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The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey

QFNJ_'17_Color_FinalIt’s opening day of the Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey! Join the fun at Somerset’s Garden State Exhibit Center and feast your eyes on beautifully crafted works of quilt and textile art from all over the country.

At this year’s event, the long list of must-sees includes the entries to the juried and judged Tri-State Quilt Competitions. The competition will highlight an array of quilts created by residents of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. These talented regional quilt artists will display a stunning collection of artwork.

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In addition, show-goers won’t want to miss the special exhibits on display including the beautiful, Award Winning Quilts of the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival. Also among the exhibits will be Quilting Leather? featuring leather quilts created by Cathy Wiggins (pictured above), quilts by Quilt Fest instructor Jessica Skultety, an exhibit of Modern Quilts presented by the North Jersey Modern Quilt Guild plus more!

Award Winning Quilts of the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival
3rd Place-Innovative: Blue Anemone by Andrea M Brokenshire
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There are some seats still available in this year’s workshops that are 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 learn from an exceptional faculty including David Sirota, Jessica Skultety, Bobbie Bergquist, Debora Konchinsky, Nancy Murtie and Lisa White Reber. Plus, certified quilt appraiser Phyllis Twigg Hatcher will be on-site offering quilt and woven coverlet appraisals by appointment. Please call the on-site quilt registration desk to check availability:  732-748-0197.

Finally, you won’t want to miss the Merchants Mall filled with rows of vendors offering a variety of quilt, wearable and textile art supplies. Everything one needs to create a masterpiece of their own!

The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey
Garden State Exhibit Center
(Just off I-287, Exit #10)
50 Atrium Drive
Somerset, NJ

March 2-5, 2017
Thursday-Friday-Saturday: 10am – 5 pm
Sunday: 10am – 4pm

$13 includes re-admission for all show days.
$11 Sunday only.
Children under 16 free.

Please, no pull along or drag behind carts allowed on the show floor.

 

New Jersey Quilt Competition Deadline

This is it! … The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey Entry Deadline is Monday, January 30, 2017

The Tri-StateCompetition is open to residents of New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania only.

To enter the Tri-State Quilt Competition, please click here.

From the 2016 Competition:
Best Hand Workmanship:
David & Lynne’s Wedding Quilt by Sherry Milliken
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Best Sewing Machine Workmanship:
Hungry Hunter by Anna Faustino
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New Host Hotel for The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey

The thirteenth annual Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey will be held March 2-5, 2017 in the Garden State Exhibit Center, 50 Atrium Drive, Somerset, New Jersey 08873 (just off Exit 10 of I-287). Show hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Thursday through Saturday and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday. The Quilt Fest has a new host hotel for 2017:

SpringHill Suites Somerset Franklin Township
16 Cedar Grove Lane, Somerset, NJ  08873
Phone: 732-595-5100
SpringHillExteriorA short distance from the Exhibit Center, the SpringHill Suites shs_phototour03Somerset Franklin Township offers a friendly welcome, a spacious & vibrant room, modern features and service that will make you want to return. The hotel offers complimentary high-speed Internet
access throughout the hotel, complimentary hot breakfast, fitness center and indoor pool. Shuttle service
between the Exhibit Center and the SpringHill Suites Somerset Franklin Township will be provided during the show hours by request. Guests need to give the hotel a minimum of 30 minutes notice before their required departure/pick-up time. A special rate of $89.00 + tax, single or double, is offer to Quilt & Sewing Fest participants and guests.  The SpringHill Suiltes group rate reservation deadline is February 1, 2017. Call (732) 595-5100 for reservations and be sure to mention the Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey to receive this special rate or book online using the following link: Quilt & Sewing Fest at Spring Hill Suites Somerset.

Additional Quilt Fest lodging is also available at the Courtyard by Marriott, Somerset, 250 Davidson Avenue in Somerset, NJ. Located just up the road from the Garden State Exhibit Center, you’ll love the accommodations at the Courtyard by Marriott. Enjoy free Wi-Fi  throughout the hotel. The on-site Ruby Tuesday restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. Please note there is no shuttle service provided by this hotel to the Garden State Exhibit Center. A special split rate of $79 + tax Thursday through Sunday, March 2-5, or $129 + tax Tuesday and Wednesday February 28 – March 1, single or double standard room, is offered to Quilt Fest participants and guests. The group rate reservation deadline is January 28, 2017. Call (732) 271-4555 for reservations and be sure to mention the Quilt Fest of New Jersey to receive this rate.

The Fest’s Merchants Mall will feature everything for quilt, fiber, wearable and textile artists. In addition, the Fest will present an outstanding collection of quilts and wearable art on display, including the entries to the 2017 Tri-State Quilt Competition. And, because nothing could be better than having more quilts at a quilt show, we will be sharing the winners of the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival quilt competition with QFNJ show-goers. Enjoy the beauty created by some of your fellow quilt artists!

We look forward to seeing you at The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey!

 

Pocono Sew & Vac Provides Elna Machines for The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey

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Pocono Sew & Vac, major sponsor of The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey is generously providing Elna sewing machines for participants in three of the Fest’s workshops. No need to carry your sewing machine to class – the machines will be set-up and ready for you to use in the following workshops:

Storm at Sea – No More Tears Method© (WS #001) will be StormAtSea1presented by David Sirota on Friday, March 3 between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Paper piecing will never be the same! Be on your way to creating a beautiful and versatile 30” x 30” Storm at Sea wall hanging using a revolutionary paper piecing technique. No More Tears© takes much less time than traditional paper piecing and it enables you to use your paper pattern over and over again. Once you know the technique, you can use it on any paper piecing project. In class you will learn the basics of paper piecing, the No More Tears© method, and Storm at Sea basics plus tips and tricks for precise construction.

Chevron Star – No More Tears Method© (WS #002), also taught by David Sirota, will be on Saturday, March 4, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  ChevronStar

Whether you love or hate paper piecing, this class is designed to
help you create the beautiful and versatile Chevron Star quilt. You’ll be learning the revolutionary No More Tears© method of paper piecing, which cuts your time in half, enabling you to create even more quilts. Don’t believe it? Well, join the class and find out! The design lends itself to scrappy or planned fabric choices. You decide which you’d like to do. In this workshop, you will learn pattern preparation, the No More Tears© Technique, and block and quilt top construction.

Jessica Skultety is presenting Orange Peels and Improv (WS #003) on Thursday, March 9, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.SkultetyOrangeB

Orange peels are beautiful and striking traditional blocks that can be
manipulated in exciting ways. We’ll pair them with “planned” improvisational piecing to make a scrap-friendly baby quilt (44” x 55”) that you’ll be proud to show off! You’ll learn the “stitch and flip” method for making orange peels for machine appliqué. Then, you’ll use background fabric and Jess’s trademark improvisation technique to stitch them into a modern quilt top uniquely your own. Join us!

The thirteenth annual Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey will take place March 2-5, 2017 in the Garden State Exhibit Center, 50 Atrium Drive, Somerset, New Jersey 08873 (just off Exit 10 of I-287). Show hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Thursday through Saturday and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday.

The Fest’s Merchants Mall will feature everything for quilt, fiber, wearable and textile artists. In addition, the Fest will present an outstanding collection of quilts and wearable art on display, including the entries to the 2017 Tri-State Quilt Competition. And, because nothing could be better than having more quilts at a quilt show, we will be sharing the winners of the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival quilt competition with QFNJ show-goers. Enjoy the beauty created by some of your fellow quilt artists!

We look forward to seeing you at the Quilt Fest!

Enter Your Quilt in the Tri-State Competition at the Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey

Call for Entries
New Jersey / New York / Pennsylvania Quilt Artists

Over 400 quilts, garments and works of textile art will be on display in the Garden State Exhibit Center, home of The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey, March 2-5, 2017. Among the fabulous exhibits scheduled for this event is the juried and judged Tri-State Quilt Competition, open only to quilt artists who are residents of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Besides the opportunity to publicly display their work, entrants have the opportunity to win over $5,500 in prizes. Online and printable entry forms are available on quiltfest.com; the entry deadline is January 30, 2017.

Th Tri-State Competition highlights quilt art created by artists who are not only competing, but who are also representing their hometown quilt and textile art communities with a fabulous collection of artwork. For those who love anything quilt related, this display of quilt art should not be missed! Visitors to the show even have an opportunity to take place in the judging by voting for their favorite competition quilt to win the Viewers Choice Award.

A few of the entries from the 2016 QFNJ Competition:


Norwegian Winter
by Helle-May Cheney, Flemington, NJ8007a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Glade Creek Grist Mill
by Donald Gough, Lincolndale, NY8020a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


David & Lynne’s Wedding Quilt
 
by Sherry Milliken, Hawley, PA8026a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Major Annual Sponsor Brother/Sew Jersey, and Major Sponsors BERNINA/Olde City Quilts, ABM Innova and Handi Quilter generously sponsor The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey.

Will your quilt be the next to win Best of Show at The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey? We’ll never know … unless you enter!

Interview with Jessica Skultety – Modern Quilt Instructor at the Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey

The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey, held at the Garden Statejessica-skultety-head-shot Exhibit Center March 2 – 5, 2017, welcomes new instructor, Jessica Skultety. Jessica , local to northwestern New Jersey, is a teacher, lecturer, pattern designer and writer.  The former President of the Central New Jersey Modern Quilt Guild,  Jessica is a self-taught quilter whose quilts have been displayed in several national shows.  She will be teaching two workshops at The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey and will also have a one woman show of her works. Check our website for more information: Jessica Skultety’s Workshops.

We recently interviewed Jessica to get the inside story on how she started quilting and what inspires her.

How did you start quilting?

I have always been crafty, and I learned how to sew during high school in a required home economics class. A couple of years later, I decided to make a quilt out of all of my t-shirts instead of sending it out to be made with money I did not have. So, I borrowed my future mother-in-law’s sewing machine and I was quickly bitten by the quilting bug. I’m mostly self-taught from Google and blogs.

What are your favorite techniques? 

skultetywonkybI’m an obsessive domestic machine quilter. In six years, I’ve never sent a quilt out to be quilted; I revel in the chance to try new motifs and challenges. Now, I have the opportunity to teach free motion quilting, which is such an honor. I coined a name for my favorite piecing technique: brick-by-brick improvisation. I’ll be teaching this technique in the Orange Peels and Improv class at the Quilt Fest.

 

Why modern quilting?

Sometimes I’m a modern quilter and sometimes I’m not. My work sways towards modern quilting because of two reasons: bright, bold colors (that I love) and improvisation. Otherwise, I often tweak traditional blocks to create something new as a modern traditional quilter. I also found such a wonderful, accepting, talented bunch of quilters in the Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild that meets in Pennington, NJ.

What do you look for in fabric?

I look mostly for tone-on-tone, like-solid, or two-color fabrics that will complement my fabric stash. Since I tend to make a lot of scrap and improvisational quilts, I use a lot of these fabrics. For me, it’s all about blending a bunch of fabrics to create color! My solid fabric stash has grown enormously over the past couple of years, too; there’s something about using solids among prints. I’ve started making all-solid quilts too.

What is your teaching style?

As a trained K-12 teacher, I’m formulaic but always ready to skultetyorangebimprovise. Also, I am always focused on fun. If you aren’t having fun sewing, why are you doing it, anyway? Students walk away with adding several new techniques to their belts and many tell me they feel relaxed afterwards. I aim to be approachable and relatable, because I also learned these techniques at some point, too! Finally, I open conversation and invite class members to share their own techniques, as I’m always learning, too! It creates a better experience for everyone. Meanwhile, I can go to my next class and share everything I’ve learned so that those students can decide what works best for them.

Memorable moments so far in your teaching career?

This is a silly one, but I’ll never forget when the ladies from a guild in Pine Bush, NY brought a whole bowl of Reese’s peanut butter cups to class, just because I had mentioned them on my blog! (P.S. Jessica loves Reese’s!)

What are your biggest challenges in your artwork?

My biggest and most exciting challenge is the actual quilting. I don’t like to make “easy” quilts – and if it’s quite easy to piece, I love creating a challenge with the quilting. My goal is always to a) add a new, unique layer to the final quilt and b) to have fun. If I know the quilt would look great with just straight lines, I think, okay, that will be tedious to quilt – how can I mix it up?

In addition, since I do all of my quilting on my domestic machine (a Janome Memory Craft 6300 named Elsa), the size of the quilt often adds to the challenge. On my blog, I’ve documented all kinds of ways I’ve accommodated quilts in my space (like this post, Top Ten Tips: Quilting Large Quilts on Your Home Machine).

What is the biggest accomplishment you’ve achieved so far?

My quilt, Home, was included as part of the Modern Quilt Guild’s exhibit at International Quilt Festival in 2015. It also went on to QuiltCon and PNQE, where it won a theme ribbon. My upcoming individual special exhibit at the Quilt and Sewing Fest of NJ is high up on the list, too.

How do you see your art progressing in the next five years? 

What a great question. Honestly, I only have a notion (no pun
intended). My work has changed so much from when I started 6 img_20160826_112057years ago. At first, I used lots of patterns; now I make up my own (for the most part). I used to favor large print, multicolored fabrics; now, not so much (though I love piecing them together on the back). Right now, I’m especially passionate about quilting words on quilts (like this quilt, which is based on a quote from the musical Hamilton). I plan to continue this exploration.

Also, I recently discovered an excitement for sashiko and hand stitching. I’ve just begun to accentuate my dense machine quilting with hand stitching. In fact, I have to give credit to Susan of Easy Piecing, who vends at your shows!

How does quilting make you feel?  What emotions come out of creating something beautiful?

Quilting is often therapeutic. In the past, I’ve used it to center myself in stressful situations. I’ve also recently quilted to express sadness and anger. I try to sew happiness to send to family and friends who are going through rough times. Whenever I create a quilt purely for the sake of making, the feeling can only be described as “joy.”

What do you think about being a young quilter in what is predominately an older woman’s art world?

It’s definitely a humbling place to be. I work with women who have been quilting for 20, 30, 40 or more years. They have so much knowledge to share. It excites me to think of how many quilts I might make throughout my life, since I started so young and make so much. I have the benefit of learning from others while crafting my own modern spin on techniques. My goal is to bring more young quilters into the fold, which I’ve already begun to do.

What do you do when you are not quilting or educating?

I work in a public school and tutor sewing privately. Otherwise, I love to read, watch Outlander, Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who and Parks and Recreation, and work out (my favorites are Zumba and spin classes). My husband and I also consider ourselves pizza connoisseurs, so there’s that.


You write as well – what made you start a blog?

When I started my blog, Quilty Habit, in 2010, it was right after I began quilting. I had already written two other blogs mostly for family and friends. Plus, I learned how to quilt from the internet (thank you Google and blog tutorials), and I dearly wanted to join the developing online community. Blogging is still a huge part of the quilting process for me; it’s not the same as writing a short caption on a finished quilt photo. I always tell people that my blog is my home base, despite how active I am on Instagram. I delve deep into the quilt process for the benefit of readers (and for myself – I look back at my writing all the time for help!). I tell the stories of my quilts and encourage others to do the same. If we don’t tell them, who will?

Now that you’re intrigued, check out Jessica’s Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey workshops: Jessica Skultety’s Workshops.

Regional Quilt Artists Compete for Top Prizes at the Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey

The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey will be held at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, New Jersey March 2-5, 2017. For many years, quilters have worked to institute quilting, one of America’s original pastimes, into today’s art society. Like a fine art show, the Quilt Fest features works from across the country in fantastic special exhibitions. It is a chance for quilters to experience the diversity and creativity of their fellow enthusiasts. Included at the Fest is an impressive textile showcase of some of the region’s most talented quilt and textile artists – the juried and judged Tri-State Competition. This show is a wonderful opportunity for quilters to experience the diversity and creativity of their fellow quilting enthusiasts.

The Tri-State Competition highlights quilts and textile art created 8018aby residents of the Tri-State area: New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. These regional artists will represent their quilt and textile communities with a stunning collection of artwork while competing for over $5,500 in prizes. New to the 2017 competition is a prize for the Best Modern Style Quilt. In addition, those attending the Quilt Fest will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite competition quilt to win the prestigious Viewers Choice Award. For those who love anything quilted, this spectacular display will satisfy that creative craving. Pictured: Tulip Fields by Anna Faustino.

Major Annual Sponsor Brother/Sew Jersey, and Major Sponsors BERNINA/Olde City Quilts, ABM Innova and Handi Quilter generously sponsor The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey.

Will your quilt be the next to win Best of Show at The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey? We’ll never know … unless you enter!

The 2017 Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey Returns to the Garden State Exhibit Center

The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey and the Tri-State Quilt Competition are returning to The Garden State Exhibit Center, in Somerset, March 2 – 5, 2017. Show-goers will feast their eyes on beautifully crafted works of quilt and textile art from all over the country.

At this year’s event, the long list of must-sees includes the entries to 8038anjthe juried and judged Tri-State Quilt Competition and the special exhibitions. The competition will highlight an array of quilts created by residents of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. These talented regional quilt artists will display a stunning collection of artwork while competing for over $5,500 in prizes. In addition, show-goers won’t want to miss the special exhibits on display including the beautiful, award winning quilts of the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival. Also among the exhibits will be Quilting Leather? featuring leather quilts created by Cathy Wiggins, quilts by Quilt Fest instructor Jessica Skultety, an exhibit of Modern Quilts presented by the North Jersey Modern Quilt Guild plus more! Pictured: Home and Hearth by Jo Timko.

This year’s workshops 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 learn from an exceptional faculty including David Sirota, Jessica Skultety, Bobbie Bergquist, Debora Konchinsky, Nancy Murtie and Lisa White Reber. Plus, certified quilt appraiser Phyllis Twigg Hatcher will be on-site offering quilt and woven coverlet appraisals by appointment.

Finally, you won’t want to miss the Merchants Mall filled with rows of vendors offering a variety of quilt, wearable and textile art supplies. Everything one needs to create a masterpiece of their own!

Major Annual Sponsor Brother/Sew Jersey, and Major Sponsors BERNINA/Olde City Quilts, ABM Innova and Handi Quilter generously sponsor The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey.

 

New Jersey Quilts

The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey, held March 3-6 in Somerset, NJ,  was filled with wonderful quilts – from the entries of the Northeast Quilt Competition to the quilts in the special exhibits including the incredible winning quilts from the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival .

You can view images of the New Jersey winners here and the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival winners that were on display in Somerset here.

The Quiltfest included modern quilts:
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a fantastic lion quilt, “Just Stop” by Krishma Patel:8031a

quilts with birds including “Birds of Iceland” by Barbara McKie:
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plus the fanciful, “Christmas Eve ABC’s”by Cathy Wiggins:ABC's cropped
and lots of other, fantastic quilts that provided plenty of eye candy for everyone who attended this outstanding quilt festival.