Tickets go on sale to Quilt Alliance members on March 2, 2020. Click Here for more info.

Current members will receive their link to register in an email. Email Debby Josephs if you have questions. Non-member QTM registration and Home Ticket registration will be added to this page on Monday, March 16.

Meet All of the QTM Sponsors!

The Quilt Alliance is the only nonprofit solely dedicated to documenting, preserving and sharing the history of quilts and quiltmakers and Quilters Take Manhattan (QTM) is our biggest fundraiser. This weekend-long benefit is anchored by the QTM Main Event at the Fashion Institute of Technology, in the heart of the New York City garment district on Saturday, September 26, 2020. QTM Add-On Events are offered throughout the weekend all over Manhattan. Please note: sale of Add-On Event tickets will be offered exclusively to Main Event attendees until July 1.

$65/members or $100/non members

Tickets go on sale to Quilt Alliance members on March 2, 2020. Current members will receive their link to register in an email. Email Debby Josephs if you have questions. Non member QTM registration and Home Ticket registration will be added to this page on Monday, March 16.

Ticket includes:

  • Full day educational program at FIT on Saturday
  • Access to the QTM Exhibition (see description below) and Vendors on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • QTM Goody Tote with samples and treats from our sponsors

QTM Main Event Educational Program (schedule is subject to slight changes–please check prior to event day)

8:30: Groups arrive and leaders check in
9:00: Individual guests arrive. Great Hall is open for exhibition, vendors, auction/raffle. Coffee and tea available for attendees.
9:30: Escorts begin to lead guests to Haft Auditorium
10:00-11:10: Reading by poet and quilter Gwen Westerman
Welcome from Emcee Josh Dunn
Keynote speaker Anna Maria Horner
11:10-12:15: Panel Discussion, “The Quilt Keepers.” moderated by Janneken Smucker
Panelists: Emily BodeDr. Carolyn L. MazloomiJulie SilberMerikay WaldvogelJohn M. Wash III
12:15-1:30: Beverages and light refreshments provided and time for lunch on your own; exhibition, vendors, auction/raffle open in Great Hall
1:30-2:30: Quilters’ S.O.S. – Save Our Stories oral history interview with Dindga McCannon conducted by Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi
2:30-3:00: Go Tell It! video presentation and closing remarks
3:00-5:00: Exhibition, vendors, auction/raffle open in Great Hall


QTM ExhibitionQTM Exhibition

This year, QTM will include an exhibition titled “Known & Unknown: Revealing Quilt Stories at Quilters Take Manhattan.” Twenty-five quilts from three centuries with stories ranging from subtle to sappy, loaned from collectors, dealers, families and makers from around the United States will be shared. Admission to the exhibition is included with QTM Main Event tickets, but separate tickets will also be sold at the door during the event weekend.

Vendors at QTM


Shop ’til you drop with our generous vending and demonstrating sponsors: Aurifil, Gotham Quilts, The Modern Quilt Guild, Oliso, Oh Sew Sally!, Giucy Giuce, Cherrywood & Handloom Batik and Mistyfuse. 

Add-On Events, Friday, September 25, 2020

Garment District Tour with Paula Nadelstern

Friday, 9:30am-12:30pm
$40/person. Limited to 20 people.
Meeting location to be shared after registration.

Quilter and fabric designer Paula Nadelstern has lived and worked in New York City her whole life. Come on a special 3-hour tour of the Garment District that starts in the Benartex office where Paula designs fabric including a glimpse at Paula’s about-to-premiere collection and the textile software she uses to color. Then you’ll go on to shop at her favorite haunts selling fabrics, beads, fabric flowers, feathers, leather, trims, buttons and more. 

Garment District Tour with Diane Rode Schneck

Friday, 10:00am-1:00pm
$40/person. Limited to 12 people.
Meeting location to be shared after registration.

Join NYC quiltmaker and fabric fanatic Diane Rode Schneck for a shopping tour of some of her favorite stores in the Garment District and neighboring areas. Fabric, trims, beads and more, including M&S Schmalberg, Beads World and Mood! Wear comfortable shoes, bring a bag for all your treasures and be prepared to shop till you drop!

Workshop: Allie Aller: Making a Memorial Pillow

Friday, 10:00am-1:00pm
$45/person. Limited to 16 students.
Location: Gotham Quilts, 40 W 37th St, New York, NY 10018

Students will create a sample 20″ X 20″ pillow to familiarize themselves with the process of using the precious memorial clothing they bring to class. If they wish, they will carry this experience home for any larger project they desire to undertake.

Two different approaches will be offered: a “Boro” Style of improv applique of clothing elements onto a foundation, and a more structured creation of traditional quilt blocks using harvested “fabrics”. Allie will contact students via email a few weeks before the workshop to give a more thorough introduction of Memorial Quiltmaking, and to field any questions students have before coming to New York. This will be a heartfelt and productive class.

Museum at FIT—Curator-led Talk Using Costumes from the Collection

Friday, 10:00am – 11:00am (classroom portion; galleries open to the public from 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
$25/person. Limited to 25 people.
Location: Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Seventh Avenue at 27 Street, New York City 10001-5992.

This hour-long tour takes place in a classroom where guests sit around a large table as the FIT Museum curator gives a brief history of fashion through the decades of the 20th century using a rack of garments from the collection. Included on the rack are designs by important American, European and international designers such as: USA – Claire McCardell, Oscar de la Renta, Adrian; France – Christian Dior, Christian Aujard, Chanel, Courreges: Italy – Valentino, Giorgio di Sant’Angelo. The Costume Tour ends at 11:00 am. Participants are invited to come back to the museum to tour the galleries when they are open to the public between 12 noon and 8:00 pm.

Behind the Scenes at the Metropolitan Museum’s Renowned Antonio Ratti Textile Center

Friday, 2:00pm – 4:00 pm
$50/person. Includes museum admission.
Location: 1000 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10028 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has been collecting textiles since 1879 and owns thousands of important pieces made between 3000 BC and the present. Including one of the world’s finest collections of quilts. Our guide, a member of the curatorial staff at the Met’s Ratti Center, will show us some favorite quilts, guide us through the center’s restoration areas and take your questions. Participants in the tour can spend as much time as they wish touring the museum before and after our event. (The museum is open until 9 pm on Fridays.) You’ll be given instructions on picking up your ticket at the museum, and where and when the group will assemble to tour the textile center.

Quilters Take Broadway: Come From Away

Friday, 7:30pm. Orchestra seats – enjoy a post-performance “talk back” at the stage
$120/person.  Limited to 25 people.
Meeting location to be shared after registration.
Theater address: Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 West 45th Street, New York, New York 10036.

“COME FROM AWAY, the inspiring, funny and kick-ass beautiful new musical serving as the Broadway debut for the married team of Irene Sankoff and David Hein, who co-authored the book and score, takes a true story that began on September 11th, 2001, and tells it in an exhilarating fashion that celebrates decency and human kindness. The helpers of Come From Away were not in a position to risk their lives on that tragic day, but they were given the opportunity to open their hearts and, as dramatized on the Schoenfeld stage, they gloriously did so. As a theatre critic, I’m often asked by people I meet for recommendations. Before answering, I always ask what kind of plays or musicals they usually like, so I can match them up with something they’d more likely enjoy. As long as Come From Away is playing on Broadway, I will recommend it to everyone. Everyone.”

From: BroadwayWorld | By: Michael Dale | Date: 03/12/2017

Add-On Events, Saturday, September 26, 2020

QTM After Dark Sip & Shop Reception at Gotham Quilts

Saturday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
$35/person. Limited to 50 people.
Location: Gotham Quilts, 40 W 37th St, New York, NY 10018

Join us for the QTM Main Event “After” party at our favorite quilt shop in the Big Apple—Gotham Quilts! Enjoy light snacks, wine and non-alcoholic drinks while you socialize and shop with old friends and new.

Add-On Events, Sunday, September 27, 2020

Coffee with QTM Sponsors and Exhibitors

Sunday, 9:00am – 10:30 am
Location: FIT Conference Center. Great Hall, 218 W 28th St, New York, NY 10001.

Join QTM Sponsors and the collectors, dealers, artists and families who loaned quilts for the QTM exhibition for a meet and greet coffee event before we open the Great Hall to the public on the last day of our show.

Workshop: Georgia Bonesteel: Scrap Happy Quits: A Teaser Trip!

Quilting legend Georgia Bonesteel unlocks the tricky piece and re-piece process for The Real Trip Around the World quilt in this mini sampler. Come with your scraps ready to stitch in the pages of a magazine. 

Sunday, 10:00am-1:00pm.
$45/person. Limited to 16 students.
Location: Gotham Quilts, 40 W 37th St, New York, NY 10018

Workshop: Giucy Giuce: Photographing Your Quilts: NYC Edition

 Sunday, 11:00am-5:00pm.
$45/person. Limited to 13 students.
Starting Location: FIT Conference Center. Great Hall, 218 W 28th St, New York, NY 10001.

Join Giucy Giuce as he shares his tips and tricks for sharpening your quilt photography skills. You do not need fancy equipment or professional lighting to take an amazing photograph. Just bring your cellphone or camera, a favorite quilt project, and some imagination as we embark to the streets of NYC to bring quilts into the 21st century.

Tenement Museum Tour + Tour of the Bode Workshop and Flagship store.

Sunday, 11:00am-1:30pm (if interested in traveling together, meet at FIT Great Hall at 10:30am)
$50/person. Limited to 16 people.
Museum address: 103 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002.

Join group leader, quilt historian Merikay Waldvogel for a multifaceted look at textile production in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, from the late 19th century to today. First stop: the Tenement Museum, where a museum educator will lead you through one of the museum’s restored tenement buildings. During the one-hour tour, you will visit the apartments of two families to explore the ways immigrants, past and present, have navigated work, culture, and religious  identity.

In part two of the outing, you will walk a few blocks to meet fashion designer Emily Bode at her workshop and flagship store. Bode’s menswear is inspired by vintage and antique quilts and textiles. Emily recently won the 2020 Council of Fashion Designers of America, INC (CFDA) Emerging Designer of the Year Award and the inaugural Karl Lagerfeld Award for Innovation, one of two International Woolmark Prizes. Bode was interviewed by Waldvogel in 2018 for the Quilt Alliance’s StoryBee show (attendees will receive a link to the full episode prior to the tour).




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