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Our annual contest is all about the Animals We Love this year.

As usual, we welcome any technique, any concept that addresses the theme and what it means to you—but each entry must be a quilt (three layers stitched together). Finished quilts must be 16″ x 16″ in size and must include a label on the back to include at minimum the name of the artist, title, date & location made. In addition each quilt must have a 4” sleeve sewn to the top of the quilt. All entries become a donation to the Quilt Alliance, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and after a national exhibition tour, will be auctioned to benefit the mission of the organization. All entries will be documented and shared in The Quilt Index (www.QuiltIndex.org).

Our mission is to document, preserve and share the stories of (all) quilts and (all) quiltmakers. We encourage everyone who makes quilts to enter our annual contest regardless of their style (traditional, modern, art) or technique (longarm, hand quilting, applique, pieced…) –all are welcomed and valued!

Here’s how to enter:

1. Enter online here: http://quiltalliancecontest.org/
Our web-based registration, judging and exhibition system is generously provided by ArtCall.
This year, we are charging a flat rate entry fee for the contest: $5 for Quilt Alliance members and $25 for nonmembers–enter as many quilts as you’d like for one fee.
2. Mail your quilt to the Quilt Alliance office, postmarked by May 1, 2015.
Mail to:
Quilt Alliance
125 S. Lexington Avenue, Suite 101
Asheville, NC 28801
Phone: 828-251-7073

Prizes:
Professional judges will select the Handi Quilter Grand Prize and the winner will receive a HQ Sweet Sixteen longarm sit-down machine package (machine, table and bobbin winder) by Handi Quilter, Inc.  Prize includes training by a local Handi Quilter retailer.

Please note: Past Quilt Alliance Contest Grand Prize Winners are ineligible for the Grand Prize on any given contest year. Employees, dealers or retail representatives of contest sponsors, as well as Quilt Alliance staff, board members and advisory council members are ineligible to win any and all Quilt Alliance contest prizes.

Quilt Alliance Members will vote to select First, Second and Third-place finishers as well as Honorable Mention Awards. Prizes for 1st-3rd place and HM will be provided by these generous Quilt Alliance Business Members:

All entries will be documented in The Quilt Index and travel to quilt shows, museums and other exhibition venues in the summer and fall of 2015. All quilts are a donation to the Quilt Alliance and will be auctioned to benefit the work of this 21-year-old nonprofit organization to document, preserve and share the history of quilts and quiltmakers.

Entry postmark deadline is June 1, 2014.

Questions or feedback? Post your question here or contact us by email or phone (828) 251-7073.

10. Be a trendsetter

10. Be a trendsetter

When you make a contribution to the Quilt Alliance, your generosity encourages others to support us. You can post on social media with these graphics after you give and use these hashtags to seal the deal. #givingtuesday #quiltalliance

Image: "And Shoes Complete the Ensemble" donation for the 2014 Quilt Alliance contest & auction by Sue Rook Nichols of Riverside, California.
9. ​Remember quilts can’t document themselves​.

9. ​Remember quilts can’t document themselves​.

When you donate to the Quilt Alliance, you help our educational campaigns, with tools to help quiltmakers and their families, or anyone who owns a quilt, record and preserve the story of their quilt.

Image: EuJane Taylor being interviewed by volunteers for the Quilters’ S.O.S. - Save Our Stories project at the International Quilt Festival in 2011.
8. ​Double your money

8. ​Double your money

Through December, your donation of any amount, will go twice as far with a matching gift from one of ​the Quilt Alliance’s generous foundation partners.

Image: "A.J.,” a donation for the 2013 Quilt Alliance contest and auction by members of the Broadway Gentlemen’s Quilting Auxiliary of New York, New York.
7.​ Bring us to the biggest quilt shows.

7.​ Bring us to the biggest quilt shows.

​When you make a tax-deductible donation to the Quilt Alliance, you put wheels under our mission. The ability to offer in-person, on-site events allows us to bring our projects where quilters gather.

Image: Quilt Alliance booth set up at QuiltCon 2015 where we introduced “Mod or Not,” an educational guessing game that pairs historical quilts alongside modern ones.
6.​ Improve your health!​

6.​ Improve your health!​

A National Institutes of Health survey from 2006 found when people give to charities, it activates regions of the brain associated with pleasure, social connection, and trust, creating a “warm glow” effect. Just like a quilt!

Image: "Oh to be Twenty Again!" a donation for the 2013 Quilt Alliance contest & auction by Nita Markos of Hillsboro, Illinois.
5. ​Don’t wait!​ It’s not too late to make a tax deductible contribution.​

5. ​Don’t wait!​ It’s not too late to make a tax deductible contribution.​

The Quilt Alliance is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and all contributors are supplied with an acknowledgment and thank you letter for your records.

Image: "Grandpa T and His Salad,” a donation for the 2015 Quilt Alliance contest & auction by Cindy Cooksey of Irvine, California.
4.​ Cultural heritage insurance

4.​ Cultural heritage insurance

When you provide a sustaining contribution to the Quilt Alliance, the quilters, their families, and historians will have access to high-quality documentation of today’s quilt stories.

Image: "Needlework 1928,” a donation for the 2013 Quilt Alliance contest & auction by Pauline Salzman of Treasure Island, Florida.
3. ​Support free Quilt Alliance content 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

3. ​Support free Quilt Alliance content 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

Just like on public radio or public television, Quilt Alliance content—Quilters’ S.O.S. – Save Our Stories and Go Tell It at the Quilt Show!, delivered via our website, blog, and YouTube channel, will be there whether you support us or not. When you show your love with a donation, you help support the content you value and use regularly.

Image: Tula Pink recording one of the first Go Tell It at the Quilt Show! videos in 2012.
2.​ You like entering the yearly quilt contest...

2.​ You like entering the yearly quilt contest...

... and use it as an excuse to buy more fabric, thread, batting, needles or scissors, while keeping the quilt industry healthy. Your donation to the Quilt Alliance helps keep the craft and community of quilting viable and valued.

Image: "20 Blocks for Twenty Years,” a donation for the 2013 Quilt Alliance contest & auction by Alison Ruggiero of Brooklyn, New York.
1. ​The best reason to give:

1. ​The best reason to give:

So we can continue documenting, preserving and sharing the stories of quilts and quiltmakers. You will support our work with a donation this year because you believe that the history of quilts deserves to be saved. You believe these precious records belong in secure places like the Library of Congress for future generations. You will invest some of your fabric stash funds in the Quilt Alliance because you believe this important cultural heritage should be shared and celebrated every day.

Image: "The Best,” a donation for the 2014 Quilt Alliance contest and auction by the late Yvonne Porcella of Arnold, California. Yvonne was one of the founding board members of the Quilt Alliance and you can find out more about her many contributions to the quilt world on our blog.