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The End to Another Great Year in New Jersey!

Winners of the Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey,  April 26-29, 2018

The fourteenth year of the Quilt and Sewing Fest of New Jersey has officially come to a close. This year’s festival was enjoyed by all in attendance. With a great faculty, a large Merchants Mall with over 50 exhibitors, and quilts for everyone’s viewing pleasure, it’s no surprise it was so well received by the public!

Attendees from near and far came to the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center in Edison, New Jersey to witness the incredible works of quilters in the Tri-State area. The competition was fierce with over 60 extraordinary quilts entered in the annual Tri-State Competition.

Best of Show Sewing is Beleafing by Christine Wickert
Best of Show
Sewing is Beleafing
by Christine Wickert

The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey had a number of local guilds provide exhibits containing their members best work. These collections of quilts included those created by The Empire Quilters Guild, Jersey Shore Modern Quilt Guild, North Jersey Modern Quilt Guild, and NYC Metro Modern Quilters. Local quilters also presented one-person shows such as Edward Bostick’s Narratives, Tributes & Legacies of African Americans and A Quilter’s View of the U.S. by Deb Hathaway Hunter.

Residents of New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania entered their quilts into the competition hoping to win the prestigious Best of Show award. This year Christine Wickert’s hand pieced, hand appliqued, and hand quilted Sewing is Beleafing, was the official Best of Show quilt for the Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey.

Special Award Best of New Jersey Autumn Frames on Point by Phyllis Garnant
Special Award
Best of New Jersey
Autumn Frames on Point
by Phyllis Garnant

The second-place award went to The Halo Medallion, by Doris Prol, with Nancy Breland’s Ginkgos in Sunshine coming in third. Attendees were thrilled to see the special award, the Best of New Jersey quilt, go to Autumn Frames! This quilt was made by Middletown’s very own Phyllis Garnant.

All entries were judged by renowned instructor Bobbie Bergquist and certified appraiser Phyllis Twigg Hatcher. Each judge was also able to choose a quilt to award their Judge’s Choice ribbon to. Bergquist’s pick was Barbara Khan’s Enchanted Flowers, and Hatcher’s choice was Rachel Derstine’s Maples on Water.

Viewers' Choice Patima by Sarah Reindel
Viewers’ Choice
Patima
by Sarah Reindel

The quilt that stole the NJ show, however, was the Viewers’ Choice quilt. At the quilt festival, attendees have the opportunity to vote for their favorite quilt in the competition. On the last day, the votes were counted and the Viewers’ Choice ribbon was awarded to Sarah Reindel for her quilt Patima. To view all the winners in the 2018 Tri-State Quilt Competition click here.

Interested in entering a quilt in one of our quilt competitions? Our next show is at World Quilt New England in Manchester, New Hampshire where the distinguished World Quilt Competition will be held. Visit www.quiltfest.com to enter the competition. Your very own quilt could be hanging at our quilt festival!

Major Annual Sponsor Brother/Sew Jersey, Major Vendor Sponsors Baby LockElna Janome/Pocono Sew & VacBERNINAInnova/Olde City QuiltsPfaffAbove and BeyondHusqvarna VikingStony Brook Sew & Vac Superstores, and Silver Sponsors Gammill and Handi Quilter generously sponsored The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey.

World Quilt New England Offers All Inclusive Show & Hotel Package

Manchester, New Hampshire: August 16 – 18, 2018

Just as the ever-popular World Quilt New England (WQNE) will be back for the 16th year, so too will Mancuso Show Management’s official show and hotel package. When you join WQNE in Manchester this August, Thursday the 16th through Saturday the 18th, you have the chance to not only explore beautiful New Hampshire but also take advantage of the remarkable benefits of WQNE’s show & hotel package.

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Pictured: The Manchester Downtown Hotel (soon to be DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester).

This amazing offer continues to make traveling to the summer quilt festival accessible and carefree. Just like WQNE’s slogan, “You get here, we’ll do the rest…” suggests, World Quilt New England gives its show patrons the most convenient and affordable quilt festival experience.

With the package, World Quilt New England offers attendees a 3 or 4-night stay at the event’s official host hotel. Check-in to the Manchester Downtown Hotel (soon to be DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester) on Wednesday, August 15th or Thursday, August 16th. Complimentary breakfast coupons for each morning and courtesy hotel parking for one vehicle is also included. Then on Sunday, August 19th, check out so you can head home to start that newly inspired quilting project! *If interested in adding additional hotel nights, please contact our office at (215) 862-5828.

Patrons will also receive show pre-registration, a choice of one full-day Thursday, Friday or Saturday workshop (up to a $75 value) workshop taught by exceptional faculty, and access to the afternoon lecture with renowned instructor Esterita Austin Thursday at 4:30 pm. Also included is a favorite activity among attendees, you do not want to miss out on Friday’s World Quilt Panel & Forum Ice Cream Social at 4:30 pm! The Special Luncheon Presentation, facilitated this year by Laura Wasilowski on Saturday at 12:30 pm, is sure to make the all-inclusive experience all the more enjoyable!

The show opens each day at 10 am and closes at 5 pm, where with your pre-registration, you will be granted admission to the large Merchants Mall, filled with every kind of quilt and sewing product you could imagine. While inside, admire the stunning display of quilts including the exciting premiere of the 22nd World Quilt Competition and special exhibits.

Vacation with us in the city that booms in the summer; located in the heart of New England, you will fall in love with not only our astounding quilts but the charming city in which World Quilt New England is held. When you’re the largest city in the state, with dozens of fine dining and shopping options, it’s sure to be a destination for all. This lively city of New Hampshire has a plethora of entertainment, from theaters to museums to sports games, giving tourists something to see, do, and explore. Manchester seems to have something for everyone, so come experience it for yourself!

Major Sponsors Innova Longarm Systems / Old City Quilts, PfaffHusqvarna Viking / Nashua Sew & Vac and Silver Sponsors Gammill and Handi Quilter / Bits ‘n Pieces have generously sponsored the 2018 World Quilt New England. 

For complete show and hotel package details, visit: www.quiltfest.com. Click here for a printable Registration Form or please reference a copy of the form enclosed in the WQNE brochure. Book your stay in Manchester today!

The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey Opens Tomorrow at the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center

97 Sunfield Ave, Raritan Center, Edison, NJ 08837
April 26-29, 2018

Mancuso Show Management is excited to be introducing the fourteenth annual Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey tomorrow, April 26th. From Thursday to Sunday the quilt festival will be open to the public. Located at a new location this year, the show will be held at the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center in Edison, New Jersey. The facility is in the Raritan Center at 97 Sunfield Ave.

NJ-Convention-CenterFor those interested in exploring the Merchants Mall and viewing a beautiful display of over 400 quilts, wearable, and textile works, general admission is $13. This includes re-admittance and can be purchased on-site during show hours (Sunday only admission is $11). Accompanied children under the age of 16 are admitted for free. Interested in group rates? Discounts for groups of 20 or more can be arranged (call 215-862-5828 for more details). The show opens its doors promptly at 10 am and will close at 5 pm. On Sunday the show will close an hour earlier at 4 pm.

Anyone wanting to take a workshop or get a quilt appraised can do so at the festival’s registration desk. A registration fee of $20, that includes show admission, is required to sign up for any workshop. There are 10 instructors teaching 14 different workshops so you are sure to find a class you’ll like!

Be sure to bring a friend or two and enjoy a weekend at the Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey!

Major Annual Sponsor Brother/Sew Jersey, Major Vendor Sponsors Baby LockElnaJanome/Pocono Sew & Vac, BERNINAInnova/Olde City Quilts, Pfaff/ Above and Beyond, Husqvarna Viking/ Stony Brook Sew & Vac Superstores, and Silver Sponsors Gammill and Handi Quilter generously sponsor The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey.

For complete show details or to register online, please visit www.quiltfest.com.

Eti David Brings Cultural Lenses to WQNE Workshop

Talented Israeli Instructor and Quilter
to Travel to Manchester for Global Event

Pictured: International Instructor Eti David.
Pictured: International Instructor Eti David.

For the 16th annual World Quilt New England (WQNE) taking place at the Center of New Hampshire, attendees are anticipating so much more than fabric and thread. During the quilt festival, held from Thursday, August 16 to Saturday, August 18, eager students have the opportunity to further their quilting education. Individuals can sign up for workshops and be taught by a lineup of 12 wonderful instructors. This year World Quilt New England has the honor of hosting international instructor Eti David, a native of Ramat Hasharon, Israel.

Arriving with her quilts and fabric, she brings an entirely different perspective on the art of quilting. Not only can she impart her skill set and quilting knowledge, she will also offer a cultural lens to her students. This is the reason why World Quit New England, home to international quilts, is the perfect festival to have her participate in.

One Line Variation, WS #001 Thursday, August 16 9 AM – 4 PM
One Line Variation, WS #001
Thursday, August 16
9 AM – 4 PM

Since her beginnings in patchwork and quilting 40 years ago, Eti’s completely immersed herself into the quilting world. In 2005, she attended QSDS (Quilt Surface Design Symposium) one of the most comprehensive art conferences in the world. Here she learned more about fusing and was able to perfect her techniques. This trip would later change her attitude towards art quilts and help shape her current teaching methods.

Eti’s outlook on quilting continues to be inspired by daily life, particularly from the work of painters in her country, and from the simplicity and beauty of the nature around her. She uses commercial fabrics as well as her own hand dyed fabrics to create her quilt masterpieces. Her choices in fabrics helped her win the Hilary Morrow Fletcher Award, “Persistence Pays.” In this particular work titled “Orange Towers,” she practiced using only one fabric for the entire quilt.

Mikado, WS #002 Friday, August 17 9 AM – 4 PM
Mikado, WS #002
Friday, August 17
9 AM – 4 PM

Throughout the years she has partaken in numerous group and solo quilt exhibits in Israel, Europe, and the United States. Eti’s unique approach to quilting and her diverse cultural background is sure to present a new way of viewing the craft of quilting.

Eti will be teaching three full-day workshops each day from 9 am to 4 pm at WQNE. The first titledOne Line Variation will take place on Thursday and will explore the main principles of composition and how complete composition can be attained by the use of lines. In her second workshop Mikado, students will be creating a quilt that represents the Japanese tradition of sleeping on the floor by playing with lines, rhythm, and flow. This class will take place on Friday and her last class, Waves”, will be on Saturday. In this workshop, Eti will show students how to create an interesting and complex flow of waves in their quilt by utilizing an array of colors and shapes.

Waves, WS #003 Saturday, August 18 9 AM – 4 PM
Waves, WS #003
Saturday, August 18
9 AM – 4 PM

As well as an instructor for World Quilt New England, Eti is the official Israeli world quilt coordinator for the World Quilt Competition. From the Manchester venue, select U.S. winners and all international entries, including the ones coordinated by Eti David, will travel across the country to three other Mancuso Show Management quilt festivals in PA, CA, and FL. Eti David will also be the third panelist for the World Quilt Panel & Forum Ice Cream Social Friday at 4:30 pm.

Major Sponsors Innova Longarm Systems / Old City Quilts, PfaffHusqvarna Viking / Nashua Sew & Vac and Silver Sponsors Gammill and Handi Quilter / Bits ‘n Pieces have generously sponsored the 2018 World Quilt New England. 

For complete show details and to register online, please visit: www.quiltfest.com.

Educate Yourself on the Educators of World Quilt New England

Outstanding Faculty to Present Over Twenty Workshops During Quilt Festival

With the return of World Quilt New England (WQNE) to the Center of New Hampshire, comes new artistry, quilts, and instructors. Celebrating its 16th year in Manchester, Mancuso Show Management’s remarkable quilt festival is scheduled for this summer, Thursday, August 16 through Saturday, August 18. The show offers incredible workshops taught by some of the most extraordinary teachers in the industry.

Mancuso Show Management prides itself on providing instructors who can communicate to students the most innovative ideas, techniques, and methods in the quilting world. The aim, to have a collective faculty of talented, fresh innovators, has resonated positively among registrants. This year is no different.

For the summer of 2018, World Quilt New England is presenting an outstanding group of twelve men and women who will present over twenty different workshops and lectures. Some instructors travel the globe to be here with us, some a few states, and others a few towns over. All, however, bring to the table their own unique style and approach to quilting. If interested in participating in any of the available workshops, don’t wait to sign up! Click here to register. Here’s a peak of at the workshops available:

For those attending who live in the New England area, there are several instructors who live and teach in New Hampshire and Maine. If you haven’t been able to take a class with them yet, be sure to sign up! Nowhere else will you be able to get all these instructors in one place, at one time again!

David Sirota Card Trick, WS #013 Thursday, August 16 9 AM – 4 PM
David Sirota
Card Trick, WS #013
Thursday, August 16
9 AM – 4 PM

The only man on our instructor line up is the one and only David Sirota from the city of Manchester! In his Thursday workshop Card Trick, using the Sirota “No More Tears©” Paper Piecing Method, he has taken the mystery out of basic paper piecing. You’ll be crying tears of joy after learning the method that makes paper piecing done in half the time!

Another native of New Hampshire is Bobbie Bergquist who will be a judge for the competition in addition to instructing a half-day class on Thursday. The workshop, new for 2018, is titled How to Make a 2-Sided Quilt with Quilt As You Go. Learn Bobbie’s simple Quilt As You Go technique where you will learn how to create 2 sided blocks and join them together.

Cyndi Catt Intro to Needle Felting, WS #015 Thursday, August 16 1 PM – 4 PM
Cyndi Catt
Intro to Needle Felting, WS #016
Friday, August 17
1 PM – 4 PM

Fiber enthusiast Cyndi Catt is the last local from New Hampshire, who will be bringing the art of needle felting to the workshops! Anyone looking to learn the basics of needle felting and bring home a cute project of your choice (gnomes, sheep, trees, foxes, owls etc.) then this is the class for you!

Try something new and work on a longarm machine! One of our very talented longarm teachers for this year is Margaret Solomon Gunn. Her Thursday morning class, Dense & Danty Freehand Fills, introduces students to several creative background fills! Join Margaret in the afternoon for her Templates I workshop. This class is perfect for newer longarm users who are interested in learning template techniques and tips. The longarm workshop on Friday morning, Fearless Feathers, is for quilters who want to incorporate feathers into their quilting! By the end of her three half-day classes on Thursday and Friday, you will be a pro at using a Longarm machine. For those more interested in a design workshop, Margaret will also be offering her Creating a Masterpiece half-day workshop on Friday afternoon. During this class, she will be discussing the characteristics of quilts and what makes them true masterpieces! Students will then utilize Margaret’s suggestions and guidelines to create a quilting design for a top.

Judy Engime Let’s Try Something Different!, WS #020 Saturday, August 18 9 AM – 12 PM
Judy Engime
Let’s Try Something Different!, WS #021
Saturday, August 18
9 AM – 12 PM

Or learn the basics of the longarm machines in Judy Engime’s Friday afternoon half day workshop Let’s Get Started – Free Motion Focus or experiment with alternative textiles on the machines in her Saturday morning half day class Let’s Try Something Different! Let’s all be sure to take these Longarm workshops!

A judge, lecturer, and instructor, Esterita Austin is sure to be a presence at this summer’s festival. An internationally award-winning quilt maker and designer, she is well known for her portraiture and stone series as well as her mono printing techniques. Esterita will have three full-day workshops each day suited for all skill levels. Her Luminous Painted Illusions on Thursday and Iridescent Painted Irises on Saturday will both teach students an original technique that uses fusible web to transfer painted imagery to Organza using textile paints. Esterita’s Friday class Animal Portraits will be creating a fabric portrait with an emphasis on color and value. Her lecture, Inspirational Journeys, on Thursday at 4:30 pm will discuss the idea that we can find inspiration for art in the most unlikely places.

Barbara Dann Diamonds in the Sky, WS #008 Friday, August 17 9 AM – 4 PM
Barbara Dann
Diamonds in the Sky, WS #008
Friday, August 17
9 AM – 4 PM

Barbara Dann, an instructor who enjoys teaching techniques that make piecing easier, faster, and more accurate, will be presenting three full-day workshops. Her Thursday class Galaxy will have students making a quilt with the alternating block design. Then on Friday, she will be teaching how to make a quilt that uses corner beam blocks that give your masterpiece an alternating diamond illusion in Diamonds in the Sky. Her final class on Saturday, titled Love Links, involves learning how to make flying geese using the Wing Clipper tool. Barbara is also a panelist on Friday’s World Quilt Panel & Forum Ice Cream Social at 4:30 pm.

Lecturer, panelist, judge, and instructor Laura Wasilowski will present three classes. In Thursday’s full-day class, Another Nut House, students will learn fusing techniques, how to add hand embroidery, and finally how to bind an art quilt. Then, in the full day Friday class, Improvisational Hand Embroidery on Wool, learn to create a hand embroidered vignette on wool. Her Saturday half-day workshop, titled Tiny Homes, explores the techniques of fusing while creating a little house quilt. If you don’t have time to take Laura’s class, see her at Friday’s 4:30 pm World Quilt Panel & Forum Ice Cream Social. She will be discussing the quilting world and the direction of the industry with two other panelists. Then catch her luncheon lecture, about quilt making in a series, on Saturday at 12:30 pm.

Joyce Fischer Invisible Machine Applique, WS #016 Friday, August 17 9 AM – 12 PM
Joyce Fischer
Invisible Machine Applique, WS #017
Friday, August 17
9 AM – 12 PM

The official quilt appraiser for the show and an instructor on our faculty this year is Joyce Fischer from New York state. Her Friday half day workshop titled Invisible Machine Applique will teach an invisible machine applique technique where students will learn to prepare applique shapes and background fabric, how to apply prepared shapes, and finally how the technique will give a look of hand applique when applied. Come learn these new skills to make a masterpiece all your own!

Don’t be intimidated by Michele Galloway’s Scared Silly! workshop. The class which is for all skill levels will have you combining color and embroidery with the Crayola Color Tinting technique. Done with hand embroidery, students will leave this Saturday half-day workshop with a fall themed wall quilt.

Erin Underwood Free Motion Machine Quilting, WS #018 Saturday, August 18 9 AM – 4 PM
Erin Underwood
Free Motion Machine Quilting, WS #019
Saturday, August 18
9 AM – 4 PM

Looking to learn the tricks that make machine quilting easier? Erin Underwood has all the answers for you in her Saturday full day workshop Free Motion Machine Quilting. Students will practice border patterns, sashing ideas, and fillers for all that empty white space. You won’t want to miss out on this class!

The international instructor on this year’s faculty is Eti David, from Israel. With 40 years of quilting experience, Eti will be teaching three full-day workshops. She will also be on the panel for the World Quilt Panel & Forum Ice Cream Social on Friday at 4:30 pm. Her Thursday class, One Line Variation, will examine the principles of composition with an emphasis on lines. Mikado, her Friday class will work with lines, rhythm, and flow while creating a quilt that represents the Japanese tradition of sleeping on the floor. Her last workshop on Saturday, Waves, teaches students how to create a flow of waves by combining curvy lines while using various colors and shapes.

This incredible lineup will have you leaving World Quilt New England with a new method or technique that will be helpful when working toward your next quilting project. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn from the best!

Major Sponsors Innova Longarm Systems / Old City Quilts, PfaffHusqvarna Viking / Nashua Sew & Vac and Silver Sponsors Gammill and Handi Quilter / Bits ‘n Pieces have generously sponsored the 2018 World Quilt New England.

For complete show details and to register online, please visit: www.quiltfest.com.

The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey

NEW VENUE / NEW DATES

The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey Takes Center Stage
at the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center
Edison, New Jersey ~ April 26-29, 2018

Mancuso Show Management is excited to announce that The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey is moving to a wonderful new venue with late April show dates. The New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center in Edison, NJ is the new host venue for this always popular event to be held April 26-29, 2018. Serving New Jersey, Pennsylvania, the New York metropolitan and southern New England areas, this remarkable event provides the stage for a unique collection of quilt, wearable and textile art, along with a fabulous Merchants Mall featuring merchandise for all your quilt making and sewing needs! Also available on the Quilt & Sewing Fest agenda are inspiring workshops. Join us for another year of amazing quilting, wonderful shopping and exceptional learning!

The Quilt Fest of New Jersey features fifteen special exhibits plus the entries to the juried and judged Tri-State Quilt Competition showcasing an array of quilts created by residents of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. These talented regional quilt artists will display a superb collection of artwork while competing for prizes. In addition, visitors to the Quilt Fest will not want to miss the special exhibit starring the beautiful award-winning quilts of the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival XXIX. Enjoy the beauty created by some of your fellow quilt artists; you’ll leave inspired to create your own masterpiece.

A wide range of workshops and lectures for beginners as well as for the more advanced quilt artist will be offered throughout the festival. Any quilt or textile art enthusiast who is interested in learning new techniques can learn from an exceptional faculty including Sarah Bond, Joyce Hughes, Jessica Skultety, David Sirota, Bobbie Bergquist, Debora Konchinsky, Lisa White Reber, Erin Underwood and longarm instructors Lisa Calle and Judy Engime. In addition, Certified Appraiser Phyllis Twigg Hatcher will be on-site to provide appraisals of traditional, modern and non-traditional quilts as well as woven coverlets.

Major Annual Sponsor Brother/Sew Jersey, and Sponsors Baby Lock-Elna-Handi Quilter/Pocono Sew & Vac, BERNINA-Innova/Olde City Quilts, Gammill/Threads Run Thru It and Janome/American Sew & Vac, generously sponsor The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey.

For complete Quilt Fest details, please visit www.quiltfest.com.

Yes, this is a quilt!
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Tuscany by Donald Gough
2017 Tri-State Competition
at The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey,

 

 

 

 

World Quilt New England: A Look Back on the Years

Manchester, New Hampshire: August 16 – 18, 2018

As we approach the 16th year of World Quilt New England (WQNE) this August, Mancuso Show Management is reflecting on the many years hosted at Manchester’s Center of New Hampshire. World Quilt New England, which was originally named World Quilt Show: On Tour, has morphed and changed drastically in the 16 years since first opening in the city of Manchester.

Before settling in Manchester in 2003, the international event began on the West Coast in Pasadena, California in 1997. Known then as the World Quilt Show: On Tour, the exhibit traveled across the country for the next five years. The international quilts were displayed in Lansing, MI, Winston-Salem, NC, Greensboro, NC, Grand Rapids, MI, and Columbus, OH, until finding its final home in New Hampshire.

In 2003, the festival’s name was officially changed to World Quilt New England and exclusively premiered at the Center of New Hampshire by 2006. To this day, WQNE has returned year after year to Manchester where it continues to be the perfect location for this spectacular event.

Throughout the years we have developed ideas and improved activities to remain a progressive influence in the show industry. For Mancuso Show Management 2010 was a pinnacle summer for the direction of World Quilt New England. It was at this festival that we redesigned our activities and overall look of the event to further engage and entertain attendees.

World Quilt Panel & Forum Ice Cream Social Pictured: A delicious sundae created by attendee & the instructor panelists for forum.
World Quilt Panel & Forum Ice Cream Social
Pictured: A delicious sundae created by an attendee & the instructor panelists for the forum.

That year, WQNE added an Ice Cream Social to the long-standing World Quilt Panel & Forum, making the experience not only educational but fun! The new Special Luncheon Presentation gave registrants the opportunity to interact with instructors in a more intimate setting than in the classroom. This activity continues to be a favorite among attendees, who learn more about the instructors while enjoying a delicious meal.

This was also the year World Quilt New England introduced the all-inclusive show & hotel package. By making this available, Mancuso Show Management transformed this event into not just a quilt festival, but a wonderful vacation getaway for many quilt enthusiasts. It’s the ultimate place to purchase fabric, patterns, sewing machines, batting, needles, thread etc., or to simply learn a new quilting skill or technique.

Best of Country 2017: South Africa “The Blooming Mosaic” by The Village Quilters Guild
Best of Country 2017: South Africa
“The Blooming Mosaic” by The Village Quilters Guild

To this day the most excitement originates from the acclaimed World Quilt Competition now in its 22nd year. With entries coming in from across the globe it is easy to get excited about this spectacular global event! Being the largest international quilt competition to date, it really is at the center of it all for quilt, wearable, and textile art.

The response from the public has been a positive one, with people traveling near and far to catch a glance of the World Quilt Competition. While a trip around the world would take months, WQNE brings quilts from across the globe to people’s doorstep. Making its initial appearance at the Manchester venue where the entries are juried and a “Best of World” winner selected, attendees are the first in the U.S. to view the new display of world quilts.

Over the years World Quilt New England has provided it attendees with hundreds of different exhibitors and showcased the largest display of international quilts in one facility. In the last 22 years, the World Quilt Competition has had 15 countries participate in the competition. These countries include Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States.

Best of Country 2017: Israel “In the Garden of Nuts” by Tamar Rimon Hemeli
Best of Country 2017: Israel
“In the Garden of Nuts” by Tamar Rimon Hemeli

What really ties this entire show together is the international quilt competition. The number of years the World Quilt Competition has been touring speaks volumes. It all comes back to the quilts and the creative inspiration each provokes. Behind every piece of art is a story. No matter where the quilt comes from or what culture it represents, people are able to look beyond the diverse artistry and appreciate the cohesive collection created by talented quilters.

Thanks to the sponsors over the years this competition receives international recognition and participation. Major sponsors Innova Longarm Systems / Old City Quilts, Pfaff Husqvarna Viking / Nashua Sew & Vac and silver sponsors Gammill and Handi Quilter / Bits ‘n Pieces have generously sponsored the 2018 World Quilt New England.

You don’t want to miss out on this year’s 16th annual celebration of World Quilt New England, at the Center of New Hampshire. It will be the best one yet!

For complete show details and to register online, visit: quiltfest.com.

WQNE Returns to Manchester

World Quilt New England Returns to Manchester with Spectacular Global Event:
Mancuso Show Management Presents the World Quilt Competition XXII

 

Mancuso Show Management is proud to announce World Quilt New England (WQNE) will be returning for its 16th year in Manchester, NH. Held at the Center of New Hampshire, this show continues to be at the center of it all for quilt, wearable and textile arts. The three-day quilt festival, taking place on Thursday, August 16 through Saturday, August 18 opens its doors each day at 10 am and closes at 5 pm. This unique festival allows quilt and sewing enthusiasts to appreciate the amazing artistry of textile artists from around the globe, providing a source of inspiration and a means to express new ideas.

Best of World 2017 "Eye Remember" by Maria Ferri Cousins & S.B. Walsh, USA
Best of World 2017
“Eye Remember” by Maria Ferri Cousins & S.B. Walsh, USA

Come behold beautifully crafted quilts, with the main attraction being entries to the 22nd World Quilt Competition. Making its debut at the Manchester venue, the entries will be judged and the highly sought after “Best of World” title will be awarded. Attendees will have the opportunity to be the first in the U.S. to view the new display of 2018 World Quilts.

The World Quilt Competition, which includes select U.S. winners and all international entries, will then travel across the United States to Mancuso Show Management’s shows in Pennsylvania, California, and Florida. At World Quilt New England, there will be over 400 quilts from 10 countries, making this show one of the most exciting on the east coast.

Discover the fun and enlightening activities, lectures, and workshops offered, including a special luncheon presentation hosted by Laura Wasilowski. Titled “Where did I go wrong? Confessions of a serial quilter”, hear her interpretation of quilt making in a series while enjoying a delicious meal. Back for another year is the World Quilt Panel & Forum Ice Cream Social. Dive into the quilt conversation with fellow quilters, after a moderated led discussion by World Quilt instructors. While at the festival you are sure to find activities, you’ll want to take part in!

After immersing yourself in the culture and creative minds of others, pick up some supplies for your next project! This year’s festival has anything you’d ever need. Our exceptional Merchants Mall includes rows of exhibitors from across the country, providing booths full of fabric, thread, thimbles, patterns, sewing machines, etc. In the weeks leading up to World Quilt New England, be sure to visit our website for the full list of vendors participating in the quilt festival!

Now that you have the supplies, come learn a new skill or two! We are sure to have the perfect class for you. The lineup of talented instructors makes for an incredible faculty who will present techniques and methods that you can effectively use in upcoming quilting projects. Classes of all skill level are provided, ranging from novice registrants to the most experienced quilter.

Teachers for WQNE will include: Eti David (Israel), Esterita Austin (NY), Barbara Dann (PA), Laura Wasilowski (IL), David Sirota (NH), Bobbie Bergquist (NH), Cyndi Catt (NH), Joyce Fischer (NY), Michelle Galloway (PA), Erin Underwood (MD), and Longarm Instructors Judy Engime (NJ) and Margaret Solomon Gunn (ME). Joyce is also the show’s official certified quilt appraiser, who will be offering appraisals, by appointment all days of the event.

Don’t miss out on our all-inclusive show and hotel package! It continues to be a favorite among quilt show registrants because of its easy and cost-effective way to enjoy all World Quilt New England has to offer.

Major sponsor Innova Longarm Quilting Systems and sponsors Gammill and Handi Quilter have generously sponsored World Quilt New England.

For complete show details and to register online, please visit: quiltfest.com.

NJ Competition Entry Deadline


The Entry Deadline for
the Tri-State Quilt Competition
at The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey is
MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2018

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New Venue ~ New Dates
 New Jersey, New York & Pennsylvania Quilt Artists
Compete for Best of Show
at the 2018 Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey


The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey
will take place at the event’s new venue, the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center in Edison, New Jersey April 26-29, 2018. Like a fine art show, the Quilt Fest features outstanding quilts hanging on display in fantastic exhibitions. Included is an impressive showcase of some of the region’s most talented quilt and textile artists – the entries to the juried and judged Tri-State Quilt Competition. This show is a wonderful opportunity for quilters to experience the diversity and creativity of their fellow enthusiasts, and to be both awed and inspired.

The Tri-State Quilt Competition highlights quilts and textile art created by residents of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. These regional artists will represent their quilt and textile communities with a stunning collection of artwork while competing for prizes. Those attending the Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite competition quilt to win the prestigious Viewer’s Choice Award. For those who love anything quilted, this spectacular display will satisfy that creative craving.

Major Annual Sponsor Brother/Sew Jersey, and Sponsors Baby Lock-Elna-Handi Quilter/Pocono Sew & Vac, BERNINA-Innova/Olde City Quilts, Gammill/Threads Run Thru It and Janome/American Sew & Vac, generously sponsor The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey.

For complete Quilt Fest and Competition Entry details, please visit www.quiltfest.com.

Yes, this is a quilt!
Renee Fleuranges Valdes_Shades of Misty
Shades of Misty by Renee Fleuranges-Valdes
Entry in the 2017 Tri-State Competition at The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey

New Venue / New Dates for New Jersey Quilt Fest

The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey Moves to the
New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center

 Raritan Center, Edison, New Jersey
April 26-29, 2018

 Mancuso Show Management has announced that The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey is moving to the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center, 97 Sunfield Avenue, Raritan Center, Edison, NJ. The dates for the fourteenth annual Quilt Fest will be April 26-29, 2018.

NJCEC
The New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center is located in the geographic heart of the Northeast,  and is adjacent to the confluence of I-95 (The NJ Turnpike), I-287, The Garden State Parkway, and US Routes 1, 9, and 35. Just 15 minutes south of Newark Liberty Airport, 40 minutes south of Midtown Manhattan and 60 minutes from Northeast Philadelphia, it is also convenient to all major transportation centers with public transportation available from New York City provided by AMTRAK to both New Brunswick and Islen/Metropark. This easy accessibility makes the Exposition Center ideal for our event.

Area Map-NJ Expo Center
Show Management has also announced the Hilton Garden Inn – HiltonGardenInnEdison/Raritan Center as the Quilt Fest’s host hotel. Located just one mile from the Exposition center, the Inn features sophisticated accommodations, friendly service and a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. Shuttle service between the Hilton Garden and the Expo Center will be provided during show hours by request. A special rate of $119 plus tax is offered to Quilt & Sewing Fest participants. The group rate reservation deadline is April 9, 2018; please call (732) 225-0900 for reservations.

“The late April dates are perfect to bring people out to this easy to reach location in Edison,” states David Mancuso, president of Mancuso Show Management that is based in New Hope, PA. The Hilton Garden Inn located just one mile from the Exposition Center, with shuttle service to the Expo Center, also makes it great for a weekend getaway.”

For complete Quilt Fest details, please visit www.quiltfest.com.