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Just Announced at World Quilt New England – Longarm Workshops

Longarm classes have been newly added to the festival’s workshop line up!  Well-known instructors Barbara Persing and Judy Engime will present these fabulous new additions to World Quilt New England, to take place August 17-19, 2017 at the Radisson Center in Manchester, New Hampshire.

meJudy Engime, who opened Olde City Quilts in 2006, has been dedicated to growing interest in long arm quilting by providing machine rental and instruction for all skill levels. Judy strives to inspire beginners and especially enjoys replacing fear of failure with fun!

Judy will teach two, 3-hour workshops; one on Friday afternoon, August 18 and the second on Saturday morning, August 19. Both workshops are geared to the beginning longarm quilter: Let’s Get Started – Free Motion Focus, and Let’s Get Started with Rulers. Judy’s workshops are limited to 12 students each, so sign up early if you are eager to Get Started!

 Barbara PersingBarbara Persing, who started her longarm quilting business in 2000, is an author, designer, professional longarm quilter/ instructor and award winning quilt artist. Her customers appreciate her unique ability to develop quilting designs that highlight the personality of their quilts. She has taught longarm classes at local and national venues and values the opportunity to share her experience with students.

You Can Feather is a 4-hour workshop for the beginner and intermediate level longarmer on Thursday morning, August 17. Barbara’s Borders, Sashing and More (Thursday, August 17) and Fill the Spaces (Friday, August 18) are also 4-hour workshops, but are suitable for all levels of longarm quilting experience. Keep in mind that Fill the Spaces is limited to just 12 students.

 For complete workshop and World Quilt New England details, please click on the links above.

World Quilt New England
Featuring the premier of the 2017 World Quilt Competition XXI
August 17-19, 2017
Radisson Center of New Hamsphire
700 Elm St., Manchester, NH  03101

Workshop longarm machines & accessories are generously provided by Innova Longarm Systems & Olde City Quilts of Burlington, New Jersey.


World Quilt New England Celebrates 15 Years of International Quilting

Bringing the world of quilting to the city of Manchester, the 15th annual World Quilt New England returns to the Radisson Center of New Hampshire, Thursday, August 17 through Saturday, August 19, 2017. The event is open between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm each day.

Quilt and sewing enthusiasts will once again be able to view the 9505aunique and beautiful entries of the  World Quilt Competition. Quilts from 10 nations will compete for the coveted Best of World title. The competition entries, judged at the Manchester venue, will be on display for the first time in the United States. After New Hampshire, selected U.S. winners and all of the international quilt entries tour to other Mancuso Show Management venues in Pennsylvania, California and Florida. Pictured: – Peony Ring by Sally Bramald, Best of County-U.K., 2016 World Quilt Competition.

An internationally known faculty will offer quilt and textile related activities including workshops and lectures that will be presented at this year’s event. The 2017 faculty includes Christine Porter from the United Kingdom, and instructors from across the United States including Esterita Austin (NY), Marjan Kluepfel (CA), RaNae Merrill (NY), David Sirota (NH), Bobbie Bergquist (NH), Debora Konchinsky (PA), Michele Galloway (PA), Erin Underwood (MD), and Joyce Fischer (NY). Joyce will also be offering appraisals during the event.

In addition, Mancuso Show Management is thrilled to present for the first time at World Quilt New England, several longarm quilting workshops sponsored by Innova/Olde City Quilts. Judy Engime (NJ) and Barb Persing (PA) will offer longarm classes for all levels.

Quilters attending the event will not want to miss the special luncheon and lecture presented by Christine Porter. Also, be sure to attend the World Quilt Panel & Forum Ice Cream Social; attendees can learn about the instructors and join in the conversation about the hot issues of today’s quilting world.

This year’s fabulous merchants mall offers a wide variety of quilting and sewing products including machines, books,  threads, fabric, patterns and more.

World Quilt New England, not only gives attendees the unique opportunity to view amazing quilt work from around the globe, but also provides the inspiration and supplies to create their own masterpiece!

World Quilt New England is generously sponsored by ABM International / Innova and Handi Quilter.

For complete show details and to register online, please visit World Quilt New England.

World Quilt New England
Featuring the premier of the 2017 World Quilt Competition Radisson Center of New Hampshire
700 Elm St., Manchester, NH  03101
Thursday, Friday & Saturday
August 17-19, 2017
10:00 am – 6:00 pm each day

World Quilt Competition 2016 Winners

Congratulations to all!

Outstanding entries were displayed and judged in this truly international competition. The competition for prizes was intense. We want to take this opportunity to commend the judging staff and their assistants for a superb and difficult job.

In all, over $9,500 in prizes was awarded thanks to the generous support of Show Sponsors Nashua Sew & Vac: Husqvarna Viking/Pfaff, ABM International/Innova, Handi Quilter and Mancuso Show Management / www.quiltfest.com.

#1034 On This Winter Day by Nancy J Prince & Linda French, USA

First Place:
#8008 The Three Watchers by Kathryn Harmer Fox, South Africa

Second Place:
#9012 Beyond the Blackhole by Natalia Manley, UK

Third Place:
#8010 Pele: She-Who-Shapes-the-Land by Jenny Hearn, South Africa

Honorable Mentions (3):    
#2004 Foliata by Cathy Jack Coupland, Australia
#9010 Q4Quilters by The Fun Stitchers, UK
#1038 Mont St Michel Memories by Linda S Schmidt, USA

Best Use of Color:
#7001 Rural 1 by Robyn Croft, New Zealand

Best Hand Workmanship:
#1040 Bottles and Blooms by Shannon Shirley, USA

Best Machine Workmanship:
#1009 Farm Girl by Victoria Findlay Wolfe, USA

First Place:
#6501 American Spirit by Keiko Ike, Japan

Second Place:
#9509 Kutch Diamonds by Annelize Littlefair, UK
Third Place:
#9503 Subtle Differences by Kay Bell, UK
Honorable Mentions (3):
#2503 Persian Panoply by Jan Frazer, Australia
#9508 Cappuccino Dreams by Lynda Jackson, UK
#1506 Winter Days in Shades of Taupe by Janet A Elia, USA
Best Use of Color:
#7506 Moonshadows by Anne Joule, New Zealand

Best Hand Workmanship:
#9512 Cappuccino by Gwenfai Rees Griffiths, UK
Best Machine Workmanship:
#1520 Cabin Fever by Patti Sandage, USA

United States:
#1026 Pelican’s Partner by Barbara McKie
#2003 True Blue Mates by Yvonne Chapman

#3501 A – Z for Ewe & Me by Carolyn A Hudson

#4013 Blattgold (Leaf Gold) by Brigitte Morgenroth
#5028 Disengagement by Gisha Wogier
New Zealand:
#7003 The Chisel Master by Alison Laurence
South Africa:
#8003 Tree Spirit by Sue Cameron
United Kingdom:
#9505 Peony Ring by Sally Bramald

#1017 Lake Region Birches by Sandra Joncas, USA

 *Not all participating countries were eligible for “Best of Country” awards.        

Quilting Dynamo from South Africa

Join us for summertime fun  …
Don’t just GO to a New England quilt festival  …
VACATION at one!

World Quilt New England
Presents a Quilting Dynamo from South Africa
Rosalie Dace – Quilter, Instructor & Talented Artist

From August 18-20, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire, World Quilt New England will offer a fantastic, panoramic view of the world’s take on quilting and textile art. The World Quilt Competition and special exhibitions provide a colorful vista of fabric and thread. In addition, the world-renowned faculty presenting workshops at the show can open the doors to a new world of quilting with their innovative designs and techniques.

Rosalie DaceIncluded among the instructors is Rosalie Dace who lives in South Africa. Rosalie is a talented quilter who enjoys teaching those who love the craft as much as she does. She loves fabric, particularly the texture, smell and human quality. She comments, “I love the way the color goes right through fabrics and the way it drapes. It is comforting and exciting at the same time and is constantly a platform for people’s ingenuity and creativity. While the traditions of the craft give us a measure of security and continuity with the past, the medium lends itself to innovation and incorporation of new technology. As a quilt maker, I am constantly trying to balance being a teacher and helping people develop their creativity, while producing fresh work myself.”

Rosalie started teaching in her home, but today is invited to teach at events all over the world. Her specialties are good basic design, numerous embellishment techniques, techniques in skinny line piecing and the use of sheers. Teaching allows Rosalie to interact with people who have the same interests as her, but who have unique and diverse backgrounds. “I see my job as being a catalyst to enable students to do far more than they ever believed possible; and I love to see their eyes light up when they say, ‘Look what I did,’” Rosalie said.

Major moments in Rosalie Dace’s quilting life range from making her first quilt and seeing her son’s face when she gave him a quilt for his 17th birthday to winning major awards and being published and exhibited nationally and internationally. How does she feel about her life these days? “I feel very fortunate to do the traveling I do as a quilter and sometimes feel I have to pinch myself to see if it’s all real.”

RosalieTTWorkshopsRosalie teaches two, full day workshops at the World Quilt New England on Thursday, August 18, Going Round in Circles, and on Friday, August 19, African Motifs in Design. You also won’t want to miss her luncheon lecture on Saturday, August 20 at 12:30 pm, Old Traditions, New Directions offering a personal view of the of the obsessive pleasure and delight (along with a measure of agony) that many quilt makers experience. Pictured: Class samples, African Motifs in Design.

World Quilt New England is generously sponsored by ABM International/Innova, Handi Quilter and SewBatik.,  Visit World Quilt New England for complete show details and to register online.

World Quilt New England – Where Innovation Meets Education

Continuing education and keeping up with industry changes are a big part of today’s quilting world. Quilters and textile artists are constantly looking to learn new skills, find new inspiration and build their knowledge base. Mancuso Show Management’s events strive to offer a great variety of workshops presented by a renowned faculty for those interested in further learning. World Quilt New England 2016, held August 18-20 at the Center of Manchester in New Hampshire is no exception.

We have the privilege of hosting such an amazing and diverse group of instructors at World Quilt New England and while there are still workshop spaces open, if you are interested in participating in any of the available workshops, please don’t wait to sign up. Visit quiltfest.com to register. Here’s a sneak peak of what’s still available.

DaceT&T2016_CirclesBInternationally known instructor and South African native, Rosalie Dace brings her expertise in design with her workshops African Motifs in Design and Going Round in Circles. She is also presenting a lunch and lecture on Saturday, August 20 at 12:30pm. Old Traditions, New Directions offers a personal view of the obsessive pleasure and delight (along with a measure of agony) that many quilt makers experience in their art.

Known for her hand dyed fabrics, FriedaAndersonWebfusing and stunning quilts, Frieda Anderson offers 2 full day workshops Thursday and Saturday. Thursday’s workshop plays around with lines, shapes, and colors in Creative Crisp Curves – Intentional Improvisational Class. Her Saturday dyeing workshop Flooded with Color teaches you how to dye formulas for 48 shades – a skill that any quilter would certainly “dye” for! Frieda will also present Moving Forward with a New Tradition – Art Quilts, a lecture featuring art quilts on Wednesday, August 17 at 6:00pm.

DruhenWQNE16_004bRegional artist, Pamela Druhen is an instructor for all seasons. Pamela uses threadwork to bring texture and depth to her quilts. If you are tired of the hot summer, take Pamela Druhen’s full day workshop The Winter Palette on Thursday, August 18. The class explores the blues, blacks and grays of winter in a beautiful quilted landscape. Or, join Pamela’s Landscape for Real workshop that delves into creating that perfect quilted landscape. Pamela also will lecture on Thursday, August 18 at 4:30pm where she will share her latest works and answer your questions about technique, color and anything else that comes to mind!

If you are a nature or free-motion aficionado, Marjan Kluepfel offersKluepfelWQNE16_008b 3 full day workshops at WQ New England Thursday through Saturday that will sharpen your noggin as well as your needle. Originally, from the Netherlands, Marjan resides in sunny California where her views inspire her uniquely beautiful quilting pieces. She teaches across the world and is one of our favorite instructors to have teach at Mancuso events. Her Thursday workshop, Bobbin Drawing, Thread Painting & Free-Motion Machine Embroidery is a hands on class featuring the title’s techniques. Marjan’s Friday workshop, Zen and the art of Free Form Fiberscapes teaches essential design principles to make a picturesque fantasy quilt and her Saturday workshop, Shimmering Dragonflies & Sparkling Flowers will use fusing, free-motion machine embroidery, thread painting and bobbin drawing to create a fabric collage.

McElroyWQNE16_011Do your quilts have something to say? Didi McElroy’s Saturday half day AM workshop, Words in Quilts will teach students to incorporate words in their quilts using reverse appliqué. Didi, a world renowned hand quilter will also present her famous full day workshops Needle-Turn Applique 101 and That Perfect Stitch on Thursday and Friday respectively.

With this incredible line up, you won’t want to miss your chance to learn from the best. Visit quiltfest.com and register now!

World Quilt Competition Countdown – LAST DAY

Today, Monday, July 18, is the final day to submit your entry to the 2016 World Quilt Competition: click here for the online and printable entry forms.

You may enter online or print an entry form to mail to the competition. Online entries must be submitted by midnight Eastern Daylight Time tonight; mail-in entries must be postmarked today, July 18.

More wonderful entries from the 2015 competition:

Hide and Seek by Claire Wallace, South Africa
Humming Bee by Judith Wilson, UKSONY DSC


World Quilt New England Instructor Highlights

World Quilt New England, to be held at the Radisson Center of New Hampshire in Manchester from August 18-20, 2016 features a world-renowned faculty who have all developed their own quilting techniques, styles and interpretations. However, they all have one thing in common: they love to quilt. Included on the faculty are the talented Marjan Kluepfel and David Sirota, well-known fiber artists, quilters and instructors. Taking a workshop from Marjan or David will inspire and educate – prompting a curious quilter to create something extraordinary of his or her own!

Marjan Kluepfel
Marjan-Studio-1Marjan Kluepfel was born and raised in the Netherlands, but has lived in many places – Florida, Hawaii, South Carolina and Australia. Now residing in Northern California, Marjan teaches and exhibits quilts across the globe. Her main artistic influence is nature; most of her designs are organic. Marjan pays close attention to color and texture, “I like to work with color and movement in my pieces. The bright colors I use express my positive outlook on life.” She uses many different surface design techniques such as fabric dyeing, painting, printing, pleating and machine quilting and embroidery. She will offer three, full day, 9 am to 4 pm, workshops at World Quilt New England:

  • Thursday, August 18: Bobbin Drawing, Thread Painting &Free-Motion Machine Embroidery
  • Friday, August 19: Zen and the Art of Free Form Fiberscapes
  • Saturday, August 20: Shimmering Dragonflies & Sparkling Flowers


David Sirota
David Sirota & Students '12David’s friend Amy taught him the basics of quilt making. Following this start, he learned just about everything he knows about quilting from watching Simply Quilts. He then spent the next 13 years looking for the quickest and easiest ways to complete a quilt. As a result, he developed the No More Tears© method of foundation or paper piecing. David has taught this workshop at World Quilt New England for the past several years, changing the way most of his students paper piece … forever! David and his students can’t imagine going back to the old way. David is pictured surrounded by his students. David is teaching two full day, 9 am to 4 pm, workshops at World Quilt New England:

  • Thursday, August 18: Chevron Star – No More Tears Method©
    Scrappy Chevron Star Good One
  • Saturday, August 20: Storm at Sea – No More Tears Method©



World Quilt Competition Countdown

There are just 10 days remaining to submit your entry to the prestigious 20th annual World Quilt Competition: click here for the online and printable entry forms. The entry deadline is Monday, July 18, 2016.

Enjoy some of the wonderful entries from the 2015 competition:

Coco (The Quilt) by Neroli Henderson, Australia
Pro und Kontra by Martina Hilgert-Vervoort, Germany
My Green by Maya Chaimovich, Israel
Plainly Not Simple by Denise Havlan, USA

World Quilt Competition Entry Deadline

Who will win Best of World in 2016? It might be you!

The entry deadline for U.S. entries to the 20th annual World Quilt Competition is Monday, July 18. Printable and online entry forms for U.S. entrants only are available from quiltfest.com.

The international entry deadline was last month. Thanks to the efforts of our international coordinators, we received a very strong response for the 2016 competition.

To view the spectacular winning entries from the 2015 World Quilt Competition, please visit quiltfest.com.

The World Quilt Competition at World Quilt New England, August 18-20, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire, is an amazing opportunity to see the work of quilt artists from across the United States and from aaround the world. Enjoy viewing the diverse talents and techniques captured through quilt making!

Best of World 2015:  Free Tibet by Meri Henriques Vahl, USA