On This Day in History Quilts posts will return tomorrow! 

Alliance member Patricia Hobbs of MacomPat Hobbs photob, Illinois was our Grand Prize winner in the recent 2012 membership drawing. Pat won the Amazing Aurifil Cotton Thread Suitcase, with 216 gorgeous colors. I’d like to take this opportunity to launch a blog series I’m calling Meet a Member, where we’ll spotlight some of the generous, talented folks in our community of members. Our members include many who quilt, and some who do not. Pat is a quilter and a lifelong artist; in fact, she taught art for over forty years.

Pat has donated four stunning quilts for the Quilt Alliance contests, one each year since 2009 (see the Tiny Desk Exhibition of these quilts below).  And as a member, she has volunteered to help with Alliance events like greeting guests in our contest quilt exhibition at the AQS quilt show in Paducah. Thank you, Pat and all our members, for supporting the work that we do, contributing your story and your quilts to our documentation, and for caring deeply about preserving the tradition of quilting for future generations.

When Pat heard the news that she’d won this bonanza of Aurifil thread she said, “I am so excited to have won the suitcase of Aurifil. I never thought I would be the winner of such a wonderful prize. I am guilty of sometimes using cheap thread in the past, but will certainly feel like a queen using such fine Aurifil thread.  I do believe in the work and projects of Quilt Alliance especially that of telling and keeping quilters’ stories. I have learned so much from this organization and enjoy the annual small quilt auctions. It is impressive to see each quilter’s design and special interpretation of the yearly theme.”


And after Pat received the thread suitcase, she told us: “It is one thing to be excited about winning the thread, but to sit and hold the Aurifil thread collection in my hands is a dream come true!”

Here is a Tiny Desk Exhibition (love those NPR Tiny Desk Concerts) of Pat’s Alliance contest quilts from 2009-2012. Click on the link below each quilt to see materials and techniques used in each quilt and to read and hear Pat’s artist statements. These quilts are also documented in The Quilt Index, along with all Quilt Alliance contest quilts (you can browse them here).


For the 2009 contest, “Crazy for Quilts”
24. “Elements of a Homestead (3rd place, Ages over 30)”
Patricia Ann Hobbs
Macomb, Illinois
Click here for materials & techniques and artist’s statement


For the 2010 contest, “New from Old”
09. “Blessings of Plenty be Upon You”
Click this link
to view materials & techniques and artist’s statement for this quilt.

2011 contest, “Alliance: People, Patterns, Passion17. "Recycle/Repurpose"Patricia Ann HobbsMacomb, IllinoisFast to fuse, found objects, machine applique, oil pastels, machine quilted.My passion for over forty years has been teaching art, but that also includes collecting odd found objects – lots of them (the bane of my husband’s existence). Making something out of “nothing” is the challenge. One of my favorite artists was Robert Rauschenberg, the father of recycling. The patterns on this quilt are created with the repetition of similar little pieces or colored objects. People? Number one is my husband of 44 years.

For the 2011 contest, “Alliance: People, Patterns, Passion
17. “Recycle/Repurpose”Materials, Techniques”
Click this link to view materials & techniques and artist’s statement for this quilt.


For the 2012 contest, “Home Is Where the Quilt Is”
01. “The Piece Maker’s Child” (Honorable Mention)
Click this link to view materials & techniques and artist’s statement for this quilt.


Amy Milne headshot

Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance

How To Trim Flying Geese Without A Specialty Ruler

If you don’t have a Bloc-Loc ruler, you may find trimming these flying geese challenging. But by following these steps, you should be able to get four accurate geese in each color!

First, line up your ruler so the point of the flying geese unit will be trimmed exactly ¼” above the point. Try to line the unit up as straight as possible on the other three sides.

Next, flip the unit over. Line up the edge you just cut on the 2” line of the ruler as shown below, and trim the excess from the top.

Flip the unit right side up again. Line the lower left corner up with the 3 ½” mark on your ruler as shown above. Trim the excess on the right.

Finally, flip the unit over again so the point is pointing towards the 2” line. Align the left edge of the unit with the 3 ½” ruler mark as shown above and trim the excess on the right. Your flying goose unit is now ready to be pieced into your block!

Quilt Documentation Tip

 Andrea’s block story is all about the importance of quilt guilds. Quilting can feel solitary, but guilds bring us together. It’s a topic of conversation that was discussed with two Birthday Block of the Month Designers in a recent Textile Talk where the participants all shared emotional stories about their love for their guilds. 

Did you know that your guild can document your quilts as a group? Consider hosting a quilt documentation day in your guild! Follow these instructions and have members share three minute stories about one meaningful quilt in the Quilt Alliance’s signature Go Tell It documentation program. You could even host a screening so all of your members can see the videos! Get in touch at: qsos@quiltalliance.org

See You in October for Month Seven!

Thank you so much to everyone who has participated in the Quilt Alliance’s Birthday Block of the Month so far! Our designer for next month, the seventh block we’re making together, is Bonnie Hunter herself! 

Be sure to tag @quiltalliance and @3rdstoryworkshop on Instagram with your block photos this month, and use the hashtag #QuiltAllianceBOM. And leave any questions about this month’s block in the comments below!


  1. Ada

    Beautiful original quilts. I can understand why she won the prize!

  2. meg cox

    Pat, given that I purchased 3 or these 4 quilts of yours, I may count myself among your biggest fans. I so appreciate the wonderful artistry of these pieces and your generosity in donating them. I’m delighted that the person who won this awesome grand prize is someone who has given so much to the Quilt Alliance over the years. I can hardly wait to see what you come up with for this year’s contest, the 20th anniversary one with the theme of “20.” Your work has been so completely different each time, and I bet the Aurifil thread will ignite your creativity even more.


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