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The 25th annual Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival (MAQF), the largest quilt event on the Eastern Seaboard, will be held February 27 - March 2, 2014, in Hampton, Virginia.  Exhibits will include entries to the annual Quilt and Wearable Arts Competitions showcasing regional, national, and international  artists. The event also features 27 teachers offering dozens of classes as well as 150 vendors, and demonstrations on the exhibit floor of traditional rug hooking, beading, spinning and weaving, and quilting.

Quilt entries compete in Traditional, Innovative and Wall Quilt Categories as well as for the "Best of Show" title, with over $17,500 in prizes. Event attendees can participate by voting in the Viewers Choice Awards - if they are able to choose one they like best!

Images shown here of quilts from the 2013 MAQF show offer a "patchwork" look at the exciting kind of artwork which event-goers can expect to see in the upcoming show. The 2014 show will feature over 500 quilts and garments.

As quilts evolve into greater acceptance as a fine art medium, more and more pictorial quilts are featuring the human figure, showing the combination of traditional art skills with textile techniques.  

Windblown by Maria Elkins. by Maria Elkins

Windblown (25" x 39") by Maria Elkins of Beavercreek, OH, took first place in the 2013 Wall Quilt category. Her original design was hand painted and machine quilted. Maria says, "My goal for this portrait was to merge a contemporary art quilt with traditional quilt elements. I did this by using a traditional feather motif in an innovative way in order to suggest strong winds blowing across a stormy sky. I continued with a hint of feather motif in her hair to relate the figure to the background. In the sky, I also included the outline of a traditional quilt block called, "Windblown Star.'" Maria hosts the Lost Quilt Come Home website.

The Peaceful Ones by Denise Tallon Havlan by Denise Tallon Havlan

The Peaceful Ones (62" x 60") by Denise Tallon Havlan, Plainfield, IL, took 2nd Place, in the Innovative Quilts category.

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Human Beauty, by Sandy Curran by Sandy Curran

Sandy Curran of Newport News, VA, specializes in figurative quilts.  "Human Beauty" (32" x 35" ) was her entry in the 2013 show.

Carousel Stampede by Cathy Wiggins by Cathy Wiggins

Animal-related subjects are always popular at the quilt shows, and Carousel Stampede, (67" x 96"), an original design by Cathy Wiggins of Macon, NC, won Best of Show in 2013. It was painted on a large piece of cloth, then stitched.

Carousel Stampede, detail. Cathy Wiggins, Macon NC. by Cathy Wiggins
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Spirit. by Georgia Spaulding Pierce by Georgia Spaulding Pierce

In "Spirit" (88" x 100"),  Georgia Spaulding Pierce of Seattle, WA  portrays  a group of Northwest Coast Native American animal imagery .

Spirit by Georgia Spaulding Pierce (detail) by Georgia Spaulding Pierce

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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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Great stuff. I put up a Facebook link. Thanks. ... by Robert McNary on Monday, Feb 24, 2014 at 10:26:48 PM
Thanks Robert, glad you liked it! ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 11:13:32 AM
Awesome!Thank you. ... by Charles Roll on Monday, Feb 24, 2014 at 10:31:40 PM
You are very welcome, Charles! I think we need lot... by Meryl Ann Butler on Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 11:14:31 AM
Sooooo beautiful all--creation enjoyed and adored... by Cynthia Piano on Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 11:12:01 AM
Thanks Cynthia! I am on my way up to this show thi... by Meryl Ann Butler on Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 11:15:05 AM
WOW! That's some incredible art! Thank you for sha... by Gail Davis on Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 11:41:09 AM
Thanks Gail! Glad you liked it - thanks for your c... by Meryl Ann Butler on Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 5:17:55 PM
it's great to finally see "crafts" such as quilti... by b. sadie bailey on Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 5:45:01 PM
Thank you b. sadie, I'm glad you enjoyed the grea... by Meryl Ann Butler on Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 6:22:42 PM
Yes, I feel that what was termed as "craft" is no... by Cynthia Piano on Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 at 9:44:50 AM
This was a wonderful article full of great copy a... by Joan Brunwasser on Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 7:24:36 PM
Thanks, Joni! If your weather gets too cold just c... by Meryl Ann Butler on Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 at 12:53:15 AM
Good luck Meryl Ann.  I'm looking forward to ... by Amy Schreiner on Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 8:11:09 PM
Thanks, Amy, I'm lad you liked my piece! &nb... by Meryl Ann Butler on Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 8:43:16 PM
mind-boggling eye-candy.  I am astounded. &nb... by Lise Stoessel on Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 9:09:58 PM
Thanks, Lise! Actually the "Om" quilt is in THIS y... by Meryl Ann Butler on Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 9:19:11 PM
OK, for y'all who have asked: I won a blue ribbon ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 7:57:22 PM
Congratulations, this is so exciting!  First ... by Amy Schreiner on Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 10:18:44 PM
Thanks, Amy! The show has lots of amazing quilts ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Friday, Feb 28, 2014 at 2:17:08 AM