About Quilters Take a Moment

Quilters Take a Moment is the 2020 alternative to our biennial fundraiser typically held in the heart of New York City at the Fashion Institute of Technology. This year, to keep everyone safe, we presented Quilters Take a Moment with the same program planned for QTM with added social breaks. We can’t be together in Manhattan, but we’re still taking a moment to be together, learn together, and celebrate quilts together. 

Recordings of the live portions of Quilters Take a Moment are now available. Register now to be a part of amazing conversations, thoughtful presentations, and stunning displays of quilts.

The Quilt Alliance is the only nonprofit solely dedicated to documenting, preserving and sharing the history of quilts and quiltmakers and QTM is our biggest fundraising event, generously sponsored by industry and foundation support. 

Quilters Take a Moment Event Pass

$45/Quilt Alliance members or $65/non members

Event Pass includes:

  • All access pass to virtual event with both live and recorded sessions presented on September 25 & 26, 2020 
  • Known & Unknown Virtual Quilt Exhibition and virtual gallery tour by Curator Laura McDowell Hopper
  • Segments to lift your spirits with dance, music and laughs
  • Quilt Alliance project demonstrations and how-to resources

Quilters Take a Moment Live (and Recorded) Program includes:

Day 1

Friday, Sept. 25

Reading by poet and quilter Gwen Westerman

Welcome and prize drawing announcements by Emcee Josh Dunn

“Incubation of a Quilt” presentation by Anna Maria Horner.
Frances O’Roark Dowell joins Anna Maria for Q&A

Music from Ricky Tims

Debut of QSOS interview with Dindga McCannon by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi (recorded exclusively for QTMo on August 13, 2020)

Dance It Out–join event volunteers and staff to share a quilt while we dance the day to a close.

Day 2

Saturday, Sept. 26

Panel Discussion, “The Quilt Keepers.” moderated by Janneken Smucker, and panelists: Emily Bode, Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi, Julie Silber, Merikay Waldvogel, John M. Walsh III

Meet Our Sponsors: Q&A with the generous sponsors of Quilters Take a Moment

Comedy break with quilter and teacher Mel Beach

Virtual gallery tour by Laura McDowell Hopper, curator of the Known & Unknown virtual exhibition

Dance It Out–join event volunteers and staff to share a quilt while we dance the day to a close.

QSOS Interviewee Dindga McCannon

Quilters Take a Moment self-guided content for attendees includes:

Known & Unknown: Revealing Quilt Stories Exhibition

This year, QTMo includes a virtual exhibition opening exclusively for QTMo attendees, titled “Known & Unknown: Revealing Quilt Stories.” Thirty-five quilts from three centuries with stories ranging from subtle to sappy, owned by collectors, dealers, families and makers from around the United States will be shared virtually including a Go Tell It! video about each quilt recorded by the maker or owner. Artists and owners included in this exhibition:

  • Marjorie Childress
  • Michael E. Cummings
  • Jacquie Gering
  • Susan Hudson
  • Mary Kerr
  • Chawne Kimber
  • Roderick Kiracofe
  • Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi
  • Julie Silber
  • Merikay Waldvogel
  • John M. Walsh III
  • Gwen Westerman
  • Victoria Findlay Wolfe

Quilt Alliance Project Demonstrations

Go Tell It at the Quilt Show–a virtual guild visit with members of the Chattanooga Modern Quilt Guild

Meet Our Sponsors: Q&A

Meet the industry partners who made this event possible. Many, including Presenting Sponsor Moda Fabrics, have supported Quilters Take Manhattan since it launched in 2011.

Laugh breaks, dance breaks, and fun!

We’re all wary of Zoom fatigue and we want to make sure our live event is refreshing and spirit-lifting, so we’ve included time to laugh (comedy break with Mel Beach), enjoy music (performance by Ricky Tims) and dance (at the end of each live program we’ll turn everyone’s camera on who would like to dance it out with a quilt. Put on your red shoes, pick out your favorite quilt and dance the blues with us!

Contact us! Email Debby Josephs if you have questions.


Register now

The Quilters Take a Moment live event has finished, but new ticket purchasers will still get access to the same great content as a recording.