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Mid-Century Mod Competition Winners

Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs
October 6-8, 2016

“Mid-Century Mod”
National Modern Quilt Competition

“It has been an honor to help launch the Mid-Century Modern Quilt Exhibition. The quilts are diverse, yet reflect the style, the energy and the spirit of the era! Congratulations to all who participated. The standard of entries was very high and we would have loved to have had more ribbons to reflect the quality of the submissions. Congratulations to all. You are all winners in our eyes.”
~ The Judging Team

Best Mid-Century Mod 

#4039 As The World Turns by Patricia Guthrie

Second Place
#4017 Tempo by Susan Buckingham

Third Place
#4097 Entanglement by Claire Victor

Honorable Mention
#4088 Confetti by Jen Sorenson
& Members of the Simply Solids Bee

Best Sewing Machine Workmanship
#4068 Dandelion Dream by Sharon H Pedersen

Best Longarm Machine Workmanship
#4029 Spin by Diane Dixon

Best Hand Workmanship
#4002 Toalla de Playa by Suzanne Appelman

Best Use of Color
#4087 The Color of Squares by Juli Irene Smith

Best Use of Negative Space
#4100 Building Blocks by Lynda Wallace

Best Interpretation of Mid-Century Theme 
#4072 At the Cabin by Jodi Robinson

Judge’s Choice Ribbons
Gloria Loughman
#4026 Branching Out by Mary Kay Davis

Ashley Nickels
#4085 Tranquility by Kristin Shields

Bobbie Bergquist
#4071 Atomic by Jodi Robinson


Modern Quilt Competition

Quiltfest Goes MOD!

Mid-Century Mod
National Modern Quilt Competition
Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs

Entry Deadline
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

To enter online, please click here or for a printable entry form click here.

Competition Theme: 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. Where did you find the inspiration for your Mid-Century Mod quilt?

Accepted Modern Quilt Competition entries must be available for display at Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs, October 6-8, 2016 AND at the Pacific International Quilt Festival, October 13-16, 2016.

DisintegrationDisintegration of the Persistence of Artichokes
by Sylvia Schaefer

Quiltfest Oasis International Instructors

Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs
Octoer 6-8, 2016
Quilting is the Best Way to Travel

For those interested in breaking borders to find that perfect quilting design or who simply want to try a new technique, Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs offers a wide variety of workshops and lectures with an international faculty including Libs Elliott from Canada and Australian Gloria Loughman. Both instructors will be at the Palm Springs Convention Center, October 6 – 8, 2016 offering participants the opportunity to experience a medley of multi-cultural quilting and textile art.

Libs ElliottLibs Elliott is a quilter and textile designer who explores the intersection of technology and traditional craft by using generative design to build handmade quilts. A deep appreciation for craftsmanship, design history and future-focused applications are all reflected in her work. As a quilter, Libs’ ongoing project is an exploration in how modern technology can transform a traditional craft into modern functional art without abandoning the inherent pleasures of handcrafted products. We have become accustomed to identical mass-produced goods, but Libs believes many of us also crave personalized objects that communicate our individual identities. Libs’ goal is to underline the importance of craft as art in our contemporary age by producing bespoke modern heirlooms. Just like quilts from a century ago, these are pieces that can be passed down through generations. All her quilts are randomly designed using a programming language called Processing. This project began in 2012 as a collaboration with designer and technologist, Joshua Davis, who provided the original code framework. Using Processing allows Libs to quickly edit the code and generate random compositions from simple geometric and traditional quilt block shapes. Libs has been quilting since 2009, and lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

Dynamic StripesIn Palm Springs, Libs will teach 3 full day workshops including Dynamic Stripes on Wednesday, October 5 and repeating the class on Thursday, the 6th. On Saturday, October 8 she will present Embrace the Chaos – An Exercise in Controlled Randomness. Pictured: Dynamic Stripes workshop sample

In addition to the workshops, Libs will also present a lecture titled Quilting with Code: The Quilts of Libs Elliott. In this lecture, Libs will discuss her ongoing exploration of how technology can transform a traditional craft into modern, functional art. She will give attendees a peek into how she works, what inspires her designs and where she finds balance.

Australian Gloria Loughman lives by the sea, on the beautiful Gloria Loughman BBellarine Peninsula, in Victoria. Her initiation into the world of quilting occurred approximately 20 years ago. After completing studies in design and color, she began to make her large vivid landscape quilts depicting the Australian bush. Having the opportunity to travel to many unique and fascinating parts of the Australian continent, she finds herself continually challenged to reproduce these images in fabric. These quilts have won many major awards internationally. If you have wanted to learn the techniques that make Gloria a prizewinner, here is your chance. However, be sure to sign-up early – Gloria’s classes fill quickly. She really enjoys sharing her knowledge and skills with others. She challenges students to design their own quilts, but is also happy to provide patterns for those less confident.

LightUpYourLandscape2Gloria will teach two, full-day workshops at Quiltfest Oasis, Light Up Your Landscape on Thursday, and Distinctive Doorways on Friday. Pictured: Light Up Your Landscape class sample.

In addition, Gloria will present a luncheon/lecture on Saturday, Share the Journey. Come and be entertained, listening to a humorous account of life as a contemporary quilt maker, teacher and author. Learn of Gloria’s inspiration and the techniques she uses to create her prize winning quilts.  Laugh as you hear of the challenges of working with students around the world, and view beautiful images that will inspire you to start creating your own designs.

Gloria’s collection of quilts titled, A Slice of Oz will also be featured at Quiltfest Oasis as a special exhibit.


Go West, Go Mod

First Annual National Modern Quilt Competition
Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs – Pacific International Quilt Festival

The Modern Quilt movement is making itself known across the globe and Mancuso Show Management is continuing to embrace Mod’s entry into the world of quilting. For 2016, Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs and Pacific International Quilt Festival are introducing a National Modern Quilt Competition – “Mid-Century Mod.”

Mid-Century Mod emphasizes the look and feel of mid-20th century design. Artists who enter the competition 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.

The online and postmark deadline for Modern Quilt Competition entries is August 30, 2016. Accepted Modern Quilt Competition entries must be available for display at Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs, October 6-8, 2016 AND at the Pacific International Quilt Festival, October 13-16, 2016.

4031aCompetition entries to this new juried and judged competition will vie for over $6,000 in prizes generously sponsored by Founding Sponsor Bernina/California Sewing & Vacuums; Major Annual Sponsor Brother / Meissner Sewing Center; Major Sponsors Baby Lock/Eddie’s Quilting Bee, Bernina/Ralph’s Sewing Center, Gammill, Inc/Meissner Sewing Center, Janome/Ray’s Sewing Machine Center; Silver Sponsors ABM International/Innova, HandiQuilter; Special Exhibit Sponsor Nolting Manufacturing and Special Vendor Sponsors Quilters Slidelock, Monica’s Quilt and Bead Creations, and SewBatik. Pictured: The Disintegration of the Persistence of Artichokes by Sylvia Schaefer:

Quiltfest Oasis will take place in the Palm Springs Convention Center October 6-8, 2016. The Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara/Bay area is the venue for the 25th annual Pacific International Quilt Festival, October 13-16, 2016.

The Disintegration of the Persistence of Artichokes by Sylvia Schaefer:

Ralph’s Sewing Center at Quiltfest Oasis

Ralph'sMancuso Show Management is excited to announce that BERNINA sewing machines will be represented at Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs by Ralph’s Vacuum & Sewing Center from Palm Desert, California.

BERNINA, a leader in home sewing and embroidery machines, has a strong and loyal following.  Founded in 1893, this company from Steckborn, Switzerland has continued to be on the cutting edge of the quilting world with innovations that include the BERNINA Stitch Regulator, touchscreen programming, CutWork Tool and CutWork software, PaintWork and CrystalWork software.

Ralph’s Vacuum & Sewing Center has served the Palm Desert, California community since 1976, offering sales, service, and repair of sewing machines and vacuum cleaners. The staff at the store has a high level of knowledge about the sewing and vacuum industries.  They are quality-oriented, always paying close attention to detail.  With their 35+ years of experience, they are ready to assist festival participants in selecting the BERNINA sewing machine that meets their needs.

Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs takes place October 6-8, 2016 in the Palm Springs Convention Center. Show hours are 10am to 6pm daily.  With over 500 quilts and works of textile art on display, festival participants will surely be inspired to create their own work of art and Ralph’s Vacuum & Sewing will be ready to help with their line-up of BERNINA machines.

Quiltfest Oasis Rocks the Desert

Quilts, quilts and more quilts will roll into the Palm Springs Convention Center October 6-8, 2016.  Now in its third year, Quiltfest Oasis brings the ever popular craft to southern California with the first National Modern Quilt Competition, Mid-Century Mod. While newly created,  these competition quilts will have a Mid-Century Mod feel to them. The festival will also include the traditional, innovative and wall quilts that everyone has come to enjoy.

The World Quilt Competition also rolls into beautiful Palm Springs as a special exhibit. Quilts from ten countries will be on display as part of this exhibit. Look for the country flags to identify the quilts from each participating country. Other special exhibits include A Slice of Oz by Quiltfest instructor Gloria Loughman of Australia, quilts by the 3-D Designing Desert Divas, California’s Hues, Tints, Shades & Tones presented by the Southern California Council of Quilt Guilds, Modern Simplicity by Kathleen Probst, Oasis by SAQA SoCal, and many more.

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Alinea #5 by Kathleen Probst

Quilt festival vendors will also roll into the convention center with items not only for quilters, but also for home sewers, knitters, wearable artists, textile artists and other crafters. These merchants will rock the show floor with the latest gadgets and gizmos, and fabric (lots of fabric!) to help festival attendees create their own stunning works of art.

Festival attendees may opt to learn new quilting techniques or brush up on old ones from the Quiltfest’s internationally renowned faculty. Joe Cunningham, Libs Elliott and Gloria Loughman are headlining the show. A Modernism Presentation & Tour, presented by Kurt Cyr (who you may recognize him from his appearances on HGTV) will also be available on Friday morning.

Quiltfest Oasis is Thursday thru Saturday, October 6-8, from 10am to 6pm each day. Attendees who roll into the quilt show this October will certainly not be disappointed.

Quiltfest Goes Mod!

It’s a Mod, Mod World! Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs and the Pacific International Quilt Festival are presenting a National Juried & Judged Modern Quilt Competition – Mid-Century Mod.

With over $6,000 in prizes, the competition is sure to draw entries from some of the best Modern Quilters in the country. Pictured below: Shelter by Ann Horton.


The entries will be judged and displayed at Quiltfest Oasis in Palm Springs, October 6-8. Then, the quilts will travel to the Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara/Bay area where they will be on exhibit from October 13-16.

Mid-Center Mod entrants will be asked to respond to the competition’s theme:

  • 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. Where did you find the inspiration for your Mid-Century Mod quilt?

For entry information and details please visit the Modern Quilt Competiton on quiltfest.com.

The Mid-Century Mod competition is generously sponsored by Founding Sponsor BERNINA/California Sewing & Vacuums, Major Annual Sponsor Brother/Meissner Sewing Center, Major Sponsors Gammill/Meissner Sewing Center, Janome/Ray’s Sewing Machine Center, Baby Lock/Eddie’s Quilting Bee, BERNINA/Ralph’s Sewing Center; Silver Sponsors ABM/Innova and Handi Quilter; Special Exhibit Sponsor Nolting Longarm Quilting Machines; and Special Vendor Sponsors Sew Batik and Quilter’s Slidelock.

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

Quiltfest Oasis Returns to Palm Springs

Quiltfest Oasis Returns to Palm Springs
Palm Springs, California ~ October 8-10, 2015

Back by popular demand, Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs presented by Mancuso Show Management, will take place at the Palm Springs Convention Center, October 8 – 10, 2015, in beautiful Palm Springs, California. This year’s Quiltfest is expected to be every bit as fun and entertaining as last year’s show and more!Palm Springs Convention Center
Show-goers will be drawn to the hundreds of quilts by artists from around the globe! The international and selected U.S. entries of the 2015 World Quilt Competition, celebrating its 19th year, will once again be the centerpiece of this event. A fabulous Merchants Mall will be filled with vendors offering everything the quilter, textile artist and needle crafter can possibly desire. In addition, show goers will enjoy a marvelous display of special exhibits from well-known quilt and fiber art groups.

This year’s workshops and lectures will be full of fun and innovative techniques for beginners as well as for the more advanced textile artist. Those interested in learning new skills, developing skills already acquired or just wanting to have some quilting fun can benefit from outstanding internationally known instructors. Included on the Quiltfest faculty are international instructors Gloria Loughman from Australia and Jennie Rayment from England and from the U.S. Esterita Austin (NY), Terry Waldron (CA), Laura Wasilowski (IL), Allyson Allen (CA), Bobbie Bergquist (NH), Debora Konchinsky (PA), and Pat Yamin (NY).

The Special Luncheon presentation, “Marvel at Manipulation – It’s All Tucked Up!” on Saturday, October 10, will be presented by Jennie Rayment. Internationally known for her innovative techniques with material, Jennie is totally obsessed with ‘Nipping and Tucking’ – fabric that is! Look, listen and laugh at the hilarious antics of this wacky Brit as she takes you through the latest high jinks and hopefully happy endings of the world’s only Twiddler and Fiddler. Gather round for a dose of girly giggles (men also welcome!) – after all, laughter is the best medicine!

Finally, to make your visit to the Quiltfest carefree, you may opt to register for the all inclusive show & hotel package tour. For complete details on package tours, pre-registration and other information, visit quiltfest.com. View and/or print the event brochure from the website, or to receive a brochure, please email mancuso@quiltfest.com

Major Annual Sponsor Brother, Sponsors Redlands Sewing Center, BERNINA/Janome; Silver Sponsors ABM Innova and Handi Quilter and Special Vendor Sponsors Sew Batik, and Monica’s Quilt & Bead Creations generously support Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs.