The 2016 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton, Virginia is now a fond memory for quilters. This show is held each year during the last week of February by the Mancuso Brothers and always showcases wonderful talent. With over 160 vendors it is one of the largest quilt shows and quilters attend from all around the world to partcipate.
Classes and lectures are available from national teachers and there are many special exhibits. Pictured below are some of my favorite winners and exhibits.
The 2016 Best of Show was awarded to Melissa Sobotka for her Silk Road Sampler.
Yes! All those pillows are actually a quilt! Silk Road Sampler is a long arm quilted original design.
The First Place Ribbon in the Innovative Category was awarded to Molly Y Hamilton-McNally for her quilt Moonflower. Moonflower is an orignal hand appliquéd design with longarm quilting.
Elizabeth Frolet received a blue ribbon for Best Use of Embellishments and also received the Viewers Choice award for Elizabeth’s Garden: A tale of a thousand threads. While taking the photo I heard a viewer exclaim, it’s a family tree!
Margaret Solomon Gunn took the Second Place Traditional Ribbon for her quilt Springtime in the Geisha’s Garden. She machine pieced and hand appliquéd her original design. The long arm quilting is freehand.
Celtic Fox is Kathy McNeil’s hand appliquéd and machine quilted original design. Kathy was awarded the Second Place Ribbon in the Innovative category.
The following quilts were in the Just for Fun exhibit by Cathy Wiggins:
While most of us may not be ready to paint a quilt, look at Cathy’s incredible quilting. This definitely should be added to our Scrapbook of Quilting Designs.
Carousel Stampede is a painted quilt on white muslin with over 5,000 crystals.
Sea Mates was one of the first whole cloth painted pictorial wholecloth quilts to enter the show circuit.
A recipe for Three Witches Wrinkle Lotion. We are always looking for new recipes, aren’t we?
So I hope you enjoyed my review of the show and hope to see you in Hampton February 23-26, 2017 if not before. My next review will be in May when I get back from Paducah. Happy Quilting!