3/6/2014 - 3/9/2014
Somerset, New Jersey
Award Winning Quilts
of the 2014 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 that are on display year after year at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival. This year, we thought we’d share the ribbon winners, including the "Best of Show" quilt, with The Quilt Fest of New Jersey attendees 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. Perhaps, you’ll even enter next year’s M-AQF Competition!
All Tucked Up
Quilts by Jennie Rayment - England
Marvel over Jennie Rayment’s innovative and ingenious designs featuring many of her novel and intriguingly different and highly individual techniques. From embellishment and manipulation, origami and geometry, abstract and formal, this is material magic! Although Jennie often creates in simple muslin, this display features several colored pieces from various books. Come and see a little fabric fiddling - it’s fast, fun and Oh sew easy!
A is for Appliqué:
Quilts of the Baltimore Appliqué Society
The Baltimore Appliqué Society, founded in 1993, was established to preserve the tradition of the Baltimore Album quilts of 1842 to 1862. Members seek to promote the art of appliqué and to assist in the preservation and historical documentation of these quilts. This collection demonstrates the outstanding artistry of its members. We continue to recreate the antique patterns, using measurements, colors, and fabric that are similar to the Baltimore Beauties. However, in this collection we also show appliqué designs that demonstrate a contemporary use of fabric and design.
Patches and Pieces Quilt Club
For the Patches and Pieces Quilt Club of Lynchburg, Virginia’s 2013 challenge, each participant drew four crayons from a bag. They colored those four onto two index cards, keeping one and giving one to the coordinators of the challenge. Only four fabrics of those four colors could be used. Thread for thread painting or quilting could be any color, but could not exceed 20% of the design. Embellishments could be yarn, ribbon, rick-rack, beads, or anything except fabric and could be any color, but also could not exceed 20% of the design. If fabric embellishments were used, they could only be of the same four fabrics as the main quilt top. Size was up to the quilter. We think the results are very colorful!
Color Wheel of Emotions
Cultures universally associate colors with emotions using them to describe a mood or express a feeling. Anthropologists and businesses alike hypothesize about the role colors play within a community and how to anticipate a reaction. In contemporary society a person may be feeling blue or turn green with envy. Red is often associated with strength while yellow is a happy color. These works were designed to convey a sense of emotion or feeling expressed by the artists. Curated by Carol R. Eaton, Studio Arts Quilt Associates.
Cool Classic Rides
Teresa Shippy’s inspiration for Cool Classic Rides is her love for vintage. She remembers the cars we all used to drive as kids. Some were hand me downs, however we never thought that was the case. We were always excited to get behind the wheel of the next slightly used ride. This collection has been created from her cut-up quilts, leftover fabric painted pieces, vintage men’s ties, and wool scraps.
Delphinium Field presented by Artistic Expressions
The gorgeous Delphinium flower is the subject of the Delphinium Field exhibit. Delphiniums are tall, stately plants with showy flowers and branching spikes. We think of these as blue and purple plants, but Delphiniums may have blue, red, or yellow flowers. Delphinium Field is a display of the fabulous Delphinium flower represented in each artist’s chosen color and style. The art quilts are 18" wide by 28" high in portrait orientation. To learn more about Artistic Expressions and the artists please visit our blog at 5artisticexpressions.blogspot.com/.
Gee’s Bend Revisited - Two Decades Later
In 1993, a photograph of a quilter and her granddaughter standing in front of two quilts, led to over a dozen major museum exhibits, a Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper article, countless books, and a series of U.S. postage stamps. So why are there still so many avid quilters who know little or nothing about the quilts and quilters of Gee’s Bend, Alabama? Possibly because while they were highly sought after by art collectors, they were dismissed and down-played by the influential national quilt community at large. These replicas by master African American quilter Allyson Allen offer us another look at some of those quilts.
The Graffiti Challenge
Artrageous FibreArt 2014 Challenge
In October 2012, our fiber art group printed our own fabric using acrylic paints and stamps, stencils and other found marking tools. We had the fabric reproduced and printed at Spoonflower. Each member received a fat quarter of this fabric and was challenged to make a 24" art quilt. Visit artrageousfibreart.blogspot.com.
The Hoffman Challenge
Since 1988, the Hoffman Challenge has been a premiere traveling quilt, clothing and doll collection. The Quilts are chosen for their creative use of the chosen fabric including prize winners from the pieced, appliquéd and mixed techniques categories. The Clothing shows the versatility of the stitchers who made a variety of garments from simple to elegant to artistic. The Doll Makers asked to be recognized in the 5th year of the Challenge. Notice the artistic way the challenge fabric is a part of the doll or its clothing.
Let’s Vogue! - Playing Outside the Block
Each fall, Vogue Magazine publishes a super-sized 900+ page issue, chock full of visual things wild, odd and wonderful. It is nothing short of spectacular. Members of Playing Outside the Block in Fairfax, VA were challenged to choose a page of the magazine as inspiration to create an 18" x 24" piece of fiber art. Take a look at the original page from Vogue and see how it was interpreted as an art quilt.
Modern Quilts of the Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild
Modern quilting has different definitions, but the quilts are primarily functional and are inspired by modern design. Some design elements you will see often are lots of negative space, asymmetry, alternate grid layout, bold colors, use of solid fabric, improvisational piecing (including seams that aren’t always straight or even) and minimalism. Traditional quilt desigsn are also used and updated for a modern look. The Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild has members of all levels of quilting experience and these quilts represent a overview of some of the types of modern quilts that we challenge ourselves to make. Please visit our blog to learn more: www.centraljerseymqg.blogspot.com.
Mountains to Sea Trail
ArtBee of the Durham-Orange Quilt Guild
The Mountains-to-Sea Trail stretches almost 1000 miles across North Carolina from the Appalachian Mountains to the Atlantic. It winds its way across North Carolina through ancient mountains and small Piedmont farms, coastal swamps and colonial towns, changing textile villages and barrier islands. Each panel of this quilt depicts a different place along the Mountains to Sea Trail from Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains to Jockey’s Ridge on the Outer Banks.
Pretty Planet: Fiber Artists Coalition
Pretty Planet is an exhibit of art quilts inspired by the beauty of the earth. Members of the Fiber Artists Coalition find inspiration in the environment, the people, and the joy of living in a wonderful world. Whether firmly planted in the soil or soaring through the sky, their art absorbs and reflects this pretty planet.
Quilters Treasure Challenge 2014
The winning entries of Quilters Treasure’s 10th Annual Challenge are announced at Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival. The theme was "A Treat for the Eye" and entrants were to use the challenge fabric "Berries ‘n Cream" from the Quilters Treasure line of fabric. A Wearable Art category was added in 2006. Sponsors for this challenge included Singer Sewing Machine, Hobbs Bonded Fibers, Quilters Rule, Barb’s Original, YLI Thread and Morgan Products. Quilters Treasure 11th Challenge was announced January 1, 2014. Visit www.QuiltersTreasure.com for details and an entry form.
Retrospective Tour of the Signature Art Quilters
The Signature Art Quilters have been together for almost 20 years. At the time the group started, the term “art quilt” was not really recognized as serious quilting. We had trouble finding people who would join us. We painted, we stamped, we beaded, we dyed our own fabric and, in the beginning, we were dismissed. Well, the quilt world has drastically changed and now the “art quilt” has taken its rightful place at shows and in the market place. As in so many instances, the group has run its course and this is our final Mancuso show tour. We are grateful for the opportunity that Mancuso Show Management has provided us for these many years. We wish you, the viewer, happy quilting!
Sew to Speak
Arlington Chapter, Quilters Unlimited of Northern Virginia
More than a dozen members of the Arlington chapter of Quilters Unlimited of Northern Virginia accepted the 2012 "Sew to Speak" challenge to make a quilt that interprets an idiom. An idiom is a figure of speech. It’s a phrase whose common meaning differs from a literal interpretation of the words. The challenge was to illustrate an idiom literally or figuratively through piecing, appliqué or embellishments. Ideally, the visual interpretation would be amusing or offer food for thought.
Solar Sister Challenge Exhibit - Quilt for Change
Organized by Quilt for Change (ww.quiltforchange.com), this challenge exhibit showcases the work of Rhode Island-based non-profit Solar Sister (www.solarsister.org), which helps women start small businesses selling solar energy products within their communities in Africa. Thanks to these efforts, children are able to study at night, mothers can care for their families and run small businesses from home, and communities can provide basic health care and other services. These 22 quilts debuted at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Quilt for Change hopes this exhibit will inspire quilt guilds to use the proceeds of their raffle quilts to sponsor a "Solar Sister Entrepreneur" and help her become an environmentally-responsible businesswoman.