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 and 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:
Woven Flower Basket Quilts
WS #030 on Thursday
Pretty Planet Quilts
WS #031 on Friday
Tiny 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!”
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 McKown
2014: “Mozart” by Barbara A. Stewart
2012: “Poppy’s Rainbow” by Mark L. Sherman
For those interested in studying a wide variety of quilting techniques 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:
WS #027: Crazy About Curves
WS #028: Fun with Fabrics: Adding Dimension to Landscape
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!
The Rosen Plaza Hotel has extended the deadline to make Quiltfest special group rate reservations to December 11, 2015. Those who travel to Orlando, especially in January, know this rate is an exceptional value.
Rosen Plaza Hotel
9700 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819 USA
Telephone: 800-627-8258 or 407- 996-9702
Located in the heart of the convention district, across from Pointe Orlando, only 15 minutes from Orlando International Airport, only minutes from Orlando’s theme parks, and connected via Skybridge to the Orange County Convention Center, the Rosen Plaza’s superior location is hard to beat. Recently renovated rooms and suites, complimentary in-room basic wireless internet, complimentary fitness center, resort-style amenities, and a variety of dining options from casual to fine dining make Rosen Plaza a most conducive place to work and play. The group rate reservation deadline is Friday, December 11, 2015. For reservations, please call 800-627-8258 or 407-996-9702. Please be sure to mention QuiltFest World Quilt Florida to receive our special group rate of $129 single or double, (one additional person, $20) plus tax and OCCCD fund of 1%.
World Quilt Florida, presented January 7-9, 2016 in Orlando, provides attendees with a three day all access pass to some of the greatest quilt and textile art minds from across the globe. Whether it’s technique, design or motivation, the world-renowned faculty presenting workshops at the show can offer it all. Included among the instructors is Anna Hergert who travels to Orlando from Canada.
Anna Hergert’s passion for the arts has her wearing many hats in today’s quilting world – artist, teacher, lecturer and writer. Teaching fiber arts is an especially important part of Anna’s life; she was the recipient of the CQA/ACC Teacher of the Year Award in 2014. Growing up in Germany, Anna was exposed to fiber art at an early age. Finding she had a deep interest in art and textiles, Anna decided to pursue a career in the arts – first obtaining Diplomas in Art, Design, Contemporary Embroidery as well as Patchwork and Quilting from London City & Guilds, eventually establishing herself as a full time professional artist. Today, she teaches and exhibits quilts internationally. Anna and her husband reside in rural Saskatchewan Canada, north of Moose Jaw at Buffalo where she says the views are a continual source of inspiration.
Anna will present a lecture, “Choosing Creativity” at 4:30pm on Thursday afternoon and will also offer 2 full day, 9 am to 4 pm, workshops at World Quilt Florida:
Layer – Baste – Cut – Reveal: Uncover the Mystical Mola:
Friday, January 8
Make It Shine!
Saturday, January 9
How would you like to win a $500 Quiltfest Bucks Shopping Spree to be spent in the fantastic Merchants Mall at World Quilt Florida AND have your quilt on display at the show? Enter Mancuso Show Management’s first ever Most Trending Quilt Competition for a chance to win! Anyone in the U.S. can win and entering is easy.
Visit Quiltfest – Mancuso Shows on Facebook. Then, comment on the Most Trending Quilt post with a photo of your quilt (1 quilt per person) and get all your friends to like it. Be sure to include all the details as described in the post.
The Most Trending Quilt must be available to hang in the World Quilt Florida show, January 7-9, 2016.
The Quilt with the most “likes” will be the winner! If you can’t make it to the show, you can always donate your Quiltfest Bucks to a friend who can attend!
World Quilt Florida
January 7-9, 2016 – Orlando, Florida
Because of a delay in launching its new website, Mancuso Show Management has extended the entry deadline for the Florida Quilt Competition. The deadline for online and mailed entries is now December 14, 2015.
The entries to this competition are an impressive showcase of some of Florida’s most talented quilt and textile artists. The competition entrants will compete for over $3,500 in prizes.
Sunshine State of Mind by Susan H Rienzo,
Judge’s Choice, 2015 Florida Quilt Competition.
In 2016, World Quilt Florida is relocating to the Orange County Convention Center located in Orlando, January 7-9. This show is a wonderful opportunity for quilters to experience the diversity and creativity of their fellow enthusiasts.
Visit our all new website: www.quiltfest.com.
Mancuso Show Management is excited to announce the expansion of the Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey’s quilt competition to include entrants from the entirety of the northeastern United States – New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont & Maine.
These northeast regional artists will represent their quilt and textile communities with a stunning collection of artwork while competing for over $7,000 in awards and prizes in the Quilt Fest’s juried and judged competition. Online and printable entry forms are available on quiltfest.com and the entry deadline is February 1, 2016. Pictured: Felicity aka Spargo-esque by Jo Timko, Best of New Jersey 2015
Major Annual Sponsor Brother: Rock, Paper, Scissors and Sponsors Bernina: Olde City Quilts, Baby Lock/Elna/Handi Quilter: Pocono Sew & Vac, Above and Beyond Creative Sewing Center and ABM International/Innova generously support The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey.
Will your quilt be the next to win Best of Show at the Quilt Fest? We’ll never know … until you enter!
Mancuso Show Management has announced that Liza Prior Lucy of New Hope, Pennsylvania is the featured instructor, and Meg Cox from Princeton, New Jersey is the featured lecturer at the 2016 Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey, March 3-6, 2016 in Somerset, New Jersey.
A well-known quilter in her own right, Liza Lucy is also famed as Kaffe Fassett’s collaborator in quilt design and is co-author with him of many books including Glorious Patchwork. Liza specializes in re-interpreting traditional quilt patterns using contemporary fabrics and unexpected color combinations. Visit Liza’s online fabric store, GloriousColor.com. Liza is teaching two full day, 9 am – 4 pm, workshops at the Quilt Fest: Glorious Hexagons on Friday and, on Saturday, Bright Squares.
Meg Cox is a journalist and thought leader on quilting and traditions who lectures at guilds, shows and museums. She contributes articles to the Wall Street Journal and many national magazines. Her popular newsletter, Quilt Journalist Tells All!, features news, reviews and monthly giveaways. You may subscribe to her newsletter at www.megcox.com. Meg’s 1:30 pm, Sunday, March 6 lecture, Celebrate! Rituals for Quilters, will be enjoyed by quilters and their non-quilting friends and family alike.