Red, White and Beautiful: Exhibit Committee Update

Hope you were able to catch our “RED, WHITE and BEAUTIFUL” exhibit at the Mancuso World Quilt Show-FL. Didn’t you love it? And the location couldn’t have been better! We received so many fabulous comments from the attendees--And from Mr. Mancuso and his staff including in an e-mail “the Red and white quilts are SPECTACULAR! We often don’t say that as we see thousands of quilts annually and it takes something really special to make us gush.”

After receiving this, we were on a high. Then the Friday afternoon of the Show, we received another e-mail from Mancuso, saying that: “Everyone is so impressed with your Guild’s exhibit that we can’t let go of it. We are having a special Quiltfest of New Jersey next year, February 28-March 3rd. So, we are looking for the best of the best in exhibits. The Show is in Somerset NJ which is close to NYC and the home of the other great Red and White quilt Exhibit. (the one that inspired our challenge) We would like to invite RWB to be in the show. We think it might possibly over shadow the special instructors/lecturers—Kaffe Fassett and Liza Lucy. Exciting yes? We would really Love to have this exhibit in NJ and in 2013.”

So the next stop on our “RED, WHITE AND BEAUTIFUL” Challenge exhibit is QuiltFest of New Jersey. When Louise and I kicked off this challenge over a year ago, we indicated that we hoped to have it travel to other locations for exhibition. But who knew that before we even began to put any additional exhibit proposals together that we would receive such a wildly enthusiastic invitation and---from a key player in the World of Quilt Shows. Its success is because everyone in the Guild so fully embraced this Challenge and the participants made such creative and wonderful quilts. You all should be very proud.

At the Nov. Guild meeting, the Northcott prizes were awarded. We had 641 total Viewers’ Choice votes during the 3 day show—the winner was Sandi Pike’s “Peppermint Twist” quilt. She won the Northcott $200.00 Cash Award which was presented to her by Johanna Felberbaum, StitchCraft Sewing as Northcott’s local representative. (Photo) And – the winner of the drawing for Northcott’s 103 Rainbow of Solid Color Fat Quarters was Jean DeFrances (Photo).

In addition to thanking all of the members and participants, Louise and I would like to give a very big THANK YOU to the following individuals who helped us continuously throughout this Challenge to make it such a big success: Ellen Anderman, Natalie Abderhalden, Raine Cavallo, Tammie Clarke, Marlys Cordis(and hubby Michael), Jean DeFrances, Rita Dubow, Toby Gluckstern, Nita Goldman, Barbara Hahl, Colette Kassal, Dotty Levine, Liz Locke, Louise’s family, Victoria Magnacca, Charlotte Noll, Carol Pelligrinelli, Susan Rowe(and son Tom), Carol Stoltenberg, and our President Lani Miller for her unwavering support.

Happy New Year from Marianne Haycook and Louise Moor!