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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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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!



World Quilt Florida Hotel Reservation Deadline Extended

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 Instructor – Anna Hergert, Canadian Teacher of the Year!

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:

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Friday, January 8



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Saturday, January 9




Most Trending Quilt Competition

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.MostTrendingQuilt

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

World Quilt Florida Competition Entry Deadline Extended

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.

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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 Announces Northeast Quilt Competition

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 textileFelicityakaSpargo-esque_JoTimko 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!


The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey – Featured Faculty for 2016

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 asLizaPriorLucy 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 MegCoxto 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.


Two New Lectures Added to the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival

Paula Golden and Anna Hergert have stepped up when we needed them and will present lectures at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, February 25-28, 2016 in Hampton, Virginia.

Paula Golden will present the annual “Early Bird Lecture” at 6:00 pmMAQF-PaulaGolden on Wednesday, February 24, immediately preceding the M-AQF Show & Merchants Mall Preview (open to pre-registered participants only.) In Body Smart Quilting, Paula will discuss how proper body mechanics and ergonomic workspaces (computer, sewing, ironing and quilting) are the keys to quilting longevity. You will also learn ten easy tips to make your workspace healthy and efficient.

The 2014 Canadian Quilting Teacher of the Year, Anna Hergert’sAnnaHergert lecture is Everything Old is New Again: It’s Hip to Stitch! Keeping traditional techniques alive and ultimately sharing these has been a strong focus of this presenter. Years of in-depth personal research to augment workshop content and current bodies of work are the impetus for Anna Hergert’s renewed passion in hand stitching and hand embellishment. Be inspired to explore traditional embroidery to gather ideas on how to transfer simple techniques for complex outcomes with this visual feast. Join Anna on Friday, February 26 at 6:00 pm.

Due to serious illness, Mark Lipinski has cancelled all his teaching engagements for the first two months of 2016. While no one can truly replace Mark, Paula and Anna have agreed to lecture in his place.


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!