Stratford quilter recognized in national competition

Stratford resident and quilter Christina Blais, knew she had to enter the Grand Central Terminal Centennial Quilt Challenge, having been a commuter who felt a thrill every time she emerged from the Metro North platform.

Sponsored by American Patchwork & Quilting and The City Quilter, Blais’ challenge was to capture the building’s grandeur and expanse, reflecting the theme of 100 years, using given fabrics in a small quilt. Making decisions on which details to include, hint at, and use license with, she created a quilt encompassing the historic clock, magnificent windows and soaring ceiling.

“I was judicious in my focus through fabric, material choices and content. I was challenged to provide a sense of perspective, color, detail, light and shadows within a small palette and space,” Blais said.

The New York Transit Museum enthusiastically embraced a Grand Central Terminal quilt exhibition for its 1,000 square foot Gallery in Grand Central Terminal. There are three winners, nine honorable mentions, and 18 finalists, all in this exhibit, with quilt artists representing 15 states. Blais received an Honorable Mention award in this, the first national contest she entered.

The 30 quilts from the Grand Central Terminal Centennial Quilt Challenge will be in Grand Central from March 15 through July 6, with these hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. NY Transit Museum Annex, Grand Central Terminal, can easily be reached by walking down the ramp from the Vanderbilt and 42nd Street entrance. The Museum is across from the Station Master’s Office and adjacent to the Transit Museum Shop.

Blais creates in her studio, in the American Fabric Arts Building in Bridgeport where she also gives traditional quilt making workshops.

For more information, contact Christina Blais, 203-612-6109 or; The City Quilter: 212-807-0390 and