Special Exhibits

8/14/2014 - 8/17/2014
Manchester, New Hampshire


Compelled - A Canadian Landscape Portrait: Anna Hergert, Canada     This small exhibition features selected quilts and fiber collage by Anna Hergert. The realistic imagery captures Canada’s diversity from British Columbia’s West Coast to the country’s most eastern point at Cape Spear, Newfoundland.

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.

Broad Changes: Women of Social Justice    

This exhibit features 22 original artworks from an international fiber artist group, Fiber Artists for Hope. The word “broad” is a feisty reference to women; when combined with “changes,” it implies a double meaning, since broad can mean big. This term used in our title aligns with the definition from Womanwords, A Dictionary of Words about Women (1985) by feminist Jane Mills, where she defines broad as “as woman who is liberal, tolerant, unconfined and not limited or narrow in scope.” Pictured: "Mother Jones" by Sherry Boram. 
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.      

Crossing the Line: Artists at Work (CLAW)    

Art Can’t Hurt You deals with social issues and shows that a piece of art can give you food for thought, we can also disagree and no one gets hurt. Rewriting Art History celebrates women artists throughout history who are not well known but made incredible art. Created by CLAW (Crossing the Line: Artists at Work), a group of artists from across the United States who answered Karen Musgrave’s call to create meaningful art dealing with women and social justice issues. Left: "Debit Crisis" by Vivien Zepf, from Art Can’t Hurt You.


Flower Gardens:
Cabin Branch & Stonehouse Quilters    
e’ve all walked by gardens that were things of beauty in color and form and thought about taking a picture. This year we’re using our talents with fabric and thread to create a picture of our “Flower Gardens.”  But not everybody thinks “flowers” when they think “garden,” so expect some quilts that are outside the flower box. Quilters have used paint, beads, yarns, buttons and other embellishments that fit their vision. Techniques include piecing, appliqué and paper-piecing. Since this year is the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival as well as the Cabin Branch Quilt Guild, we added another element: each quilt must have silver somewhere in the design. The silver might be beads, paint, fabric with silver accents or anything else that fits the requirement. So look for the silver when you view our beautiful “Flower Gardens.”          
Gee’s Bend Revisited - Two Decades Later  
In 1993, a photograph of a quilter 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 quilters of Gee’s Bend, Alabama? Possibly because while they were highly sought after by art collectors, they were dismissed by the national quilt community at large. These replicas by master African American quilter Allyson Allen offer us another look at some of those quilts.


Glorious Quilts

Glorious Quilts in Glorious Color by friends and fans of Kaffe Fassett and Liza Prior Lucy. These quilts are all made from patterns by Kaffe Fassett and Liza Prior Lucy or made from fabrics designed by the Kaffe Fassett Collective.


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 fifth year of the Challenge. Notice the artistic way the challenge fabric is a part of the doll or its clothing.

I ♥ New England!

or You know you’re a New Englander when…         
New England is, after all, a state of mind! So whether it’s the seasons (summer, almost winter, winter, still winter), mountains, lakes, people or potholes that inspire you, let your imagination run wild! This exhibit is from SAQA New Englanders about life here, either real or imagined.  From abstract to pictorial, come see what we really think!    
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.
Out of the Crayon Box     

Rachel Clark presents a celebration of color, using a box of crayons as inspiration to explore the range of a color. “You know that brand new box of eight crayons we all got at the beginning of the school year … I always thought getting that brand new box of crayons was such a special event.” Each of the crayons is represented by  coats and accessories commemorating its color. Rachel began this project seven years ago. “It is finished!”  
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! 
Solar Sister Challenge Exhibit - Quilt for Change    
Organized by Quilt for Change (quiltforchange.com), this challenge showcases the work of Rhode Island-based non-profit Solar Sister (solarsister.org) that helps African women start small businesses selling solar energy products in their communities. Thanks to this, children can study at night, mothers can care for their families and run small businesses, and communities can provide basic health care. These quilts debuted  at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Quilt for Change hopes this exhibit will inspire guilds to use the proceeds from raffle quilts to sponsor a “Solar Sister Entrepreneur” and help her become an environmentally-responsible businesswoman.


Quilters Treasure Challenge     
The winning entries of Quilters Treasure’s 10th Annual Challenge were 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 to the Challenge in 2006. Sponsors for this challenge included Singer Sewing Machine, Hobbs Bonded Fibers, Quilters Rule, Barb’s Original, YLI Thread and Morgan Products. The eleventh annual Quilters Treasure Challenge was announced January 1, 2014. Please visit www.QuiltersTreasure.com for details and an entry form. 




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*Quilts pictured above:
top row: "California Chardonnay" by Jan Rashid, "Gathering Baskets" by Margret Strauchman, "Life Goes On" by Irene MacWilliam
bottom row: "Technique Rebellion II Redux" by Melody Johnson, "Cape Primrose" by Barbra Barrick McKie, "Breadfruit in Blue Hawaii" by Connie Ayers