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Alliance for American Quilts:
Amy Milne or Debby Josephs 

The Alliance for American Quilts


Saturday September 15, 2012
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT

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Fashion Institite of Technology
Seventh Avenue at 28 Street
New York City, NY 10001-5992

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Nearby Hotels

There are a number of hotels within a short walk of FIT. For a complete list of hotels that may offer preferred rates to those attending FIT events visit the FIT Facilitites Rental website here

Guide to the Garment District

Internationally-recognized quiltmaker, fabric designer, author and teacher Paula Nadelstern has created an extensive guide to those planning a visit to New York City's Garment District. You can find it on her website here:www.paulanadelstern.com/fabric/guides/index.php. 
The guide includes lists of stores that carry fabric, trim, buttons, beads, notions, lunch recommendations from those who work in the area, and even a Three Hour Guide to the Garment District! Paula is a native New Yorker and she knows her stuff!

Visit The City Quilter and See the Quilt Alliance "Home" Contest Quilts

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Our good friends Cathy Izzo and Dale Riehl, owners of The City Quilter on 133 West 25th Street, will be exhibiting most of our 2012 Contest Quilts (the rest will be displayed at our FIT event). Don't miss a chance to preview all of these unique house-shaped quilts before the November eBay auction. And you'll also want to visit the The Art Quilt Gallery NYC, the only art quilt gallery in NYC (adjoining The City Quilter shop), opened by Dale and Cathy in April 2011.  Lisa Call's work will be exhibited there from September 11 - October 20. 

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"Home" contest quilt by Betty Pillsbury of Middleburgh, New York.--one of the early entries in the Quilt Alliance's "Home Is Where the Quilt Is" contest.

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Denyse Schmidt, Jennifer Chiaverini
& Mark Lipinski:

A Big Apple Benefit for the Alliance for American Quilts 


Denyse Schmidt image Join Denyse Schmidt, Jennifer Chiaverini, Mark Lipinski and the Alliance for American Quilts (Quilt Alliance) in New York City at the Fashion Institute of Technology for an exciting day of inspiration, learning, prizes, samples, a silent auction and (yes!) gorgeous quilts! The event is a benefit for the Quilt Alliance, documenting, preserving and sharing the history of quilts and their makers since 1993.

This event will include a live Quilters’ S.O.S. – Save Our Stories (Q.S.O.S.) oral history interview with Denyse Schmidt (left), iconic quiltmaker, teacher and entrepreneur whose stunning couture and custom quilts (since 1996) and “work” quilts (since 2003) reinterpret traditional patterns with a modern sensibility. Quilts from Denyse’s new book, “Denyse Schmidt: Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration” will be exhibited at the event and Denyse will do a Q&A after her interview as well as a book signing. Photo of Denyse Schmidt courtesy of Lane du Pont.

photo of Jennifer ChiaveriniJennifer Chiaverini (right), author of the New York Times bestselling Elm Creek Quilts series, as well as five collections of quilt patterns inspired by her novels, will be presenting her lecture "The Giving Quilt and Other Stories." Join New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini for a special preview of her forthcoming novel, "The Giving Quilt" (October 2012), the 20th volume in the beloved Elm Creek Quilts series. Jennifer will read from the book and satisfy readers' curiosity in a lively question-and-answer session. Photo of Jennifer Chiaverini courtesy of Steven Garfinkel. 

Mark Lipinski


The event will also include a special appearance by Mark Lipinski (left). Expect surprises! Mark is the bold creative genius behind numerous print, web and TV productions, most recently the web radio show Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski.

Selected house-shaped quilts from the Alliance’s “Home Is Where the Quilt Is” contest will also be displayed at FIT and the rest will be exhibited at The City Quilter (133 West 25th Street.).

Door prizes, goody bags and a special silent auction of products donated by our generous sponsors (see logos below) will round out the event. Be sure to like the Alliance Facebook page where we'll post details on all of the incredible products you can win or bid on at the event.

New this Year:
Unlimited Attendance via our “Home Tickets”!
We expect 350 attendees to join us at the center of fashion in New York at the Fashion Institute of Technology, but even those who can’t make the trip to the Big Apple can enjoy this event and support our cause. Portions of the event will be recorded for distribution via exclusive online video to all those who purchase a “Home Ticket,” which will also include a Quilters Take Manhattan To-Go Pack with goodies provided by sponsors, our event program and the option to purchase a signed copy of Denyse’s new book. 

Glam Wall: Love, the Quilt Alliance. Guests will have the opportunity to don fun and fashion-forward accessories and hold up a sign with a personal message to the rest of the quilt world as part of our Love, the Quilt Alliance publicity campaign. The Alliance will share these messages via websites, blogs and social media to promote our mission as we approach our 20th anniversary (2013).

Ticket Prices and Payment Options

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$45 for members, $60 for nonmembers, $25 for Home tickets (see above).
Please consider joining the Quilt Alliance when you buy your ticket. Annual membership fees start at $25 (Friendship Level). Visit our membership page for more information or join when you buy your event ticket online.

Payment Options: PayPal, Credit/Debit Cards or check.
While PayPal is our payment processor, you do not need a PayPal account to make your payment, but please choose PayPal as your payment option when you register if you plan to pay by PayPal or credit card (in the next screen you will be able to choose PayPal or debit or credit card).  PayPal accepts payments from all Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express cards, as well as some other localized payment types.

To purchase your ticket by phone using your credit card, phone our office in Asheville at 828-251-7073. Regular office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 - 2:00 pm. If we miss your call, please leave a detailed message with you name, number and best time to return your call and we'll get back to you promptly to process your order.

If paying by check please note: registration is not complete until payment is received. Please mail your check within 10 days of registration to avoid cancellation. All payments must be received no later than September 1, 2012.

And don't miss our Quilters Take Manhattan After Dark event
Saturday, September 15, 2012, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Victoria Findlay Wolfe's loft home.

After your  fun afternoon at FIT join us for a night of cocktails, demonstrations and music in the cozy, spacious and sophisticated studio and home of Victoria Findlay Wolfe, co-founder of the New York City Metro Area Modern Quilt Guild, owner of Bumble Beans, Inc. and founder of the Bumble Beans Basics charity project. The event is a benefit for the Quilt Alliance, documenting, preserving and sharing the history of quilts and their makers since 1993. 

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Thank you to our generous sponsors. Their support and leadership ensures that the rich history of quilts and quiltmakers is documented, preserved and shared for generations to come.
Visit our sponsors' websites by clicking on each logo.


Platinum level sponsors:



Brother logo

Gold level sponsors:



Michael Miller logo


Timeless Treasrues logo


Fabric Traditions



MistyFuse logo

eQuilter logo


Silver level sponsors:







Cherrywood Studio logo


E.E. Schenck logo


Quilting Arts Magazine logo


Bronze level sponsors:





Venue sponsors:

City Quitler BBInc