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Instructor to Teach “Mystical” Longarm Quilting Series

Innova longarm teacher Jamie Wallen to share quilting knowledge
at Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza

Joining the faculty for the 25th annual Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza (PNQE), September 13 through 16, is Innova longarm instructor Jamie Wallen. Teaching three days, Jamie will be introducing his internationally known Mystical Quilting series at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.

Innova longarm instructor Jamie Wallen.
Innova longarm instructor Jamie Wallen.

For the last two decades, instructor Jamie Wallen has worked to develop his unique quilting style after purchasing his first longarm machine back in the 90s. Ever since, Jamie’s passion for sharing and teaching his technique with others has grown immensely.

In Jamie’s workshops, students have the opportunity to work on Innova longarm machines provided by PNQE sponsor The Longarm Network. For four hours registrants will learn how to properly use a longarm machine while creating a fun project! All six of his classes are designed for beginners and intermediate skill levels.

Students will be learn how to make this in Jamie Wallen's Thursday afternoon workshop Mystical Florals Leaves and Vines from 1 to 5 pm (4 hour class).
Students will learn how to make this design in Jamie Wallen’s Thursday afternoon workshop Mystical Florals Leaves and Vines from 1 to 5 pm (4 hour class).

Jamie will be presenting his signature series of workshops, Mystical Quilting. The first class on Thursday morning titled Mystical Feathers is dedicated to feather work, exploring all feather forms and learning how to apply feather styles to quilting. On Thursday afternoon students can learn how to add florals, leaves, and vine variations to their quilts in the class, Mystical Florals Leaves and Vines. Jamie’s Friday morning workshop, Mystical Grids, comprises of new designs, specifically his Point-to-Point “Mystical Grid Designs.”

For the rest of his classes, Jamie Wallen will teach Mystical Rulers, Mystical Shapes, and Mystical Borders & Blocks. In the Friday afternoon class, Mystical Rulers, Jamie will demonstrate how to use his favorite rulers to save time on projects. His fifth class Mystical Shapes, taught on Saturday morning, will teach students new variations of the common shapes found on quilts. In Jamie’s last class on Saturday afternoon called Mystical Borders & Blocks, students will learn how to use his tricks to tackle making borders and blocks.

Take Jamie Wallen's Mystical Rulers workshop on Friday afternoon from 1 to 5 pm (4 hour class).
Take Jamie Wallen’s Mystical Rulers workshop on Friday afternoon from 1 to 5 pm (4 hour class) to learn how to use rulers to save time on projects.

For the last 25 years, the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza has offered students the most unique workshops taught by a variety of talented instructors. The longarm classes especially, give students the chance to try a machine they would otherwise not have access to. Jamie Wallen does an impeccable job of teaching simplified techniques and methods that will help quilters create masterpieces.

Major Annual Sponsor Brother / Byrne Sewing Connection, Major Sponsors Baby Lock / Hayes Sewing Machine Company, BERNINA / Steve’s Sewing, Vacuum & Quilting, JanomeElna / Pocono Sew & Vac, Juki / Byrne Sewing Connection, Innova / The Longarm Network, Husqvarna VikingPfaff / The Sew’n Place, Silver Sponsors Gammill, Handi Quilter, Threads Run Thru It, Pocono Sew & Vac, and Special Vendor Sponsors French Connections and Martelli Enterprises have generously sponsored the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.

For complete show details and to register online, visit the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.

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.

Quiltfest Oasis Rocks the Desert

Quilts, quilts and more quilts will roll into the Palm Springs Convention Center October 6-8, 2016.  Now in its third year, Quiltfest Oasis brings the ever popular craft to southern California with the first National Modern Quilt Competition, Mid-Century Mod. While newly created,  these competition quilts will have a Mid-Century Mod feel to them. The festival will also include the traditional, innovative and wall quilts that everyone has come to enjoy.

The World Quilt Competition also rolls into beautiful Palm Springs as a special exhibit. Quilts from ten countries will be on display as part of this exhibit. Look for the country flags to identify the quilts from each participating country. Other special exhibits include A Slice of Oz by Quiltfest instructor Gloria Loughman of Australia, quilts by the 3-D Designing Desert Divas, California’s Hues, Tints, Shades & Tones presented by the Southern California Council of Quilt Guilds, Modern Simplicity by Kathleen Probst, Oasis by SAQA SoCal, and many more.

Alinea #5_1200
Alinea #5 by Kathleen Probst

Quilt festival vendors will also roll into the convention center with items not only for quilters, but also for home sewers, knitters, wearable artists, textile artists and other crafters. These merchants will rock the show floor with the latest gadgets and gizmos, and fabric (lots of fabric!) to help festival attendees create their own stunning works of art.

Festival attendees may opt to learn new quilting techniques or brush up on old ones from the Quiltfest’s internationally renowned faculty. Joe Cunningham, Libs Elliott and Gloria Loughman are headlining the show. A Modernism Presentation & Tour, presented by Kurt Cyr (who you may recognize him from his appearances on HGTV) will also be available on Friday morning.

Quiltfest Oasis is Thursday thru Saturday, October 6-8, from 10am to 6pm each day. Attendees who roll into the quilt show this October will certainly not be disappointed.

Traditions at the White Swan Returns to PNQE

White SwanEvery September Dick & Wendy Shank, whose Traditions at the White Swan store has been based in Hagerstown, Maryland for over 25 years, travel to Pennsylvania to participate in the Merchants Mall at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza. Though their shop originally started out as a combination crafting and quilting store, today they devote all of their resources entirely to quilting.

Traditions at the White Swan features an extensive inventory of designer fabrics including reproduction prints, batiks, and flannels, all from top fabric manufacturers such as Moda, Marcus Brothers, Wilmington, Timeless Treasures, P & B, and Maywood. When you visit the Traditions booth at PNQE, you’ll be greeted by inspirational project samples along with the patterns and kits to go with them. They also carry a selection of notions.

Dick & WendyBe sure to stop by and say hello to Dick & Wendy at the Quiltfest this September 15-18, 2016 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA (Valley Forge area). They always look forward to meeting the creative needs of quilters. Their goal is to provide the best customer service, helpful project advice, ongoing support, and high quality products. Dick, Wendy and their staff are ever willing to assist customers with questions and projects, big or small!

Caroline Hershey Makes Teaching Debut at PNQE

Traveling from her sheep farm on Chincoteague Island, Virginia, Caroline Hershey to be at Quilt FestivalCaroline will be presenting a workshop for the first time at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, September 15-18 (Oaks, PA / Valley Forge area). She will  teach,  Cable-licious, on Saturday, 9/17/16, from 1 to 4pm.  Caroline will teach the beautiful technique of knitted cables. Using hand dyed yarn from Chincoteague Island, you’ll explore the technique of cabling, creating a reversible super soft scarf. Moving stitches with the aid of a cable needle, you’ll see how cables moving left or right are created giving a smooth flow to your knitting.

When Caroline Hershey is not teaching she can be found, with her Carodan Farm to be at Quilt Festival in the Merchants Mallhusband Dan, in their booth Carodan Farm Wool Shop at the show.  Caroline produces her own line of hand dyed yarns. Yarn, patterns, needles, hooks and other knitting tools and supplies will be available for purchase so that you can create your own handmade items.

Be sure to register early for “Cable-licious” as it is being offered once only at the Quiltfest. Visit quiltfest.com for more information and to register to attend the festival and the workshop.  This class is for advanced beginners to intermediate level students.