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Quilter Extraordinaire Cathy Wiggins to Lecture & Exhibit at M-AQF

Cathy Wiggins is a self-taught quilter who truly loves sharing her WEBSZCathyWiggins9699PhotoBonnieMcCafferypassion with others. In 2002, her neighbor introduced her to quilting and took Cathy to her first quilt guild meeting. By Christmas of that year, Cathy had made five quilts, which were all very traditional. After attending her first quilt show in Williamsburg, Virginia, she knew that she had finally found the artistic outlet she had been looking for, but felt she had never quite achieved in the watercolor world. She saw that anything was possible using fabric as her palette! Since the beginning of her quilting career, she has won praise and recognition both nationally and internationally, for her unique and whimsical designs. Cathy has now turned her focus to leather and is pioneering the art of quilting on leather.

Cathy’s lecture, Evolution of an Artist – Fifteen Years of Quilting, willCathy-Wiggins-Leather be presented at 4:30 pm on Thursday, February 25. Cathy began her quilting journey just like many of us, piecing traditional quilt tops, but that didn’t last long. Soon she was venturing out! She’s worked with fusibles, fabrics, embroidery, beading, painting and now leathers to create her award-winning quilts. It has been a journey, taken one stitch at a time, with courage, determination and the ability to push the quilting world envelope by introducing cutting edge techniques into competition quilting. Come join Cathy as she shows us how it’s possible to evolve as an artist while, simultaneously, introducing change in an industry.  Pictured: example of Cathy’s quilting on leather.

Just for Fun – Quilts for the Kid in All of Us is Cathy’s special exhibit at M-AQF. Come enjoy the whimsical creations of Cathy Wiggins’ ‘JustChristmas Even ABC's for Fun’ quilt series. You’ll relive your youth while viewing many of your favorite childhood puzzles and games brought to life in quilts. Everything from hidden picture and find the difference puzzles to mazes and matching games will delight kids of all ages. These international award-winning quilts have traveled around the world and been featured in magazines. Now see all 14, including Christmas Eve ABC’s pictured below, in one exhibition.

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.


Special Exhibits a Highlight of The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey

Special exhibits are always eagerly anticipated by attendees of the Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey. Viewers in attendance at the Garden State Expo Center, March 3-6, 2016, will not be disappointed with the wonderful special exhibits Mancuso Show Management has planned! Included among the exhibits at the 2016 event are:

  •  Aunt Lucy Goes to Quiltfest – Pieced Together Quilters
  • Cool Classic Rides II – Quilts by Teresa ShippyCoolClassicRidesWEB
  • Diverse Visions – Adirondack Regional Textile Artists’ Alliance
  • 1914-2014: U.S. Modern Era – Mason Dixon Quilt Professional NetworkMDQPN
  • Modern Quilts – North Jersey Modern Quilt Guild
  • Paint Chip Challenge – Allentown Crazy Quilters
  • Standing on the Shoulders of Famous Leaders – Quilts by Dr. Edward Bostick
    (pictured: Marian Anderson & Thurgood Marshall)Anderson-MarshallWEB
  • Urban Rainbow – Empire Quilters Guild

Major Annual Sponsor – Brother: Rock, Paper, Scissors; and Sponsors – ABM/Innova and Handi Quilter generously support The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey.


The Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival Welcomes Gyleen Fitzgerald, Unique Quilter & Informative Instructor

The Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival at the Hampton Roads Convention fitzgerald05020-crunched-2Center in Hampton, Virginia, February 25-28, 2016, features an    impressive instructor line-up offering a variety of workshops and lectures. This year’s Quilt Festival features nationally and internationally well-known instructors including the very talented and informative Gyleen Fitzgerald!

Gyleen makes quilts that blend color, pattern and texture to provide a contemporary essence in traditional quilting. She loves to share her enthusiasm for quilting and will do so through her full-day workshops at M-AQF:

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Thursday, February 25




MAQF16_Fitzgerald013WS #013 Play Modern
Friday, February 26




MAQF16_Fitzgerald014WS #014 Trash to Treasure Pineapple Quilts
Saturday, February 27




Gyleen’s philosophy of quilting – “Done is better than perfect, break the rules, do what works for you, have your quilts out and use them or your family will yard sale them when you are gone.” We have to agree …



Virginia Quilters Exhibit at Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival

The 27th annual Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival at the Hampton RoadsHamptonWelcomesMAQF Convention Center February 25-28, 2016, will feature an amazing collection of ‘hometown’ fiber art. Guilds from Virginia are taking part in M-AQF in the best way they know how – by creating quilts & fiber art! The Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival is proud to include these special exhibitions & demonstrations … that’s a lot of beauty, talent and fabric in one room!

  •  Alphabet Soup – Colonial Piecemakers Quilt Guild
  • Bringing Hexy Back – Richmond Modern Quilters Guild
  • Express Yourself – Virginia Beach Modern Quilt Guild
  • Fabric Fanatics
  • The Fabric Poets
  • The Windchimes – Fiber Artists @ Loose Ends
  • First Thursday Night Bee
  • For the birds – Cabin Branch & Stonehouse Quilters
  • Honoring 19th Century Quilters – The Churn Dashers of Tidewater Virginia
  • A Modern Quilting Journey – Peninsula Modern Quilt Guild
  • Music to My Ears – Richmond Quilters Guild
  • On the Road Again – River Country Quilters
  • Naturescapes & Illusions/Quilt Me a Song – Tidewater Quilters’ Guild
  • 30 x 30 x 30 – Peninsular Piecemakers
  • Golden Thimble Needlework Guild
  • Traditional Rug Hooking – James River & Shockoe Slip Rug Hookers

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.


M-AQF Welcomes Laura Wasilowski to Virginia

One of the highlights of Mancuso Show Management’s quilt festivals is always the instructors who present workshops. Talent, creativity and expertise are abundantly available from the wonderful teachers. This year the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, February 25-28 in Hampton, Virginia, has a spectacular faculty who will offer a wide variety of workshops for beginner to advanced quilters and textile artists. Included is well-known instructor Laura Wasilowski, a Mancuso Show Management regular and nationally admired quilter.


Laura is a contemporary quilt maker whose artwork is collected andLauraW exhibited internationally. Her quilts begin with her unique hand-dyed fabrics and threads and are infused with color, whimsy and joy. Laura is author of Fusing Fun, Fuse-and-Tell and her latest book Fanciful Stitches, Colorful Quilts.



Laura’s three full-day workshops at M-AQF are:

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WS #030 on Thursday




prettyplanet10Pretty Planet Quilts
WS #031 on Friday




housingdept17detailbTiny Homes & Gardens
WS #032 on Saturday




A highlight of Laura’s appearance at M-AQF is her Thursday, 6:00 pm lecture, Art Quilts: The Musical. Yes, she sings! Listen to her adventures in quilt making, see her art work, and hear traditional art quilt folk songs like “Everybody Gets Rejected Sometime” and the “Minnesota Quilter’s Polka.”

Laura sums up her quilting life by saying, “The art of quilting gives me the freedom to express myself and play at the same time. It’s the best job in the world!


Florida Quilt Competition

The countdown is on for entries to the Florida Quilt Competition at World Quilt Florida. The deadline for entry is one week from today – December 14, 2015!

Which quilt will win Best of Show in this “all Florida” competition? You won’t know if your quilt will come out on top unless you enter. To enter online, click here.

For inspiration … past winners:

2015: “A Baltimore Reflection” by Rosalynn McKown8055a

2014: “Mozart” by Barbara A. Stewart

2012: “Poppy’s Rainbow” by Mark L. Sherman

The Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival Welcomes Vikki Pignatelli – Artist, Instructor & Quilt Enthusiast

For those interested in studying a wide variety of quilting Vikkitechniques and styles, the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, February 25-28 in Hampton, Virginia features a range of workshops and lectures presented by a world-renowned faculty, including Vikki Pignatelli who is eager to spread her knowledge and passion of quilt making to students planning on participating in her full day workshops.

Have you ever wished for an easy method of machine piecing intricate curves, or wanted to incorporate curved designs into a quilt but had no inkling where to begin? Look no further than one of Vikki’s workshops! Vikki told Quiltfest, “When I first began quilting, I visualized beautiful curved designs, but the traditional method of piecing curves left me frustrated. I knew there must be an easier way. After much trial and effort I did find a way . . . and now I’m crazy about curves!”

Vikki will teach three, full-day workshops at M-AQF:

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WS #029: Improvisation Everyone Can Do



In addition, on Saturday at 4:30 pm Vikki will present a lecture based on her newest book, Nurture Your Creative Spirit: Wisdom and Insight Learned From the Art of Quilting.


Vikki’s love for quilting is contagious. You won’t want to miss her this year at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival!