Our annual contest is all aboutthe 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
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.
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.
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.
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
Image: Tula Pink recording one of the first Go Tell It
at the Quilt Show! videos in 2012.
... 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.
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.