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September 28, 2013
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The Alliance's most important annual fundraiser, Quilters Take Manhattan is only one month away and tickets are still available for our main events:

Saturday, September 28 from 1:00-5:00 pm
Quilters Take Manhattan
At the Fashion Institute of Technology

Saturday, September 28 from 7:30-9:30 pm
Quilters Take Manhattan: After Dark Cocktail Party
At the Loft home and studio of Victoria Findlay Wolfe

Guests can arrive as early as 12:30 pm for the FIT event to get some pre-show shopping in with vendors like Superior Threads, Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics, Quilting Treasures, and stkr.it. Hollis Chatelain will be our keynote speaker, offering our guests a sneak peak at her newest works, an up close and personal view of award-winning quilts from previous years and she'll even have her new Sew It's Denim patterns available.
Source of Life by Hollis Chatelain
Sneak peak of Hollis Chatelain's new work Source of Life in progress. She'll have the finished piece on exhibit at QTM.

Paula Nadelstern, along with the other members of the artist's group Semper Tedium--Amy Orr, Katherine Knauer and Robin Schwalb--will describe their group and talk about their own work. Each will be interviewed for our Go Tell It at the Quilt Show! video interview project. Members of Semper Tedium will also have a sales table at the event where you can shop for items like Paula Nadelstern's Dancing Kaleidoscope Umbrella.
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Detail view of Paula Nadelstern's KALEIDOSCOPIC XXXV: Service for Eight, one of the quilts she'll have on exhibit at QTM.
Still tickets left for some add-on events.
This year we've added two days of add-on events (Friday and Sunday), available to all those who register for the FIT event*. These tickets have sold quickly, but there are still tickets left for these activities:
  • After Dark Cocktail Party at the home and studio of Victoria Findlay Wolfe (details). 
  • Wicked Broadway outing with Marie Bostwick (details).
  • Workshops at The City Quilter with Frances Holliday Alford, Leslie Tucker Jenison, and Mark Lipinski (details).
  • A Behind the Scenes Preview at the American Folk Art Museum (details). 
*On September 1, if there are unsold tickets for add-on events, they will go on sale individually. You will find the link for purchasing these tickets on the QTM webpage starting 9/1/13.

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3. Join or renew by September 1, and you will be eligible for the Quilters Win Manhattan Drawing! We're giving away: an NYC Prize Pack including two tickets to the Quilters Take Manhattan event at FIT event, $20 worth of raffle tickets for that event, and two tickets to the After Dark Cocktail Party at the home of Victoria Findlay Wolfe; and four Quilters Take Manhattan Home Tickets!

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Q.S.O.S. Spotlight, August 18, 2013.
While browsing the Q.S.O.S. archive recently, I noticed that many quilters' earliest memories of quilts and quilt making were of time spent playing or hiding under a quilt frame while it was being quilted. I found almost 30 interviews that recalled long afternoons under the "tent" of a quilt-in-progress (and almost as many that recalled the delicious snacks that would come with these quilting bees!).

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Virginia White Quinn: Oh, my earliest memories are of my mother's quilting bee. And they used to quilt in the winter. I would come home from school, I cannot remember earlier than that, but I would come home from school and my sister and I would play under the quilting frame. In the morning before we went to school, my dad would set up the quilting frame on stanchions with clamps and he would help Mother set that up in our small, little house.

On This Day in History Quilt: 1940's Swim Trunks, August 8, 2013
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And unnamed quilter from Alva, Wyoming made this Crazy Quilt between 1950-75. The quilt is a "summer quilt," no batting, but backed and bound. Scrap fabrics including old garments were used to make the quilt. The record notes: "Some fabrics indicate a post-war Asian connection; a windsurfer in 1940s' swim trunks with "Samoa" and "Phillippines" printed on it; another has oriental figures with Japanese? Calligraphy; a Balinese dancer with multi-tiered pagoda-- may be from a tie..." The quiltmaker's paternal granddaughter inherited the quilt and documented it during the Wyoming Quilt Project in 2003.


View this quilt on The Quilt Index to read more about it's history, design and construction.