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Today is our day on the Quilters Take Manhattan Blog Hop! Our friend Chris of made by ChrissieD had the idea to help promote this fundraising event through a blog hop, and of course we were game because it’s a wonderful idea!
But let’s back up a minute… you are probably thinking, “what’s Quilters Take Manhattan?”
Quilter’s Take Manhattan
Quilters Take Manhattan (QTM) is a weekend-long quilting event held annually in NYC. It includes talks, walking tours of the garment district, museum tours, and more. You can see the full QTM schedule on the Quilt Alliance website here.
This year’s Main Event speakers are Kaffe Fassett and Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi, and the emcee is Mary Fons.
Check out the amazing list of past QTM speakers:
2011: Marianne Fons and Jay McCarroll
2012: Denyse Schmidt and Jennifer Chiaverini
2013: Hollis Chatelain
2014: Amy Butler and Mark Dunn
2015: Ricky Tims and Victoria Findlay Wolfe
This year, we’re particularly excited to watch two of our friends (and fellow NYC Metro Mod Quilt Guild members!) Chris Dodsley and Aleeda Crawley compete with Mary Fons (yes, the Mary Fons!) in the Heavyweight Quilter of the Worrrrrld Quilt Match!
The Quilt Alliance
QTM is a fundraiser for the Quilt Alliance, a non-profit whose mission is to preserve the stories of quilts and quilters. Watch this video to get an idea of what they do:
To learn more, visit their website and click on “projects” to see more of their videos. And do consider joining them! Find out more about Quilt Alliance membership here.
Gotham Quilts and QTM
Gotham Quilts is supporting QTM by being a sponsor of the event, and by donating a quilting fabric bundle to the silent auction. You’ll see our ad in the program and a little something extra from us in the goody bag.
How can you participate?
Ok so, after all that talking up, here’s the bad news: QTM is sold out.
I know, I know, you’re thinking we’re such a tease with this blog hop right?
QTM has a “Moda Home Ticket” option! A “home ticket” lets you join in the fun without being physically in NYC. Here’s the description of the ticket from their website:
The QTM Moda Home Ticket provides a chance for those who can’t make it to the Big Apple to experience their own home slice of the event. Value of $35 ($30 for QA members). Holders of the Moda Home Ticket will receive a QTM Goody Bag stuffed full of samples and treats from our sponsors by mail, and email links to footage of the Sunday with Sponsors event, the Quilt Match Manhattan challenge and more.
Home Ticket holders play an important role in supporting the work of the Alliance – thank you!
That’s pretty awesome right?! I love the idea of being able to take part in this fundraiser from wherever you are. You can support the Quilt Alliance and see the events without even leaving home!
If you’re wondering what the goody bag is like, here’s a picture of last year’s QTM goody bag:
And this year’s bag is even better, because it features a quilt made by Margaret Cibulsky… another one of our friends and also a Mod guild member! (our guild is pretty rad, you should come check us out!):
Win a Moda Home Ticket!
As part of the Blog Hop, we’re giving away a Moda Home Ticket to one lucky winner!
To enter the giveaway:
Step 1: Leave a comment on this blog post and tell us what quilting technique you want to get better at or want to learn in the next year.
Step 2: Sign up for our email list here:
The rules of the giveaway are simple:
- Entries close on Friday, September 10th, 2016.
- Drawing is open to all, but international winners are responsible for any customs fees that may be charged when shipment enters their country.
We’ll pick a random winner on Saturday morning and let you know via email that you’ve won. Then the Quilt Alliance will ship your goody bag to you by the end of the month.
Want more chances to win?
Every stop on the blog hop will be giving away a Moda Home Ticket. Here’s the full list if you want to enter to win one from them too:
Full Blog Hop Schedule
Oh and by the way: If you don’t win a Home Ticket, you can purchase one here!