Quilt Alliance brings together the creative, scholarly, and business worlds of quiltmaking
to celebrate and preserve our shared quilt heritage and inspire today’s quilters. 


Every quilt has a story.


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We go where quilters gather.

Quilter Linda Sue Thomas recalls how quilts played a special role in a fallen soldier's funeral. Excerpt from her 2009 Quilters' S.O.S.-Save Our Stories interview:

Sara Walvoord (volunteer interviewer): How do you think quilts can be used?

Linda Sue Thomas: I think they can be used for a lot of things, but I was thinking of an incident that happened in my son's life. He's in the Marines and he had it happen to pull the duty for a quite a number of years of being one of the officers who had to go inform parents their child had died in the war and one of the young men who died was an Indian. And the Marines take a whole group of people with their burial details and they went to the Pine Ridge Reservation and I think he and his major were there for two weeks, but they had like a four day wake for this young man and what was really unique about this was what this group did with their quilts. The women of that particular reservation make quilts that's one of their money making projects. The Pine Ridge Reservation is one of the very poor, poor communities probably in the United States as far as money goes, but they make these quilts. What they did was they presented a quilt to each of the people who were a part of this young man's funeral service. They actually had a ceremony where they wrapped each individual marine in a quilt that they had made. And I think what really touched me about this was one lady hitchhiked a hundred miles across the reservation with her quilt to give it away. And she was 65 years old. And so I thought, 'Wow, what a use for the quilt,' and their saying is by wrapping the people in the quilt they are making them a part of them. So I thought that was really a unique use for a quilt.
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A very special thanks to our friends at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum​ for filming some great Go Tell It at the Quilt Show (or Go Tell It at the Museum!) interviews to celebrate National Quilting Day!

Hear about first quilts, family heirlooms, happy accidents and a sweet tradition of hiding a star in every quilt in our playlist of interviews from the museum: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jz17LgFT88&index=7&list=PLbRL8gNFw9DCpmnod95cpUmHhIEhp3cD9
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Celebrating ten years of Quilt Alliance contests, 2007-2016! Get inspired to add your creative voice to the 2017 contest, "Voices." Thank you to all of the artists who have entered and donated their quilts over the years! ... See MoreSee Less

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We are proud to partner with the Sacred Threads Exhibition again this year to present the Not Fade Away Conference. Sharing Stories in the Digital Era has never been easier and accessible. Join us on Saturday, July 15 in Herndon, Virginia, for a half-day conference to see how you and your group can begin documenting the quilts and makers in your community.  


Join us for our annual celebration in the Big Apple, Quilters Take Manhattan, September 15-17, 2017. Speakers include Sherri Lynn Wood, Merikay Waldvogel, and Michael A. Cummings (QSOS interview conducted by Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi). Pokey Bolton will emcee. Register soon, because tickets will sell out! Contact us to reserve a spot for your group and receive a discount. Can’t come to NYC? We also offer a QTM Moda Home Ticket.


Me?! Yes, you! You can help us by participating in our grassroots projects, volunteering at our events, and bringing your story to the circle.

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Our events are engaging, educational, and pure fun! Meet quilt celebrities, learn new tricks, get free stuff from our generous sponsors. And be part of our mission to capture every quilt story.

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Bring your story to the circle by joining our ever-growing quilting party. Member support helps sustain our projects, which preserve the stories of quilts and quiltmakers.

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