Award Winning Quilts
of the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival
The best part about beauty is that it comes in so many forms. These amazing quilts represent the talent and artistry displayed at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival. We’re sharing some of the winners with you because nothing could be better than having more quilts at a quilt show. Enjoy the beauty created by some of your fellow quilt artists. You’ll leave inspired to create your own masterpiece, and perhaps even enter next year’s M-AQF Competition!
Attitudes – Fiber Art by Eileen Wintemute
This exhibit was inspired by those who give us Attitude! I admit there are times when a little less attitude would be welcome, but mostly displays of attitude make 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! Pictured: The Krew by Eileen Wintemute.
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 support the preservation of quilts, textiles and documents in 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 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: Spiky Nautilus by Karon Huggler.
Cool Classic Rides 3 – Textile Art by Teresa Shippy
Thrilled 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. Pictured: Chevrolet Bel Air (back end).
The Empire Quilters Guild
For 33 years, Empire Quilters Guild (empirequilters.net) has been home to a wide array of quilting trends and members in metropolitan NYC. EQG offers quilters of all levels, styles, and methods a place to learn, to contribute, and to create.
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.
Jersey Shore Modern Quilt Guild
This 8-year young group of modern and traditional quilters shares techniques, news, and the love of quilting. Philanthropic endeavors include (but are not limited to) place mats for Meals on Wheels, lap quilts for seniors/shut-ins, and others in need. Many of our members participate in Quilts of Valor, providing quilts for veterans and returning service men and women. We are an active friendly group with varied interests and tastes. Our monthly meetings provide encouragement, camaraderie, inspiration, and instruction. We are quilters helping quilters … and spreading warmth wherever we can. Guild meetings are from 7:00-9:00 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month in Colts Neck, NJ at the Colts Neck Reformed Church. Visitors and new members are gleefully accepted. Visit www.jerseyshoremqg.com for details.
Modern Quilts by Members of the North Jersey 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, but several characteristics often appear which help identify a modern quilt. These include, but are not limited to the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work. “Modern traditionalism” or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often represented. We welcome quilters of all styles and skill levels, ages and backgrounds. Come sew with us! Visit njmqg.com to learn more about our growing guild.
Narratives, Tributes & Legacies of African Americans:
Quilts by Edward Bostick
To keep vital facets of American history alive, it is important to retell stories of achievement. This retelling is especially important for African American heroes and heroines, relating their achievements, accomplishments, and their contributions in strengthening 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.
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 of. Mary Walter, Guest Curator. Quilt shown by Quilt by Jill Kerttula.
NYC Metro Modern Quilters Guild
The NYC Metro Modern Quilters Guild was created by Victoria Findlay Wolfe in early 2010 to offer a place for quilters to connect and create. We support all styles of quilting, and our mission is to develop and promote the art of modern quilting through cooperation, education, and community. We are pleased to participate in the Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey and offer for exhibit a variety of quilts that demonstrate the creative inspiration of our members and represent different quilting styles. Among the quilts to be shown will be a surprise group quilt, one we are still in the process of creating. And it will be fun and improvisational!
Quilters Treasure 14th Annual Challenge
The 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. Visit www.QuiltersTreasure.com for more information.
A Quilter’s View of the US - Deb Hathaway Hunter
Most people pack a camera when vacationing, I pack needles and thread. Seeking out local quilt shops during my travels across the United States, I gather fabric that reminds me of the area I am visiting... then quilt my own souvenir. Some are made all by hand, while others by machine when I return home, but ALL are reminders of how wonderful and diverse this country really is.
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 – The 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.
Water is Life – Quilt for Change/American Exchange Rome
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 highlights the crucial need for access to clean water for women and their families. 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.