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Virginia Quilt Guilds Exhibit at the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival

The Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, February 22-25, 2018, will have an amazing collection of special exhibitions from around the county, the state and the country. This year, many quilt guilds from Virginia are taking part in M-AQF in the best way they know – by creating quilts. There will be a lot of beauty, talent and fabric in one room. M-AQF is proud to include these special exhibitions.

Included among these hometown exhibits are:

A Year of Mini-Challenges –
Peninsula Modern Quilt Guild
Stacks of Block Blocks by Kelley Paz
During 2017, the PMQG focused on education in the principles of modern quilting as a major goal. To that end, the guild had 3 mini-challenges, each focused on a different aspect of modern quilting. Pictured: Stacks of Block Blocks by Kelley Paz.



Baskets & Blooms –
The Virginia Quilt Museum
Heralding the arrival of spring in Virginia, the Virginia Quilt Museum shares this selection of floral and basket quilts from its Educational Collection that are representative of the flowers that are telling us that spring has arrived.


The World Around Us –
Colonial Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Italian Tiles (detail) by Beth Filko
Inspiration is all around us. This challenge invites us to make a quilted piece inspired by architecture or an architectural element. Pictured: Italian Tiles by Beth Filko.




Over the Years –
54-40 African American Quilt Guild
This exhibit celebreates the 25th Anniversary of 6 women who had a vision to learn and share the art of quilting with other African Americans.


Quilts Represent the Threads of Life –
Tidewater Quilters’ Guild
Goose in the Pond detail - Tidewater

We sew together, in groups; almost never alone! Sew and sew, sometimes with strife; Stories and tales, and gifts of love; Created in our “Threads of Life.” Pictured: Goose in the Pond (detail).




To Every Thing There Is a Season –
Cabin Branch/Stonehouse Quilt Guilds
Every season has a food, weather, sport or activity or holiday that makes it special. Share your love of that special part of the year in fabric and thread.


 The Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice
“We Are Somebody” Quilting Program presents “Just 4 U”
Quilt (detail) by L.R. - VA Juvenile Justice
The Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice’s quilting program, believed to be the only quilting class in the country in a male juvenile corrections setting, teaches not just the hard skills involved in this difficult craft, but also critical life skills such as goal-setting, patience, frustration management, public speaking, and the value of precision.  Pictured Quilt (detail) by L.R.



In addition, The Golden Thimble Needlework Guild and The Bead Society of Southeastern Virginia will be presenting free Fiber and Needle Arts Demonstrations throughout the four-day event.

Founding Sponsor BERNINA/Nancy’s Calico Patch/Cottonwood; Major Annual Sponsor Brother/Tidewater Sew-Vac; Major Sponsors Baby Lock/All Brands, Elna/The Quilters Studio, Janome/ Tidewater Sew-Vac, and Innova Longarm Systems; and Silver Sponsor Handi Quilter generously sponsor the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival.

For complete details, including workshop and lecture information, please visit: www.quiltfest.com.