Thursday, August 18, 2011

Quilters Take Manhattan Event

I'm back from New York (OK, for over a week now .. but who's counting?) I had a fantastic time at the Alliance for American Quilts' Quilters Take Manhattan event. It's always great to be back in my home town of NYC, and even better when I can spend time at an event surrounded by so many people who share my creative interests. And, on top of that, one that takes place in a setting as beautiful as the huge loft apartment of Victoria Findlay Wolfe (of Bumble Beans fame).

Jennifer Paganelli, John Adams, Jay McCarroll
Photo taken by Heather Jones (olive_and_ollie)

I attended the Modern Stories: Documenting the Modern Quilt Movement event on Friday evening, which began with some free time to mingle and I MET JAY MCCARROLL! Which was great, other than the fact that Jay told me that he expected me to be in my 60's and wearing a sailor hat. Hmmm, not sure how to take that one, but meeting Jay was definitely a highlight of my summer (as was hanging with Jennifer Paganelli of Sis Boom, also in the picture above!)

panel discussion on the Modern Quilting movement
Photo taken by Heather Jones (olive_and_ollie)

I was there to be part of a panel of creative folks to discuss the modern quilting movement. Guess which one in the picture above is me? The other panelists (in order from left to right) were Jennifer, Kim Hyrniewicz, Melanie Testa, and Nancy Soriano. Amazing, amazing women. I know what you're thinking, and I'm not quite sure how I found myself on that panel either ... but it was a blast!

It was also great to catch up with Heather, Jackie, and Thomas, and to meet some online friends like Heide and Heather from Jennifer's Connecticut quilting posse.

Speaking of Heather, she has already written up a wonderful recap of the weekend that I couldn't even hope to match, so I'd encourage you to head on over to her olive and ollie blog to read more!

OK, so enough with the schmoozing and gratuitous name-dropping for a while. I've (finally!) unpacked my sewing space in the new house and have eased back in to making some blocks and stuff. I'll be back soon with some actual sewn goods to share.


  1. Hey dude....maybe YOU need a fauxhawk too!;)

    Congrats on all the namedropping...that's what we all do with your name!;)

  2. Thanks for introducing me to some new quilters, designers, etc. that I can follow. What fun it must have been.

  3. I think Jay left out the and expected you to be gay too part :-) lol

    I wish I could of been there. Sounds like it was a lot of fun.