The deadline for our annual quilt contest is two weeks away–“Inspired By” entries must be postmarked by June 1, 2014.  Full details including a downloadable entry form can be found on our website and blog.

If your design or execution are still in neutral, here is a little inspiration game to get your motor in gear.

Match the Quilt to the Alliance Board Member
Five Quilt Alliance board members have offered photos of their in-progress or finished Inspired By entries:

Allie Aller
Lisa Ellis
Luke Haynes
Michele Muska
Victoria Findlay Wolfe

See if you can match up the artist with the quilt! In the left hand column below are the Inspiration quilts, selected from The Quilt Index or Q.S.O.S., and on the right are the original contest entries. Post your answers here as comments (A=board member’s name, etc…), and we’ll draw a winner on Monday, May 19 at 5pm Eastern from all those with correct answers.

Full details on the Inspired By contest, including a downloadable entry form, can be found on our website and blog.

Thank you to these generous Quilt Alliance Business Members sponsoring “Inspired By”:

Amy Milne headshot

Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance

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:

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. Suzanne

    A- Michele Muska, B-Victoria Findlay wolf, C-Luke Haynes, D-Lisa Ellis, E-Allie Aller

  2. Valerie Bothell

    A=Allison Aller, B=Victoria Findlay Wolfe, C=Luke Haynes, D=Michele Muska, E=Lisa Ellis

  3. Jessica

    A=Allie Aller, B=Victoria Findlay Wolfe, C=Luke Haynes, D=Lisa Ellis, E=Michele Muska

  4. mandymunroe

    A= Allie Aller, B=Victoria Findlay Wolfe, C=Luke Haynes, D=Michelle Muska, E=Allie Aller

    • mandymunroe

      Oops that won’t work! A= Lisa Ellis 😉

  5. maryelf

    A. Allie Aller
    B. Victoria Findlay Wolfe
    C. Luke Haynes
    D. Michele Muska
    E. Lisa Ellis


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