Meg Cox, author of the popular monthly e-newsletter, Quilt Journalist Tells All, and a member of the Manhattan Quilters Guild recently offered a wonderful online lecture in conjunction with our current exhibit featuring contemporary art quilts from the MQG. In this lecture—which she prepared especially for the Iowa Quilt Museum—Meg shared fascinating history about the Manhattan Quilters Guild and wonderful stories some of the artists who are members.
If you missed the lecture as it happened live, don't despair! You can still purchase a viewing of the recording for just $10 ($8 for IQM members). Quilt guilds wishing to view the program as a group can do so for $75.
An Ohio native, Meg Cox has been earning her living as a writer since graduating from Northwestern University in 1975. Following 17 years at the Wall Street Journal, she has has written for many national magazines, lectured and taught all over the country and authored five books. She continues to contribute weekend arts features to the WSJ.
Her two main specialties are FAMILY TRADITIONS and QUILTING, two wildly misunderstood topics. Both are thought to be old-fashioned and un-hip which could not be farther from the truth. Today’s smart parents are avid inventors of personalized rituals and celebrations that give their kids a sense of identity, security, meaning and fun. These traditions encompass everything from meals and activities handed down through generations, to brand new rituals, including some built around cutting-edge tech devices like iPads and smart phones.
The same is true of quilting: the 21 million American quilters who have built this burgeoning craft into a $3.6 billion industry are educated, computer-literate and fiercely creative. Her expertise on QUILTING stems partly from the 25 years that she has been a passionate quilter. Additionally, Meg served on the board of the national nonprofit Quilt Alliance for 10 years and was president for 6 years. She writes a popular free monthly e-newsletter called Quilt Journalist Tells All and also writes for Quiltfolk Magazine.