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Special Exhibitions

Annapolis Quilt Guild Paint Strip Challenge
Each participating guild member randomly chose a four color paint strip. The challenge was to use three of the four colors in the body of the quilt, which needed to measure 18” wide x 24” tall in total. Additional colors could be added. The paint strip was displayed with the finished quilt.

Attitudes – Fiber Art by Eileen Wintemute
This exhibit was inspired by those folks in our lives that give us ATTITUDE. I admit that there are times when a little less attitude would be welcome, but most of the time displays of attitude makes us chuckle, roll our eyes, or shake our head. Attitude to me is a sign that people are feeling the spirit of life! Sometimes they are full of themselves, or just full of bologna, but many times attitude is a sign of confidence and a willingness to put oneself out there! It doesn’t matter if the attitude is good, bad, right or wrong, it evokes a reaction from those on the receiving end. Here’s to all of you out there with attitude and the spark you give our lives!

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. Charged with a mission of “celebrating and nurturing Virginia’s quilting heritage,” the Museum offers three floors of rotating, curated gallery space. Visit www.vaquiltmuseum.org.

Bits of Baltimore and Beyond – Baltimore Appliqué Society
This exhibit showcases small Baltimore Album-style quilts made by members of the Baltimore Appliqué Society to raise funds to help support the preservation of quilts, textiles and related documents in various museums and historical society collections.  Many of these little quilts are based on patterns taken from antique Baltimore Album quilts (used with permission). These quilts will be sold via online auction in October 2018. For information, visit:  www.baltimoreapplique.com.

Color Challenge 2018 – ARTrageous
ARTrageous Fiber Artists is a group of women from Columbia, Missouri who meet once a month to explore various mixed media techniques and to encourage creativity. One way that these goals are accomplished is through group challenges. For the current challenge, nine members participated in a random drawing for a color based on the traditional color wheel. In addition to that color, a circle or arc was to be a prominent feature in the design and construction of an 18” X 30” quilt.

Cool Classic Rides 3 – Textile Art by Teresa Shippy
CCR3 Chevy
Thrilled to be back for my 3rd “Cool Classic Rides,” this 20 piece collection incorporates trains and planes in addition to a new variety of cool classics. This third collection, CCR3, was motivated by the success and excitement of Cool Classic Rides 1 and 2, which received favorable comments from all. The concept originated with the first exhibit of 27 quilted pieces of work which debuted in 2013 and traveled with Mancuso Quilt Festivals in 2014. The 2016 collection of vintage rides (CCR2) included different makes and models which were consistently larger pieces of work with their own unique embellishments. As with the previous collections, each ride consists of approximately 15-25 pieces of fabrics which are stitched together on a hand painted cotton canvas background and enhanced by thread work. In addition, each ride is created using leftover fabrics from cut-up quilts, vintage ties and wool scraps. Take a walk down memory lane and enjoy the latest rides. Pictured: Back of a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air.

Fatty, Fatty 2 x 4 – River Country Quilters
The River Country Quilters’ quilt designs revolve around 2 randomly chosen paint chip colors.  Then, using 2 fat quarters of any shade of the first color and 4 fat quarters of any shade of the second color, we designed a quilt no larger than 36” on one side and no smaller than 24” on the other side.   

The Hoffman Challenge – Mastery
2017 marked the 29th year of the Hoffman Challenge with quilters, home sewers and garment/accessory makers putting their skills to the test. Hoffman Fabrics and Aurifil are celebrating the creative path taken by quilt makers and home sewers with Mastery, designed for the 2017 Hoffman Challenge. Participants used either the colorful Blooms or the sister Charcoal version of the fabric. The breathtaking digital-print floral collection was inspired by the magnificent works created by the Old Masters such as daVinci, Michelangelo, Carvaggio, Rembrandt, and Leyster. Challenge entries are accepted in the quilt, home decor (living room - pillow, runner, rug, wall hanging, etc.) and clothing/accessory categories. The 2017 Challenge is co-sponsored by Aurifil.

Kaffe Fassett Fabric Aficionados Challenge 
QuiltWorkers of Virginia Beach
Each participating member blindly drew a yard of Kaffe Fassett fabric from a draw pile. Each member made a quilt that incorporates the yard of Kaffe Fassett and any other Kaffe Fassett fabrics, with coordinating solids of desired.

Modern Panorama – Central Virginia Modern Quilt Guild
What exactly is “modern” quilting? Five years ago, the Modern Quilt Guild surged forward to fulfill its mission to promote and educate about the modern quilt movement with the blog “100 Days of Modern Quilting”. This virtual encyclopedia featured a quilt and tutorial every day for 100 days, with a different focus on an element of modern quilting each week - negative space, improv, modern traditional blocks, solids and other elements that make a quilt “distinctly” modern. CVAMQG seeks to continue in this spirit of promoting the Modern Movement with quilts representing the elements of modern quilting.

My Girl – It’s Just Us
Laura Heine’s pattern “The Dress” was the inspiration for each of us to create our own personalized version of her fabulous quilt. The moment we saw it, the creative juices began to flow with ideas of how to speak through this girl. We worked alone at times, but also worked together in the local library’s community room as frequently as  possible. Getting together, listening, seeing and sharing ideas has been wonderful and captures the essence of what quilting is about.

Neologism: How a New Word is Born! – TAVA
Neologisms represent the evolving nature of the English language and get added to English dictionaries at the rate of 1,000 a year. Over time people create newly coined terms, words, or phrases defining concepts or ideas that were previously expressed using other words or may not have existed at all. Textile Artists of Virginia (TAVA) played with examples of neologisms that found their way into modern (and not so modern–day) English language. TAVA was established to support each member as a fiber artist, to explore the boundaries of the medium, and to educate and increase public awareness of fiber art.

Not Your Grandmother’s Quilt – Peninsula Piecemakers
The challenge was to make a quilt unlike any your grandmother would have made. It can be in modern colors, style, pattern or technique. It can be any size up to and including a twin.

Over the Years – 54-40 African American Quilt Guild
This is the 25th Anniversary of 6 women who had a vision to learn and share the art of quilting with other African Americans. “Over the Years,” we’ve made friends all over the United States. Thank You! “Over the Years,” we have had the privilege to take classes from some of the most talented teachers. Thank You! “Over the Years,” we have had the opportunity to display at some of the major quilt shows with the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival as one of the first to let a small African American Guild  in to show our diversity in fabric and style. Thank You! “Over the Years,” we have lost and gained members. This show is a tribute to the progress we have accomplished over the past 25 years. Thank you!

Pieced Curves
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond Quuilters Challenge 2018
In discussing a quilting challenge for our group we settled on pieced curves. Some of us had never used this technique and some of us wanted to improve the technique.  At a regular monthly meeting we had a demonstration and a practice session for all to use this technique. This year we focus on improved skills in addition to creativity in our quilt making.

Quilters Treasure 14th Annual Challenge
QuiltersTreasure 2018 Challenge Fabric IceThe 14th annual Challenge theme is “The Color is Ice, Think of Something Nice.” The winning entries of Quilters Treasure’s annual Challenges are announced at Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival. Sponsors for the Quilters Treasure Challenge include Singer Sewing Machine, YLI Threads, Quilters Rule, Hobbs Bonded Fibers, Barb’s Original, MorganProducts, and Colonial Needle. Pictured above: 2018 Challenge fabric. Visit www.QuiltersTreasure.com for more information.

Quilts Represent the Threads of Life – Tidewater Quilters’ Guild
Pieces of cotton, squares and scraps / Measured and cut, for perfection / Is not always a snap! Selected for beauty, color and tone / We sew together, in groups / And almost never alone! Sew and sew, sometimes with strife / Stories and tales, and gifts of love / Created in our “Threads of Life.”

Something My Grandmother Taught Me – Country Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Whether through a saying, a craft, or the example she set by the way she lived, your grandmother made a unique, lasting impression on you. Create a quilt to honor one lesson she taught you. Was it a special recipe? Is she the one who showed you how to sew or to quilt? To garden? To grow and preserve produce from the garden? To never waste anything? Whatever lesson you choose, use a combination of traditional and modern quilt-making techniques to represent how the past relates to today in your experience.

Stringing Along with the Bee – First Thursday Bee 2017 Challenge
Bee members were instructed to make their interpretation of a string quilt. No restrictions on sizes or subject matter, the more varied the better. Please come check out our display, you might be inspired to do a string of your own.

Surreal – The Fabric Poets
The dictionary definition is bizarre, dreamlike, grotesque, strange, fantastic. BUT we encourage each artist to imagine and define surreal for themselves and because we are all different, each definition will be different!

To Every Thing There Is a Season – Cabin Branch/Stonehouse Quilt Guilds
Cardinals on snow-covered branches and cups of hot chocolate; flowers and bunnies and rain showers; beach balls, fireworks, and sunshine; pumpkins, flying geese, and colorful leaves – all signs of the seasons. Every season has a food, weather, sport or activity or holiday that makes it special. What is your favorite season? 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 by L.R

The Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice’s (DJJ) 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 – planning, design, measuring, geometry, sewing – but also critical life skills such as goal-setting, patience, frustration management, public speaking, and the value of precision.  Instructor Roy Mitchell, Jr. instills the notion that “You Are Somebody” to all his students. Hundreds of quilts made by DJJ residents have been given to hospitals and homeless encampments, and featured in art galleries in Virginia, Michigan and California. Pictured: Quilt by L.R.

Water is Life – Quilt for Change/American Exchange Rome
The Bounty of the Seas Wilbur
Water is Life: Clean Water and Its Impact on the lives of Women and Girls Around the World is 41 quilts made by artists from Europe and North America. The exhibit, which highlights the crucial need for access to clean water for women and their families, opened at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland to commemorate World Water Day 2016. “Water is Life” is a joint effort of Quilt for Change (www.quiltforchange.org), a Rhode Island non-profit project dedicated to using quilting to raise awareness of issues important to women, and American Exchange Rome (www.american-exchange-rome.org). Pictured: The Bounty of the Seas by Allison Wilbur.

Wonky Dresden Neighborhoods – Richmond Quilter’s Guild
The Dresden plate quilt pattern was one of the most popular quilts made during the 1920’s and 30’s Using the “petals” of the traditional Dresden plate design, members were asked to create “houses” from each petal turning the traditional block in to a wonky neighborhood. Each quilter was challenged to use their imagination to create a neighborhood that would appeal to others as a place to settle down and live happily ever after.

The World Around Us – Colonial Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Inspiration is all around us. This challenge invites us to make a quilted piece inspired by architecture or an architectural element. Doorways, windows, walls, houses, fences, tiles, etc. The possibilities are endless. Sew a literal depiction or a creative interpretation and add a third element if desired.

A Year of Mini-Challenges – Peninsula Modern Quilt Guild, Hampton, Virginia
PeninulaModernQGDuring 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. The “Scrap Bag Challenge” required the use of Improv. The “Traditional Made Modern Challenge” required members to redesign 4 traditional blocks into modern blocks. “A Pop of Color,” explored gray-scale solid fabrics along with a solid “pop” of color. Step into our exhibit to see how we individually interpreted each challenge, stretched ourselves creatively and produced colorful and dynamic quilts of modern design. Pictured: Stacks of Block Blocks by Kelley Paz.

 

Instructors’ Row
This exhibition will give a sampling of the work of some of this year’s instructors at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival. It is a great way to enjoy the broad range of talent and creativity among the instructors at the Festival.