Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Not Fade Away: Sharing Quilt Stories in the Digital Age

Not Fade Away: Sharing Quilt Stories in the Digital Age is a one-day conference about documenting, preserving and sharing the stories of quilts and their makers.  The event, sponsored by the Quilt Alliance, is scheduled for Herndon,Virginia in a little over a week.  

Saturday, July 20, 8 am – 6 pm

Click here to see their registration page:http://www.allianceforamericanquilts.org/support/NotFadeAway.php

The conference about documenting quilters like Peggy Fetterhoff
is part of the mission of its sponsor, the nonprofit Quilt Alliance.

Quilters Sharing Our Stories is an ambitious project by the Alliance.
Check it out here:

Not Fade Away presenters include:
Janneken Smucker, Jinny Beyer, Luana Rubin, Kyra Hicks, Pat Sloan, Meg Cox, Leslie Tucker Jenison, Michele Muska  Pauline Macaulay, Emma Parker, Nancy Bavor, Marin Hanson, Suzanne McDowell, Mary Worrall

Panel Discussion: Patching the Holes: Curators Reveal How They Solve the Mysteries of Unlabeled Quilts and What They Wish Every Quilt Could Tell Them.Prominent textile curators Nancy Bavor, Marin Hanson, Suzanne McDowell and Mary Worrall take us behind the scenes to explain the challenges of working with unlabeled quilts and unknown histories. They'll share their favorite quilt discoveries and provide insights about unlocking quilt stories. They will also list the priorities today's quiltmakers and quilt owners should keep in mind when documenting their own quilts.

Attendees will be able to take two workshops (one morning and one afternoon). On the registration form you'll be able to prioritize your top four choices and we'll use your preferences to create a schedule for you, to be emailed before the conference.Self-Publishing for Quilters with Kyra Hicks.Social Media for Quilters with Pat Sloan and Luana Rubin.Taking Better Photos of Your Quilts with Meg Cox.Label It. Today! with Leslie Jenison and Michele Muska.Q.S.O.S. Volunteer Boot Camp with Pauline Macaulay and Emma Parker.

Gail Valentine's story is online at the Quilt Alliance.

Location:Floris United Methodist Church13600 Frying Pan RoadHerndon, Virginia 20171

Fees:$45 for Quilt Alliance members, $55 for non-members 

And if you can't get there:The organizers also offer “Home Tickets” for those who can't make the trip to Virginia. Home Ticket admission is $7 for Alliance members and $10 for non-members, and includes priority access to video footage of keynote speech, interviews and panel discussion portions of the event and an electronic version of the take-home resources.
My Promise of Spring
by Vikki Pignatelli 

The Not Fade Away conference will occur in conjunction with Sacred Threads, an international exhibition of quilts exploring themes of spirituality, joy, inspiration, peace/brotherhood, grief and healing. The exhibit runs from July 10-28 and one-day admission is included in the July 20 conference fee.Open to the public: Meet the Artists Reception: July 13, 2013, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

See more about the exhibit here:http://www.sacredthreadsquilts.com/

Curator Vikki Pignatelli has published a book:  Nurture Your Creative Spirit: Wisdom and Insight Learned Through the Art of Quilting


  1. I have a program that documents my quilts but really haven't used it since I got it, to review. I really should, I know it is frustrating to find a quilt and no information on them and being able to do it digitally is a nice idea.


  2. thanks for sharing Barbara! I'm one of the speakers, it's in my hometown!