Urban Inspirations Quilt Show — 2011
Urban Inspirations Quilt Show
March 26 – 27, 2011
Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.)
Schedule & Special Events
General Show Hours
We welcome your guild and/or your group to our show! New York City is a wonderful destination for people with all interests.
Please note … No strollers or rolling carts will be allowed in the quilt show area. A coat room will be available to check coats and strollers.
Any questions about admissions and group sales should be directed to Anna Foss firstname.lastname@example.org or 718-833-1490.
Featured Presentations by Invited Speakers
We are delighted and excited to welcome these very special guests to our show! The presentations will take place in the Amphitheater at F.I.T. The entrance fee for the presentations is included in your quilt show admission but please take your seat early, as the seating is not reserved.
Saturday, March 26, 2011: Lisa Shepard Stewart 1:30 pm
Contemporary Designs from Traditional African Textiles
Lisa Shepard Stewart is an award-winning writer and designer based in New Jersey. In her books, African Accents: Fabrics and Crafts to Decorate Your Home; Global Expressions: Decorating with Fabrics from Around the World; and On the Go! Designing Accessories with Cultural Style, Lisa encourages others to create with culturally relevant techniques and materials. She offers classes and special events around the country and internationally, and travels to Ghana to source artists, fabrics and materials. Lisa produces Quilter's Retreats at a holistic spa in Negril, Jamaica, and her first Textile and Craft Tour of Ghana in September 2010.
On Saturday, March 26, 2011, Lisa will present a fascinating trunk show that explores the uniqueness of African fabrics as they're incorporated into modern quilts, wall hangings and more. You'll discover new ideas and creative insights suitable for quilters of all skill levels, using handcrafted batiks, cotton prints, bogolan, kuba raffia cloth, korhogo, kente weaves and unique embellishments.
A graduate of Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.) in New York City with a B.S. in Marketing and an A.A.S. in Communications, Lisa has had experience in many areas of the textile industry. To learn more about Lisa Shepard Stewart please visit the Cultured Exressions website: www.culturedexpressions.com.
Sunday, March 27, 2011: Nancy Kerns 1:30 pm
My Appliqué Evolution
Nancy Kerns is an award-winning appliqué expert and is graduate of the National Quilting Association's (NQA) Certified Quilt Teacher program. She teaches classes and workshops around the country, and was a Guest Artist in Residence at the Elly Sienkiewicz Appliqué Academy in 2005.
On Sunday, March 27, 2011 we are all in for a real treat! Nancy will present a trunk show of more than 30 hand appliqué pieces that she has made. This presentation covers over 30 years of appliqué projects, shown in chronological order. While showing the pieces, Nancy will talk a little about the technical methods used to make the pieces, thus giving an insight into how far we have progressed technically in these 30 years. Imagine, no rotary cutters or freezer paper templates in the early days! The final quilts are 25 block Baltimore album style quilts, hung so the viewers can enjoy them fully.
Photographs are permitted, so bring cameras if you want to take pictures. For more information about Nancy Kerns visit her website: www.nancykerns.com
On Sunday afternoon, Nancy Kerns will pick the winning ticket for our Subway Series raffle quilt. For more information about that quilt, visit the Raffle Quilt page.
Raffle Quilt Drawing
For more information about the raffle quilt (with detailed pictures), please visit the Raffle Quilt page.
Sewing Machine Raffle
Sew Time Sewing – one of our generous show donors and vendors has donated a Pfaff Expression 2.0 sewing machine to raffle off at the show! Tickets for a chance to win this amazing machine will be sold at the show for $1.00 per ticket. The drawing will be held on Sunday, March 27 at 3:45 p.m. The winner need not be present to win, but you need to have a ticket, so make sure to purchase one (or more!).
This machine sells for $1,999 and has some amazing features: Pfaff's unique Integrated Dual Feed (IDT) system, 104 beautiful stitches, innovative German design … the listing of the great features of this machine simply goes on and on! You can see more about the machine on the Pfaff website, and by all means be sure to purchase your ticket at the show! Someone is going to go home with this machine, and the chances are only $1.00 each.
A hearty THANK YOU to Sew Time Sewing for this generous donation.
The following events will be taking place throughout the two days of the show:
Approximately 200 quilts will be displayed — all made by membes of the Empire Quilters. Our members come from all over the New York metropolitan area. We meet once a month (September through June), and focus on sharing and learning about the art and craft of quilting, and creating works for the many charitable organizations in our area.
Visit the show boutique (specific location to be announced) to purchase hand made items by Empire Quilters members.
Raffles and Pizes
Many companies and individuals have generously donated valuable items for us to raffle to our show visitors. Be sure to purchase tickets for your chance to win these great gifts. These prizes are available at our Instant Win! fishbowl raffle table. Tickets for Instant Wins sell for $2.00 each (3 tickets for $5.00).
Guild pins, tote bags, T-shirts, pencils and lanyards will be available for sale thoroughtout the show (while supplies last). Each item carries the guild logo and/or guild name, and every piece is a terrific keepsake from our show! Stop by the information table in the Reeves Great Hall to purchase these items.
For detailed descriptions and pictures of the items for sale, please see our Collectibles page.
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