Contest Deadline Extended–Let Us Hear Your Voice!

Add your voice to this contest!

The Quilt Alliance has extended the deadline (now July 3, 2017) for its 11th annual quilt contest. This year’s theme is “Voices.” Artists are invited to share their opinions, memories, language, conversation and truths in the form of a 16” x 16” wall quilt. Help us document the state of quilting in 2017 and let your voice be heard.

As part of our mission, the Quilt Alliance ensures the documentation and preservation of the stories of quilts and quiltmakers through our oral history projects. We value the human voice, as well as your voice expressed in cloth and thread. Everyone who makes quilts is encouraged to enter our annual contest regardless of their style or technique. Traditional, modern, art, longarm, hand quilting, applique, piecing are all welcomed and valued.

Register for the Contest!

For full information and registration, visit the Quilt Alliance website here. Registration is online. Finished quilts must be mailed to the Quilt Alliance office in Asheville, North Carolina with a postmark no later than July 3, 2017.

The quilts will be exhibited on our website, and at 2017 Alliance events, including the Not Fade Away conference on July 15 in Herndon, Virginia. Other exhibition venues include the Quilters Take Manhattan fundraising event in New York City on September 19 and in the Alliance booth at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Nov. 1-4. All quilts will then be auctioned online in mid to late November to benefit the Quilt Alliance.

All quilts will be labeled using StoryPatches. These special quilt labels have a QR code to link the quilt to its photo and documentation online. You can scan the label and instantly find out the artist’s name, artist’s statement and link to the artist’s website. The mission of the nonprofit Quilt Alliance is to document, preserve and share the stories of all types of quilters and every sort of quilt. The Alliance’s oral history projects, Q.S.O.S. and Go Tell It at the Quilt Show!, have recorded more than 1,200 stories of today’s quiltmakers. The Quilt Alliance helps quilters, quilt owners and groups like guilds and museums, record, archive and present the cultural heritage of quilting in America.

Past Alliance contest quilts, left to right: Cover Us (2006) by Yvonne Porcella, Ode to Tamar (2009) by Allison Ann Aller, and Pineapple Log Cabin Renewed (2014) by Jane Hall.

Contest Sponsors

We are proud to announce that Handi Quilter Inc. will provide our top prizes. First, second and third place finishers will receive an HQ Stitch sewing machine (models 710, 510, and 210 respectively). Brenda Groelz, Director of Marketing and Education for the company says “At Handi Quilter, we give quilters the tools to make quilts that last. We applaud the mission of the Quilt Alliance to save the stories as well as the quilts. This contest allows quilters to further the Alliance mission, while also allowing quilters the opportunity to document and preserve their work in perpetuity.”

Additional contest prizes contributed by these generous sponsors:

Moda Fabrics, Aurifil, AccuQuilt, EZ Quilting, Simplicity Creative Group, and StoryPatches.

View the complete “Voices” contest guidelines on the Quilt Alliance website here.


Thank you for changing the dealine…as a teacher during the year, I wasn’t sure I was going to make that June first deadline, but I have been working all day today, trying…nice to know I have a bit of breathing room. sincerely, Maude Wallace Haeger As well, I love the choice of category inspiration…voices…


    Maude, so glad this will help you make the deadline! Best of luck on the end of school, and thanks for your service as a teacher!

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