Like many events planned for 2020, Quilters Take Manhattan, the nonprofit Quilt Alliance’s biennial fundraiser in the Big Apple, had to be reimagined this year. Luckily the Alliance was born digital — launched in 1993 as an online museum with the mission of documenting, preserving and sharing the rich history of quilts and their makers in America.
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This year, we’ve all become accustomed to attending events virtually in our pajamas from the comfort of our own homes. It’s not the same tactile experience of seeing quilts in person with our quilt-loving buddies around us, but it serves an important purpose — connection. This year QTM stands for Quilters Take a Moment and it’s designed to be refreshing and educational, restorative and entertaining.
So what does Quilters Take a Moment have planned?
On September 25th and 26th, they’ll be featuring a series of live presentations via Zoom, beginning with “The Incubation of a Quilt” with Anna Maria Horner, followed by the debut of Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi’s Quilters S.O.S.-- Save Our Stories interview with the legendary Dindga McCannon.
Saturday kicks off with “The Quilt Keepers,” a panel discussion featuring Merikay Waldvogel, Emily Bode, Julie Silber and other luminaries. Laura McDowell Hopper will lead a virtual tour of the online exhibit, “Known and Unknown: Revealing Quilt Stories,” which includes quilts from Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Jacquie Gering, Chawne Kimber as well as antique and vintage quilts which have never before been shown.
Tucked in between our major live events will be music by Ricky Tims, a little bit of quilt comedy with Mel Beach, and yes, even some dancing!
As part of our mission of Making the World A Softer Place, Shannon Fabrics is a bronze sponsor for this year's event. We have donated five of our Cuddle® Kits as door prizes, and we encourage sewists, quilters and crafters to explore the event website to learn more about how to take part and give back to this community we all hold so near and dear to our hearts!
While we all can't wait to celebrate in the Big Apple again, for now let’s be together at Quilters Take a Moment!
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