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Australian Woman Celebrates Her 20th Year of Entering The World Quilt Competition

Two decades later and quilter Tanya McRae submits yet another beautiful traditional quilt

The spectacular global event, World Quilt New England, continues to be the host of the premiere of the highly renowned World Quilt Competition in Manchester, New Hampshire. Bringing quilt enthusiasts the best quilts from across the globe, many quilters dream of having their work displayed in the competition. For one particular quilter, the competition is a special event she has partaken in year after year.

McRae's first program book from World Quilt & Textile Festival in 1998.
McRae’s first program book from World Quilt & Textile Festival in 1998.

Quilter Tanya McRae, who’s from Wonthaggi Australia, is no stranger to the World Quilt Competition. For the last 20 years, she has diligently submitted her entry from Australia. McRae’s first quilt submission was back in 1998 when the show was held at Pasadena, California. During that time World Quilt New England was a traveling show and titled World Quilt & Textile. Flash forward twenty years, and Tanya continues to produce beautiful masterpieces, entering her quilt in this year’s 22nd annual competition.

Tanya McRae’s 2010 entry Candles of Life.

With the World Quilt Competition now in its 22nd year this August, McRae reminisces on the past twenty years and her experiences with Mancuso Show Management’s quilt festival.  Tanya even kept her flyer from the first World Quilt Competition she entered. Her use of vibrant colors and technical patterns in her traditional style quilts makes her work unique and recognizable after all these years! Looking back eight years ago, we were able to find her 2010 entry Candles of Life as well as her traditional quilt Day’s End from last year.

The competition, which includes entries from across the globe, is the largest international quilt festival to date with 15 countries participating in the competition. These countries over the years have included Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States and of course Australia.

McRae’s quilt will appear at the Manchester venue, and be judged with the other entrants and has the opportunity to be selected to travel across the country to three other Mancuso Show Management quilt festivals. These shows include The Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza in September, Pacific International Quilt Festival in October, and World Quilt Florida in January.

Tanya McRae's 2017 entry Day's End.
Tanya McRae’s 2017 entry Day’s End.

Be sure to check out Tanya McRae’s quilt along with the other international quilts in Manchester, NH from August 16-18 at the Center of New Hampshire! Offering workshops, a number of exhibits and a large Merchants Mall, the quilter in you is sure to have a great time! For complete show information on World Quilt New England visit: www.quiltfest.com.

Major Sponsors Innova Longarm Systems / Olde City Quilts, PfaffHusqvarna Viking/ Nashua Sew & Vac and Silver Sponsors Gammill / The 12th Stitch Quilts and Handi Quilter / Bits ‘n Pieces have generously sponsored the 2018 World Quilt New England.

Pacific International Quilt Festival Announces 2018 Special Vendor Sponsors

Creative Ps & Qs, APQS, & IntelliQuilter generously sponsor quilt festival competition

Mancuso Show Management returns to the West Coast for the 27th year of the Pacific International Quilt Festival. On October 11 through the 14, the quilt festival will have exhibits, informative workshops, and competition quilts that can be viewed at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.

Each year the festival puts on an extensive merchants mall including exhibitors, some of whom are special vendor competition sponsors. This year, the festival is proud to welcome Creative P’s and Q’s, APQS: Quilt Forever, and IntelliQuilter as special vendor sponsors who have graciously agreed to sponsor the Pacific International Quilt Festival’s competitions.

NewestCreative P’s and Q’s is an online quilt store, which can be found on Etsy, offering its own exclusive quilting patterns and kits created by Pernille Gutschick who is a prize-winning quilter. With 180+ shades of Hoffman 1895 Bali Watercolor batiks in stock, Creative P’s and Q’s are the purveyors of the rainbow. They carry a wide selection of colorful and intriguing batiks with prints and digitally printed fabrics. The shop also manufactures their own exclusive precuts as well as commercially produced ones.

APQS_Quilt_Forever_logo_4C_HAPQS hand crafts their quilting machines in Carroll, Iowa. Previously known as the American Professional Quilting Systems, this shop has been providing customers with superior quality long-arm machines for more than 30 years.


Intelliquilter_webIntelliQuilter offers an after-market add-on for long-arm and mid-arm quilting machines. The motor control system can easily be attached to the carriage and machine head. These products make it easier to switch between computerized and free-hand mode. IntelliQuilter is available to use for even some of our other sponsors like APQS, Bernina, Gammill. HandiQuilter, Innova, and Nolting.

Be sure to visit these sponsors online and stop by their booths to further discuss products and quilting!

Founding Sponsor Bernina/ California Sewing & Vacuum, Major Annual Sponsor Brother / Meissner Sewing & Vacuum Centers, Major Sponsors Gammill-Baby Lock / Meissner Sewing & Vacuum Centers, Janome/ Ray’s Sewing Machine Center, Husquarna-Viking/ U.S. Sewing & Vacuum, PFAFF/ AAA Vacuums & Sewing, Juki / California Sewing & Vacuum, Innova /Sew So Shop: Creations in Quilting & Long Arming, Silver Sponsor Handi Quilter, Special Exhibit Sponsor Nolting Longarm Quilting Machines, Special Vendor Sponsors Creative P’s & Q’s, APQS: Quilt Forever, and IntelliQuilter have generously sponsored the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.

For complete show details and to register online, visit www.quiltfest.com.