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.

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!


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