Quilters Take Manhattan

September 06, 2016



Welcome to the Quilt Alliance Blog hop!  

I have been on the board of the Quilt Alliance since 2011! WOW! Time flies!!!  Can I share a secret with you?  The Quilt Alliance pulled me out of my shell...


I have always been a shy person. I loved blogging because it kept me behind a computer screen, where I didn't really have to talk to anyone face to face!  I know you don't believe me, but please do.

I've come a long way. 


When I first was acquainted with the Quilt Alliance, I offered up my home to host the After Dark Party of the event.  They said, well, we'd like to interview you for our Quilter S.O.S. ( save our Stories) series... I said sure!

Then they said, 

"And we will do it in your loft, with the 100 people in attendance!"


100 people??  Wait, What?  

and I did it, I sat in front of all those people, nervous as all get out, 

(the photo shows my pained expressions) and answered questions for 45 minutes.


I really thought I'd pass out and fall on the floor... I look back at it now, and think, Wow...

What did I even say!

Here's the cool thing...

You an go back and read all archived interviews at the Quilt Alliance website...

Including mine right here!! Search by interviewee, and my last name.

(I'm sure there are a lot of "ummm's" in there...)



I'm forever grateful to the Quilt Alliance for being my very first interview, I can go back now and see how much I've grown, how I'm not as shy as I was, Although I still am... PLUS, we are saving the stories of our work!


Have you ever come across an old quilt, and thought, "I wonder what the quilter was thinking when she made her choices, selected fabrics, and made this quilt?"


This is where the Quilt Alliance is so important, 

It's giving us a voice to record our history of ourselves, and our quilts that will out live beyond us!


Besides Q.S.O.S. interviews, they now are doing video, short recordings, called, GO TELL IT!

Here is one of mine below, and I have others at my website, under VIDEOS.  

(Yes, I have videos at my website! Did you know? Loads of good info over there...)








and SHARING the stories of Quilts and Quilters....


The best thing is, YOU can do Q.S.O.S. interviews yourself! This isn't just for a select few, this is for all of us quilters... ALL OF US! You can get involved here! Find out how you can do this and be apart of preserving our quilt history.



SO! Besides that, Quilters Take Manhattan, Our YEARLY FUNDRAISING event (we are a grass roots organization after all) is here in NYC, Sept. 23-25th... The 24th is our big event at F.I.T., and we have Kaffe Fasset this year as our speaker!  The even is SOLD OUT, but we still have other events during the coarse of the weekend with tickets available, including, a AFTER DARK PARTY at my home... Remember, It's a fundraising event, we can do this work without your support. Thank you!

Come on up and say hi!  (keep on reading for info for giveaway below!)



About the Quilt Alliance:

The Quilt Alliance is a nonprofit 501c3 organization established in 1993  with a mission to document, preserve, and share the stories of quilts and their makers. QA core projects include:

Quilters’ S.O.S. – Save Our Stories (QSOS), Go Tell It at the Quilt Show!
and National Quilting Day


About Quilters Take Manhattan: this annual fundraising event, now in it’s 6th year in the Big Apple, is a hybrid, weekend-long series featuring a full-day event at FIT and evening cocktail party on Saturday, as well as Friday and Sunday tours of the Garment District, area museums, workshops and a Broadway outing.



The Main Event at FIT includes a full day of lectures, interviews, vendors, an exhibition of quilts, trunk shows, and the Quilt Match Manhattan quilt design challenge. QTM 2016 will be held September 23-25 with Main Event speakers Kaffe Fassett and Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi, and emcee Mary Fons.

Past QTM speakers include:

2011: Marianne Fons and Jay McCarroll

2012: Denyse Schmidt and Jennifer Chiaverini

2013: Hollis Chatelain
2014: Amy Butler and Mark Dunn

2015: Ricky Tims and Victoria Findlay Wolfe


The QTM Moda Home Ticket provides a chance for those who can’t make it to the Big Apple to experience their own home slice of the event. Value of $35 ($30 for QA members). Winners of the Moda Home Ticket will receive a QTM Goody Bag stuffed full of samples and treats from our sponsors by mail, and email links to footage of the Sunday with Sponsors event, the Quilt Match Manhattan challenge and more.



Eligibility: Drawing is open to all, but international winners are responsible for any customs fees that may be charged when shipment enters their country.

This years Winning Quilt on the bag was by Margaret Cibulsky!




VISIT MY CURRENT "OLD" BLOG address...to enter the giveaway. I have not moved everything to this new site yet...



Day 1 - Monday, September 5


Chris Dodsley @made by ChrissieD




Day 2 - Tuesday, September 6


Victoria Findlay Wolfe @VFW Quilts


Erin Sampson - Aurifil @Auribuzz




Day 3 - Wednesday, September 7


Moda Fabrics @Moda Cutting Table


Denyse Schmidt on Instagram @dsquilts


Debbie Jeske @A Quilter's Table


Day 4 - Thursday, September 8

Jacquie Gering @tallgrass prairie studio

Jessica Skultety @Quilty Habit


Gotham Quilts @Fabric Nerd



Day 5 - Friday, September 9


Kim Niedzwiecki @my go-go life


John Kubiniec @Big Rig Quilting

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