mirror” by David Sirota. Sarah related stories about her quilting ancestors – back to 1828! David’s lecture was interactive with a sharing of quilters’ quirks, passions and obsessions. Pictured are two of the quilts Sarah shared in her lecture:
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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; and Silver Sponsors Handi Quilter and Innova generously sponsored the 2017 Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.

PNQE will return to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks/Valley Forge, PA September 13-16, 2018. Stay tuned to quiltfest.com to learn our plans for the twenty-fifth anniversary celebration of this outstanding Quilt Extravaganza!

Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza 2017: It’s a Wrap – Part 2


Fashion Returned to PNQE!

The twenty-fourth annual Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza held September 14-17, 2017 was more “Fashionable” than ever. Show-goers were thrilled to learn that fashion had returned to PNQE for 2017 in the form of two fashion shows!

Vickie Clontz, vendor, instructor & fashion show moderator presented a show of her own fashion creations, Celebrating Art & Fashion on PNQE’s opening day. Pictured below is one of Vickie’s beautiful and colorful creations just before our model walked the PNQE Runway:
Vickie Clontz 1 WebAnother of Vickie’s beautiful creations being admired by Julian, the youngest model who walked the PNQE runway.
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Then, on Saturday Vickie took to the moderator podium again to moderate the 2nd annual Sew Batik Challenge Fashion Show. All garments in the Challenge included the SewBatik challenge fabric, Paisley Esprit – Midnight Sand Storm. Kristin Vierra’s garment, Mehndi Magic, pictured below was the Challenge’s big winner taking both the Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice prizes:
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PNQE’s Sew Batik Challenge models waiting their turn on the runway:
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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; and Silver Sponsors Handi Quilter and Innova generously sponsored the 2017 Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.

PNQE will return to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks/Valley Forge, PA September 13-16, 2018. Stay tuned to quiltfest.com to learn our plans for the twenty-fifth anniversary celebration of this outstanding Quilt Extravaganza!

 

 

 

 

Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza 2017: It’s a Wrap – Part 1


Not Fade Away
– Quilt Competition

The twenty-fourth annual Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza held September 14-17, 2017 was more “Extravagant” than ever. Show-goers, workshop students, vendors, and the competition entrants enjoyed an outstanding event.

Competition entrants vied for awards and prizes. With an incredible breath of outstanding entries, the judges had a difficult time selecting the winners. However, Frieda Anderson, Bobbie Bergquist, Pepper Cory, Paula Golden, and Dierdra McElroy were up to the task. We think you’ll agree that their selections were on target! See all the winners here.

Of course, the best of show winner is always the big news on opening day. This year, for the first time, a Mid-Century Mod entry took the top prize in the competition themed Not Fade Away. Atomic Synergy by Deborah Levy is pictured:
PNQE17-4004aDeborah told quiltfest, “Atomic Synergy is my first foray into the modern quilting movement. This original design of wonky pieced blocks and applique blends my love of chemistry and the mid-century modern era. The simplicity of the design and all that negative space to play with made this an enjoyable process.”

Respite by Sandy Curran was The BERNINA 1st Runner-Up Best of Show:
PNQE17-1007aRespite is a departure from the majority of Sandy’s quilts. She told us, “After a wonderful workshop, I took a break from the realistic, representational quilts I usually do to just play with color and shape.  I loved it so much, I did it three times!”

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; and Silver Sponsors Handi Quilter and Innova generously sponsored the 2017 Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.

PNQE will return to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks/Valley Forge, PA September 13-16, 2018. Stay tuned to quiltfest.com to learn our plans for the twenty-fifth anniversary celebration of this outstanding Quilt Extravaganza!

Fiber Artist Vickie Clontz Found her Passion at a Young Age – Meet Her at PNQE

The Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza is thrilled to welcome Vickie Clontz back to the event, held September 14-17, 2017 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks (Valley Forge area), Pennsylvania. Clontz will be vending, teaching and moderating the two PNQE Fashion Shows: a show featuring her own works, Celebrating Art and Fashion on Thursday, and the Sew Batik Challenge Fashion Show on Saturday. Both fashion shows begin at 2:00 pm and are included with show admission.

Vickie ClontzWhen Vickie Clontz was five, her mother taught her how to sew. That simple mother-daughter activity has led Clontz to a life in fiber craft and art. Her mother stayed close by to supervise her young daughter on the sewing machine, but Clontz clearly had a natural ability and a passion for creating with fabric. Clontz eventually sewed her own clothes and started her own business. Annie’s Keepsakes sells patterns for simple-to-make crafts, from napkins and placemats to a menagerie of pincushions and other items.

Connections that Clontz made through the craft business introduced her to other fibers, and this led her to start creating felted wool art, including wet-felted flowers, scarves and clothing that incorporate other fabrics.

In 1990, Clontz started her pattern-making company. “I knew how to make patterns,” she said and “I’d always wanted my own company.” She started with dolls and accessories, then added a pincushion of the month that corresponded to a theme, such as a heart for February. “If you sew, you need a pin cushion,” Clontz said. “They’re decorative, too. All my patterns I market as quick and easy. I want people to be successful when they make my designs.”

Vickie FashionVickie next discovered wool fiber and that opened another opportunity. “I had to figure out what to do with it,” she said. She started needle felting: creating art by interlocking wool fibers on the felt, and she began “painting” with wool. “Felting is physical,” she said and described rolling felt and other fabrics together with 1-inch dowels on bubble wrap. “It’s easy — kids can do it,” she said. “That’s how I started with felting and fiber art.

Then she discovered wet felting using the same fiber but instead of using needles to connect the fiber, she used soap and water. All sorts of fiber can be incorporated, including wool, curly Angora and bamboo. “Bling can be added with sparkly Angelina. You can’t control it completely,” she said, and that creates new design opportunities. “This was like a whole other career to me. I became obsessed with it.”

Vickie’s knowledge of her art, attention to detail and interest in her students are what make her an excellent instructor. She strives for quality in her work, but also seems to thrive on the limitless possibilities of fibers. “I am totally immersed in teaching my students. I just want to encourage them to create and let their artistic energies out and have a good time and be pleased with the art they created.”

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

 

 

PNQE Competition Countdown

Quilt Entry Competition Deadline: August 14, 2017

There are just 4 days left to submit your entry to the 2016 Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza quilt competition, Not Fade Away:  While the art of quilting continues to grow in popularity, it is also up to us to keep it growing and vibrant! How were the skills and love of quilting passed on to you? How will you pass it on so that this art form will Not Fade Away?

*Modern Quilt Theme Interpretation
Mid-Century Mod emphasizes the look and feel of mid-20th century design. Artists are asked to draw inspiration from this period, reflecting their own exposures or from the work of artists such as Joan Miro, Piet Mondrian, Victor Vasarely, Frank Stella, etc.

 To enter, please click:  Enter Online or  Print an Entry Form. Jury results will be mailed to all entrants by August 24, 2016.

From the 2016 PNQE Competition:
Emma in the Looking Glass by Lenore Crawford
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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

PNQE XXIV Announces Its 2017 Quilt Competition Theme: Not Fade Away

With over 600 quilts and garments on display, it is no wonder that 1003athe Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza held September 14-17, 2017 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks (Greater Philadelphia/Valley Forge area), Pennsylvania is called The Center of It All for Quilt, Fiber, Wearable and Textile Art. Included among the exhibits on display is the annual Juried & Judged Quilt Competition highlighting the talent and creativity of regional as well as national quilt artists. Be sure to get a glimpse of this year’s exquisite quilt competition entries; the show is anticipating its best year yet! (Pictured: Emma in the Looking Glass by Lenore Crawford (PNQE 2016.)

The competition theme chosen for the 2017 Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza is Not Fade Away. Quilt entrants, who are vying for over $13,000 in awards and prizes, are asked to respond to, “The art of quilting continues to grow in popularity, but it is up to us to keep it growing and vibrant! How were the skills and love of quilting passed on to you? How will you pass it on so that this art form will Not Fade Away?” Enjoy reading the artists’ statements about their work.

The accepted quilt entries are competing in Traditional, Innovative and Mid-Century Modern Categories and the  Wall Quilt Competition. Event attendees can even be part of the judging by voting for their favorite quilt entry to win the prestigious Viewers Choice Award!

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,  Innova; and Special Vendor Sponsor French Connections.

Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XXIV
The Center of It All for Quilts, Wearable & Textile Art
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA  19456

September 14-17, 2017
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10am – 6pm
Sunday 10am – 4pm