Our annual quilt contest is all about Inspiration this year.

We’re working with our partners at stkr.it to offer all contest entrants a chance to document the story of their quilt as it unfolds through a StoryPatches Slide Show. That feature should be ready for photo uploading soon and until then, we’ll feature entries in progress here on our blog. Want to share your entry? Email your photos with captions to Amy Milne.

This week, I’d like to share the story of Audrey Hyvonen’s contest entry, that was inspired by this 1920’s Split-Nine Patch Streak of Lightning quilt made by an unknown quiltmaker and documented as part of The Heritage Quilt Project of New Jersey.

Here’s how to enter:
1. Pick an inspiration quilt. Choose a quilt from The Quilt Index or the Quilters’ S.O.S.- Save Our Stories (Q.S.O.S.) projects, (see the Inspiration Gallery on our contest page for a few quilts selected by our members as examples of the variety and richness found in these resources). Browse and explore the projects to find your own inspiration quilt.
2. Find something(s) about the inspiration quilt that inspires you (like color, line, texture, subject matter, …)
3. Make your own quilt–work your magic–all techniques, materials, and styles are welcomed, but no replicas or copies allowed. All entries must be 16″ x 16″ and comprised of 3 layers (top, filling and back).
4. Sew a sleeve and a label on your entry and mail it to us with your entry form and fee by June 1, 2014.

You could win the Handi Quilter Grand Prize:

The Inspired By contest is sponsored by these generous partners: