Thursday, June 12, 2014

Grand Central Centennial Quilts

This past weekend, I took myself on a self-proclaimed and self-directed "This Quilting Mama" tour of New York City and New Jersey. My first three stops were in Manhattan.

The City Quilter, a Manhattan based fabric store, in partnership with American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine created a national contest to celebrate and honor the Centennial of Grand Central Station. Four fabrics were created "incorporating the distinctive colors and iconography of this beloved building." This final exhibit at the New York Transit Museum includes 30 finalists from the over 80 entries. It will be on display until July 6th, 2014.

Honorable Mention: "Mercury's Concourse" by Fran VanEron of Fort Collins, Colorado.

Grand Prize: "Time Flies But We Take the Train" by Amy Krasnansky of Baltimore, Maryland

Finalist: "Stars of the Four Winds" by Pamelia Paddock of Abilene, Texas
Second Prize: "Chasms 16: Under the Stars" by Beth Carney of Yonkers, New York

Finalist: "Celebrating the Wheels of Progress" by Margaret Caldwell of Panama City, Florida

Honorable Mention: "GCT Centennial Cake, CELEBRATE!" by Nancy S. Hoskins of Springfield, Virginia

First Prize: "Grand Central Terminal Mandala" by Ligaya Siachongco of Woodside, New York

Honorable Mention: "Family Tribute to Grand Central" by Nancy H. Gary of Hudson, Ohio

Honorable Mention: "Frank's Daily Commute" by Julie Quigley of Brookfield, Wisconsin

Finalist: "It's About Time" by Melinda Meers of Melbourne, Florida

Honorable Mention: "Meet Me at the Clock" by Christina Blais of Stratford, Connecticut

Finalist: "Coming and Going for 100 Years" by Karen Morrison of Katy, Texas

So sorry to have missed the title and maker of this quilt. 

Finalist: "Escalator to the Stars" by Charlotte Noll of Lauderhill, Florida

Finalist: "Time Tables and Ticket Windows" by Patricia Porter of Lincoln, California

Finalist: "100 Years-- Out of the Darkness and Into the Light" by Kim Gimblette of Ossining, New York

Finalist: "Grand Timeline" by Laura Laslett of Greenwood Lake, New York

Finalist: "A Celebration of Service" by Angela E. Jones of Chula Vista, California

Finalist: "Happy Birthday" by Sheva Farkas of Silver Spring, Maryland

This one is my personal favorite as the top "photograph" is made from hundreds of very, VERY small pieces. AMAZING watercolor technique work. It is called "Movement and Connection" by Lisa Ann Bova from Dublin, Ohio and earned and Honorable Mention.

Finalist: "Memories of Grand Central Terminal" by Carolyn Rancier of Abilene, Texas

Honorable Mention: "As Time Goes By" by Gretchen Crozier of Fremont, California

Finalist: by Theresa Nielsen of Royal Oak, Michigan. Sorry I didn't get the whole title.

Finalist: "100 Year GCS" by Lisa Jenni of Redmond, Washington


  1. There's some very creative people out there!! Thanks for the show. What better way to wake up?

  2. I really wanted to get down there to see it for myself but it just wasn't possible. Oh well, at least I got to see it through your pictures.