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The Art of Fashion Returns to the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza

Quilting, home sewing, wearable art, fashion – they are all cut from the same cloth! Mancuso Show Management is excited to announce three amazing fashion shows to be featured at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks (Valley Forge area), PA September 15-18, 2016. There will be one fashion show per day, Friday and Saturday at 2pm, and Sunday at 1pm. From casual dress to out of this world couture, these fashion events are sure to impress!

Friday, September 16th’s fashion show, “Inspired & In Style”, scheduled for 2pm includes garments created by Karen Boutte and Rachel D.K. Clark. Both Karen and Rachel are California quilt and wearable artists.  The show will be a perfect blend of fabric and fun with exceptional designs and a flair for the dramatic.

Saturday, September 17th, at 2pm will feature the SewBatik Challenge Fashion Show. The challenge fabric, a magnificent paisley batik, has inspired home sewers and wearable artists to create unique and beautiful garments. SewBatik not only sponsored the fabric challenge, they also are a special vendor sponsor for PNQE as well as a vendor in the Merchant’s Mall.  Visitors to the SewBatik booth will find a wide array of batiks.  Two prizes will be awarded at this fashion event; Diva’s Choice, a $300 prize chosen by Challenge Fashion Show Moderator/Judge Karen Boutte, and People’s Choice, $200 prize chosen by the fashion show audience. For more information on SewBatik, visit http://www.sewbatik.com.

Sunday, September 18th, at 1pm, the New Hope Arts Center presents Fiber, Fabric, Fashion. A regional nonprofit organization, the New Hope Arts Center premiered its first fashion show this past February.  After a tremendous response,  the Center decided to make it an annual event. The current exhibition features upcycling fashion, felting and fiber arts, jewelry, steam punk style and vintage. The designers include Kristen Leonard of Charley Girl Designs, Gina Tavelli, Nelly Kouzmina of Feltinelli, Illia Barger of Pantaluna, Angela Pilat of Glamtastik,  Joanne Eisenberg of Flirt and Janice Hengel. Sojourner, a vintage clothing shop located  in Lambertville, NJ will also be featured in the exhibition. All show designers are regional and have a beautiful distinct style that really comes together on the runway. For more information on the New Hope Arts Center, visit http://www.newhopearts.org.

Every garment has a story; Quilt Diva, Karen Boutte will moderate all three fashion shows. Karen has worked with Mancuso Show Management on the Pacific International Quilt Festival’s fashion show for over 15 years so she is no stranger to the runway.  With her fabulous sense of style as well as her fabulous sense of humor, attendees to the shows will not be disappointed!

Great news! There is no additional charge for the fashion shows. Quilt Show admission includes admission to the fashion shows. Fashion show seats are available on a first come, first served basis. For more information on all three fashion shows, visit https://www.quiltfest.com/upcoming-shows-and-events/pennsylvania-national-quilt-extravaganza/additional-information-2/pnqe-goes-fashion/

Major sponsors Brother/Byrne Sewing Connection, BERNINA/Steve’s Sewing, Vacuum & Quilting, Baby Lock/Hayes Sewing Machine Company, Janome – Elna/Pocono Sew & Vac; Silver sponsors ABM international Innova and Handi Quilter; and Special Vendor Sponsors French Connections and SewBatik generously support the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.

Inspired & In Style – Friday Fashion Show by Karen Boutte and Rachel Clark at PNQE

Among the three amazing fashion shows to be featured at The Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks (Valley Forge area), PA September 15-18, 2016 is Karen Boutte and Rachel Clark’s “Inspired & In Style.” The fashion show, on Friday, September 16th at 2pm, includes garments from both Karen Boutte’s and Rachel Clark’s extensive wearable art collections.

karen b-4Karen will moderate all three fashion shows at PNQE including her own on Friday. She has worked with Mancuso Show Management on the Pacific International Quilt Festival’s fashion show for over 15 years so she knows very well what makes a fabulous fashion exhibition. For Karen, who is always seen wearing her tiara, a show is 50% wearable art and 50% entertainment. Her collection to be shown is eclectic with casual and dressy pieces, garments she made for a challenge or pieces created because “that fabric said make me into something.”

Karen Boutte, “The Quilt Diva” is a nationally known instkaren b-3ructor, lecturer, author and designer. She started sewing as a child and became inspired by her Great Aunt Nora’s Cathedral quilt. Karen was in awe of the beautiful artwork and soon after joined a local quilt guild to find out more about quilting. Years later Karen decided to become a full-time quilt instructor and began teaching at shops, guilds and quilting events. “There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a student having fun discovering their creativity with fabric and thread,” Karen stated.

karen b-1In 2004 Karen wrote a book, Delightful Diva Designs, Wonderful Whimsical Wearables, and she and her work have been featured in several publications over the years.

“I love selecting fabric for a project. The color, texture and design possibilities are endless. Nothing makes my heart sing more than visiting a variety of quilt shops looking for just the right fabric for a new project. I love to collage various fabrics and create story quilts and garments. I use raw edged appliqué, thread painting, beading and lots of embellishments.”

“Inspired & In Style” will also feature garments created by Rachel D.K. Clark. Rachel is a contemporary folk artist,  teacher and lecturer who comes from a long line of sewers, beginningrachel c-1 with her great-grandmother.  Rachel started quilting as a child and continued sewing through high school. She credits her aunt and high school home economics classes with teaching her sewing and basic quilting techniques that allowed her to pursue a career in wearable art. She has been a wearable artist for over 30 year and has taught on the national circuit for more than 20 years. Like Karen, Rachel’s work includes eclectic fabric mixes, vibrant designs, and a keen sense of wit. While her work can be whimsical, political or a personal statement, it always reflects her love of traditional quilt making. Rachel’s muses vary; one of her most famous pieces, her Running With the Wolf coat celebrates and honors the blues singer Chester Barnett aka “Howling’ Wolf.”rachel c-2

She has done several one-woman exhibits including Pacific International Quilt Festival and her work has been featured in various gallery shows, magazines such as “Threads”, and “The Quilting Quarterly,” the Bernina Fashion Show and on “The Home and Garden Channel’s” Simply Quilts. Right now Rachel is having a love affair with Beige, Chartreuse and creating coats.

Together Karen and Rachel offer a beautiful collection of wearable art garments. For more information on their fashion show, visit https://www.quiltfest.com/upcoming-shows-and-events/pennsylvania-national-quilt-extravaganza/additional-information-2/pnqe-goes-fashion/

Major sponsors Brother/Byrne Sewing Connection, BERNINA/Steve’s Sewing, Vacuum & Quilting, Baby Lock/Hayes Sewing Machine Company, Janome – Elna/Pocono Sew & Vac; Silver sponsors ABM international Innova and Handi Quilter; and Special Vendor Sponsors French Connections and SewBatik generously support the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.

PNQE Celebrates 23rd Year

You are invited to celebrate the world of quilting and, new for 2016 FASHION, as the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza returns to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA, September 15-18, 2016. PNQE includes a unique and beautiful display of over 600 quilts and works of textile and wearable art from across the globe, an amazing Merchants Mall, offering everything quilters and needle crafters need to quench their creative thirsts, and three fashion shows that are included with your admission. The Extravaganza is the largest and most comprehensive quilt festival in a state that is known for its rich history of quilting.

The 2016 teaching staff at the Extravaganza is sure to enlighten – from beginner to advanced there will be something for everyone. Presenting this year are Pepper Cory (NC), Robbi Joy Eklow (IL), Pat Harrison (RI), RaNae Merrill (NY), David Sirota (NH), Bobbie Bergquist (NH), Phyllis Twigg Hatcher (MD), Caroline Hershey (VA), Debora Konchinsky (PA), Renelda Peldunas-Harter/Carolyn Perry Goins/Cindy Simms (VA), Lisa White Reber (PA), and Janneke Van der Ree (NJ). In addition, Karen Boutte, California’s “Quilt Diva” will be moderating the exciting and new for 2016 PNQE fashion shows including the SewBatik Challenge Fashion Show. For workshop details, please click here.

This year’s PNQE quilt competition, themed Evolving, asksPNQE_2015_2034a entrants to respond to, “How is your work evolving as quilting moves forward?”  To enter the competition, click here. The Quilt Competition will have magnificent works by some of the nation’s finest quilt artists. Pictured: A Little Bit of Baltimore by Janet L. Stone, PNQE 2015 – Best of Show.

There will also be special exhibits on display including the international entries and select U.S. winning entries from the 2016 World Quilt Competition, celebrating its 20th year in 2016. These beautiful works of quilt art from across the globe are a must see!

Finally, in 2016 PNQE is Going FASHION. The PNQE fashion shows at 2:00 pm on Friday & Saturday, September 16-17 and 1:00 pm on Sunday, September 18, are included with your show admission. Moderated by the Quilt Diva, Karen Boutte of California, there will be fashion for everyone and there is even an opportunity for your garment to walk the runway! To enter your work in the SewBatik Challenge Fashion Show, click here.

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