Urban Inspirations Quilt Show — 2009
2009 Show Special Events
Both of our special guest speakers added to the excitement of the show.
Saturday March 21, 2009 1:00 pm: Paula Nadelstern
Symmetry and Surprise: The Kaleidoscope as Design Inspiration
KALEIDOSCOPE — the very word promises surprise and magic, change and chance. Exploding with visual excitement, a kaleidoscopic design organizes an abundance of color and shape into a complex, coherent and unique whole. This slide lecture traces my evolving quilt series in which the multifaceted, luminous and random nature of a kaleidoscope is explored on a quilt's flat surface.
Paula Nadelstern is a native New Yorker who has inspired thousands of artists with her award-winning designs. Her books include Kaleidoscopes & Quilts, Snowflakes & Quilts, Puzzle Quilts: Simple Blocks, Complex Fabrics and Paula Nadelstern's Kaleidoscope Quilts, An Artist's Journey Continues (to be published in the fall of 2008). This busy artist also designs fabrics for Benartex, Inc.
Paula is an exciting and enthusiastic teacher who travels the world sharing her kaleidoscopic quiltmaking techniques and design concepts. She has received numerous awards for her work which has appeared in solo exhibits at the Museum of the American Quilters Society, the Houston International Quilt Festival and in Japan. One of her quilts appeared in the Twentieth Century's 100 Best American Quilts exhibits, and she was the recipient of multiple fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts.
For more information about Paula Nadelstern, visit: www.PaulaNadelstern.com
Sunday March 22, 2009 1:00 pm: Brenda Papadakis
Brenda Manges Papadakis is a quilt teacher, designer, mathematician and student of women's history. She is perhaps best known as author of Dear Jane: The Two Hundred Twenty-Five Patterns from the 1863 Jane A. Stickle Quilt. With this book, Brenda launched a phenomenal following of Dear Jane quilt enthusiasts. Over 79,000 copies of the book have been sold, and quilts in the manner of Jane A. Stickle are being created daily.
Brenda is also the author of Dear Hannah: In the Style of Jane Stickle, where she continues her personal correspondence approach by using letters to her granddaughter, Hannah, to teach about women's struggles for recognition and equal status throughout the last two centuries. In all of her works, Brenda weaves together an appreciation not only for those who came before, but also for those who are just entering into the world of quilting.
Our 2009 Show Raffle Quilt Broadway Jane is a quilt is from Brenda Papakdais's Dear Jane patterns.
For more information about Brenda Papadakis, visit www.DearJane.com
Raffle Quilt Drawing
Celebrated author Brenda Papadakis drew the winning ticket for our Broadway Jane raffle quilt on Sunday, March 22, 2009 in the Great Hall at Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.).
For more information about the raffle quilt (with detailed pictures), please visit the Raffle Quilt page.
Sewing Maching Raffle
Sew Time Sewing – one of our generous show donors and vendors donated a Pfaff Expression 2.0 sewing machine to raffle off at the show. Tickets were sold at the show for $1.00 a chance to win this amazing machine. The drawing took place on Sunday, March 22 3009.
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 … frankly the listing of great features of this machine simply go on and on! You can see more about the machine on the Pfaff website.
Other Ongoing Show Events
The following events took place throughout the two days of the show:
Dear Jane® Photo Invitational
Images of Dear Jane® inspired quilts were sent in from quilters across the country. Show attendees were invited to view these beautiful and diverse interpretations in a slide show that ran in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre throughout the show.
Dear Jane® is a registered trademark of Brenda Papadakis and is used with her permission.
Many visitors took the opportunity to purchase hand made items by Empire Quilters members.
Our vendors reported great business at their booths throughout the show, and attendees were pleased to be able to purchase so many fabulous items — and find some terrific bargains — at the show.
Visit our Show Vendors page for complete information about our participating vendors.
Raffles and Prizes
Many companies and individuals generously donated valuable items for us to raffle to our show visitors. Show visitors were able to purchase tickets for chances to win these great gifts. We are grateful to the following for their donations:
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