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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

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

SewBatik Fashion Challenge Deadline

SewBatik Fashion Challenge Deadline: August 15, 2016

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.




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.

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.

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.

PNQE Goes Fashion

Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza
September 15-18, 2016
3 Days of Fashion Shows Included with Admission

Prepare to be amazed by the world of Fashion at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza. Witness amazing works of fiber and fabric in not just ONE, but THREE different Fashion Shows moderated by Karen D. Boutte. Included with admission, these Fashion Shows are sure to inspire, Friday Sept. 16 through Sunday Sept. 18, 2016.

Fashion Shows Moderator:
Karen D. Boutte, The Quilt Diva, California
PNQE’s fashion show moderator and instructor, Karen is a KarenBouttenationally known quilt instructor, lecturer, author and designer of original quilts and garments. She encourages her students to free their creative spirit, enjoy the process and above all, have fun! Karen specializes in teaching basic and intermediate quilt making skills, embellishing and decorative stitching. Karen enjoys the freedom of designing quilts and creating art to wear. In addition to moderating three fashion shows, Karen is also teaching a full-day work shop on Thursday, September 15:

Delightful Diva Designs – Designer Collection Jacket
Choose your favorite designer fabric (i.e., Kona Bay; Michael Miller, RJR, Moda or Lonni Rossi, to name just a few) and create a jacket using a purchased sweatshirt for the foundation. The “Diva” will teach you the techniques for designing and constructing your jacket including preparing the foundation, layering the background, adding embellishment and decorative stitches.  All levels.

Pepper Cory Returns to PNQE

Pepper Cory Returns
to the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza

The 2016 teaching staff at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, September 15-18, 2016 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA, is sure to enlighten – from beginner to advanced there will be something for everyone. Presenting this year is Pepper Cory, a longtime favorite at Mancuso Show Management’s festivals.

Active in quilting since 1972, Pepper Cory is known for her eclecticCory_PNQE16_004D use of color and her personalized one-on-one approach to teaching. The author of six books and numerous articles, she also designs piecing templates, quilting stencils, and fabric lines. Pepper shares her enthusiasm for quilting by teaching and lecturing throughout the United States as well as internationally. Pepper also blogs about learning to quilt Pepper at the Quilt Studio and shares photos and commentary about vintage quilts at Quilt Flap. When not quilting, she can be found on the beach near her North Carolina coastal home.

Pepper both machine and hand pieces, but prefers hand quilting for her own work. Handling a needle gives her, in her own words, “A kind of high.” And, while she collects antique quilts, she creates contemporary quilts with all sorts of fabrics.

A longtime instructor, Pepper brings a sense of humor and confidence to her classes. Pepper is presenting three full day workshops at PNQE. For details, please click here.

Swartz Creek Scrap Quilt
Inspired by an Antique Pennsylvania Quilt
Full Day Workshop, Thursday, 9/15/16
Sewing machines provided by Janome/Pocono Sew & Vac

Easy String Star Quilt
Full Day Workshop, Friday, 9/16/16

Yokosu! Welcome to Sashiko
(Japanese Hand Quilting)
Full Day Workshop, Saturday, 9/17/16

Goddess of the Last Minute

The Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza
Welcomes the Goddess of the Last Minute
Robbi Joy Eklow
Unique Quilter & Informative Instructor

The Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks (Valley Forge area), PA September 15-18, 2016 features an impressive instructor line-up offering a variety of workshops, lectures, a judging seminar and fashion shows. This year’s Extravaganza features well-known instructors including Robbi Joy Eklow.

robbiDubbed “The Goddess of the Last Minute,” Robbi Joy Eklow started quilting during the 1976 quilt revival. She, however, did not actually finish a quilt until her son was born in 1985; a quilt which she still has today. Soon after the birth of her son, Robbi joined a quilt guild and began collecting fabric, taking workshops and attending quilting events. She quickly found a love for the world of quilts.

Robbi’s teaching career began at a local quilt shop when she walked into the store with a suitcase full of quilts and asked to teach. Today, Robbi lectures and teaches internationally. “I always felt that teaching would be fun if I could teach my own designs and that’s what I’ve done since,” says Robbi. She enjoys seeing what her students do with her designs and loves when they share their own knowledge with the class.

Robbi’s specialties include fused appliqué, which she designs on her computer. Her quilts are often seen in competitions and special exhibitions at major quilt shows across the United States. She has designed quilts, won awards and written articles for many quilting publications. Her first book is Free Expression: The Art and Confessions of a Contemporary Quilter.

What does Robbi love most about the craft of quilting? “I love being a member of the sister/brotherhood of quilters. I enjoy working with fiber and use it as a way to introduce myself to people. I make art quilts from cotton fabrics that I dye myself, use bonded appliqué and free motion quilt extensively on the surface. I enjoy lecturing and teaching in order to share the techniques I’m using and to encourage others to find their voice through fiber.”

Robbi will present three full day workshops and a lecture at PNQE. For details, please click here.

Free Expression Fusing Buffet (Thursday, September 15)

PreStitching Fused Shapes for Art Quilts (Friday, September 16) Sewing machines provided by Janome/Pocono Sew & Vac

Unmarked Free Motion Quilting (Saturday, September 17)
Sewing machines provided by Janome/Pocono Sew & Vac

Robbi’s lecture, Goddess of the Last Minute is on Friday, September 16 at 4:30 pm. Robbi will present some of her new quilts and talk about her latest adventures in quilting.

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.