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The Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival Celebrates Twenty-Nine Years as the Center of It All for Quilt, Wearable & Textile Art


You are invited to celebrate its twenty-nine years when the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival returns to the Hampton Roads Convention Center, Hampton, VA, February 22-25, 2018. Take part in sharing a love for quilting, creating and shopping all under one roof. Whether you are a quilt, wearable, or fiber artist, or an enthusiastic home sewer you won’t want to miss joining M-AQF as it celebrates twenty-nine years as the largest quilt event on the Eastern Seaboard!

Regardless if you are a beginner just starting out or a seasoned veteran seeking new ideas, M-AQF features workshops & lectures that will satisfy all of your quilting needs! The 2018 faculty includes renowned instructors Esterita Austin (NY), Karen Boutte (CA), Rachel D. K. Clark (CA), Pepper Cory (NC), Robbi Joy Eklow (IL), Cynthia England (TX),l Marjan Kluepfel (CA), Sue Nickels (MI), Cheryl See (VA), David Sirota (NH), Margaret Solomon Gunn (ME), and many more!

Included in the Festival are the entries to the quilt and wearable art competitions. The Quilt and Wearable Art Competitions will feature magnificent works by some of the nation’s finest quilt and fiber artists. Pictured: Bouquet Royale by Margaret Solomon Gunn.

Margaret Solomon Gunn, "Bouquet Royale"

The 2018 quilt competition is themed Imagine, giving entrants an opportunity to demonstrate and celebrate their imaginations. Entrants to the Mid-Century Mod category of the competition will reflect on how their quilt design emphasizes mid-20th century design.

While attending the event be sure to explore the Wearable Art Competition to view the unique entries. Also, be sure to take part in judging by casting your vote for the Quilt and Wearable Art Viewer’s Choice Awards.

As if all this ‘eye candy’ isn’t enough the Convention Center will be packed with special exhibits and demonstrations of needlecraft and traditional rug hooking. M-AQF’s appraisal will also be available by appointment.

The Fashion Show returns to M-AQF in 2018! Join Karen Boutte and Rachel D.K. Clark for a fun night out starting at 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 22, as they celebrate the Decade of the Coat. You’ll view an amazing collection of coats and jackets featuring eclectic fabrics, vibrant colors and hear their stories. This show will feature recent garments as well as old favorites.

Featured once again this year is the always-popular Quilters Game Zone. Pat Yamin, who has participated since MA-QF’s inception in 1990 hosts this exciting event! Enjoy an escape from the sewing machine for an evening of fun, prizes and lots of laughter on Friday, February 23 at 7:30 pm.

M-AQF’s Merchants Mall includes more than 250 vendor booths. These exhibitors will feature quilting supplies, textiles, antique quilts, books, sewing related craft items, kits, sewing machines, clothing, and so much more!

Founding Sponsor BERNINA/Nancy’s Calico Patch/Cottonwood; Major Annual Sponsor Brother/Tidewater Sew-Vac; Major Sponsors Baby Lock/All Brands, Elna/The Quilters Studio, Gammill/Threads Run Thru It, Janome/ Tidewater Sew-Vac, and Innova Longarm Systems; and Silver Sponsor Handi Quilter generously sponsor the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival.

For complete details, including workshop and lecture information, please visit: www.quiltfest.com.