Well, we did it! We took Manhattan! The Quilt Alliance event took place on September 15th at the Fashion Insititute in Manhattan, NYC. There had to be a couple hundred creative people there and the vibe was exciting! Here are some photos from that wonderful day.
This is the the tunic I ended up making for the event. It turned out really cute and I got a LOT of comments on it (one women practically acosted me to take photos!). However, the PLAN was to make a green version of my friend's dress so we could me a matching set. Oh well.... this worked out fine.
This is my friend, Erin, who came with me on this adventure. She is wearing the dress I made for her with our new chéFAB fabric. It was very nice to sew with and I have to say it is quite nice for clothing because it does not wrinkle as easily. This is a Vogue Designer pattern - not for the faint of heart - and I think it turned out quite striking. Doesn't she look great??
There were many, many silent auction items to bid on. Here are the three gift baskets I put together full of new colorways. I bid on a small quilt and won! I will post a photo later.
This lucky participant won our "Minnesota Bundle." I just have to laugh at my fabulous photography skills - I managed to cover her face quite completely with the cattails I stuck in with the fabric. Brilliant, I know. So if you know who this woman is, could you let me know??
Meg Cox interviewing Denyse Schmidt for "Save Our Stories." I was very impressed with how well-spoken Denyse was. She had such an interesting path that led her to where she is today. I loved hearing the story. I also loved the fact that she started as a Graphic Designer, like me! I spoke with her afterwards, and she had never worked with Cherrywood Fabrics. Well! I think I have to change that!
This is Jennifer Chiaverinni. She writes all those books that are set at "Elm Creek Lodge" about quilters who come together at a retreat. I did not know she was a Mid-western girl from Madison, Wisconsin. She had a great sense of humor.
The "House Quilts" were displayed all around the room, at The City Quilter, and at Vicoria Findlay-Wolfe's home. All the quilts had to be the same size but the interpretation of the word "house" was open for interpretation.
There were a couple hours between the event at the FIT and the nighttime fun, so Erin I strolled around Manhattan and took a walk on the Highline. Here we are having fish tacos at a cool restaurant in Chelsea.
This is Vicotira Findlay Wolfe. She is the reason Cherrywood was in New York City. She asked us if we would like to be involved. She is a Minnesota girl and raised not too far from my hometown. Now she has this FABULOUS apartment in Manhattan (just steps from Times Square!)
View of a sitting area with Luke Haynes, Jodie Davis from "Quilt Out Loud" and ??
We were all invited into her studio to play with pre-cut fabric and design quilt blocks. You can see what Victoria did with all these blocks at Bumble Beans Inc. along with many more photos of the day.
Unfortunately, I did not get to meet Mark Lipinski since we unable to attend due to health reasons. But I had a chance to add to the little box of messages that will be delivered to him.
I met so many interesting people that day. Maggie Gordon was one of them. She is a teacher and has written several books. So much talent in that room that night!!
Minnesota Girls: Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Karla Overland and Erin Lewis. Quilters who took Manhattan!
THANK you to the Quilt Alliance and their wonderful Board for putting together such a memorable event!!