Contemporary Art Quilts from the
Manhattan Quilt Guild

Art quilts are a form of fabric and textile art and are created specifically as wall-hangings rather than being intended for use as a bed or lap quilt.

This exhibition marks the 40th anniversary of Manhattan Quilters Guild, celebrating the signature styles of their 21 members. What began as a small group of strangers responding to an ad in Quilters Newsletter Magazine—novice quilters sitting around a dining room table in Manhattan—has progressed into a select group of established artists who continue to meet in Manhattan. Their work, rooted in traditional craft, has evolved into fiber art forms that often go beyond quilts.

Like Manhattan itself, our membership is cosmopolitan and international. We bring our stories, our skills, our diverse interests to the table. We work hard. We share. We create, each maintaining a unique voice, even as we inspire each other. In addition to being professional exhibiting artists, we are designers, gallerists, curators, teachers, writers, bloggers, mentors, and entrepreneurs.

manhattan QUilt Guild

Mission Statement for Manhattan Quilters Guild

The Manhattan Quilters Guild, founded in 1980, is a diverse group of New York City-area quiltmakers dedicated to promoting the art of quiltmaking and furthering professionalism in the field. Manhattan QG members meet monthly to provide mutual encouragement and to support each other’s efforts to express themselves in fiber, via work critiques, discussions of pertinent topics, and sharing of skills, techniques, and related information. As a group, Manhattan Quilters Guild fosters public awareness of quiltmaking through exhibitions of members’ new works. Individually, members accept commissions, teach workshops and lecture, publish books and articles, and participate in quilt exhibitions, gallery shows and community service projects.

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