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World Quilt New England: A Look Back on the Years

Manchester, New Hampshire: August 16 – 18, 2018

As we approach the 16th year of World Quilt New England (WQNE) this August, Mancuso Show Management is reflecting on the many years hosted at Manchester’s Center of New Hampshire. World Quilt New England, which was originally named World Quilt Show: On Tour, has morphed and changed drastically in the 16 years since first opening in the city of Manchester.

Before settling in Manchester in 2003, the international event began on the West Coast in Pasadena, California in 1997. Known then as the World Quilt Show: On Tour, the exhibit traveled across the country for the next five years. The international quilts were displayed in Lansing, MI, Winston-Salem, NC, Greensboro, NC, Grand Rapids, MI, and Columbus, OH, until finding its final home in New Hampshire.

In 2003, the festival’s name was officially changed to World Quilt New England and exclusively premiered at the Center of New Hampshire by 2006. To this day, WQNE has returned year after year to Manchester where it continues to be the perfect location for this spectacular event.

Throughout the years we have developed ideas and improved activities to remain a progressive influence in the show industry. For Mancuso Show Management 2010 was a pinnacle summer for the direction of World Quilt New England. It was at this festival that we redesigned our activities and overall look of the event to further engage and entertain attendees.

World Quilt Panel & Forum Ice Cream Social Pictured: A delicious sundae created by attendee & the instructor panelists for forum.
World Quilt Panel & Forum Ice Cream Social
Pictured: A delicious sundae created by an attendee & the instructor panelists for the forum.

That year, WQNE added an Ice Cream Social to the long-standing World Quilt Panel & Forum, making the experience not only educational but fun! The new Special Luncheon Presentation gave registrants the opportunity to interact with instructors in a more intimate setting than in the classroom. This activity continues to be a favorite among attendees, who learn more about the instructors while enjoying a delicious meal.

This was also the year World Quilt New England introduced the all-inclusive show & hotel package. By making this available, Mancuso Show Management transformed this event into not just a quilt festival, but a wonderful vacation getaway for many quilt enthusiasts. It’s the ultimate place to purchase fabric, patterns, sewing machines, batting, needles, thread etc., or to simply learn a new quilting skill or technique.

Best of Country 2017: South Africa “The Blooming Mosaic” by The Village Quilters Guild
Best of Country 2017: South Africa
“The Blooming Mosaic” by The Village Quilters Guild

To this day the most excitement originates from the acclaimed World Quilt Competition now in its 22nd year. With entries coming in from across the globe it is easy to get excited about this spectacular global event! Being the largest international quilt competition to date, it really is at the center of it all for quilt, wearable, and textile art.

The response from the public has been a positive one, with people traveling near and far to catch a glance of the World Quilt Competition. While a trip around the world would take months, WQNE brings quilts from across the globe to people’s doorstep. Making its initial appearance at the Manchester venue where the entries are juried and a “Best of World” winner selected, attendees are the first in the U.S. to view the new display of world quilts.

Over the years World Quilt New England has provided it attendees with hundreds of different exhibitors and showcased the largest display of international quilts in one facility. In the last 22 years, the World Quilt Competition has had 15 countries participate in the competition. These countries include Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States.

Best of Country 2017: Israel “In the Garden of Nuts” by Tamar Rimon Hemeli
Best of Country 2017: Israel
“In the Garden of Nuts” by Tamar Rimon Hemeli

What really ties this entire show together is the international quilt competition. The number of years the World Quilt Competition has been touring speaks volumes. It all comes back to the quilts and the creative inspiration each provokes. Behind every piece of art is a story. No matter where the quilt comes from or what culture it represents, people are able to look beyond the diverse artistry and appreciate the cohesive collection created by talented quilters.

Thanks to the sponsors over the years this competition receives international recognition and participation. Major sponsors Innova Longarm Systems / Old City Quilts, Pfaff Husqvarna Viking / Nashua Sew & Vac and silver sponsors Gammill and Handi Quilter / Bits ‘n Pieces have generously sponsored the 2018 World Quilt New England.

You don’t want to miss out on this year’s 16th annual celebration of World Quilt New England, at the Center of New Hampshire. It will be the best one yet!

For complete show details and to register online, visit: quiltfest.com.

WQNE Returns to Manchester

World Quilt New England Returns to Manchester with Spectacular Global Event:
Mancuso Show Management Presents the World Quilt Competition XXII

 

Mancuso Show Management is proud to announce World Quilt New England (WQNE) will be returning for its 16th year in Manchester, NH. Held at the Center of New Hampshire, this show continues to be at the center of it all for quilt, wearable and textile arts. The three-day quilt festival, taking place on Thursday, August 16 through Saturday, August 18 opens its doors each day at 10 am and closes at 5 pm. This unique festival allows quilt and sewing enthusiasts to appreciate the amazing artistry of textile artists from around the globe, providing a source of inspiration and a means to express new ideas.

Best of World 2017 "Eye Remember" by Maria Ferri Cousins & S.B. Walsh, USA
Best of World 2017
“Eye Remember” by Maria Ferri Cousins & S.B. Walsh, USA

Come behold beautifully crafted quilts, with the main attraction being entries to the 22nd World Quilt Competition. Making its debut at the Manchester venue, the entries will be judged and the highly sought after “Best of World” title will be awarded. Attendees will have the opportunity to be the first in the U.S. to view the new display of 2018 World Quilts.

The World Quilt Competition, which includes select U.S. winners and all international entries, will then travel across the United States to Mancuso Show Management’s shows in Pennsylvania, California, and Florida. At World Quilt New England, there will be over 400 quilts from 10 countries, making this show one of the most exciting on the east coast.

Discover the fun and enlightening activities, lectures, and workshops offered, including a special luncheon presentation hosted by Laura Wasilowski. Titled “Where did I go wrong? Confessions of a serial quilter”, hear her interpretation of quilt making in a series while enjoying a delicious meal. Back for another year is the World Quilt Panel & Forum Ice Cream Social. Dive into the quilt conversation with fellow quilters, after a moderated led discussion by World Quilt instructors. While at the festival you are sure to find activities, you’ll want to take part in!

After immersing yourself in the culture and creative minds of others, pick up some supplies for your next project! This year’s festival has anything you’d ever need. Our exceptional Merchants Mall includes rows of exhibitors from across the country, providing booths full of fabric, thread, thimbles, patterns, sewing machines, etc. In the weeks leading up to World Quilt New England, be sure to visit our website for the full list of vendors participating in the quilt festival!

Now that you have the supplies, come learn a new skill or two! We are sure to have the perfect class for you. The lineup of talented instructors makes for an incredible faculty who will present techniques and methods that you can effectively use in upcoming quilting projects. Classes of all skill level are provided, ranging from novice registrants to the most experienced quilter.

Teachers for WQNE will include: Eti David (Israel), Esterita Austin (NY), Barbara Dann (PA), Laura Wasilowski (IL), David Sirota (NH), Bobbie Bergquist (NH), Cyndi Catt (NH), Joyce Fischer (NY), Michelle Galloway (PA), Erin Underwood (MD), and Longarm Instructors Judy Engime (NJ) and Margaret Solomon Gunn (ME). Joyce is also the show’s official certified quilt appraiser, who will be offering appraisals, by appointment all days of the event.

Don’t miss out on our all-inclusive show and hotel package! It continues to be a favorite among quilt show registrants because of its easy and cost-effective way to enjoy all World Quilt New England has to offer.

Major sponsor Innova Longarm Quilting Systems and sponsors Gammill and Handi Quilter have generously sponsored World Quilt New England.

For complete show details and to register online, please visit: quiltfest.com.

NJ Competition Entry Deadline


The Entry Deadline for
the Tri-State Quilt Competition
at The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey is
MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2018

To Enter Online Click Here  


New Venue ~ New Dates
 New Jersey, New York & Pennsylvania Quilt Artists
Compete for Best of Show
at the 2018 Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey


The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey
will take place at the event’s new venue, the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center in Edison, New Jersey April 26-29, 2018. Like a fine art show, the Quilt Fest features outstanding quilts hanging on display in fantastic exhibitions. Included is an impressive showcase of some of the region’s most talented quilt and textile artists – the entries to the juried and judged Tri-State Quilt Competition. This show is a wonderful opportunity for quilters to experience the diversity and creativity of their fellow enthusiasts, and to be both awed and inspired.

The Tri-State Quilt Competition highlights quilts and textile art created by residents of 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 prizes. Those attending the Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite competition quilt to win the prestigious Viewer’s Choice Award. For those who love anything quilted, this spectacular display will satisfy that creative craving.

Major Annual Sponsor Brother/Sew Jersey, and Sponsors Baby Lock-Elna-Handi Quilter/Pocono Sew & Vac, BERNINA-Innova/Olde City Quilts, Gammill/Threads Run Thru It and Janome/American Sew & Vac, generously sponsor The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey.

For complete Quilt Fest and Competition Entry details, please visit www.quiltfest.com.

Yes, this is a quilt!
Renee Fleuranges Valdes_Shades of Misty
Shades of Misty by Renee Fleuranges-Valdes
Entry in the 2017 Tri-State Competition at The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey

New Venue / New Dates for New Jersey Quilt Fest

The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey Moves to the
New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center

 Raritan Center, Edison, New Jersey
April 26-29, 2018

 Mancuso Show Management has announced that The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey is moving to the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center, 97 Sunfield Avenue, Raritan Center, Edison, NJ. The dates for the fourteenth annual Quilt Fest will be April 26-29, 2018.

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The New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center is located in the geographic heart of the Northeast,  and is adjacent to the confluence of I-95 (The NJ Turnpike), I-287, The Garden State Parkway, and US Routes 1, 9, and 35. Just 15 minutes south of Newark Liberty Airport, 40 minutes south of Midtown Manhattan and 60 minutes from Northeast Philadelphia, it is also convenient to all major transportation centers with public transportation available from New York City provided by AMTRAK to both New Brunswick and Islen/Metropark. This easy accessibility makes the Exposition Center ideal for our event.

Area Map-NJ Expo Center
Show Management has also announced the Hilton Garden Inn – HiltonGardenInnEdison/Raritan Center as the Quilt Fest’s host hotel. Located just one mile from the Exposition center, the Inn features sophisticated accommodations, friendly service and a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. Shuttle service between the Hilton Garden and the Expo Center will be provided during show hours by request. A special rate of $119 plus tax is offered to Quilt & Sewing Fest participants. The group rate reservation deadline is April 9, 2018; please call (732) 225-0900 for reservations.

“The late April dates are perfect to bring people out to this easy to reach location in Edison,” states David Mancuso, president of Mancuso Show Management that is based in New Hope, PA. The Hilton Garden Inn located just one mile from the Exposition Center, with shuttle service to the Expo Center, also makes it great for a weekend getaway.”

For complete Quilt Fest details, please visit www.quiltfest.com.

Longarm Workshops at Quilt Fest of New Jersey

Innova Longarm Workshops
at the 2018 Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey

New Jersey Convention & Expo Center
Edison, NJ
April 26-29, 2018

 

The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey is excited to announce that well-known instructors/quilt artists Judy Engime and Lisa Calle will teach longarm workshops during the festival. Olde City Quilts and Innova Longarm Systems will provide the longarm machines!

Judy Engime, who opened Burlington, NJ’s Olde City Quilts in 2006, long arm classis dedicated to growing interest in longarm quilting by providing machine rental and instruction for all skill levels. Judy’s goal is to inspire beginners and she especially strives to replace fear of failure with fun! Judy will teach a beginner longarm workshop at QFNJ, Let’s Get Started – Free Motion Focus on Thursday, April 26, in the afternoon. If you are a beginner longarm quilter or one who feels intimidated, this class is for you! Judy provides basic techniques to eliminate fears and fuel your creativity. On Friday morning, April 27, Judy will present Let’s Try Something Different; this class is for everyone who wants to experiment with alternative textiles on the longarm. Click here for more information.

Longarm quilter and instructor Lisa Calle discovered her love for the flowerpowersampleartistic side of textiles after earning a degree in Textile Management. Never thinking of herself as a creative person, everything changed once she drove her first longarm. Along her journey she has produced award winning quilts and found she loves to inspire others.  She is teaching three, half-day workshops at the NJ Quilt Fest: Flower Power, Rulers for Rookies and Feathers for the Timid. Click here for workshop details.

The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey is excited to provide these outstanding longarm workshops for its registrants. Be sure to sign up early as these workshops are going to fill quickly!

For complete Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey details please visit quiltfest.com.

M-AQF Competition Deadline

The entry deadline for the
Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival’s
Quilt and Wearable Art Competitions
is Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

For entry details  click here.

 

From February 22-25, 2018, the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, Virginia will present a beautiful collection of quilts, wearable and textile art. Many of these works will be included in special exhibits, but there will also be many competing in the Festival’s quilt and wearable art competitions.

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This year’s Mid-Atlantic Quilt Competition is themed Imagine. Entrants are asked to relate how they imagined their entries before cutting fabric or starting to sew. Modern quilters are asked to create entries that reflect the theme Mid-Century Mod, emphasizing the look and feel of mid-20th century design. Pictured: Moonswept by Nikki Hill.

 

 

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You will also discover unique and creative styles with the spectacular collection of garments displayed in the Mid-Atlantic Wearable Art Competition. These fabulous garments will definitely inspire you to explore new wearable art ideas for your own creation. Pictured: Kilim by Eve Kovacs

 

 

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; Silver Sponsor Handi Quilter; and Special Vendor Sponsor Sue Pelland Designs generously sponsor the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival and its competitions.

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

Frieda Anderson’s Naturally Inspired Workshops

 World Quilt Show Florida
January 18-20, 2018
Orange County Convention Center – Orlando, Florida

The World Quilt Show Florida at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, January 18-20, 2018 features well-known instructors including the very talented and informative Frieda Anderson.

FriedaAnderson_2Frieda made her first quilt when she was in high school. She has always made things, and loves the process of creating. In college she majored in Art History and minored in ceramics, but returned to fiber because it was more satisfying. She can’t remember when she didn’t sew

She finds each step of quilt making, from the beginning to the end, a real challenge. Frieda says, “It is hard to say what part I like best. I love the pure creativity involved in conceiving and designing a new quilt. I love to piece and I love to fuse. I have found that by fusing smaller pieces, I can work out design issues. Then I like to make a bigger, bolder statement and piece the same quilt in a large format. Most of my work is machine quilted and nature inspired.”

Frieda’s original quilts are inspired by the everyday scenery that surrounds her and the colors of the mid-west landscape she lives in. She works with her own hand dyed cotton and silk fabrics. The dyeing process is always an adventure. The ways the dyed fabric look influence the rhythm of her work and the way she uses color in her pieces and often affects how she quilts her quilts. Trees and leaves are a big part of what influences her designs. Frieda has been making quilts for over 40 years.

Naturally Inspired Workshops:

DragonFly Garden, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm – Thursday, January 18

Seaside Village, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm – Friday, January 19

Under the Sea, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm – Saturday, January 20

Dragonfly Garden
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For detailed information about Frieda’s workshops, please visit www.quiltfest.com.

World Quilt Florida is generously sponsored by Major Annual Sponsor Brother/The Sewing Studio Fabric Superstore; Major Vendor Sponsors BERNINA/Wandering Stitches, Juki – Baby Lock/The Sewing Studio Fabric Superstore, Innova Longarm Quilting Systems/Florida Quilting Center; and Silver Sponsor Handi Quilter/Heart of Florida Sewing Machine Co.

Finalists Selected for Florida Quilt Competition

Finalists Selected for the Florida Quilt Competition
at the World Quilt Show Florida
January 18-20, 2018
Orange County Convention Center – Orlando, Florida

The quilters whose works were accepted as finalists in the 2018 Florida Quilt Competition at the World Quilt Show Florida were notified the week of December 11, 2017. Produced by Mancuso Show Management, the World Quilt Show will take place at Hall WE2 – West Concourse, Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL from January 18-20, 2018.

WQFL_Competition-Image for Accepted QuiltsThe talented quilters whose entries were selected by the jury as finalists will have their quilts on display at the show, competing for the competition’s prizes. Winners will be selected at the show and announced on the World Quilt Florida website, www.quiltfest.com, on Thursday, January 18, 2018. Quilt and textile art enthusiasts will have an opportunity to view these outstanding works of textile art among all the other magnificent displays at the event, January 18-20, 2018.

President of Mancuso Show Management David Mancuso says, “Quilting is truly art. Every quilt that is displayed at the World Quilt Show takes great skill and talent to make it come to life. This quilt competition incorporates pieces from the best quilters in Florida that will be judged, and on display to be enjoyed by quilt enthusiasts and other quilt artists.”

Besides the competition quilts on display, the Quilt Festival will feature workshops and lectures taught by a renowned faculty, a Merchant’s Mall and a beautiful collection of special exhibits including the international entries of the 2017 World Quilt Competition and exhibits by many Florida quilt guilds.

The Florida Quilt Competition is generously sponsored by Major Annual Sponsor Brother/The Sewing Studio Fabric Superstore; Major Vendor Sponsors BERNINA/Wandering Stitches, Juki – Baby Lock/The Sewing Studio Fabric Superstore, Innova Longarm Quilting Systems/Florida Quilting Center; and Silver Sponsor Handi Quilter/Heart of Florida Sewing Machine Co.

Mancuso Show Management has several long running shows annually, each with its own quilt competition. Besides World Quilt Florida, MSM hosts, the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, Hampton, VA; The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey, Edison, NJ; World Quilt New England, Manchester, NH; the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, Oaks (Philadelphia area), PA; and the Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara (Bay area), CA.

For more information, visit www.quiltfest.com.

Yes, this really is a quilt!
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From the 2017 Florida Quilt Competition,
Spring by Karen Waechter of Lutz, Florida

Learn Longarm Quilting this Winter

 World Quilt Show Florida
January 18-20, 2018
Orange County Convention Center – Orlando, Florida

Learn something new and exciting this January at the World Quilt Show Florida held at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center, January 18-20, 2018. With only two quilters per Innova machine, this is your chance to learn new, or master already acquired longarm skills. Taught by Gina Perkes, these workshops are a great opportunity to train on an Innova with its exclusive Lightning Stitch – the ultimate in stitch regulation!

Gina PerkesGina, an internationally award-winning quilter, has been quilting for nearly two decades and has developed many tools for machine quilters and a thread line with Superior Threads. She has appeared on several quilting shows and is the author of: Mastering the Art of Longarm Quilting published by C & T. She operates her shop, The Copper Needle, an Innova dealership, and training center in Payson, Arizona. Gina loves working with other quilters, sharing her techniques and helping them find inspiration and gain confidence. She teaches both domestic and longarm techniques and, believing that quilting is therapeutic, strives to create a stress-free, fun learning environment for her students.

Gina Perkes’ Longarm Workshops – each limited to just 12 students!
Thursday, January 18:
The Fundamentals of Longarm Quilting, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Beauteous Blocks and Borders, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Friday, January 19:
Make Mine Modern, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Glorious Grids with Fillers, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Saturday, January 20:
Quiltside Tools, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Free Motion Edge to Edge Designs, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Fundamentals of Longarm Quilting

For detailed information about Gina’s workshops, please visit www.quiltfest.com.

World Quilt Florida is generously sponsored by Major Annual Sponsor Brother/The Sewing Studio Fabric Superstore; Major Vendor Sponsors BERNINA/Wandering Stitches, Juki – Baby Lock/The Sewing Studio Fabric Superstore, Innova Longarm Quilting Systems/Florida Quilting Center; and Silver Sponsor Handi Quilter/Heart of Florida Sewing Machine Co.

 

Do You Know Uncle Dave?

World Quilt Show Florida
January 18-20, 2018
Orange County Convention Center – Orlando, Florida

Do You Know Uncle Dave? If not, get to know him while learning something new this January at the World Quilt Show Florida. Held at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center, January 18-20, 2018, this is your opportunity to learn David Sirota’s No More Tears Method© of paper piecing. Do you have a love/hate relationship with paper piecing?  Do you love the accuracy you achieve, but hate the process of getting there?  Well, these workshops will change that to a LOVE relationship.

DavidSirota_3After David’s friend Amy taught him the basics of quilt making, he learned just about everything he knows from watching Simply Quilts. He’s spent the past 14 years looking for the quickest and easiest way to complete a quilt, short of just buying one! And as a result, he has developed the No More Tears© method of paper piecing. David has taught this workshop for several years now and it has changed the way his students paper piece … forever! He can’t imagine going back to the old way.

Uncle Dave’s No More Tears© Workshops
Thursday, January 18:
Storm at Sea – No More Tears Method©, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (Pictured: Calm Before the Storm at Sea)
Calm Before the Storm Storm at Sea
Friday, January 19:
Chevron Star – Using the Sirota No More Tears Paper Piecing Method©, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Saturday, January 20:
Sew Many Triangles, Sew Little Time – No More Tears Foundation Piecing Method©, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Here’s what quilters who have taken Uncle Dave’s workshops at  Mancuso shows say:
“Best class I’ve ever taken!”
“Wonderful class. I never thought I’d love paper piecing!”
“Thanks for making paper piecing so much fun!”
“Are you coming back next year?”

PLUS – Join David for a fun-filled, eye-opening look at quilters and the little quirks we all share.  We’ll see what our friends and family see when they look at us.  Maybe it will help explain why they look at us the way they do! Join Uncle Dave for What Makes a Quilter Tick? – A Humorous Look in the Mirror  at 4:30 on Thursday, January 18.

For detailed information about David Sirota’s workshops, please visit www.quiltfest.com.

World Quilt Florida is generously sponsored by Major Annual Sponsor Brother/The Sewing Studio Fabric Superstore; Major Vendor Sponsors BERNINA/Wandering Stitches, Juki – Baby Lock/The Sewing Studio Fabric Superstore, Innova Longarm Quilting Systems/Florida Quilting Center; and Silver Sponsor Handi Quilter/Heart of Florida Sewing Machine Co.