If you’re headed to Houston for the International Quilt Festival this week, come see us in the Quilt Alliance booth (in the nonprofit area at the far end of the Exhibit Hall).

See our 2013 auction quilts:
36 of the TWENTY contest quilts including the Grand Prize and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place-winning quilts. You can view all of the TWENTY quilts on our website and bid on them on eBay.com beginning November 11.


Quilters Play Manhattan, pictured at left, the quilt created by guests at our 2012 Quilters Take Manhattan After Dark Party and Victoria Findlay Wolfe, will also be in our booth. This quilt will be auctioned on eBay during week 4 (Dec. 2-9) of our annual quilt auction.

Join or renew your membership:
While supplies last at Festival only, Quilters Take Manhattan Goody Totes free with all $50 memberships (or $15 separately).

All Quilt Alliance members, including those who sign up or renew at Festival will be eligible for our exciting End-of-Year membership drawings for prizes donated by Quilt Alliance business members like Aurifil, Fairfield, Quilting Treasures, stkr.it and Olfa.
Join or renew your membership online anytime on our website.


We’re also launching a fun new way to get to know the Quilt Alliance and our partners. Quilt Story Search is a quarterly online quiz created to introduce you to projects like Quilters’ S.O.S. – Save Our Stories and The Quilt Index. And top scorers will be entered to win a prize by a featured sponsor.

The Fall Quilt Story Search is sponsored by Aurifil4col

Click here to play the Fall Quilt Story Search through November 30!

We’ll draw from the highest scoring players to win these Aurifil collections.



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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