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A “Real Quilt” Quiltfest Funny

Dottie’s Lament by Suzanne BowerBowerS_DottiesADottie’s Lament will make a “guest” appearance as a one-quilt special exhibit at The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey this week.

If you want inspiration, entertainment, and to learn new skills look no further than the amazing roster of workshops and lectures to be presented at the 2016 Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey. Headliners Meg Cox and Liza Prior Lucy along with our other exceptional faculty members will motivate any beginner or expert quilt and textile artist. This spectacular event is held at the Garden State Exhibit Center, in Somerset, March 3 – 6, 2016. In addition to the fantastic faculty, The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey will display a unique collection of quilt and textile art, along with a fabulous Merchants Mall featuring merchandise for all your quilt making and sewing needs!

The quilt show features the juried and judged “Northeast Quilt Competition” with an array of quilts created by residents of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Over $8,000 in awards and prizes as well as ribbons will be presented to winners in a number of categories including Best of Show and Viewer’s Choice. In addition to the competition quilts, attendees to this event will not want to miss the spectacular special exhibitions such as the beautiful award winning quilts of the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival and the Hoffman Challenge.

The workshops offered at The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey range from modern design with traditional piecing to appliqué and fabric dying. Quilt enthusiasts looking to explore new techniques or sharpen their talent will not be disappointed. Also, during the event Phyllis Twigg Hatcher will be available to provide quilt appraisals. Quilt and textile artists interested in stocking up on fabrics, tools, and sewing notions can shop the Merchants Mall.

You may purchase general admission tickets or sign up for available workshops,  lectures or appraisal appointments at the show, March 3-6, 2016 at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset.

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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.

New Jersey Quilt Fest – Advance Tickets

Stop by these participating Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey sponsor stores to purchase discounted  show tickets.

Now through March 1, 2016
(While supplies last. Cut-off date may vary by location.)
Advance Tickets are $11.00
($1.00 off the $12.00 General Admission)

Purchase Discounted Advance Tickets at these Participating Locations:

Rock, Paper, Scissors
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15 Bloomfield Ave
Montclair, NJ 07042
973-337-6759

Visit Rock, Paper, Scissors Website



Olde City Quilts
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339  High St.
Burlington,  NJ  08016
609 747 0075

Visit Olde City Quilts Website



Pocono Sew & Vac

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567 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360
570-421-4580

Visit Pocono’s Website

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Urban Rainbow at New Jersey Quiltfest

Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey Special Exhibit
Urban Rainbow
by The Empire Quilters Guild

For 33 years, the Empire Quilters Guild has been home to a wide array of quilting trends and members in metropolitan NYC.  EQG offers quilters of all levels, styles, and methods a place to learn, to contribute, and to create.

“Urban Rainbow offers a taste of our show and tell. Without UrbanRainbowrestricting the method or style we asked members to use ROYGBIV, the acronym for all the colors in a rainbow: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green Blue, Indigo, Violet, any shade, tint, value, or hue. The quilting rainbow is thriving in and around urban NYC. We hope you enjoy it, and if you like what you see here….well, there’s lots more across the river!” Pictured: Spare Change by Betsy Vinegrad.

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Calling all Star Lovers to Quiltfest New Jersey

NancyMNancy Murtie, who believes quilting should be effortless and fun will present For Lovers or Stars at the Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey on Thursday, March 3 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

 

In Nancy’s workshop you will make a wall hanging featuring the starMurtieQFNJ16_006 Marianne Fons designed for Eleanor Burns’ new book All Star Quilts. You will learn the easy, time saving techniques used by Marianne and Eleanor. Nancy’s version of this quilt features striped border fabric. Nancy has also developed an easy mitered corner technique that will be taught in class. A step-by-step demonstration of how to create Eleanor’s new feather star will be given. This feather star has no set in seams and is as easy as the Bear’s Paw block. This workshop is great for beginner and intermediate level quilters.

The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey is generously sponsored by Brother/Rock, Paper, Scissors; BERNINA of America/Olde City Quilts, ABM Innova/Olde City Quilts, BabyLock/Pocono Sew & Vac, Elna/Pocono Sew & Vac, Handi Quilter, Pocono Sew & Vac, Pfaff/Above & BeyondCreative Sewing; and Sew Batik.

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Create a Fabric Postcard at Quiltfest New Jersey

Janneke Van der Ree’s fabric post card workshop at the Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey, March 3-6, 2016 will be held on Friday, March 4 from 9:00am to 12:00pm.

VanDerRee_QFNJ16_009 After picking a theme, you will design and construct your own personal postcards. Have fun with your scraps and embellishments and then finish these cards with fun quilting and decorative edge stitching. You will go home with your one-of-a-kind postcards. You can keep them for yourself, give them away or actually mail them to your friends. This is a great class for beginning quilters. For more details and to sign up for the class, click here.

Janneke Van der Ree has a very Dutch name because she was bornJanneke in the Netherlands. Growing up she was a typical Dutch craftsy child who always wanted to become a teacher. She graduated college with a specialty in textile arts and drawing.

After only a few years of teaching, she moved to England with her husband and took sewing classes to get to know people. There she discovered that sewing (clothes) was not for her, but she loved the fellow artists she met and the socializing. For that reason, she took up quilting when she moved to the USA 20 years ago.

She learned all the basics from traditional Pennsylvanian and Lancaster quilters. Janneke then tried to combine their craftsmanship with her Dutch whimsical craft sense.

She never lost the teacher inside herself and continues to love to teach adults as well as children to quilt and express themselves through the arts. She strives to learn new techniques and ways of making joyful pieces of fabric art.

The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey is generously sponsored by Brother/Rock, Paper, Scissors; BERNINA of America/Olde City Quilts, ABM Innova/Olde City Quilts, BabyLock/Pocono Sew & Vac, Elna/Pocono Sew & Vac, Handi Quilter, Pocono Sew & Vac, Pfaff/Above & BeyondCreative Sewing; and Sew Batik.

 *** Janneke will also be presenting Youth (ages 6-11) Workshops at the Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey! Click Here for More Information!

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Ever think of entering your quilt in a competition?

Ever think of entering your quilt in a competition?

Well, if you have, you 5 Days until the Northeast Quilt Competition Competition Entry Deadline

Northeast Quilt Competition: Entry Deadline Monday, February 1, 2016

The Northeast Competition is open to residents of New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine only.

To enter the Northeast Quilt Competition, please click below:
Enter your Quilt Online or View a Printable Entry Form.

From the 2015 Competition:
Best of New Jersey Award:
#8043 Felicity aka Spargo-esque by Jo Timko
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A Fabric Workshop to “Dye” For in NJ

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“Dyed Fabrics are good for everything!”
~ Lisa White Reber

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For 20 years, Lisa White Reber has been dyeing fabrics. “What’s amazing is that you start out with a plain white piece of fabric and end up with an amazing piece of art,” Lisa said in an interview with Quiltfest. After years of reading books and watching television programs about dyeing, Lisa’s once casual hobby turned her into a, “passionate dyer.”
Lisa will be teaching her full day workshop, “Painterly Effects with Various Thicknesses of MX Dyes” on Saturday, March 5 at The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey. “My class is technique-driven,” Lisa explains, “we will cover the basics of MX dyes on cotton fabric and mixing thickened dye in different consistencies and strengths.” Students in the workshop will then experiment with different marks made on fabric by different brushes and palette knives. Lisa continues, “You’ll go home with at least 20 samples, plus handouts to help you remember how you got there. You can use them in your quilts or as a starting point for further exploration. I strongly recommend note-taking as you go, plus taking pictures.”
While not a prerequisite, this year’s dye class will incorporate some of the work from Lisa’s MX Dye class at the last Quiltfest of New Jersey. “Last year’s class explored four different ways to use thickened dyes, but it was all the same thickness. That was great for screen printing, but thick dye really doesn’t flow.” Students will spend the day thinning out dye to see how it handles and how the results differ from a thicker dye. “In Art History terms,” Lisa proclaims, “part of the definition of painterly is non-linear.”
For more information of Lisa’s Workshop, click here.
The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey is generously sponsored by Brother/Rock, Paper, Scissors; BERNINA of America/Olde City Quilts, ABM Innova/Olde City Quilts, BabyLock/Pocono Sew & Vac, Elna/Pocono Sew & Vac, Handi Quilter, Pocono Sew & Vac, Pfaff/Above & BeyondCreative Sewing; and Sew Batik.
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Create Hexagons at Quiltfest New Jersey

Maria Tamaoka’s workshop at the Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey, March 3-6, 2016 at the Garden State Exhibit Center will help you create a hexagon mat to fit in a mini tray that is provided in the class kit. This workshop, Hexagon Mini Tray, was a sell-out at Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in 2015!

 

MariaTamaokaMaria started her quilt shop, Pinwheels in 1991. Since then, she has been recognized as the “Taupe Lady” specializing in Daiwebo Taupe fabric. Her kits, patterns and projects incorporate many unique materials and techniques, which Maria finds throughout her travels in Japan and Europe.

 

Maria’s Hexagon Mini Tray workshop is from 9:00am to 12:00pm on Thursday, March 3. All levels of quilters will experience the success of English paper piecing while making a simple “mat” for this tray. Daiwabo fabric is included in the class kit, and, of course, so is the tray. To sign up, please click here.

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The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey is generously sponsored by Brother/Rock, Paper, Scissors; BERNINA of America/Olde City Quilts, ABM Innova/Olde City Quilts, BabyLock/Pocono Sew & Vac, Elna/Pocono Sew & Vac, Handi Quilter, Pocono Sew & Vac, Pfaff/Above & BeyondCreative Sewing; and Sew Batik.

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Make a Mola at Quiltfest New Jersey

Hand sew a cockatoo mola in a workshop led by Phyllis Twigg Hatcher at the Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey, March 3-6 at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset.

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You will learn to create a mola in the easy style of the San Blas Island women. The Galah in the image is a pink and gray cockatoo, but you can make your cockatoo in any colors you like. You will learn to layer fabrics for easy access in a relaxed reverse appliqué island technique. While the class stitches, Phyllis will tell you about the island women she met who make these hand sewn mola treasures off the coast of Panama and tell their way of life secrets.

 

The Galah Cockatoo Mola workshop will be held on Thursday, March 3 from 1:00 to 4:00pm. Please click here for complete details.

 

Phyllis Twigg Hatcher has been an American Quilters SocietyPhyllisTH Certified Appraiser of both new and antique quilts since 1999. She serves on the Board of Directors of The Quilters Hall of Fame. Phyllis currently works with the Baltimore Appliqué Society to document all the quilts in the collection of the Maryland Historical Society.

The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey is generously sponsored by Brother/Rock, Paper, Scissors; BERNINA of America/Olde City Quilts, ABM Innova/Olde City Quilts, BabyLock/Pocono Sew & Vac, Elna/Pocono Sew & Vac, Handi Quilter, Pocono Sew & Vac, Pfaff/Above & BeyondCreative Sewing; and Sew Batik.

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