For Immediate Release

Media Contact: 
Amy Milne
Executive Director
828-251-7073
amy.milne@quiltalliance.org



ASHEVILLE, NC, May 13, 2020 - The nonprofit Quilt Alliance announces ticket sales are now open for Quilters Take a Moment. The all-virtual event was created to stand in for the Alliance's Quilters Take Manhattan event, which was to be held in New York City, September 25-27. To ensure everyone's safety the celebration will be held as an online event this year. 

Quilt lovers from all over the world are invited to gather for this event.  Live sessions will take place September 25 and 26, but l ive-streamed events will be recorded and available after the event for ticketholders to view via the web anytime they choose. 

QTM speaker Anna Maria Horner
The program for Quilters Take a Moment will include the same exciting programming planned for Quilters Take Manhattan. Gwen Westerman, poet, quiltmaker and Quilt Alliance board member will launch our event with a reading of one of her poems, "Quilt Label," an ode to quiltmakers in Minnesota and everywhere. QTM emcee Josh Dunn, the International Sales Manager for Moda Fabrics and Supplies, will guide us through the event program, starting with Anna Maria Horner, who will present "The Lifespan of a Quilt," a close look at one of her quilts from inspiration to label.


Dindga McCannon will be interviewed for QSOS 

Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi, founder of the Women of Color Quilters' Network and Alliance board member, will interview Dindga McCannon for the Quilters' S.O.S. - Save Our Stories oral history project. McCannon started working as an artist in the 1960's and her work is a fusion of traditional needlework and fine art mixed media techniques.


The quilt exhibition planned to debut at the Fashion Institute of Technology will find a wider audience now that the QTM event is virtual. Known & Unknown: Revealing Quilt Stories will share quilts from three centuries with stories ranging from subtle to sensational. Artists, collectors, dealers, and families from around the United States have partnered with the Alliance to share their quilts for this online exhibition. Known & Unknown curator and Alliance board member Laura McDowell Hopper will offer a virtual gallery talk with live question and answer period.

Attendees will have the chance to join small-group demonstrations of Alliance projects or attend social breakout sessions to relax and interact.

The Alliance is proud and grateful to have the support of both industry and foundation sponsors.  Moda Fabrics is the Presenting Sponsor for Quilters Take a Moment, and the Coby Foundation has made a grant to support the QTM educational programming and exhibition.  Platinum sponsors are Aurifil and the Modern Quilt Guild. Sponsorship opportunities are still available (contact executive director Amy Milne).

Tickets are priced at $45 for Alliance members and $65 for non-members and can be purchased on the Quilt Alliance website:  https://quiltalliance.org/events/qtm/.

 For more information, contact  amy.milne@quiltalliance.org.

About the Quilt Alliance
For over two decades, the Quilt Alliance, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has documented quilts and quilt stories and has amassed the world's largest quilt-related oral history project, Quilters' S.O.S. - Save Our Stories (QSOS), currently archived in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
   
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