NEWS FLASH: Quilters about to take over Manhattan!

You heard it here, well maybe not first – but you heard it here.  Quilters are going to make their annual fall migration to the grand Island of Manhattan.  Some may be flying south, but there are a lot who are coming flying North, West and East. And they will all land at the at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) for this annual fall ritual which is know as QUILTERS TAKE MANHATTAN.


Quilt Alliance is a nonprofit 501c3 organization established in 1993 with a mission to document, preserve, and share our American quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts, and their makers, tell about our nation’s diverse peoples and their communities.

In support of this mission, the Alliance brings together quilt makers and designers, the quilt industry, quilt scholars and teachers, and quilt collectors to further the following goals:

  • to promote the understanding of the quilt as an important American grassroots art form
  • to share stories and documentation about quilts with a broad public
  • to educate Americans about the importance of documenting quilts and quiltmakers so that their stories will not be lost

It is a wonderful organization that does wonderful work  – consider becoming a member.

This event is one of the main fund raisers for the alliance.  So what happens at QTM (Quilters take Manhattan).  Well on Friday and Sunday there are a lot of fun tours and events you can take part in. If you are in the NYC area – check out the Quilt Alliance website – there are still some tickets left for some of the Friday events.  Here are some shots from a tour of the garment center I took a few years ago.  We visited a number of fabric stores and also this wonderful company that makes silk flowers – the mold and create them by hand!  Yes they do!


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Saturday is the big event day at FIT – unfortunately all those tickets are GONE!  Last year Ricky Tims gave a wonderful presentation.  This year there will be some great talks by Kaffe Fassett,Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi and all led by emcee Mary Fons!

Also – a not to be missed event is the Quilt Match Challenge  Three quilters square off against one another to create a quilt top (not sewn) in about 30 minutes.  The fabric flies – rotary cutters cut and the fun happens.  I was one of the participants a few years ago. Alas, I did not win, but I did have great time and made some great friends in the process.  Here is the winner from that year – Allison Aller – being presented with her winning belt by Mark Lapinski and Meg Cox.



Being there in person is a special treat – so plan ahead for  next year!  But you can still revel in the fun of QTM by entering the blog hop contest to win a home ticket (Valued at $35). A home ticket will get you:

  • QTM Goody Bag, packed with samples and treats from all of our sponsors
  • Chance to win select door prizes
  • Home Ticket holders will also receive priority access to online video of our Sunday with Sponsors event (sent via email link 2 weeks after event).

So – enter the contest – and have your own QTM Home party if you win. Invite your friends over to watch the Priority Access video of the Sunday with Sponsors event!

Be sure to check out the other blog posts from earlier this week and find out what you need to do to have a chance to win the Take Home Ticket Goody bag.  If you make a stop at each one you will have FIFTEEN chances of winning!  The more you play the better a chance you have of winning! Click on the Blog Hop Logo below for more info!



Day 1 – Monday, September 5
Chris Dodsley @made by ChrissieD
Pat Sloan

Day 2 – Tuesday, September 6
Victoria Findlay Wolfe @VFW Quilts
Erin Sampson – Aurifil @Auribuzz
Freespirit Fabric

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
Leslie Tucker Denison
John Kubiniec @ Big Rig Quilting

Today is the last day for the blog tour – so you haven’t been dutiful in visiting every blog every day you have some work cut out for you.  Winners will be chosen this weekend (check on each blog to see when that will happen) and the prize bag of goodies will be sent out the week of September 30th.  Now don’t you want to win some quilting goodness???? Here is a picture of a bag of goodies from a previous year.


So what do you have to do to be eligible to win on my blog?   You will have TWO chances to enter to be eligible to win a prize on my blog (one winner will be chosen – so if you do both things you have 2 chances here!!!)

First Chance: – leave a comment below answering one of the following questions:

What to you love most about the quilting process?


What is your least favorite part of the quilting process and why?


Second Chance: sign up to receive my monthly newsletter – it goes out around the middle of the the month. Keep abreast of new and exciting things that will be happening on the Big Rig site.  Free patterns will be arriving soon –  as will some video tutorials for piecing and quilting.  Sign-up and be some of the first ones to know about them!


Oh and to sweeten the pot for the winner from my blog/newsletter sign-up I am going to throw in a signed copy of my new book  A New Spin on Drunkard’s Path!!!!

(By the way – I will be picking my winner on Sunday at 10 PM EST!)





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