Friday, August 29, 2014

MTS Meets the End of the Line

This post, like a few others, is a little late in being published.  I'm not quite sure what happened to the first half of this year, but I feel like I must have fallen off the face of the Earth for a while.  Please forgive the delay.

From The Quilt Fest of New Jersey X Website:
"The Quilt Fest of New Jersey.... will feature a Merchants Mall offering the best in fabrics, notions, sewing machines, wearable art, embroidery and everything for the quilter and home sewer!  (Garden State Exhibition Center, Somerset, NJ.)

In 2014, the Quilt Fest of New Jersey (March 6 - March 9) will continue the "Tri-State Quilt Competition" open to quilt artists who are residents of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

We hope you will enjoy the variety of The Quilt Fest -- its exhibitions, workshops, lectures and Merchants Mall."

One of those exhibitions was the Mountain to Sea Quilt display.  This brought us to the end of the tour.  The most exciting part for me is that I used to live in New Jersey.  I spent 11 years there.  My husband was born and raised there.  Our children were born there.  My quilting life was born there, too.  Although, I didn't get to go for The Show, I am pleased that some of my old friends were able to see a piece of my recent work. 

Of the Mid-Atlantic show:  The report from an "insider" was that our Mountain to the Sea special exhibit quilts were hung on the front wall of the quilt show!  Mancuso added a (tiny) picture of the series in the show handbook. It was a thrill to see them there! The only drawback of being so prominently displayed was (as one of the Art Bee members pointed out) it did mean that people occasionally rubbed against the quilts as they made their way thru the crowd.  No harm was done.

The final destination for the majority of the quilts in the series will be the offices of the Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail.  (Info re: where and how to see the quilts HERE.)  Several of the quilts will remain with their makers and one quilt has been sold into a private collection.

Volunteers are the heart of the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.  We need people with a wide variety of skills and interests to build and care for this beautiful trail. Here are some of the ways volunteers can help:
  • Build and maintain trail
  • Lead hikes
  • Write articles and other publications
  • Staff festival booths
  • Speak publicly about the MST
  • Raise funds
  • Office help (in Raleigh)
  • Hospitality at trail workdays and annual meeting (in Greensboro)
  • Other? Let us know how you’d like to help.
If you would like to volunteer in other ways, please contact Kate Dixon, Executive Director, at or 919-698-9024.

Look for note cards available for sale once all of the quilt makers have sent in their permission.  Once they receive the quilts being donated, they will be looking for opportunities to display them.