The Gift that Keeps On Giving

In September, the Quilt Alliance hosted its last Quilters Take Manhattan fundraising event. We are sad to end this chapter in our history, but excited about our next adventure–the launch of Quilt Story Road Show in 2018. Watch a video about the road show here! Through Quilters Take Manhattan we made a lot of new friends and worked with some of the most loyal and generous sponsors in the business.

Every year at QTM we gave away door prizes and held both a silent auction and a raffle. Our sponsors went all out to provide prizes and items to bid on–the quilt bling was bountiful and beautiful! At our 2017 event in the Big Apple, one of our longtime sponsors Handi Quilter, Inc. donated one of their HQ Stitch machines for our door prize drawing.

A staff member at Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center using the donated machine.

Lisa Mason of Darien, Connecticut came to QTM this year and put all of her raffle tickets into one box–the one for the HQ Stitch 210 sewing machine donated by Handi Quilter. She had a plan. Lisa’s daughter Caroline works at Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center in Yonkers, NY, providing art therapy for mothers whose children live in the care facility full time. The program only had one sewing machine, and Lisa decided that if she won the machine in the raffle, she would gift it to this worthy program. Guess who won the raffle? 🙂

“I was so delighted when I actually won!!” said Lisa. “Karma is a wonderful thing!! I’m so thrilled that I could give them that machine.  It is such a great portable!! Of course I had to try it out before I gave it to them.  I used it to teach a group of 9 and 10 year olds how to sew simple patchwork at our local library.  Passing down the obsession!”

HQ Stitch 210 By Handi Quilter

We were so excited to hear Lisa’s story, further proof that quilters (and quilt industry leaders) are the most generous people you’ll meet. We can’t wait to start traveling to guilds and groups across America to hear more stories of generous deeds and needs met. Find out how you can book a spot on the Quilt Story Road Show on our website.


We’d love to hear about the ways you and/or your guild or group gives back to your community (comment below). On behalf of our sponsors and our members, I wish you a very happy holiday season. May we always know the joy of giving!

Holiday hugs to you,


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