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2015 Not Fade Away Conference


Quilt history isn't over. Every time a new quilt is made, another chapter of quilt history is written -- or at least it should be. The nonprofit Quilt Alliance teaches quiltmakers, quilt collectors and quilt lovers everywhere how to record history as it happens.

This summer, the Alliance will conduct its second conference on the oral history of quilts, full of up-to-the-minute techniques and inspiring projects. Not Fade Away: Sharing Quilt Stories in the Digital Age will be held on Saturday, July 18 in Herndon, Virginia, near Washington, D.C. The conference, sponsored by eQuilter.com, Sacred Threads and the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, will feature lectures, workshops, networking opportunities and more. 

Attendees from our 2013 Not Fade Away conference said: 

"Information shared, inspiration invoked, comfort and ease of facilities all came together."

"Combining the conference with a quilt show was a wonderful idea and helped my decision to attend."

"I loved the entire conference. This was the first Quilt Alliance conference that I have attended, and I was blown away by the professionalism and collegial atmosphere. The presentations were top-knotch and I will definitely attend other QA events when I am able to."

"My experience was outstanding! I thought the facilities were ideal, the staff was most gracious & cordial, the online registration process was easy & was handled beautifully."

This year's conference features a packed day-long program on Saturday, July 18, as well as an optional Friday night program. A two-day pass to the conference costs $75 for Quilt Alliance members and $90 for non-members (annual membership starts at $25/year). One-day passes are also available, as well as packages that include a fundraising dinner on Saturday evening. 

View the full press release with images here.

Other Recent Alliance News

James Foundation Grant Awarded for Q.S.O.S.
April 3, 2012

The Robert and Ardis James Foundation has awarded a grant of $30,000 to the Alliance for American Quilts to help grow its highly regarded oral history project, Quilters' S.O.S. - Save Our Stories (Q.S.O.S.). This invaluable grant partially funds the first two years of an ambitious five-year plan to grow, diversify and sustain Q.S.O.S., the single largest grassroots oral history project about quiltmakers. Since 1999, volunteers have conducted more than 1,000 quiltmaker interviews, full transcripts of which are shared on the Alliance website and archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Read the full press release here.


Alliance for American Quilts Changes Name, Broadens Mission
July 12, 2012

The phenomenal American quilt renaissance that began in the 1970s, has lately gone global. Both the craft of making quilts and the study of historic quilts are booming worldwide, flourishing everywhere from Europe to Asia. The Alliance wants to follow this vibrant trail of quilts wherever it leads and has already added international offerings within existing projects. Fittingly, the organization's board of directors has now voted to change the nonprofit's name to Quilt Alliance, to reflect the broader focus. A new logo was unveiled this week which depicts a colorful ring of quilts or patches punctuated by a threaded needle to finish the letter Q. The logo is vivid and flexible, a fitting symbol for a nimble and creative organization. A quick visit to the website will show how the new logo has already been graphically adapted to showcase specific events and programs, like the Alliance's Quilters Take Manhattan fall fundraiser. The website has been updated thoroughly to include the new name and logo. Read the full press release here.


Quilt Alliance Announces 2014 Contest: "Inspired By"
February 3, 2014


The Quilt Alliance launched its 8th annual quilt contest, which invites quilters to find inspiration in the nonprofit's unsurpassed online archives.
The mission of the Alliance is to document, preserve and share the stories of all types of quilters and every sort of quilt, and this contest welcomes every style and technique. Anyone can enter the contest by making a quilt that is 16 inches by 16 inches and inspired in some fashion by one of the Alliance's resources.
"Thousands of quilters across the country already know and love and use our resources," said Alliance president Meg Cox. "We hope this contest theme will entice multitudes of new quilters, so they can explore both The Quilt Index and the Quilters' S.O.S. - Save Our Stories (Q.S.O.S.) project, and tap into a fresh, deep well of inspiration."

View the full press release with images here.

"Inspired By" Contest Winners Announced
July 15, 2014


The Quilt Alliance is delighted to announce the winners of its 2014 quilt contest, "Inspired By." JoAnn Hoffman of Hill City, South Dakota was chosen as the Handi Quilter Grand Prize winner by judges Marianne Fons, Mark Lipinski and Paula Nadelstern.
Hoffman's quilt, titled "Inspire," is a New York Beauty block that is paper pieced and appliqued using batik fabrics.
Marianne Fons, speaking on behalf of the judging panel said of Hoffman's quilt, "All of us loved "Inspire." We felt the maker did a masterful job of interpreting both the theme of the contest and the work that inspired her entry. We appreciated the out-and-out joyfulness of the piece as a whole, expressed via the vibrant, "juicy" colors and the design of the motifs themselves."

View the full press release with images here.

2015 Contest Theme Celebrates Animals We Love
August 18, 2014


The Quilt Alliance announced its 9th annual quilt contest, "Animals We Love."
Anyone can enter the contest by making a quilt that is 16 inches by 16 inches and addresses this theme in some fashion. Finished quilts must be mailed to the Quilt Alliance office in Asheville, North Carolina with a postmark no later than May 1, 2015.
"As the clever contest logo by Alliance executive director Amy Milne makes clear, we hope that quilters will be playful and imaginative with this theme," said Alliance president Meg Cox. "We'd love to see animals that are mythical, prehistoric and exotic, along with tributes to beloved pets and zoo animals. Favorite stuffed animals are certainly fair game. And none of these have to be realistic portraits: I look forward to abstract hints of animals, as well as quilts using traditional blocks like Flying Geese."
View the full press release with images here.