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Special Exhibits

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

World Quilt Competition XXII: On Tour
See the exciting international entries of the 2018 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 Gammill, Handi Quilter, Innova and Mancuso Show Management. PIctured from the 2017 Competition: The Blooming Mosaic by the Village Quilters Guild, South Africa.

2018 Applique Design Challenge Quilts

Sue Pelland Designs organized an Appliqué Design Challenge to encourage creativity while using the Sue Pelland’s Rotary Cut Appliqué templates. The challenge was to create an original quilt design using appliqué elements that can be cut with Leaves Galore and/or Hearts and More templates. A 30” x 30” finished quilt gave quilters space to create their own design with appliqué elements made with Sue Pelland Designs tools. All designers started with one of four Kaffe Fassett’s Cameo panels. The oval center of the panel was required to stay intact on the quilt top. Quilts were judged on the best use of the Rotary Cut Appliqué shapes and the best overall design.

Cancer Moonshot Ribbon Quilt - Coordinated by Robyn Pettingill 
Cancer MoonshotInspired by possibility of medical advancements into Cancer research and the announcement of the Cancer Moonshot  initiative, I coordinated a community quilt project to show support and bring about awareness of this massive undertaking. The resulting quilt is a massive quilt 380 feet long and 10 inches high, the same length of the Saturn V rocket, which launched the astronauts to the moon. People have contributed from around the globe, in hope and in remembrance of those that have been diagnosed with cancer. 




Color Challenge 2018 – ARTrageous
ColorChallenge ArtrageousARTrageous Fiber Artists is a group of women from Missouri who meet monthly to explore 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. Pictured: In Awe of Water by Pat Hilderbrand.



Comic Book IconsComic Book Icons of Color - Quilts by Allyson Allen
The Green Lantern, Storm, Black Panther, Spawn, Falcon, and Blade are just a few of the superheroes who didn’t come from Krypton. Marvel, D.C. Comics, and Anime all have their own crime fighting characters who don’t look like Bruce Wayne. Here are just a dozen of the most popular. Pictured: Black Panther by Allyson Allen.





Cool Classic Rides 3 – Textile Art by Teresa Shippy
1960 Convertible Cadillac with a 1961 Shasta Airflyte. CCR3 2018Thrilled to be back for my 3rd “Cool Classic Rides,” this collection incorporates trains and planes in addition to a new variety of cool classics. 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 which debuted in 2013. The 2016 collection of vintage rides (CCR2) included different makes and models and were larger pieces of work with unique embellishments. 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.

Drips and Splatters – Quilts on the Wall
DripsSplatters Dripping in Red by Linda Stone

What makes this exhibit exciting is that the theme, Drips and Splatters, can be expressed as the subject of the quilt or as a technique used to create the work of art. Examples of Drips and Splatters as subject matter are many as they occur everywhere. They can be a result of carelessness, as of the coffee sloshing over the side of a cup, sloppy painting, cooking, washing or spilling. They often occur if one is in a hurry or not paying attention. They occur in nature: a little boy jumping through puddles, splashing as he goes, or rain drops falling, or blood splatter. Examples of Drips and Splatters as process or technique are many also. Some examples are to drip or splatter paint, dye, various kinds of fibers, beads, small pieces of fabric, etc. on the background to create the effect. The possibilities are limitless. Pictured: Dripping in Red by Linda Stone


HERstory Quilts: Celebration of Strong Women
HERstoryYou studied history. Come and view HERstory. Throughout history women struggled to have a voice and we got it in the USA in 1920, the right to vote. Let’s celebrate the amazing things that women everywhere have accomplished since then. We all have women that we admire who are courageous, intelligent and ground-breakers. This exhibit, by artists from seven countries, includes tributes to women well known to us, as well as those who worked behind the scenes. These quilts celebrate strong women who cracked glass ceilings and those who made discoveries. Women who shook the world by breaking into fields previously reserved for men are commemorated, as are those who were the first to do something before any man. Art quilts honor athletes, authors, artists, aviators and astronauts, business leaders, educators, entertainers, mathematicians, scientists, writers, and world leaders.




The Hoffman Challenge – Shine On!:  Quilts, Clothing & Accessories
The Hoffman Challenge hits The Big 3-0! To celebrate, Hoffman Fabrics designed Shine On!, a digital-print line bursting with diamonds to symbolize this special anniversary and to honor quilters and sewists. Challenge participants will put their creative and technical skills to the test, polishing their diamond-in-the-rough ideas to make sparkling projects – all under pressure!

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. This year we are including a display of a fun quilt challenge using the colors of our guild logo. The quilts are all using the same colors, just different interpretations.

Naturally Occurring – Quilts on the Wall
WEB GumptionQuilt by Christine Castano
The theme of Naturally Occurring brings to mind the beauties of nature. We strive to be inspired by what nature, in its rawest form, has created, unaffected by man’s interference. To occur naturally is to arise from a place of beginning. Moving water carves hard rocks into sloping. Autumn leaves change colors. A woman described as a “natural beauty” is one whose original features have not been altered by make-up. A tide pool changes shape and colors with the wave’s movement. The tornado shapes a path with objects it scatters through the power of wind. A diamond is created from the compression of rock. The beauty of life occurs without human intervention. What occurs naturally ... a simple flower, the sculptured rock formed by a sand storm, the movement of a wild horse running on the plains … is what inspires artists. Pictured: Gumption Quilt by Christine Castano

A New Twist on the Little Black Dress

Quilters show us their threads! Celebrate the fashion and imagination of the iconic little black dress. Quilts reflect where artists wore their little black dress, where they would like to wear their little black dress, what adventures await while wearing their little black dress, or what fabrics their favorite little black dress was made from. Quilts pictured: Take Me Away by Karen Musgrave, The Dress by Sue Bleiweiss,  and The Dresses I Used to Wear by Laurie McCown. Mary Walter, Guest Curator.

Old Glory Quilt Exhibit
Old Glory

Old Glory was born when red white and blue vintage quilt tops were finished by longarm quilters who share a military connection. The quilters received the top, backing and the instructions, “quilt as desired.” They donated their time and talent. We chose to work with “forgotten” tops - the ones that were damaged, unfinished, ill made or unremarkable. These tops were not destined to be completed, enjoyed or treasured. What we now share is pure magic! The exhibit was created to promote the Quilts of Valor program. We choose to focus on our patriotic heritage and further serve the military family that we have been fortunate to be a part of. When they are done traveling, the quilts will be auctioned to raise funds for Quilts of Valor. Pictured: All Squared Up and Proudly Serving. Curated by Mary Kerr.

The Philadelphia Modern Quilt Guild
The Philadelphia Modern Quilt Guild (Philly MQG) is a chapter of a national organization, The Modern Quilt Guild. Members  meet to 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.” Contact us at phillymodernquiltguild@gmail.com or visit www.phillymodernquiltguild.com for more information.


The Polygon Affair - Quilts by Gyleen Fitzgerald
ColorKnot GyleenFCome fall in love with Polygons! The shapes interlock and combine like an endless puzzle expanding the geometry in quilt making. Pyramids, Diamonds, Cones, Hexagons, Kites or Houses what’s not to love with Polygons? Traditional, Contemporary or Modern the polygon shapes never fail to play together. Journey with Gyleen for The Polygon Affair. Pictured: Color Knots by Gyleen Fitzgerald.



Quilters of the Round Table Quilts

As an outgrowth of the First African American Quilters Conference held in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Quilters of the Round Table (QRT) adopted the North Star block and the motto “Each One, Teach One” as symbols of its commitment to promote the contributions of African Americans to the quilting art form. QRT goals are to create, stimulate, maintain and record all matters pertaining to the making, collecting and preservation of quilts. In addition, the Guild’s purpose is to establish and promote educational endeavors through quilting by and for African Americans.

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, Morgan Products, and Colonial Needle. Visit www.QuiltersTreasure.com for more information.



Song Quilts – Eliza Jones
The “Song Quilts” project visually interprets folk music from the American South and the Russian Arctic. Eliza Hardy Jones spent the last year traveling across the United States and Northwest Russia interviewing women, and gathering their songs. From these field recordings, she created transcriptions of the folk songs shared with her and transformed them into quilts. Jones developed a notation method that translates pitch into color and rhythm into shape. The quilt notations are direct transcriptions of each woman's song. The result is a synesthetic meditation on the power of women's voices and folk traditions across diverse peoples. The Song Quilts celebrate the contributions of “women’s work” to national identity and global culture, and challenge audiences to revisit their own conceptions of fine art and folk art, the visual arts and music, and the people who create them.


Telephone Challenge - Courthouse Quilters of Flemington NJ
The "Telephone Challenge" is based on the children's game of passing a phase down a line and seeing how it changed by the last person who revealed the final phase. Each group member made a 9" x 12" quilt of their choice, placed the quilt in an unsealed envelope and passed it on to the next member who took inspiration from the passed on quilt and made another quilt using something from the quilt given to them. The inspiration quilt (previous maker's quilt) was sealed and the second quilt made and passed on to the third person on month three to get their inspiration. Each month only one quilt was visible to each person on the rotation schedule and they made a new quilt to pass on to inspire the next month's quilt, sealing the previous month's quilt. At the end of the challenge we all had made 9 quilts, all inspired by another in the group quilt. We made a background to attach all nine quilts in order of receipt so that all nine quilts could be viewed.  The results of the challenge are stunning and tell a story in their progression.  


Threads of Resistance – The Artist Circle

The Artist Circle presents “Threads of Resistance,” an exhibition protesting the Trump administration’s actions and policies. We believe we have a duty as citizens of this country to shine light into dark places. We feel we must stand to preserve the good in America and speak against oppression and corruption, hatred and lies. As symbols of comfort and healing, our quilts let the fearful know they are not alone and inspire us to be greater and braver than we think we are. "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Twisted: Modern Quilts with a Vintage Twist
Twisted Wonky Star

Many projects from yesteryear were left unfinished and are perfect additions to new quilt compilations. This exciting exhibit focuses on the incorporation of vintage textiles into a modern quilt aesthetic. Scraps of vintage blocks and unfinished tops have been recycled to create new innovative quilts. These vintage pieces begged to be offered a second chance. Now they get to be shared in a new and different way … serving as a bridge between the past and the future. This exhibit features 21 Modern Quilts using 21 different vintage textiles that have been quilted by 23 talented modern quilters. Enjoy! Curated by Mary Kerr.




Under Scrutiny – Stretching Art & Tradition 19
Pick a subject: an idea, a plant, a belief, a pattern, an insect, and examine it in great detail. Enlarge, drill down, zoom in! Entrants were challenged to create a quilt using a technique of their choice to examine their subject. As always, the curators challenged participants to honor SAT’s origins by identifying an area or technique of fiber arts that you would like to explore and incorporate that in your piece. If you would like to join SAT, please join our Yahoo group!

Under the Sea – Mason Dixon Quilt Professional Network

Under the Sea depicts underwater fun, fish, skeletons, pollution, underwater vents and mythical creatures! Various close-up vignettes are pictured in 15 quilts each measuring 18” x 24”. The quilt professionals who contributed to this exhibit include five quilt book authors with eleven books among them, two quilt shop/quilt business owners, 6 professional quilt teachers and three professional quilt judges. Several of our members have held various offices in national quilt organizations. Roughly a third of our members have partnerships with fabric manufactures, thread companies and notion companies.

Whaddaya Mean Red and Turquoise Don’t Go Together?
Quilts by David Sirota
Almost Michael David SirotaI’ve long been fascinated by simple, two-color quilts. Sometimes they are illusion quilts and sometimes not. But to me they strip the art of quilt making down to its basic foundation, leaving just the two colors and the pattern to make the statement. And it’s simply those two colors that can make or break the quilt. But why red and turquoise? An old friend, Michael Haykin, who’s an incredibly gifted fine artist, was the inspiration for this collection. He was working in acrylics when we were buddies back in the previous century, and I’d watch him use red and turquoise/teal together. I found the combination mesmerizing and all these years later I still do. I have searched for just-the-right red and just-the-right teal fabrics to recreate some of my favorite two-color quilts a-la-Haykin. OK, then why the striped fabric?  Because I’m obsessed with it. Pictured: Almost Michael



Wings – Quilts on the Wall
WEB Flying Geese of Course by Janet Lane TranbargerIf I had wings, I'd fly up to heaven.
I'd look down from the clouds, on everything
then I could find all the things we've been missin'.
I would have all the answers, if I had wings.
                                                                    ~ Darius C. Rucker
The textile artist approaches a theme challenge to express their personal style with the emotion attached to the theme. “Wings” can be ethereal such as a structure with which gods, angels, or demons, are provided use to fly. Or, the term can be utilitarian and literal: an arm of a human being, a means or instrument of flight, travel, or progress. Wings are movement …They are winging to the coast or a bird on the wing. To be under one's wing, under one's protection, care, or patronage comes from the mother bird protecting her young. Or, maybe the artist will just wing it … improvise. Pictured: Flying Geese, of Course by Janet Lane-Tranbarger.