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


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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.


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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.


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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 of Vernon, NJ, won for Best Use of Color/ Innovative.


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


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


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Bee's Knees by Patty Estey of Montgomery Village, MD featured hand dyed fabrics and a heavily beaded flower center.


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Three wall quilts show a variety of contemporary techniques.

Left: Streamlines by Beth Gilbert of Buffalo Grove, IL, has a focus on bold color and design.

Center front: Going Green or Not by Lois Griffith of Forest, VA, is a woven wreath-like piece that is designed to be seen from both sides. It incorporates open holes in the trellis, and hangs from a realistic-looking fabric log.

Right: In the Spotlight by Renee Fleuranges-Valdes of Mt Vernon, NY, features a silhouetted figure against a warm, glowing background.



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Les fleurs de printemps wearable art ensemble by Rami Kim of Rocklin CA, won the Best in Show ribbon for Wearable Art. It is embellished with 3-dimensional North American hand smocking, mirror image continuous prairie points, a woven piece with folded fabrics, and crystal beads.

 


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Journey by Susan Van Swearingen of Oviedo, FL, used Cherrywood hand dyed fabrics. Embroidered words on the back are original digitized, appliqued and embroidered.

 

 


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The exhibit, "Orange & Back: A collection of Antique Quilts and Recent Work by Pepper Cory" compared and contrasted antique quilts in Cory's collection with the quilts they inspired her to make.

This pair show appliqued and reverse appliqued quilts. On the left is   Prairie Flower (c. 1940) and on the right is Cory's "Dakota Flower,"   (quilted by Julie Mullin) which Cory calls "retro applique."


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My Gal Sal by Jennifer June, was a memorial to her beagle, Sally.

The festival included booths and exhibits with related fiber arts and embellishing products.


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The Williamsburg Spinners and Weavers offered demonstrations and an opportunity for attendees to try their hand at spinning and weaving.

New products were available in many booths.


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Alpaca yarns at the Mangham Wool & Mohair Farm booth.   (Charlottesville VA)


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And you never know what you'll find at a quilt show! Heat things up with the naughty ironing board cover, you'll never put off ironing again. Available in "Richard," as shown, to make any homemaker happy.   Or select the bikini-clad, hourglass-figured Jordan, a great way to get the hubby excited about ironing.

 

For info on a schedule of quilt shows across the U.S. see http://www.quilterstravelcompanion.com/showmaps/showsusa.html

 

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