Did you know that Alliance members who are current with their dues are eligible to win some fabulous prizes if they renew or join by Monday, January 7? We’ve extended the deadline by a week to be sure everyone has a chance to participate.

Prizes include:


The AURIfil Suitcase contains 216 colors of fabulous Italian-made AURIfil cotton threads in 50wt. Compliments of Alliance board member Alex Veronelli of AURifil.


— “Look, I’m in the Book!”–Alliance board member Marie Bostwick is going to name a character after you in an upcoming novel in her bestselling Cobbled Court series


Tell Your Personal Quilt Story on the Radio: join the ever-amusing and inspiring Mark Lipinski, also an Alliance board member, as a guest on his weekly radio show, Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski.

To be eligible for these drawings, renew your membership or join for the first time by Monday, January 7 at midnight Eastern. Join or renew online here or phone or email Debby Josephs, Alliance Office Manager at 828-251-7073 or admin@quiltalliance.org to arrange for payment by phone.

Winners will be notified by Tuesday, January 8 and announced here. Thanks for being a member of the Alliance. And if you’re not a member yet, please join today. The drawing is a sweet incentive, but the real benefit is knowing that you are helping to ensure the documentation and preservation of the history of quilts and their makers for future generations.

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. Lori College

    Just renewed. Love your organization all you do for the Quilting Community!

    • quiltalliance

      Thanks so much, Lori! Going to check out your blog right now! -Amy


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