It would be awarded to the champion of the designer match-up competition at the Quilt Alliance's Quilters Take Manhattan celebration and fundraising event last week-end in New York City.
This was the fourth year the Quilt Alliance has hosted QTM at the Fashion Institute of Technology's campus in the Garment District of NYC. And it sold out! There were 350 attendees, Amy Butler was our keynote speaker, Mark Dunn presented beautiful quilts from his vast collection, there were live "Go Tell it at the Quilt Show" interviews, vendors, workshops, an after dark party at the loft of Victoria Findlay Wolfe....and the Quilt Match. Lots of fun quilt-centered schmoozing and inspiration occurred!!!
But what was the Quilt Match? 3 designers were given 1 hour and a pile of fabrics they had never seen before, pins, fusible web from Mistyfuse, scissors, and a design wall. We were each allowed to bring 1 yard of our own fabric of choice, and in front of the live audience, had to create a quilt top! (To be sewn down later.)
My fellow contestants were John Kubiniec and, because our third quilter missed her train, a very intrepid audience member, Encyclopedia Brown, volunteered to fill in.
John and I were hamming it up, the day before...
Meg Cox's tour of The High Line urban park (also part of the weekend's events). John and I became super new friends. ;-) Even if he did bring a banana peel for me to slip on on stage! (He was kidding.)
But once the Match Up began, we were all focus.
One hour later...here are the three quilts:
The winner was decided by the audience's raising of hands!
Mark Lipinski, the Match Up's emcee? I forgot to put my shoes back on, having kicked them off in the frenzy of my hour designing.
Yes, I am happy! The belt is mine!!!!!
I'll be wearing it at Quilt Market next month, oh yeah....
And you might want to mark your calendars for Quilter's Take Manhattan next September!
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