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Sunday 16 September 2012

And We Did ... Take Manhattan That Is!

 What a great day!

Firstly I'll tell you what I haven't got to show you ... so wrapped up in everything I forgot to take photos!

The Silent Auction Items -  
didn't bid on anything myself but my friend Maren at The Agitprop Quilter did and is now the proud owner of a Go! Baby Fabric Cutter

The Door Raffle Prizes -
didn't win anything but WOW to the lucky lady who won the Brother Laura Ashley Innov-is NX2000 sewing machine

The Coffee Break Biscuit Table -  
weighed down with sugar laden snacks (shame I don't eat sugar :( )

The Aurifil Display Stand -
now I want to get my hands on my own Aurifil Colour Card

The Brother Display Stand

The FIT Building

The conference room full of fellow quilters

Amy Milne, Head of the Alliance who did a fab job leading the event

but HERE's what I DO have to SHARE with YOU!!!
(be sure to click on the images to make them larger so you can see all the gorgeous detail better)

Event Goodies - I treated myself to a copy of Denyse Schmidt's book (love my signed message) and then just look at that Goody Bag - WOW at those freebie fabrics! Denyse Schmidt's Free Spirit Chicoppe fall collection and Michael Miller's Cotton Couture Charms

Here's Denyse Schmidt being interviewed by Meg Cox, Alliance President, for The Quilt Alliance Save Our Stories

A full transcript of the interview will soon be available on The Quilt Alliance SOS website link and I recommended you look out for it

Quilter and Author Jennifer Chiaverini sharing with us her quilting and writing background and she then read us an excerpt from her next novel 'The Giving Quilt'.

And here's me and Maren on the back far left along with other members of the NYC Metro Mod Quilt Guild (original photo link)

And here I am with Denyse Schmidt

Me alongside Denyse's Save Our Stories quilt - One Big Square

 And finally, here's my photos of Denyse's quilts that were on display at the event, so inspiring and a real treat to see her fabric choices, the textures, piecing and quilting up close.  Each of the quilts is featured in her book Denyse Schmidt: Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration (that's the book - detailing how to make 20 beautiful quilts - that I picked up at the event and detailed in my top 'Event Goodies' photo).  You can find out more about Denyse at her website and facebook page Denyse Schmidt Quilts.

I love, love, love this quilt - it so makes me think about the Modern Sampler Block quilt that we've been making this month for our NYC Mod Queen Bee Nicole (My September Bee Block(s) - Yes, There's Two Of Them! and Pinterest: Quilty - Modern Sampler Blocks).  I particularly enjoy the small details of patterned fabric in amongst the solids.

Again - it's all in the detail - small areas of colour and pattern in an otherwise black and white quilt.

Finally, here's just a handful of the 'Home Is Where The Quilt Is' entrants that were on display at FIT.  The rest were on display at The City Quilter and, unfortunately, I didn't have my camera with me when I nipped in for one of my many visits of the week on Thursday.  I promise that if any of the 'houses' are still on display next time I'm in I'll take photos to share with you.  If you don't want to wait then you can see all the entries here on The Quilt Alliance website and you can also see the winners detailed here.

That's my 3 favourites highlighted in the top row and I had many more favourites over at CQ!!!

For details of other fabric, yarn, trim and notion stores that I've visited around the world along with the NYC stores I love, exhibitions and events I've attended and wonderful people I've been lucky to meet click the links below or in my side bar :D

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  1. Wow - this looks like an incredible day! All those Denyse Schmidt quilts in one room - and Denyse Schmidt! And what goodies - you will be on a high for days!

    1. Great afternoon, one of those that makes you itch to get home and start sewing something :)

  2. Thanks for sharing all those great quilts! Sounds like a great day!

  3. Okay now, I feel REALLY sorry that I couldn't go! Thanks so much for sharing the pictures, She has phenomenal quilts!

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    1. Fab aren't they Krista, was great to see so many together and close up :)

  5. Thank you for the great write up and photos!!!

    1. Was a great day Allison. Loved your Quilt House, Washougal Valley View - saw on Victoria's blog today that she was the lucky person who bought it in the After Dark silent auction, it's really fab :)

  6. Great blog post! I was there and have a wonderful time too!

    1. Saw where you're from on your profile and I remember you as you took the award for travelling the farthest to be there. How great that Denyse's made a reference to your skirt! - and I saw on Victoria's Bumble Beans blog that your husband made it for you, which is just fab. :)


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