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Mancuso Show Management Launches New Website & Blog

Quiltfest.comthe center of it all for quilts, wearable & textile arts – is all new! Please visit the site to see what we’re so excited about. All the information you need, whether it’s show details, competition, vendor or workshop & lecture information, is easy to locate either by clicking through the site or using the search function. The beautiful, new look of the site is only the beginning.HomePage

Workshop registration is easier than ever. And, most importantly, when you register for an event you will immediately know if that coveted workshop or lecture seat is available. Plus, you can create a user account so you can easily return to your registration and add additional activities whenever you like.

Online quilt and wearable art competition entry has also gotten more user friendly. All competition details and entry information is available on each show’s section of the site. Competition entrants may also create user accounts.

There’s even more ease of use – prospective vendors and instructors may submit their details through links on the home page. And, there’s even a link to submit your email address to be included in our mailing list whether it be for all show & festival information or for shows in specific geographic areas only.

Finally, as you’ve already discovered if you’re reading this, you can continue to read all the latest news from Mancuso Show Management on the site’s blog.

Take a few minutes to visit the new quiltfest.com – you’ll like it!

The 2016 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival Introduces “Mid-Century Mod” to the Quilt Competition

Mancuso Show Management is happy to announce that the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival‘s annual competitions will award over $18,400 in prizes to quilt and wearable art entrants. This year the Festival will include a new category: “Mid-Century Mod”. The Festival, held February 25 – 28, 2016 in Hampton, Virginia, welcomes the new genre to be displayed amongst the always unique and magnificent collection of quilt, wearable and textile arts. Modern quilting has made its mark in today’s quilting world and entrants in the category are asked to draw inspiration from the Mid-Century Mod period of mid-20th century design and reflect their own exposures or from the work of artists such as Joan Miro, Piet Mondrian, Victor Vasarely, and Frank Stella.

M-AQF’s 2016 Quilt Competition theme, “Sew Far, Sew Good”, is a MAQF15_3003areflection on how M-AQF has progressed leaps and bounds over its 27 years of existence. Entrants are asked to explain how far their quilt making journey has taken them and where they are today as artists. It’s sure to be a beautiful, heartwarming and inspiring exhibit! Pictured: Robber’s Roost by Joanne Baeth.

The accepted quilt entries compete in Traditional, Innovative, Modern and Wall Quilt Categories as well as for the “Best of Show” title, with prizes totaling more than $15,500. The winning works of the quilt competition will travel to The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey in Somerset, March 3-6, so that another region’s quilt artists can get an up close look at these stunning pieces of art.

Prepared to be dazzled with the exceptional entries from the Wearable Art Competition that will also be on display at M-AQF. The handiwork and detail put into these amazing vests, jackets, coats and full ensembles will astound! The best from among these works will be awarded over $2,800 in prizes. You won’t want to miss these beautiful garments created with creativity, talent and devotion to textile art!

Event attendees can even be part of the judging by voting for their favorite quilt and wearable art entry to win the prestigious Viewers Choice Awards!

Over 500 magnificent quilts and garments on exhibit, workshops and lectures taught by an international faculty and a fabulous Merchants Mall – it’s all waiting for you at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival.

Founding Sponsor BERNINA/Nancy’s Calico Patch; Major Annual Sponsor Brother/Tidewater Sew-Vac; Major Sponsors Baby Lock/All Brands, Janome/Sew E-Z, and Husqvarna Viking/Bella Fabrics; and Silver Sponsors ABM International / Innova and Handi Quilter generously sponsor the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival.

For complete M-AQF details, including workshop and lecture information, please visit quiltfest.com. Or, to receive a printed brochure in the mail, please write to M-AQF, PO Box 667, New Hope, PA 18938.

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Mancuso Show Management Awards World Quilt Florida Shuttle Bus Contract to ESCOT Bus Lines

Mancuso Show Management is happy to announce that the shuttle bus contract for World Quilt Florida has been awarded to ESCOT Bus Lines. Because World Quilt’s Orlando venue, the Orange County Convention Center, is such a vast facility, Mancuso Show Management elected to provide shuttle service for attendees. The shuttle bus will take attendees to and from the West Concourse parking area to the show’s entrance located in West Concourse/Hall E2, running on a continuous loop throughout the day.

For the convenience of our event patrons, the shuttle will run every show day between the following times:
• Thursday, January 7th: 8:00am – 7:00pm (last pick up at 6:30pm)
• Friday, January 8th: 8:00am – 9:00pm (last pick up at 8:30pm)
• Saturday, January 9th: 8:00am – 7:00pm (last pick up at 6:30pm

ESCOT Bus Lines, a family owned and operated charter bus 20150707_100306_resizedcompany was founded in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1983 by Lou and Diane Scott. Beginning with a fleet of two mini-buses that provided daily shuttle service to Tampa Bay area attractions, they now have 45 late model charter coaches, and 19 transit style coaches for contract services in both Tampa and Orlando. Over the past 30 years, the nature of the business has evolved from local service into a full service company specializing in charters, contract services and luxury services.

Mancuso Show Management is happy to partner with ESCOT Bus Lines for the upcoming World Quilt Florida!Florida

 

 

The Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival Celebrates Twenty-Seven Years of Quilt, Wearable & Textile Art

Welcome to MAQFMancuso Show Management announces the always spectacular Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, February 25 – 28, 2016. Not only does this incredible event feature astounding works of quilting art, it also offers a wide array of workshops presented by world-renowned instructors along with a fabulous Merchants Mall for plenty of shopping. The Festival’s centerpiece, however, will again be its outstanding collection of over 500 quilts and works of wearable and textile art on display. In addition to the competition entries, there will be special exhibitions of quilts and textile art on display. This ever-popular quilting arts event is one not to be missed!

“The Hampton Roads Convention Center, which hosts this fabulous event, is an ideal venue for a quilt festival of this magnitude,” states David Mancuso, President of Mancuso Show Management. He adds, “The exhibition space along with the break-out rooms for workshops and the nearby official event hotels make this a win-win situation for Show Management and the City of Hampton.”

This year’s Quilt Competition themed “Sew Far, Sew Good” gives MAQF15_1039aentrants an opportunity to tell show-goers about the secret treasures hidden away in their fabric stash! In addition, 2016 will premier a Modern Quilt Category in the quilt competition titled “Mid-Century Mod.” Also, while attending the event, be sure to explore the Wearable Art Competition where you will find unique full ensembles, vest, jacket & coat entries on display. The Quilt and Wearable Art Competitions will feature magnificent works by some of the nation’s finest quilt and fiber artists. Take part in judging by casting your vote for the Quilt and Wearable Art Viewer’s Choice Awards. Pictured: Snow Buddies by Ruth Powers.

From award-winning quilters to those who would like to sew their first stitch, everyone will find workshops and lectures that will introduce them to the latest innovations in the quilting world. This year a multitude of workshops and lectures will be offered by a stellar line-up of instructors teaching all levels. In addition, you also will not want to miss the “best time you’ll ever have” at a quilt festival at the Game Zone: Quilters’ Strip Poker/Quilt-O Combo, held on Friday evening, February 26. For those who are interested in pre-registering for workshops, lectures and activities at the festival or for additional information, the show’s website is quiltfest.com.

Everything needed to make the beautiful quilts and works of textile art on exhibit is available in MAQF’s Merchants Mall. The vendors, occupying over 250 booths, will be offering the best in machines, fabrics, notions, wearable art, embroidery and everything for the quilter, textile artist and home sewer.

Founding Sponsor BERNINA/Nancy’s Calico Patch; Major Annual Sponsor Brother/Tidewater Sew-Vac; Major Sponsors Baby Lock/All Brands, Janome/Sew E-Z, and Husqvarna Viking/Bella Fabrics; and Silver Sponsors ABM International / Innova and Handi Quilter generously sponsor the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival.

For complete M-AQF details, including workshop and lecture information, please visit http://quiltfest.com/. Or, to receive a printed brochure in the mail, please write to M-AQF, PO Box 667, New Hope, PA 18938.

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The Orange County Convention Center Welcomes “World Quilt Florida” to Orlando!

Mancuso Show Management announces a new location for 2016 World Quilt Florida – Orrrlannndooo! A premier vacation destination, Orlando is home to many attractions and theme parks, over 170 golf courses, and an eclectic range of restaurants, nightlife and entertainment. Most importantly, Orlando is centrally located so World Quilt Florida can be easily accessed from all directions. MSM is thrilled to bring World Quilt Florida to such an amazing city January 7-9, 2016, to be held in Hall E2, West Concourse of the Orange County Convention Center. Show days will be on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm each day. Escape the frigid temps of the northern January winter and enjoy the warmth of artistic inspiration at the 2016 World Quilt Florida!

Orange County Convention Center
Orange County Convention Center

World Quilt Florida offers a fantastic excuse to plan a weekend getaway with a display of over 500 quilts from across the globe, workshops and lectures presented by an international faculty and a fabulous Merchants Mall featuring a variety of quilt, sewing and textile vendors.

The quilt show will once again include the Florida Quilt Competition, open only to residents of Florida. In addition, the spectacular 2015 World Quilt Competition international quilts as well as selected US winners will be on display. These special exhibitions, along with many others will be available for viewing up close. Very appreciated white glove volunteers from local guilds will be walking the aisles to assist.

Carefree by Ellen Lindner, Best Pictorial Quilt – 2015 Florida Quilt Competition
Carefree by Ellen Lindner, Best Pictorial Quilt – 2015 Florida Quilt Competition

Quilters wanting inspiration with a large dose of entertainment will not want to miss Mark Lipinski’s special afternoon presentation on Saturday, January 9, “Bull in a China Shop (or The Unexpected Journey of an Out of Control Quilter Traveling the World and What He Encountered Along the Way).” Mark truly lives up to his reputation for being a talented quilter, instructor and entertainer. In addition, workshops and lectures will be  presented by  well-known faculty members including Anna Hergert from Canada, Marjan Kluepfel, Carole Lyles Shaw, Mark Lipinski and several others. On Friday, the fun continues after hours with Game Zone – a Quilters Strip Poker/Quilt-O combo hosted by Pat Yamin.

Have a New Year’s resolution to start a new project? The show’s Merchants Mall will offer everything you may possibly need!

Make it a quilt show-cation!  Mancuso Show Management encourages attendees to take advantage of the very popular all-inclusive show and hotel package that is available to quilt show registrants. Visit quiltfest.com for details.

Pre-registration and other information is available on the show’s website, www.quiltfest.com. View or print the event brochure from the website, or to receive a brochure in the mail please write to:  World Quilt Florida, Dept. P, P.O. Box 667, New Hope, PA 18938.

Major Annual Sponsor – Brother: Wandering Stitches; Major Vendor Sponsors – BERNINA of America: Wandering Stitches, Elna/Baby Lock: Sew-Mini Things, Juki: The Sewing Studio Fabric Superstore; Sponsors –  ABM/Innova, Sew Batik and Handi Quilter: Heartfelt Quilting and Sewing; Special Vendor Sponsor –  Siesta Silver Jewelry generously support World Quilt Florida.

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Ready … Set … Quilt at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza

Ready … Set … Quilt!
at the 22nd annual
Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza

You are invited to celebrate the world of quilting as the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XXII returns to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA, September 17-20, 2015. This longstanding event remains a spectacular show of creation, innovation, and education. Show-goers will enjoy a unique and beautiful display of over 600 quilts and works of textile and wearable art from across the globe. Plus, as past visitors know, the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza would not be complete without its amazing Merchants Mall filled to the brim with vendor booths, offering everything the quilter, textile artists and needle crafter needs to quench their creative thirsts.

This year’s national prize money competition has been titled “ReadyPNQE14_1032a … Set … Quilt!,” challenging quilt artists to respond to “Creating a new quilt takes lots of planning from designing to selecting fabrics to … How do you get yourself to the starting line? What is your process?” In addition, special exhibitions will fill the aisles with hundreds of works by quilt artists from around the globe. In all, over 600 quilts and works of textile and wearable art will be presented. Pictured: Welcome to My Universe by Elizabeth A Ohlson.

Talent, creativity and expertise surround the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza. An internationally renowned faculty will offer a wide variety of workshops for the beginner to the more advanced quilter and textile artist. Opportunities to learn new techniques and skills will be available with a wide array of workshops and lectures presented by the 2015 PNQE faculty that includes international instructor Jennie Rayment from England plus Frieda Anderson (IL), Lisa Calle (PA), Lenore Crawford (MI), Linda J Hahn (NJ), Laura Wasilowski (IL), Jodi Barrows (TX), Bobbie Bergquist (NH), Debora Konchinsky (PA), Susan Pelland (MA), Lisa Reber (PA) & Pat Yamin (NY).

In addition, featured once again will be Quilt-O on Friday, September 18 at 6 p.m. This “most fun you will have at a quilt show” event is hosted by Pat Yamin. The show will also offer educational and entertaining lectures, plus appraisals by Joyce Fischer. Seminar and other information may be found on the event’s website, www.quiltfest.com.

Brother: Byrne Sewing Connection; Baby Lock: Steve’s Sewing, Vacuum & Quilting; BERNINA: Hayes Sewing Machine Company; Elna / Janome: Pocono Sew & Vac; Handi Quilter, ABM International / Innova, Sew Batik and Mancuso Show Management generously sponsor the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.

View and/or print the complete brochure from www.quiltfest.com or to receive a brochure in the mail, please email mancuso@quiltfest.com or write to Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, Dept. P, PO Box 667, New Hope, PA 18938.

Best of World to be Chosen at the World Quilt Competition XIX

World Quilt Show – New England XIII
Manchester, New Hampshire
August 13-15, 2015

Every year the international World Quilt Competition has such an amazing display of quilts that the judges find presenting only one with the Best of World Award a very difficult task. This year will be no different with a collection of beautiful and culturally unique entries. The premier of the 19th annual World Quilt Competition will be at the World Quilt Show – New England XIII, returning to the Radisson Center of New Hampshire in Manchester, August 13-15, where the competition will be judged. From New Hampshire, the international entries and selected winning U.S. entries will tour to three more Mancuso Show Management quilt festivals across the U.S. Be sure to take an opportunity to view this international exhibition full of creativity and talent.

Now in its nineteenth year, the competition draws entries from across the globe that will compete for over $9,500 in prize money. Best of Country from among the entries for each nation will be chosen as well as the prestigious Best of World winner. Visitors to the World Quilt Show – New England also have an opportunity to vote for their favorite entry to win the Viewer’s Choice Award.

If you would like to enter the World Quilt Competition XIX, a 4009aprintable or online entry form for U.S. entrants is available on worldquilt.com. International entrants should also visit the website to obtain contact information for their country’s World Quilt Competition representative. To view the spectacular winning entries from last year’s competition, please visit worldquilt.com.
Pictured: Skyline by Claudia Scheja, Germany, 2014 World Quilt Competition.

The World Quilt Competition is an amazing opportunity to see the work of quilt artists from across the United States and from abroad. Enjoy viewing the diverse talents and techniques captured through quilt making!

 The World Quilt Show – New England is generously sponsored by Major Sponsor Brother, and Sponsors ABM International/Innova, Handi Quilter and Sew Batik.

View or print the event brochure from www.worldquilt.com, or to receive a brochure in the mail email mancuso@quiltfest.com or write to the World Quilt Show – Dept P, P.O. Box 667, New Hope, PA 18938 USA.

Looking at the World through Quilts

 World Quilt Show – New England XIII
Manchester, New Hampshire – August 13-15, 2015

Mancuso Show Management’s Outstanding New England Quilt Festival, the World Quilt Show – New England, will be returning to the Radisson Center of New Hampshire in Manchester, August 13 – 15, 2015 in its new 3-day – Thursday, Friday and Saturday – format.

WQNE14_9002aWant to see quilts from across the globe? No need to spend days traveling. We are bringing the quilts to you. Join us for the premier of the 2015 World Quilt Competition XIX. These quilts from all over the globe present a mix of culture, fun and creative talent. The show also features special quilt exhibits including displays from across the United States and Canada. You will also enjoy a wide range of quilt and textile related activities including workshops and lectures presented by an internationally known faculty. Plus, if you need to cap-off your unfinished summer project or jump-start something fresh for the fall season, the show’s Merchants Mall will offer everything you may possibly need! Pictured above: Best of World 2014, “Chinese Journey in Three Parts” by Stephanie Crawford, U.K.

The Show’s faculty includes Anna Hergert from Saskatchewan, Canada who is the Canadian Quilters Association Teacher of the Year. In addition, instructors from the United States include Pamela Druhen (VT), Pat Harrison (RI), Sue Nickels (MI), Pat Yamin (NY), Bobbie Bergquist (NH), Debora Konchinsky (PA), Nancy Murtie (FL) and David Sirota (NH). Join one or more of these talented instructors in a workshop to learn a new technique or perhaps brush up an old one.

Among the highlights of the 2015 Show are a special luncheon presentation by well-known instructor Sue Nickels, the always popular World Quilt Panel & Forum Ice Cream Social, and, new for 2015, Quilt-O; “the best time you will ever have at a quilt show.” Also, the World Quilt Show will continue to offer its all-inclusive show and hotel package for those who prefer an easy, package plan.

After viewing all the wonderful quilts, it’s time to shop. This exciting venue offers a fabulous merchants mall with shows vendors who travel to New Hampshire from throughout the country. From books to threads, from scissors to thimbles, from fabric to patterns there will be everything imaginable available for purchase by the quilt artist and needle craft enthusiast.

The World Quilt Show – New England is an amazing opportunity to see the work of quilt artists from across the United States and from abroad. This show is not to be missed! Nothing beats New England in the summer!

The World Quilt Show – New England is generously sponsored by Major Sponsor Brother, and Sponsors ABM International/Innova, Handi Quilter and Sew Batik.

 View or print the brochure from the event’s website, www.worldquilt.com, or to receive a brochure in the mail, email mancuso@quiltfest.com or write to:
WQ-NE, Dept P
Mancuso Show Management,
PO Box 667
New Hope, PA 18938.

On Pins & Needles

“On Pins & Needles”
For the 2015 Pacific International Quilt Festival
Quilt & Wearable Art Competitions

While shopping the wide variety of vendors in the Merchants Mall and viewing the magnificent special exhibitions at the Pacific International Quilt Festival XXIV held October 15-18, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, quilt and textile enthusiasts won’t want to miss the exceptional international quilt and wearable art competitions.

Quilters from all over the world enter their finest works in the juried and judged competition, competing for more than $25,000 in awards and prizes that will be presented to the winners of the various categories. The competition includes both full-sized and wall quits. In addition, the full-sized quilts are divided into three design categories – Innovative, Traditional and Modern. 

This year’s entrants will respond to the theme On Pins & Needles. PIQF asks the artists to respond to, “How do you feel while designing and working on a new quilt? Are you on pins & needles as you wait to see what emerges from your stash of fabrics and threads?” For the Modern Quilt category, the theme will be Mid Century Mod. Entrants are asked to draw on the designs of the mid-20th century.

Left: PIQF ’14: Moons Over Bars by Susan Garrity

 

Mancuso Show Management & Quilts for Kids Join Forces

MANCUSO SHOW MANAGEMENT AND QUILTS FOR KIDS
JOIN FORCES AT THE
PENNSYLVANIA NATIONAL QUILT EXTRAVAGANZA XXII

Mancuso Show Management is proud to support Quilts for Kids, Inc., a volunteer based charity that for over 15 years has been comforting children in need with the gift of beautiful handmade patchwork quilts. The charity will have a booth at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.

Visitors to the booth have the opportunity to place some “Stitches of Love” into quilts that will be donated to Philadelphia region children’s hospitals. During show hours, visit the booth and quilt for a good cause. Hayes Sewing Machine Company has kindly provided the QFK’s booth with BERNINA sewing machines. Visitors can also sign up as volunteers, make donations and purchase fabric and quilt kits – all proceeds going towards the production of the children’s quilts.

Space Quilt2revPictured above, happy recipient of a quilt from QFK.

Along with Quilts for Kids, Inc. Founding President, Linda Arye, many individuals and businesses support the charity’s cause. Their goal is to donate about 30,000 quilts each year. View the following documentary detailing this wonderful charity’s work – QFK Documentary. Today, the charity has 97 chapters in the US and in Canada. For more information on how to donate, join a chapter or volunteer, go to www.quiltsforkids.org or call 215-295-5484.

Visit the Quilts for Kids booth at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza to stitch some love into quilts that will make these children’s arduous journeys a little brighter, a littler snugglier, a little happier.

Brother: Byrne Sewing Connection; Baby Lock: Steve’s Sewing, Vacuum & Quilting; BERNINA: Hayes Sewing Machine Company; Elna / Janome: Pocono Sew & Vac; Handi Quilter, ABM International / Innova, Sew Batik, Reber-Freil Company, the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center and Mancuso Show Management generously sponsor the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza’s Quilt For Kids, Inc. booth.

View and/or print the complete brochure from www.quiltfest.com or to receive a brochure in the mail, please email mancuso@quiltfest.com or write to Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, Dept. P, PO Box 667, New Hope, PA 18938.