Eighty quilters from 25 states took the challenge in April 2013 and created their vision of art quilts that would compete, to represent 100 years of Grand Central Terminal. Thirty of those quilts were picked to be on display in the New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex March 15 thru July 6.
If you happen to be in New York, take a look. The quilt show is free. Top honors were awarded to Amy Krasnansky, a software engineer from Baltimore, MD who created “Time Flies, But We Take The Train”. Her quilt takes inspiration from 100 years of commuters, the famed Grand Central brass clock face, and the expansive ceiling in Grand Central with it’s aqua and gold colors.
The contest was dreamed up by Dale Riehl, owner of City Quilter in Chelsea. Riehl noticed the 20th anniversery of American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine coincided with Grand Central’s centennial. The contest and quilt show was organized by The City Quilter and American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine in association with The New York Transit Museum and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Riehl and his wife Cathy Izzo explored creating their own fabric lines and becoming licensees of the New York Transit Museum, which gave them exclusive rights to use subway maps and logos in their designs. The fabrics lines became: The Grand Central and the complementary GCT Constellations fabric lines; available in three colorways. Contest rules required each entry to use a minimum of 25% of this fabric in the design.