Our first week of TWENTY auction quilts went on sale on eBay.com on Monday, November 11 at 9pm Eastern. All quilts are 20″ x 20″ and the starting bid for each is only $60. The quilts will be offered through December 9 in four one-week auctions. Click here to view and bid on the quilts on eBay. Click on any of the quilts below to see a larger view.

The 7th annual contest and Auction, titled TWENTY, celebrates the Alliance’s 20th anniversary, and documents the work of 93 artists from 26 states and 5 countries. The annual small quilt auction is one of the Quilt Alliance’s most important fundraisers, supporting projects like Quilters’ S.O.S. -Save Our Stories and Go Tell It at the Quilt Show, and enables our participation in projects like the Quilt Index.

The Alliance contest theme is traditionally open-ended to challenge the creativity of quilters from all corners of the quilt world– traditional, modern, art, applique, embroidery, machine quilting, hand quilting and those whose work falls under several of these categories or none at all. The only strict requirements of each year’s contest are the size of the entry (usually 15-20″ square) and that the construction include 3 layers.

The 2014 theme is Inspired By and entry forms will be downloadable in December, 2013 on the Quilt Alliance website. This year it all starts with inspiration. Entrants will be able to pick from our online Inspiration Gallery featuring quilts from The Quilt Index and Quilters’ S.O.S. – Save Our Stories projects, or select your own source to inspire your original entry.