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New Hope Arts Center Presents Fiber, Fabric, Fashion at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza – Sunday, September 18, 2016

A true testament to the words “wearable art” will be presented at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks (Valley Forge area), PA September 15-18, 2016. The New Hope Arts Center will present Fiber, Fabric, Fashion, in a runway fashion show on Sunday, September 18th, at 1pm.

nhac 1The Arts Center’s first runway show was held at the Center this past February and was a huge success. It was so well attended they filled their space to maximum capacity. According to the fashion show Director Sandy Morrison, Fiber, Fabric, Fashion is a collaboration between designers and the Director. The current exhibition features upcycling fashion (clothes made out of recycled clothing and fabric), felting and fiber arts, jewelry, steam punk style and vintage. The designers include Kristen Leonard of Charley Girl Designs, Gina Tavelli, Nelly Kouzmina of Feltinelli, Illia Barger of Pantaluna, Angela Pilat of Glamtastik Joanne Eisenberg of Flirt and Janice Hengel. Sojourner, a vintage clothing shop located  in Lambertville, NJ will also be featured in the show. All of the designers are regional and have a beautiful distinct style that really comes together on the runway.

The evidence of the show’s Director, Sandy Morrison’s hard work and passion for the arts presents itself in the carefIMG_4667ully selected ensembles, the model’s fittings and the music compilation. Before coming to the New Hope Arts Center 5 years ago, Sandy was a modern dancer and also worked at auction houses so she is no stranger to the art world. She has always had an interest in fashion. Sandy enjoys linking the show together, from choosing the right art piece to choosing the right song for the runway. “There’s a lot of moving parts, when you start to see it threading together, it’s a great feeling,” said Sandy. There is a lot of thought in her process of acquiring designers and pieces for the show.  She is looking for wearable art that is not your “every day”. She has chosen the designers for the runway show at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza based on this notion. Her idea to mix it up with vintage pieces from Sojourner – one of a kind pieces from countries like Guatemala, China, Istanbul, Bali, and Japan, in her words,  “allows the art to speak for itself.”

IMG_4669The New Hope Arts Center is a non-profit organization and art space located on Bridge Street of New Hope, PA. The Arts Center has strong ties to the community offering a place where regional artists and other organizations can showcase their work. Whether its sculpture, textile art, paintings, photography, cinema and performing arts, many local artists have exhibited their works at the Arts Center. For them, it’s about getting the community together. 80% of what they do is free to the public – exhibitions are free.

Carol Cruickshanks, the Executive Director of the Arts Center, runs the Center and its 4-5 staff members.  There is a Board of Directors, members of the community and many artists themselves, that contribute to the Center. Corporations like PNC and Mancuso Show Management often fund the Center’s exhibits. PNC Bank recently funded an outdoor sculpture project. The Arts Center plans to install 12-15 large sculptures in public places like the front lawn of the New Hope Library. However, the majority of funds come from private donors and membership. Professional artist members of the Center can show pieces as part of their membership. For more information on the New Hope Arts Center, visit http://www.newhopearts.org.

Great news! There is no additional charge for the New Hope Arts Center’s Fiber, Fabric, Fashion runway show. Quilt Show admission includes admission to all fashion shows throughout the event. Fashion show seats are available on a first come, first served basis. For more information on the Fiber, Fabric, Fashion, Click Here.

Major sponsors Brother/Byrne Sewing Connection, BERNINA/Steve’s Sewing, Vacuum & Quilting, Baby Lock/Hayes Sewing Machine Company, Janome – Elna/Pocono Sew & Vac; Silver sponsors ABM International/ Innova and Handi Quilter; and Special Vendor Sponsors French Connections and SewBatik generously support the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.

The Art of Fashion Returns to the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza

Quilting, home sewing, wearable art, fashion – they are all cut from the same cloth! Mancuso Show Management is excited to announce three amazing fashion shows to be featured at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks (Valley Forge area), PA September 15-18, 2016. There will be one fashion show per day, Friday and Saturday at 2pm, and Sunday at 1pm. From casual dress to out of this world couture, these fashion events are sure to impress!

Friday, September 16th’s fashion show, “Inspired & In Style”, scheduled for 2pm includes garments created by Karen Boutte and Rachel D.K. Clark. Both Karen and Rachel are California quilt and wearable artists.  The show will be a perfect blend of fabric and fun with exceptional designs and a flair for the dramatic.

Saturday, September 17th, at 2pm will feature the SewBatik Challenge Fashion Show. The challenge fabric, a magnificent paisley batik, has inspired home sewers and wearable artists to create unique and beautiful garments. SewBatik not only sponsored the fabric challenge, they also are a special vendor sponsor for PNQE as well as a vendor in the Merchant’s Mall.  Visitors to the SewBatik booth will find a wide array of batiks.  Two prizes will be awarded at this fashion event; Diva’s Choice, a $300 prize chosen by Challenge Fashion Show Moderator/Judge Karen Boutte, and People’s Choice, $200 prize chosen by the fashion show audience. For more information on SewBatik, visit http://www.sewbatik.com.

Sunday, September 18th, at 1pm, the New Hope Arts Center presents Fiber, Fabric, Fashion. A regional nonprofit organization, the New Hope Arts Center premiered its first fashion show this past February.  After a tremendous response,  the Center decided to make it an annual event. The current exhibition features upcycling fashion, felting and fiber arts, jewelry, steam punk style and vintage. The designers include Kristen Leonard of Charley Girl Designs, Gina Tavelli, Nelly Kouzmina of Feltinelli, Illia Barger of Pantaluna, Angela Pilat of Glamtastik,  Joanne Eisenberg of Flirt and Janice Hengel. Sojourner, a vintage clothing shop located  in Lambertville, NJ will also be featured in the exhibition. All show designers are regional and have a beautiful distinct style that really comes together on the runway. For more information on the New Hope Arts Center, visit http://www.newhopearts.org.

Every garment has a story; Quilt Diva, Karen Boutte will moderate all three fashion shows. Karen has worked with Mancuso Show Management on the Pacific International Quilt Festival’s fashion show for over 15 years so she is no stranger to the runway.  With her fabulous sense of style as well as her fabulous sense of humor, attendees to the shows will not be disappointed!

Great news! There is no additional charge for the fashion shows. Quilt Show admission includes admission to the fashion shows. Fashion show seats are available on a first come, first served basis. For more information on all three fashion shows, visit https://www.quiltfest.com/upcoming-shows-and-events/pennsylvania-national-quilt-extravaganza/additional-information-2/pnqe-goes-fashion/

Major sponsors Brother/Byrne Sewing Connection, BERNINA/Steve’s Sewing, Vacuum & Quilting, Baby Lock/Hayes Sewing Machine Company, Janome – Elna/Pocono Sew & Vac; Silver sponsors ABM international Innova and Handi Quilter; and Special Vendor Sponsors French Connections and SewBatik generously support the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.

Inspired & In Style – Friday Fashion Show by Karen Boutte and Rachel Clark at PNQE

Among the three amazing fashion shows to be featured at The Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks (Valley Forge area), PA September 15-18, 2016 is Karen Boutte and Rachel Clark’s “Inspired & In Style.” The fashion show, on Friday, September 16th at 2pm, includes garments from both Karen Boutte’s and Rachel Clark’s extensive wearable art collections.

karen b-4Karen will moderate all three fashion shows at PNQE including her own on Friday. She has worked with Mancuso Show Management on the Pacific International Quilt Festival’s fashion show for over 15 years so she knows very well what makes a fabulous fashion exhibition. For Karen, who is always seen wearing her tiara, a show is 50% wearable art and 50% entertainment. Her collection to be shown is eclectic with casual and dressy pieces, garments she made for a challenge or pieces created because “that fabric said make me into something.”

Karen Boutte, “The Quilt Diva” is a nationally known instkaren b-3ructor, lecturer, author and designer. She started sewing as a child and became inspired by her Great Aunt Nora’s Cathedral quilt. Karen was in awe of the beautiful artwork and soon after joined a local quilt guild to find out more about quilting. Years later Karen decided to become a full-time quilt instructor and began teaching at shops, guilds and quilting events. “There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a student having fun discovering their creativity with fabric and thread,” Karen stated.

karen b-1In 2004 Karen wrote a book, Delightful Diva Designs, Wonderful Whimsical Wearables, and she and her work have been featured in several publications over the years.

“I love selecting fabric for a project. The color, texture and design possibilities are endless. Nothing makes my heart sing more than visiting a variety of quilt shops looking for just the right fabric for a new project. I love to collage various fabrics and create story quilts and garments. I use raw edged appliqué, thread painting, beading and lots of embellishments.”

“Inspired & In Style” will also feature garments created by Rachel D.K. Clark. Rachel is a contemporary folk artist,  teacher and lecturer who comes from a long line of sewers, beginningrachel c-1 with her great-grandmother.  Rachel started quilting as a child and continued sewing through high school. She credits her aunt and high school home economics classes with teaching her sewing and basic quilting techniques that allowed her to pursue a career in wearable art. She has been a wearable artist for over 30 year and has taught on the national circuit for more than 20 years. Like Karen, Rachel’s work includes eclectic fabric mixes, vibrant designs, and a keen sense of wit. While her work can be whimsical, political or a personal statement, it always reflects her love of traditional quilt making. Rachel’s muses vary; one of her most famous pieces, her Running With the Wolf coat celebrates and honors the blues singer Chester Barnett aka “Howling’ Wolf.”rachel c-2

She has done several one-woman exhibits including Pacific International Quilt Festival and her work has been featured in various gallery shows, magazines such as “Threads”, and “The Quilting Quarterly,” the Bernina Fashion Show and on “The Home and Garden Channel’s” Simply Quilts. Right now Rachel is having a love affair with Beige, Chartreuse and creating coats.

Together Karen and Rachel offer a beautiful collection of wearable art garments. For more information on their fashion show, visit https://www.quiltfest.com/upcoming-shows-and-events/pennsylvania-national-quilt-extravaganza/additional-information-2/pnqe-goes-fashion/

Major sponsors Brother/Byrne Sewing Connection, BERNINA/Steve’s Sewing, Vacuum & Quilting, Baby Lock/Hayes Sewing Machine Company, Janome – Elna/Pocono Sew & Vac; Silver sponsors ABM international Innova and Handi Quilter; and Special Vendor Sponsors French Connections and SewBatik generously support the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.

PNQE Competition Countdown

Quilt Entry Competition Deadline: August 15, 2016

This is it! … Today is the last day to enter the 2016 Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza quilt competition, Evolving. You may submit your entry online (by midnight EDT) or mail it postmarked today, August 15.

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

Best of Show – 2015 PNQE Competition:
A Little Bit of Baltimore by Janet L. Stone
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PNQE Competition Countdown

Quilt Entry Competition Deadline: August 15, 2016

There are a mere 72 hours left to submit your entry to the 2016 Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza quilt competition, Evolving: The next generation is entering the world of quilting; new ideas are emerging and change seems to be constant. How is your work evolving as quilting moves forward?

 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 2015 PNQE Competition:
Feathered Stars by Barbara G. Khan
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SewBatik Fashion Challenge Deadline

SewBatik Fashion Challenge Deadline: August 15, 2016
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If you purchased the Challenge fabric, Tossed Paisley Lake (picturedRayon - Tossed Paisley Lake right) from SewBatik and have been sewing all summer, now is the time to mail the entry form you received with your fabric. All entries must be mailed and postmarked on or before August 15, 2016. Entry confirmation, shipping or hand delivery/pick-up details will be sent to you by August 22.

Please mail your entry form to:
SewBatik Challenge
c/o Mancuso Show Management
PO Box 667
New Hope, PA 18938

If you’ve misplaced the entry form you received when you purchased the Challenge fabric, please email mancuso@quiltfest.com for a replacement.

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Call for Entries – PNQE

With over 600 quilts and garments on display, it is no wonder that the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, held September 15-18, 2016, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks (Greater Philadelphia area), Pennsylvania is called “The Center of It All for Quilts, Wearable and Textile Arts.”

Included among the many exhibits at PNQE are the entries to the quilt competition. Evolving is the competition theme for 2016: “The next generation is entering the world of quilting; new ideas are emerging and change seems to be constant. How is your work evolving as quilting moves forward?

Quilts may be entered in the Innovative, Traditional, Modern or Wall Quilt Category. See the competition entry form, available on quiltfest.com, for complete competition details.

The entry deadline is August 15, 2016.

Over $13,000 in awards and prizes are being offered by the competitions generous sponsors that include Byrne Sewing Connection: Brother, Hayes Sewing Machine Company: Baby Lock, Steve’s Sewing, Vacuum & Quilting: Bernina; Pocono Sew & Vac: Janome / Elna; ABM International/Innova, Handi Quilter, SewBatik and French Connections.

The quilts entered in the PNQE competition highlight 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!

From the 2015 Competition: Small Moments by Patsy Kittredge
3020a PNQE 2015

Traditions at the White Swan Returns to PNQE

White SwanEvery September Dick & Wendy Shank, whose Traditions at the White Swan store has been based in Hagerstown, Maryland for over 25 years, travel to Pennsylvania to participate in the Merchants Mall at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza. Though their shop originally started out as a combination crafting and quilting store, today they devote all of their resources entirely to quilting.

Traditions at the White Swan features an extensive inventory of designer fabrics including reproduction prints, batiks, and flannels, all from top fabric manufacturers such as Moda, Marcus Brothers, Wilmington, Timeless Treasures, P & B, and Maywood. When you visit the Traditions booth at PNQE, you’ll be greeted by inspirational project samples along with the patterns and kits to go with them. They also carry a selection of notions.

Dick & WendyBe sure to stop by and say hello to Dick & Wendy at the Quiltfest this September 15-18, 2016 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA (Valley Forge area). They always look forward to meeting the creative needs of quilters. Their goal is to provide the best customer service, helpful project advice, ongoing support, and high quality products. Dick, Wendy and their staff are ever willing to assist customers with questions and projects, big or small!

SewBatik: More than just vending at PNQE

SewBatikBruce and Diane Magidson of SewBatik will be driving to Pennsylvania this fall from North Dakota to have a booth in the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza’s Merchants Mall. Held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks (Valley Forge area), the show runs September 15-18, 2016.

SewBatik, a merchant of fine batik and hand-dyed fabrics, is a Special Vendor Competition Sponsor of the Extravaganza. Their generosity helps PNQE have an amazing quilt competition and display fantastic quilts in special exhibits from around the world including the entries to the 2016 World Quilt Competition. Bruce and Diane look forward to another successful event and invite quilters, wearable artists and anyone who enjoys the textile arts to stop by their booth to see patterns, kits and especially their 112” cotton batiks.

New for 2016, Bruce and Diane are presenting the SewBatik Fashion Challenge. Challenge information and the entry form are available here. The Fashion Challenge culminates on Saturday, September 17 in a runway style fashion show.
Challenge

The moderator of the SewBatik Fashion Challenge Show is the Quilt Diva herself, Karen Boutte who will be judging the fashions and presenting her Diva’s Choice award. There will also be a People’s Choice award as voted on by the fashion show audience.

For complete details on everything offered at PNQE please visit the Extravaganza’s website.

Caroline Hershey Makes Teaching Debut at PNQE

Traveling from her sheep farm on Chincoteague Island, Virginia, Caroline Hershey to be at Quilt FestivalCaroline will be presenting a workshop for the first time at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, September 15-18 (Oaks, PA / Valley Forge area). She will  teach,  Cable-licious, on Saturday, 9/17/16, from 1 to 4pm.  Caroline will teach the beautiful technique of knitted cables. Using hand dyed yarn from Chincoteague Island, you’ll explore the technique of cabling, creating a reversible super soft scarf. Moving stitches with the aid of a cable needle, you’ll see how cables moving left or right are created giving a smooth flow to your knitting.
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When Caroline Hershey is not teaching she can be found, with her Carodan Farm to be at Quilt Festival in the Merchants Mallhusband Dan, in their booth Carodan Farm Wool Shop at the show.  Caroline produces her own line of hand dyed yarns. Yarn, patterns, needles, hooks and other knitting tools and supplies will be available for purchase so that you can create your own handmade items.

Be sure to register early for “Cable-licious” as it is being offered once only at the Quiltfest. Visit quiltfest.com for more information and to register to attend the festival and the workshop.  This class is for advanced beginners to intermediate level students.