Saturday, April 20, 2024

The Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival returns to the Hampton Roads Convention Center

Got Milkweed by Kimi Madorsky (From the Chrysalis Collection of the Monarch Cherrywood Challenge Exhibit)

HAMPTON — The Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival returns Feb. 28 through March 3 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center for crafters, quilters, and everyone in between.

This marks the 35th year for the oldest quilt festival on the Eastern Seaboard, according to the Hampton Convention and Visitor Bureau.

The event, launched by Mancuso Show Management, started out as a small festival at the Brandywine Racetrack in Wilmington, Delaware, before moving to Williamsburg the following year.

“We’re thrilled that we’re celebrating 35 years with the quilting community here in Virginia. Our journey continues. And, as we all know, it’s all about the journey,” said Mancuso Show Management Owner and President David Mancuso.

There are several highlights quilters and sewing enthusiasts won’t want to miss at the upcoming festival. There will be more than 1,000 quilts, wearables, and textile works of art in competitions and special exhibits.

An internationally renowned faculty will present a variety of workshops and lectures. The Golden Thimble Needlework Guild and the James River & Shockoe Slip Rug Hookers will offer demos on the show floor.

She Embodied the Land by Liz Schneiders. (From the exhibit Georgia O’Keefe Visited presented by the Fiber & Art Stitch Collective) 

In addition, the festival will feature a fun game night with Quilt-O, as well as a fashion show presented by Rachel D.K. Clar. The Quilt Festival Merchants Mall will showcase fabrics, notions, machines, wearable art and more.

This year’s quilt competition, themed “Reflection,” asked entrants to reflect on the positive times and the joyfulness of their years of quilting.

Competition entries will show the artists’ representations of their creativity. In addition, the Quilt Festival will feature a Modern Category in the quilt competition, themed “Mid-Century Mod.”

Guests can also explore the Wearable Art Competition to find unique full ensembles, vest, jacket, and coat entries on display.

For complete Quilt Festival details, including workshop and lecture information, visit quiltfest.com.

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