Not Fade Away: Quilt Alliance 2nd Conference


NFA2015logoQuilt Alliance will present their second conference, Sharing Quilt Stories in the Digital Age, in Asheville, North Carolina, on May 5, 2015.

Quilt history isn’t over. Every time a new quilt is made, another chapter of quilt history is written — or at least it should be. The nonprofit Quilt Alliance teaches quiltmakers, quilt collectors, and quilt lovers everywhere how to record history as it happens.

This summer, the Alliance will conduct its second conference on the oral history of quilts, full of up-to-the-minute techniques and inspiring projects. Not Fade Away: Sharing Quilt Stories in the Digital Age will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2015, in Herndon, Virginia, near Washington, D.C. The conference, sponsored by, Sacred Threads, and the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, will feature lectures, workshops, networking opportunities and more.

This year’s conference features a packed day-long program on Saturday, July 18, as well as an optional Friday night program. A two-day pass to the conference costs $75 for Quilt Alliance members and $90 for non-members (annual membership starts at $25/year). One-day passes are also available, as well as packages that include a fundraising dinner on Saturday evening.

A ticket to Friday evening’s program includes a welcome mixer with appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks, a preview of the Sacred Threads exhibition, and an exciting night of video previews and a special presentation of the work of Donna Sue Groves, founder of the first Quilt Barn Trail in Adams County, Ohio. Filmmaker Julianne Donofrio will preview her film, Pieced Together, and answer questions about how she put together funding for this documentary about “How quilt square trails changed America – and saved Donna Sue’s life after job loss and breast cancer.”

Quilt Alliance Barn Photo

Admission to Saturday’s full day program includes coffee and danish breakfast, a boxed lunch, and a full day of workshops, discussions, and informal networking sessions on oral history and documentation techniques, challenges and successes. Conference registration includes one-day admission to Sacred Threads, an international exhibition of quilts exploring themes of spirituality, joy, inspiration, peace/brotherhood, grief, and healing.

Marin Hanson will give the keynote address “One Hundred Good Wishes Quilts: Commemorating and Documenting Adoptions from China” about the tradition of American families making a special kind of quilt to celebrate and commemorate their children’s adoption from China.

China Kids
Shoshana (on left) and Anna (on right) Levin showing off their One Hundred Good Wishes Quilts made
by their mom, Michele Levin. Photo courtesy Michele Levin.

Studio portrait of Marin Hanson, Curator of Exhibitions, International Quilt Study Center and Museum. CEHS Faculty / Staff photo shoot. February 4, 2014, Photo by Orville Friesen, Instructional Design Photographer.Marin Hanson, Photo by Orville Friesen.

Marin Hanson is the Curator of Exhibitions at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum (IQSCM) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). She holds undergraduate degrees from Grinnell College and Northern Illinois University and earned her MA in museum studies and textile history with a quilt studies emphasis from UNL. Marin has served on the board of the Quilt Alliance since 2009.

Saturday’s program will also include a panel discussion, titled “Using the Family Tree to Piece Together the Story of a Quilt.” Panelists include Gloria Comstock, Michelle Flamer, Kyra Hicks, Mary Holton Robare, and Mary Worrall.

The Alliance’s newest video oral history project, Go Tell It at the Quilt Show! as well as the Quilters’ S.O.S. – Save Our Stories project (launched in 1999), will also be demonstrated. Quiltmakers whose work will appear in the Sacred Threads Exhibition will be interviewed for this short-format video documentation project during the lunch break.

Attendees will choose two workshops for the afternoon session. The conference will close on Saturday evening with a dinner to honor outgoing Quilt Alliance president Meg Cox at Amphora Diner Deluxe in Herndon. Meg will share both the story of her life with quilts and some of the most meaningful quilts in her collection, like the one pictured below made by Meg’s mother, Jo Cox.

Blue-White Quilt

Those unable to make the trip to Herndon for the Not Fade Away conference can attend virtually by purchasing a Not Fade Away Home Ticket, which will provide them with online access to video footage of the event after the conference closes. The cost of a Home Ticket is $15 for Quilt Alliance members and $20 for non-members.

Discounts for groups of ten or more are available. Contact Debby Josephs for more information at or 828-251-7073.

Not Fade Away attendees can also take advantage of a Museum Bus Tour on Friday, July 17 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm). The tour will stop at three museums, and participants will get to see special exhibits at each, including the DAR Museum’s “Eye on Elegance” show. This trip is offered by Sacred Threads and tickets are $75/person. Information and ticket sales for the bus tour can be found here:

For more information, CLICK HERE for the Not Fade Away website, or contact Amy E. Milne, Executive Director of Quilt Alliance, (828) 251-7073

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