The Quilt Alliance, founded in 1993, is an organization whose mission is to preserve the American quilt heritage.It is a labor of love, especially for those individuals who gather the information to record. I participated in one of their projects, called Quilters' Save Our Stories or QSOS. I was interviewed in 2006 about my quilt "Leaving Us" that was part of a traveling exhibit, Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative. My interview and many others are now preserved in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
This year the Quilt Alliance held a contest with the theme:"Home Is Where The Quilt Is". Each participant could interpret the them as they saw fit but the quilt had to have a given house shape measuring 15" wide x 19 1/2" tall.
This contest was right up my alley. I really planned on participating, but.... you know. The deadline was June 2012. But, the next best thing to participating is viewing all of the winners who were just announced and the other entries. They are just fabulous. I got permission to share a bunch of the photos here. But I have to tell you that the photos are courtesy of the Quilt Alliance and the design copyright for each quilt is maintained by the individual artist.
There were 119 entries. I'm sharing some of my favorites here.
You can see the rest of them here: See more quilts The exciting news is that you can own one of these. They will be auctioned off in November to raise funds for the Quilt Alliance. Check the link for more info.
|"A Place To Grow"|
|"A Quilter Lives Here"|
|"Chickadees At Home"|
Cynthia St. Charles
|"Dare to Live Your Dreams"|
Lynn Dell Swapp
|"Home Is Where Your Story Begins"|
|"Quilting in the City House"|
|"Quilting Makes My Heart Blossom"|
| "When Life Gives You Scraps"|
And yippeee - Martingale is sending me 2, yes 2, Ruby Beholders, so there are 2 winners:
and Hillbilly Tonya