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Special Exhibits

Special Exhibits
The Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza
and Mancuso Show Management are proud to present:

World Quilt Competition XXI: On Tour

See the exciting international entries of the 2017 World Quilt Competition along with ribbon winning entries from the United States. This outstanding collection of quilts highlights the skills of quilters from around the world: Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, New Zealand and North America.
Sponsored by Major Sponsor Brother, and Sponsors Handi Quilter, Innova and Mancuso Show Management. PIctured from the 2016 Competition: The Three Watchers by Kathryn Harmer Fox, South Africa.

Quilts for Kids, Inc.
Quilts for Kids
The charity, Quilts For Kids, Inc. began as a way to repurpose discontinued fabric samples (keeping them from a landfill) and has grown into an international non-profit that donates up to 30,000 quilts annually to children in need. These quilts are made by kind-hearted volunteers across the globe, who wish to make a difference in the lives of children fighting a life battle with illness, abuse and poverty. Quilts in the show are from volunteer quilters who sew for us throughout North America. As the mom of a daughter who fought a battle with an illness and won, I knew firsthand what it was like to spend countless hours in the hospital with a frightened and lonely child. These quilts not only comfort children in need but keep them company during tough times in their lives. If you have been moved by our story and wish to help us reach more children in need with your quilts, simply email us at info@quiltsforkids.org. Tell us you saw our quilts at the Mancuso show and want to help. Come visit us at our quilt shop at 494 Lincoln Highway, Fairless Hills, PA 19030; (295) 548-4215.


An Anniversary Celebration - Calico Cutters Quilt Guild
Calico Cutters Quilt Guild of West Chester, PA celebrated their 30th anniversary this past Spring. Each member was given a fat quarter of specially designed fabric to create a quilt for a Guild wide challenge. The theme of the challenge was “What does Calico Cutters mean to you?”  
Can you find the challenge fabric?

Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild presents
the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year Challenge
Central Jersey Modern

Through a generous donation from Pennington Quiltworks, participating members of Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild were each given a piece of Kona Lime fabric, which matches the Pantone color of the year (#8217, Greenery). Directions were simple; have fun playing, while making an 18” x 18” modern quilt. Look at the variety of wonderful pieces our members created. We sure love a challenge! The Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild meets monthly in Hopewell NJ. Please join us! Click here or email  Centraljerseymqg@gmail.com.

Challenges – International Threads
International Threads is a group of international textile artists from several countries. Internationally known artists Katleen Loomis (US), Barbara Lange (Germany), Gillian Travis (UK), Bella Kaplan and Eti David (both Israel) and Uta Lenk (Germany) have been working to group challenges posed by a member of the group, limited to one size. They started exhibiting together a few years ago. This exhibition is a small selection from the output of this endeavor.

Christian Compassion Quilters – Black Threads ~ Sister Quilters
Bamboo Garden by Rose Morgan
Quilting has been a part of African American women’s history starting in Africa before slavery. Christian Compassion Quilters started in 2003 with the purpose of enhancing quilting skills and learning new techniques. Expert teachers have taught our group; thus, our motto “Each One, Teach One.” The quilters have made baby quilts that were given to places such as Children’s Hospital, the Eliza Shirley House, and lap quilts for senior citizens. The members are busy learning, creating, and loving each other and God while making their quilts. Each quilt is a representation of the artist’s favorite prints and colors. Please enjoy! Pictured: Bamboo Garden by Rose Morgan.

Crossings - Quilts on the Wall
LOW RES Carolyn Villars Big Crossing for a Little Girl

Life is full of moments that suggest the concept of Crossings. We may experience new life, a new state, or a new attitude. Our paths may intersect with rail lines, cross walks, river crossings or highways. We may have a family history of crossings to Ellis Island, Polynesia, or our own continent. Visual and conceptual crossings are everywhere. Quilts on the Wall is presenting a juried exhibit with unique interpretations of the word Crossings. Pictured: Big Crossing for a Little Girl by Carolyn Villars.

Dream Big! - Stretching Art and Tradition 18
Dream Big: dream house, dream job, dream body, dream quilt - if dreams were reality, what dream would you have come true? Participants created a quilt using any technique they chose to represent their dream, and were challenged to honor SAT’s origins by identifying an area or technique of fiber arts that they would like to explore and then incorporate that in their piece. If you would like to join SAT, please join its Yahoo group!

Fly Me to the Moon
Ed White FULL Williams 800
Artists from 8 countries created art quilts celebrating man’s first walk on the moon including quilts that commemorate iconic images from the news; recall personal memories of July 20, 1969; honor the Apollo Missions; recognize the Apollo Astronauts; investigate moon images; examine NASA’s tools; explain myths; define moon idioms; replay the music inspired by the moon; visit pop culture icons; and make us fall in love again under the romantic moon. The quilts are varied in style, but the theme is always the same, the moon. These quilts tell the story of our fascination with the moon from the dawn of time through the Apollo moon walks and beyond. Fiber artists have stretched their creative muscles to draw the viewer in to the world of science, romance, history and fantasy. This exhibit has something for everyone.

The Hoffman Challenge
For nearly 30 years, the Hoffman Challenge has been accepting entries and putting the winners on the road. This exhibit marks the first time Hoffman is offering a digitally printed fabric, Crystalia. Renewed, refreshed, reinvented ... Hoffman Fabrics is excited to announce that we are bringing the Hoffman Challenge home with some exciting updates. The Quilts: Designs are chosen for their creative use of the chosen fabric. The Clothing: The clothing shows the versatility of stitchers. New this year - Home Decor: The theme for the Crystalia Home Decor Challenge is Tabletop & Kitchen.

Inspired by the National Parks
Arches Etta McFarland
This exhibit features 60 landscape and flora & fauna quilts from a collection created to celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service. The challenge was organized by Donna Marcinkowski DeSoto of Virginia, the author of the book on this project, Inspired by the National Parks: Their Landscapes and Wildlife in Fabric Perspectives (Schiffer Publishing) and contains color images of all 177 quilts, accompanied by narratives from National Park Rangers from all 59 Parks. A percentage of sales from this book is donated to the National Park Service. For more information, visit www.npscentennialquilts.com. Pictured: Arches by Etta McFarland.

The Lancaster Modern Quilt Guild
The Lancaster Modern Quilt Guild is a group of quilters and artisans who come together to embrace and learn about a modern twist on a traditional craft. Our guild meetings are held in the heart of Lancaster County, a traditional quilting area, and our members come from Lancaster County as well as other neighboring counties. This exhibit exemplifies our unique interpretations of the many different styles of quilting we have experienced and learned through the Guild’s various speakers, workshops, and sew days.

The Lion King Cherrywood Challenge 2016
Cherrywood’s luscious hand-dyed fabric was the inspiration for quilters to take a challenge fit for a king! Participants were inspired by the stunning artistry, vibrant colors and exhilarating choreography of Broadway’s award-winning Best Musical, the Lion King. Over 300 entries were received and 120 were selected for the traveling exhibit. The quilts represented a wide variety of techniques, interpretations and skill levels - all held together by the cohesive color, size and suede texture of the fabric!

Modern Quilts from My Grandmothers - Presented by Sarah Bond
The Modern Quilt movement has quilters creating new and exciting quilts all over the world. According to the Modern Quilt Guild, “modern traditionalism” or the updating of classic quilt designs is often seen in Modern Quilting. Sarah Bond comes from a long line of quilters, something she didn’t know when she made her first quilt. This exhibit will present the work of some of those quilters along with some of Sarah’s modern and contemporary works.  See for yourself how the lives and quilts of these four 19th and 20th century women influenced the 20th and 21st century work of one quilter.

Narratives, Tributes & Legacies of African Americans: Quilts by Edward Bostick
To keep vital facets of American history alive, it is important to know and retell stories of achievement. This retelling is especially important for African American heroes and heroines, relating their achievements, accomplishments, and their contributions in strengthening the basic cores of our nation through their courageous efforts. General Colin Powell said “that a dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”  Throughout American History, for many African Americans to pursue and to succeed in higher endeavors such as the military, performing arts or in political and professional careers, it demanded unflagging courage, strength and fortitude.  

One Woman Show: Barbara Barrick McKie
Machu Picchu Visitor Full
Barbara Barrick McKie has been fascinated with sewing, nature, and photography since high school. Her first original art quilt was created in 1971. In 1994, she created her first digital quilt and have been doing so ever since, printing her own fabric. Many of Barbara’s quilts are inspired by her trips around the world, and the animals and plants on her property. She photographs animals and nature, uses free-motion applique and quilting, and often uses trapunto & thread painting. Pictured: Machu Picchu Visitor (yes, this really is a quilt!).

Philadelphia Modern Quilt Guild
The Philadelphia Modern Quilt Guild is a chapter of the national, Modern Quilt Guild. Members share their love of modern quilting and activities focus on modern quilting aesthetics and techniques. According to The Modern Quilt Guild: “Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. Modern quilters work in different styles and define modern quilting in different ways. ‘Modern traditionalism’ or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often seen in modern quilting.”
This year’s exhibit includes examples chosen specifically to illustrate the range of activities we have orchestrated for our members over the last year or so. 
Contact us at phillymodernquiltguild@gmail.com or visit www.phillymodernquiltguild.com for more information (all quilters are welcome).

Pittsburgh Modern Quilt Guild Member’s Exhibit
The Pittsburgh Modern Quilt Guild serves members of the Greater Pittsburgh area. Our membership consists of a diverse group of about fifty women from all backgrounds and walks of life. Our meetings focus on sharing knowledge of modern quilting techniques, inspiration points, and skill building exercises. We also complete several collaborative projects throughout the year in support of local charities. This exhibit is a representative collection of quilts crafted by our members, both individually and collectively.

Put a Bird On It! - Beyond the Edge Fiber Artists
The Beyond the Edge Fiber Artists (beyondtheedgefiberartists.blogspot.com) are pleased to present their latest exhibit entitled “Put A Bird On It!” While the theme may conjure avian images in the mind of the viewer, the amazingly original art work provides an insight into each artist’s individual vision and their interpretations of the subject. The diversity of their dreams is truly a gift.

The QUILTBEAST exhibit is an art quilt chimera, showcasing the distinct signature styles of three California quilt artists, Phyllis Binkley, Marion Coleman, and Allyson Allen. The exhibit premiered at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, and features a variety of textile art techniques including bold, two-color portraits, exquisite thread painted landscapes, and dimensionally embellished pieces. 

Quilters Treasure Challenge 2017
The Challenge theme for 2017 is Going Green; entrants used the challenge fabric “Forever Irish” from Quilters Treasure. 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, Morgan Products, and Colonial Needle. Visit www.QuiltersTreasure.com for more information.

Rhapsody in Blue - Artrageous
Pat Hildebrand

These quilts were made by a group of artists in Columbia, Missouri known as Artrageous. We’re all different, but share being creative. The title Rhapsody in Blue was chosen because George Gershwin wrote it to represent different facets of America. Some suggested it is a series of songs strung together that can easily be broken up. This is how we see our quilts – elements of coordination but all different – appropriate displayed together or independently. Quilt pictured was created by Pat Hildebrand.

There is a Season - The Center Street Cotton Collective

In spring 2014 each of the 12 Collective members received a ready made vintage quilt block and challenged to make it into a finished 24” x 24” wall quilt depicting spring. On each equinox/solstice a different block was handed out until we had a series of 48 quilts, 12 for each season. Rules were simple: use as much as possible of the vintage block and use green somewhere visible. Look carefully, some blocks remain intact while others were taken apart and hidden all over. Spring: 7 1/2” Sailboat block on a pink background. Summer: 12” Carolina Lily block set on point, pink lilies in a black and white pot. Fall was an 8” Ohio Star block print fabric on a plain muslin and vivid orange background. Winter was a dark blue 7 1/2” Monkey Wrench block on a plain muslin background.

Urban Graffiti - Quilts on the Wall
LOW RES DavidCharity BeyondTheGraspofMany

Graffiti has evolved over the past generation from gangs, hostility and violence to its own unique art form seen in many venues in many cities.  It might be on bridges, underpasses, walls in center city as murals, paintings on trucks traveling our highways, even as tattoos.  QOTW presents a juried exhibition depicting the varied ways graffiti is part of our everyday lives in the 21st century. Pictured: Beyond the Grasp of Many by David Charity.

Varied Visions - Mt. Airy Quilters
We are a group of vibrant women in Northwest Philadelphia whose quilts are as varied as our life stories. Our goal is to  provide a friendly environment where all quilters – regardless of skill level or style of quilting – can join together to develop new skills, share expertise and experience the joy of being with others who love quilting. We welcome you to join us. You can find us on Facebook or ask to join our mailing list at MtAiryQuilters@gmail.com.

Water is Life: Clean Water & Its Impact on the Lives of Women & Girls Around the World
A Tree of Life by Lin Schiffner
Water is Life: Clean Water and Its Impact on the lives of Women and Girls Around the World is comprised of forty-one 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: A Tree of Life by Lin Schiffner.