Did you know that there are more than 30 million quilters across the globe?  It’s true!

Every day, in small towns and big cities, using tools as simple and time-honored as a needle and thread or as complex as latest computerized sewing machine, quilters all over the world are sewing quilts for the joy of the process and with the hope that the patchwork they create today might someday be numbered among the treasured antique quilts of tomorrow.  As quiltmakers, we realize that while future generations may remember us only faintly, if at all, our quilts will powerfully tell our stories.

We at the Quilt Alliance take the hopes and dreams of quiltmakers very seriously, making it our mission to document, preserve, and share the heritage of quilting by collecting the rich stories of quilts and their makers from every era.

To that end, the Quilt Alliance has some very exciting news for quilters and those interested in the art, history, creation, collection, and documentation of quilts!  Thanks to the generosity of an extraordinary anonymous foundation, all contributions made to the nonprofit Quilt Alliance between now and the stroke of midnight on January 1, 2013, will be matched up to $10,000.

That’s right, ALL donations made to Quilt Alliance from now until year-end will be matched dollar-for-dollar until we reach this $10,000 goal.

Here’s the best news for contributors like you: as a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, all of the donated financial support to the Quilt Alliance is tax deductible!  That means that anything you donate during the last few weeks of 2012 can be deducted as a charity contribution when you file your taxes during the next few months!

Of course, we would love for quilters and  quilt lovers to donate a small fortune to help us reach our $10,000 goal but we’re aware that even our most enthusiastic supporters may not be able to make big donations.  That’s why this is such a special opportunity! Between now and year’s end, every donation of every size, does double-duty, going twice as far so that the Quilt Alliance may continue its very important work, linking the worlds of patchwork, scholarship, and public interest.

Please consider helping us in any way you can within the next couple of weeks — $5.00, $15.00, $25.00 or more!  As we head toward our target, anything you contribute will be doubly appreciated and every gesture of generosity will go twice as in helping the Quilt Alliance celebrate the history of quilting and insuring that quilts past, present, and future will be documented and preserved for the generations of tomorrow.

You can support Quilt Alliance using online forms or by printing and mailing our downloadable forms that are available by visiting:www.QuiltAlliance.org/support/donate.php.


Time is running out for you to essentially double your contribution and help to support the Quilt Alliance with a matching donation from our anonymous donor.  Please log into our website and help us continue our important work, today!

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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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