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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.
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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
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Easy String Star Quilt
Full Day Workshop, Friday, 9/16/16
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Yokosu! Welcome to Sashiko
(Japanese Hand Quilting)
Full Day Workshop, Saturday, 9/17/16
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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)
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PreStitching Fused Shapes for Art Quilts (Friday, September 16) Sewing machines provided by Janome/Pocono Sew & Vac
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Unmarked Free Motion Quilting (Saturday, September 17)
Sewing machines provided by Janome/Pocono Sew & Vac
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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.
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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 Celebrates 23rd Year

You are invited to celebrate the world of quilting and, new for 2016 FASHION, as the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza returns to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA, September 15-18, 2016. PNQE includes a unique and beautiful display of over 600 quilts and works of textile and wearable art from across the globe, an amazing Merchants Mall, offering everything quilters and needle crafters need to quench their creative thirsts, and three fashion shows that are included with your admission. The Extravaganza is the largest and most comprehensive quilt festival in a state that is known for its rich history of quilting.

The 2016 teaching staff at the Extravaganza is sure to enlighten – from beginner to advanced there will be something for everyone. Presenting this year are Pepper Cory (NC), Robbi Joy Eklow (IL), Pat Harrison (RI), RaNae Merrill (NY), David Sirota (NH), Bobbie Bergquist (NH), Phyllis Twigg Hatcher (MD), Caroline Hershey (VA), Debora Konchinsky (PA), Renelda Peldunas-Harter/Carolyn Perry Goins/Cindy Simms (VA), Lisa White Reber (PA), and Janneke Van der Ree (NJ). In addition, Karen Boutte, California’s “Quilt Diva” will be moderating the exciting and new for 2016 PNQE fashion shows including the SewBatik Challenge Fashion Show. For workshop details, please click here.

This year’s PNQE quilt competition, themed Evolving, asksPNQE_2015_2034a entrants to respond to, “How is your work evolving as quilting moves forward?”  To enter the competition, click here. The Quilt Competition will have magnificent works by some of the nation’s finest quilt artists. Pictured: A Little Bit of Baltimore by Janet L. Stone, PNQE 2015 – Best of Show.

There will also be special exhibits on display including the international entries and select U.S. winning entries from the 2016 World Quilt Competition, celebrating its 20th year in 2016. These beautiful works of quilt art from across the globe are a must see!

Finally, in 2016 PNQE is Going FASHION. The PNQE fashion shows at 2:00 pm on Friday & Saturday, September 16-17 and 1:00 pm on Sunday, September 18, are included with your show admission. Moderated by the Quilt Diva, Karen Boutte of California, there will be fashion for everyone and there is even an opportunity for your garment to walk the runway! To enter your work in the SewBatik Challenge Fashion Show, click here.

Brother: Byrne Sewing Connection; BERNINA: Steve’s Sewing, Vacuum & Quilting; BabyLock: Hayes Sewing Machine Company; Elna / Janome: Pocono Sew & Vac; Handi Quilter, ABM International / Innova, and SewBatik generously sponsor the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.

Quiltfest Presents: Cool Classic Rides 2 @ Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza

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Sample of Cool Classic Rides 2: Mustang

Mustang, Corvette, Motorcycles and other Cool Classic Rides will be making a pit stop at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza this September 15-18, 2016.  These amazing auto quilts will be on display all four days of the Quiltfest at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks / Valley Forge, PA.

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Teresa Shippy

Teresa Shippy exclaims, “They’re back, bigger and bolder than ever in Cool Classic Rides 2!” CCR2 was motivated by Cool Classic Rides 1’s success, excitement and favorable comments from all.  CCR2 comprises a number of classic alternative rides in addition to classic cars. This second collection has also been created from her cut-up quilts, leftover painted fabric pieces, vintage men’s ties, wool scraps and lots of threadwork. Take a walk down memory lane and enjoy the rides as you view these and the hundreds of other quilts, wearable art, sewing, wool and fiber art at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.

So bring the person in your family that would appreciate these works of automotive art as you will also appreciate the quilting involved to make them. Be inspired to make your own quilted textile work of art that brings back fond memories of your first car, motorcycle and, yes, even a bicycle.  Whether you use your current stash of fabric or shop the vast Quiltfest merchants’ mall; you will be sure to find everything you need to make your own heirloom quilt this September at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.

Visit www.quiltfest.com for more information about the show.

Calling All Aspiring Quilters

Have a friend that you’re trying to convert into a quilter? Beginners are encouraged to attend all Mancuso Show Management quilt Shows! There’s so much to learn & aspire to and plenty of people willing to help. Click here to find a show near you: www.quiltfest.com.

Speaking of aspiring to… get a look at The End of the Line? By Joanne Baeth, Best Wall Quilt at the 2014 Pacific International 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

Ready … Set … Quilt at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza

Ready … Set … Quilt!
at the 22nd annual
Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza

You are invited to celebrate the world of quilting as the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XXII returns to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA, September 17-20, 2015. This longstanding event remains a spectacular show of creation, innovation, and education. Show-goers will enjoy a unique and beautiful display of over 600 quilts and works of textile and wearable art from across the globe. Plus, as past visitors know, the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza would not be complete without its amazing Merchants Mall filled to the brim with vendor booths, offering everything the quilter, textile artists and needle crafter needs to quench their creative thirsts.

This year’s national prize money competition has been titled “ReadyPNQE14_1032a … Set … Quilt!,” challenging quilt artists to respond to “Creating a new quilt takes lots of planning from designing to selecting fabrics to … How do you get yourself to the starting line? What is your process?” In addition, special exhibitions will fill the aisles with hundreds of works by quilt artists from around the globe. In all, over 600 quilts and works of textile and wearable art will be presented. Pictured: Welcome to My Universe by Elizabeth A Ohlson.

Talent, creativity and expertise surround the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza. An internationally renowned faculty will offer a wide variety of workshops for the beginner to the more advanced quilter and textile artist. Opportunities to learn new techniques and skills will be available with a wide array of workshops and lectures presented by the 2015 PNQE faculty that includes international instructor Jennie Rayment from England plus Frieda Anderson (IL), Lisa Calle (PA), Lenore Crawford (MI), Linda J Hahn (NJ), Laura Wasilowski (IL), Jodi Barrows (TX), Bobbie Bergquist (NH), Debora Konchinsky (PA), Susan Pelland (MA), Lisa Reber (PA) & Pat Yamin (NY).

In addition, featured once again will be Quilt-O on Friday, September 18 at 6 p.m. This “most fun you will have at a quilt show” event is hosted by Pat Yamin. The show will also offer educational and entertaining lectures, plus appraisals by Joyce Fischer. Seminar and other information may be found on the event’s website, www.quiltfest.com.

Brother: Byrne Sewing Connection; Baby Lock: Steve’s Sewing, Vacuum & Quilting; BERNINA: Hayes Sewing Machine Company; Elna / Janome: Pocono Sew & Vac; Handi Quilter, ABM International / Innova, Sew Batik and Mancuso Show Management generously sponsor the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.

View and/or print the complete brochure from www.quiltfest.com or to receive a brochure in the mail, please email mancuso@quiltfest.com or write to Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, Dept. P, PO Box 667, New Hope, PA 18938.

Mancuso Show Management & Quilts for Kids Join Forces

MANCUSO SHOW MANAGEMENT AND QUILTS FOR KIDS
JOIN FORCES AT THE
PENNSYLVANIA NATIONAL QUILT EXTRAVAGANZA XXII

Mancuso Show Management is proud to support 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 will have a booth at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.

Visitors to the booth have the opportunity to place some “Stitches of Love” into quilts that will be donated to Philadelphia region children’s hospitals. During show hours, visit the booth and quilt for a good cause. Hayes Sewing Machine Company has kindly provided the QFK’s booth with BERNINA sewing machines. Visitors can also sign up as volunteers, make donations and purchase fabric and quilt kits – all proceeds going towards the production of the children’s quilts.

Space Quilt2revPictured above, happy recipient of a quilt from QFK.

Along with Quilts for Kids, Inc. Founding President, Linda Arye, many individuals and businesses support the charity’s cause. Their goal is to donate about 30,000 quilts each year. View the following documentary detailing this wonderful charity’s work – QFK Documentary. Today, the charity has 97 chapters in the US and in Canada. 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 Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza to stitch some love into quilts that will make these children’s arduous journeys a little brighter, a littler snugglier, a little happier.

Brother: Byrne Sewing Connection; Baby Lock: Steve’s Sewing, Vacuum & Quilting; BERNINA: Hayes Sewing Machine Company; Elna / Janome: Pocono Sew & Vac; Handi Quilter, ABM International / Innova, Sew Batik, Reber-Freil Company, the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center and Mancuso Show Management generously sponsor the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza’s Quilt For Kids, Inc. booth.

View and/or print the complete brochure from www.quiltfest.com or to receive a brochure in the mail, please email mancuso@quiltfest.com or write to Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, Dept. P, PO Box 667, New Hope, PA 18938.