Quilt Shows, Exhibits and Contests of interest in the Northeast... and beyond!

2020 Quilt Exhibits -
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December 3, 2019 – February 13, 2020

Pat Delaney’s quilts are renowned for their vibrant colors, intricate details and complex patterns.Her work has won numerous awards and recognition from every major quilt organization in the United States.Among these are Best of Show at AQS QuiltWeek in Des Moines, Iowa (2013) and a First Place award at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas (2011).

Delaney began sewing when she was five years old by creating doll clothes.A graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, she completed a rigorous program of study in fashion design, in addition to numerous courses in color theory and drawing.She has been creating quilts for nearly 20 years. Delaney not only enjoys creating her own designs, but also focuses on teaching these skills to other quilt makers

On loan from the Burchfield Penney Arts Center, Buffalo, New York.
January 7- April 4, 2020

The New England Quilt Museum is proud to feature the works of Jennifer Regan (1934 – 2016), who created more than one hundred story quilts or “stitched narratives” that incorporate storytelling and representational imagery. One of Regan’s earliest and most profound inspirations was Harriet Powers, former slave and maker of the extraordinary Pictorial Quilt, 1898. Regan writes, “I felt I had found my artistic mother. The total freedom of her imaginings, her love of animals, myths, especially the Creation, inspired me.”

Regan’s stitched narratives originated to cope with personal loss, but over time they expanded beyond her emotional explorations to incorporate a multitude of influences and purposes. Her artworks intertwine the Italian Renaissance, Freudian psychology, pop culture, religion and poetry to explore her changing role in society. Many stitched narratives reveal Regan’s sense of humor through their playful imagery and language. When her artworks dealt with socio-political subject matter, she sometimes called them her “subversive stitchery.”

Regan created many pieces depicting Boston, Massachusetts, and often paid homage to post-impressionists like Matisse, Rousseau, and Seurat. She explored different compositional structures in her work, such as a series of Greek vessels, Roman-inspired shrines, or utilizing Renaissance styles to depict contemporary subject matter. A prominent recurring motif in many of her works address concepts of home, and the loss of home. The 57 stitched narratives selected for this exhibition explore the tension between life’s dualities--triumph and tragedy, mourning and celebration, death and rebirth--as a reminder that all these experiences can exist simultaneously throughout the feminine experience.

February 11 – April 25, 2020

Hollis Chatelain is an internationally recognized and award-winning artist specializing in textile painting. This exhibition is the artist’s personal interpretation of everyday life in West Africa.Having lived in this part of the world for twelve years, her approach is one of observation and respect. Chatelain’s choice of medium relates to her background and the culture she encountered. Her use of textiles conveys the warmth of this society. The quilting becomes the heart and soul of the people and is the key to her interpretation.

The fifteen art quilts in this exhibition portray the rich African culture and the strong sense of community and family unity. The background of each quilt is inspired by the beautiful and decorative fabrics, which are omnipresent in West Africa. Individual signage tells a short story about each textile piece, inviting the viewer to learn more about the people, traditions, and textiles of West Africa.

2020 Quilt Shows

February 20-23, QuiltConn, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX, https://www.quiltcon.com/about-quiltcon

February 26-29 Daytona Beach, FL, https://www.quiltweek.com/

February 27-March 1, Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, Hampton, VA, Mancuso Show Management, https://www.quiltfest.com/upcoming-shows-and-events/

March 21-22, Brooklyn Quilts, Industry City, Factory Floor, Building #1, (Enter through Courtyard on 2nd Ave. between 36th and 37th St.), Parking Available /Handicapped Accessible,  https://www.quiltbrooklyn.org/quilt-show-1

March 25-28, AQS Quiltweek, Lancaster-Downtown, PA, https://www.quiltweek.com/

March 25-28, Lancaster Quilt Show, Doubletree Willow Valley Resort, https://www.thelancasterquiltshow.com/

April 4-5, Empire Quiltfest, Diamonds and Daffodils, QUILT North, Shenendehowa High School East, on the Shen campus at 970 Route 146, Clifton Park, NY,  https://quiltnorth.wordpress.com/empire-quiltfest/

April 22-25, AQS Quiltweek, Paducah, Kentucky, https://www.quiltweek.com/

April 25-26, Up Up and Away Quilt Show, Long Island Quilters Society, Bishop Molloy Recreation Center, Point Lookout, NY, http://www.liqs.org/information.htm

April 30-May 2, QuiltFest, Greenville, SC, Mancuso Show Management, https://www.quiltfest.com/upcoming-shows-and-events/

May 2-3, A World of Quilts XLI, Northern Star Quilters Guild, O’Neill Ctr, Westconn University,  Danbury, CT, https://www.northernstarquilters.com/

May 29, 30, 31 Quilters Unlimited, Goes to the Zoo, 47th Quilt Show, Dulles Expo Center,  4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA 20151, https://quiltersunlimited.org/quilt-show/

June 24-27, Vermont Quilt Festival, Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, VT, https://www.vqf.org/home/

July 23-25, Maine Quilts, Augusta Civic Center, Augusta Maine, https://mainequilts.org/quilt_show/

August 5-7. AQS Quiltweek, Lancaster-The Nook, PA,  https://www.quiltweek.com/

August 13-15, World Quilt New England, Springfield, MA, Mancuso Show Management, https://www.quiltfest.com/upcoming-shows-and-events/

August 19-22, AQS Quiltweek, Grand Rapids, Michigan, https://www.quiltweek.com/

September 9-13, American Quilt Study Group Seminar, Harrisonburg, VA, https://americanquiltstudygroup.org/seminar/

September 17-20, Pennsylvania Quilt Extravaganza, Oaks, PA, Mancuso Show Management, https://www.quiltfest.com/upcoming-shows-and-events/

September 30- October 2, AQS Quiltweek, Charlestown, SC, https://www.quiltweek.com/

October 15-18, Pacific International Quilt Fest, Santa Clara, CA, Mancuso Show Management, https://www.quiltfest.com/upcoming-shows-and-events/

November 18-21, The Quilt & Sewing Fest, Edison, NJ, Mancuso Show Management, https://www.quiltfest.com/upcoming-shows-and-events/


Quilters Will Take Manhattan Again in 2020!

ASHEVILLE, NC, September 30, 2019 -  The nonprofit Quilt Alliance announces the return of their signature event, Quilters Take Manhattan in 2020. Every September from 2011-2017, quilt world stars like Marianne Fons, Denyse Schmidt, Jennifer Chiaverini, Hollis Chatelain, Amy Butler, Ricky Tims, Sherri Lynn Woods and others have shared their stories at the Quilters Take Manhattan event to support our cause. 

The 8th Quilters Take Manhattan event will be held September 25-27, 2020, again at the Fashion Institute of Technology in the heart of New York City's Garment District.

Tickets to the QTM Main Event on Saturday, September 26 will include a full program of speakers, all-day access to our first QTM Quilt Exhibition and to the vendors area.


Our Main Event program in FIT's Haft Auditorium will include key lectures by Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi, Julie Silber and John M. (Jack) Walsh III, as well as a panel discussion with quiltmakers, curators and collectors. 

The QTM Quilt Exhibition, featuring visually and historically exceptional quilts loaned by private collectors and artists, will be on display for the entire three-day weekend in the FIT Great Hall.  Individual tickets will be on sale for the exhibition and other add-on events offered during the weekend.


Add-on events offered during the QTM weekend will include museum tours, walking tours of the Garment District and a Broadway outing, with more to be added.


Sponsorship, advertising and vending opportunities will be posted on the Quilt Alliance website by November 1, 2019, and pre-sale of discounted tickets will be offered to Quilt Alliance members by March 2, 2020. Ticket sales to the public will open on March 16, 2020.


Event news will be shared on the Quilt Alliance website and the Quilters Take Manhattan Facebook Page.

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