New Track Media, our parent company, along with Creative Crafts Group, Keepsake Quilting, Benartex, Aurifil Threads, AccuQuilt, The City Quilter, and Bumble Beans all sponsored “Quilters Take Manhattan: A Benefit for the Alliance for American Quilts” in New York City this weekend. It was a wonderful event to promote the Alliance for American Quilts and to showcase and help fund its dynamic programs.
Friday night we attended “Documenting the Modern Quilt Movement”, an intimate gathering at a Garment District loft that included a panel of in-the-know bloggers, fabric designers, and A-list quilters discussing the Modern Quilt movement. Also, Victoria Findlay Wolfe (Bumble Beans Inc.), custom quiltmaker and co-founder of the New York City Metro Area Modern Quilt Guild and Bumble Beans Basics charity project, was interviewed for the Alliance’s oral history project, Quilters’ S.O.S. – Save Our Stories (Q.S.O.S.).
The panel was moderated by Jackie Kunkel and panelists include Melanie Testa, Kim Hryniewicz, Jennifer Paganelli, John Adams and Nancy Soriano. Saturday, at the Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.), Marianne gave the lecture “Why We Quilt,” and her daughter Mary Fons, who recently launched her own quilt TV show, “Quilty,” on QNNtv.com followed. Marianne and Mary held a very nice question and answer session, answering questions from the audience about magazines, trends, TV taping and more!
Then came my favorite event of the weekend—A Quilter’s Alliance of Fabric & Fashion with Marianne and Jay on the runway! It was presented by Jay McCarroll, Project Runway’s first season winner, who is now designing quilt fabric for FreeSpirit.
The garments were very well made and sort of crazy stitched together. I thought I would be enjoying the afternoon listening to these folks speak, and I ended up in the fashion show wearing one of Jay’s dresses! Then Jay was interviewed by Mark Lipinski for the Alliance’s prestigious Q.S.O.S. oral history project. It was very entertaining! Mark and Jay had a great rapport. After the interview, they opened it up to questions from the audience.
Later that evening, I had dinner with Mark Lipinski and Jodie Davis on our way to NY’s Ultimate Block Party: Cocktails at The City Quilter. This just-expanded shop includes a new art gallery for quilts, where we viewed an exhibit by Japanese quilter Noriko Endo. There were many quilting celebrities at the event including Marianne Fons, Mary Fons, Jay McCarroll, Jodie Davis, Mark Lipinski, Meg Cox, Paula Nadelstern, Alex Veronelli, Marlene Ingraham, and more!