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Delights of Texture, Fiber and Color: a Pictorial Romp Through the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival (Pt 1)

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Calamari Time by Karlyn Bue Lohrenz, Judges' Choice, Innovative quilts by Meryl Ann Butler

The 22nd annual Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival was held Feb. 24-27 in Hampton, VA, and drew over 10,000 people.


Detail, Subject to Change by Penny M Mezzano. Traditional category by Meryl Ann Butler

The 2010 Quilting in America Survey by http://www.quilts.com reports that there are more than 21 million quilters in the U.S., averaging 1.3 per household. The estimated total dollar value of the quilting industry is $3.58 billion.


Flowers by Kaffe by Shelly Duncan by Photo credit Meryl Ann Butler

With over 100,000 square feet of exhibit space, and more than 150 vendors, festival attendees had plenty to do in addition to viewing the 22 special exhibits filled with over 500 quilts, textile art, and wearable art. Over $24,000 in prizes were awarded at the show.


Booths like Tabitha Fabrics sold patterns, books and fabrics. by Photo credit Meryl Ann Butler

Quilting has come a long way from the carefully hand stitched floral scraps of yesteryear, and contemporary quilts have entered the world of mixed media art.

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Little Peace In 2 4 U by Martha C Hall, Best Use of Color/ Innovative by Photo credit Meryl Ann Butler

Little Peace In 2 4 U by Martha C. Hall of Vernon, NJ, won for Best Use of Color/ Innovative.


Chromatic Transitions by Rachel Wetzler by Photo Credit Meryl Ann Butler

Chromatic Transitions by Rachel Wetzler, St Charles, IL, won Honorable Mention in Traditional category.


Ladies of the Sea by Ruth Flood & Kelley Cunningham by Photo Credit Meryl Ann Butler

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Ladies of the Sea by Ruth Flood & Kelley Cunningham, won 2nd Place in the Traditional category.


Ladies of the Sea by Ruth Flood & Kelley Cunningham, Detail by Photo credit Meryl Ann Butler


Bee's Knees by Patty Estey by Photo credit Meryl Ann Butler

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)
 

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