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Quilt Alliance Announces:

Crazy for Quilts: a contest for quilters of all ages that honors the spirit of the crazy quilt.

The 2009 Crazy for Quilts contest and auction has now ended. The 2010 AAQ quilt contest will be announced by January 1, 2010.

Sponsored by Moda Fabrics, Mountain Mist, Spoonflower, The Electric Quilt Company, EZ Quilting/Simplicity Creative Group, Quilting Arts TV,Dharma Trading Co., Embellishment Village, Kreinik and Riversilks.

Entry Deadline: June 1, 2009

Download contest rules
Download entry form


Crazy for Quilts! entrants are encouraged to draw inspiration from one or more aspect of the crazy quilt: design, color, fabric, surface embellishment, history or some other aspect of this style that you want to celebrate. There's room in this contest for all kinds of crazy-from traditional approaches to art quilts. The only constraints are that the finished quilt be 16" x 16" in size (2009 is our 16th anniversary), and the final result must consist of three layers.

Prizes and Sponsors

First Prize: Moda Fabric, Mountain Mist batting and Spoonflower custom-printed fabric. Worth $750-$1,000. There will be one first prize given in each category.

Second Prize: Mega Gift Basket piled high with quilting tools and supplies provided by: EZ Quilting/Simplicity Creative Group, Dharma Trading Co., Embellishment Village, Kreinik and Quilting Arts TV. Valued at $500.00 There will be one second prize given in each category.

Third Prize: An EQ6 Price Package from The Electric Quilt Company containing EQ6 software, three EQ6 companion books, plus two STASH fabric CD's. Valued at $250.00. There will be one third prize given in each category.


What Makes a Crazy Quilt Crazy?
Read quilt expert and AAQ advisory council member Merikay Waldvogel's essay about the history and influence of the crazy quilt.

Think of your contest entry as a multi-layered collage laden/enlivened with fanciful and meaningful material images. It can be celebratory, jubilant, pensive, and reflective. Set the tone with the colors you choose. Include images around you on billboards, on posters, on the internet, in the newspaper, and in magazines. Rejoice and reflect on our new president and the future he faces. Reminisce on the decade of your high school or college years. Transfer photos or postcards of a favorite family vacation. Collect small items to embellish your piece. Remember a favorite teacher, friend, grandparent or even a pet. The possibilities are endless.

Go to www.quiltindex.org, click SEARCH on the menu bar, and type in "crazy" in the pattern space. Over 1,100 images of crazy quilts, including close-up details, should pop up. Most are 19th century examples, but you will even find newer examples.

Browse a list of Merikay's picks from the Quilt Index to get your creative juices flowing. Also included are links to Q.S.O.S. interviews with quiltmakers who have an interest in crazy quilts.

Then check out the Quilt Index Wiki to add your own favorite quilts from the Quilt Index to our Collaborative Crazy Quilt Exhibit.

Contest Format and Rules

Contest quilts become a donation to AAQ. All entries will be auctioned on eBay with 100% of the proceeds supporting the AAQ and its projects. This auction is one of our most successful annual fundraisers and a great way for quiltmakers to support our mission in a creative way.

This year we'll have two categories to encourage younger quilters to participate: Ages 30 & Under and Ages Over 30. 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize will be awarded in each category as well as honorable mention awards. AAQ members will vote to award prizes (a good reason to become a member when you enter the contest-every vote counts!).

Entry Fee Non-refundable. Alliance members pay $5 per quilt. Non AAQ members* pay $25 for the first quilt and $10/ea for subsequent quilts. *Please click here for more information about becoming an Alliance member for as low as $25/year. The Alliance for American Quilts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations and memberships are deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Limit of Entries: None. Enter many!

Size of entries: Each work must measure 16"x16" square.

Sleeve and label: Each quilt must have a 4-inch sleeve sewn onto the back. A cloth label with the entrant's name, title of quilt and date must be securely sewn on the back of the quilt.

Artist's Statement: A 75-word (max) artist's statement must accompany each quilt (see entry form).

Jury: The members of the Alliance for American Quilts will each have one vote for their favorite quilt. Their decision will be final. Run-offs will be held as needed. The organizers reserve the right to decide which quilts will be included in exhibitions if space is limited

Who May Enter: Open to anyone who wishes to enter. The entries may be the work of more than one person as long as proper credit is given to all involved in the actual completion of the quilt.

Exhibitions: The quilts will be exhibited on The Alliance's website as well as national venues including the National Quilting Association's annual show in Columbus, Ohio, June 18-20, 2009. The quilts will be auctioned and the proceeds will go to The Alliance for American Quilts.

Copyright Permission: Entry into the competition automatically grants copyright permission for the image of the quilt and/or all or part of the Artist's Statement about the quilt to be used in articles, ads, promotions, posters, catalogs, books, websites, CDs, event news coverage, television productions and/or multimedia productions for and about The Alliance for American Quilts. The quilt artist retains copyright to his/her quilt design.

Mail entries to: The Alliance for American Quilts, 125 S. Lexington Avenue, Suite 101, Asheville, NC 28801

Must be POSTMARKED no later than June 1, 2009. The complete entry should contain the following:

  • Completed, signed Entry Form (one entry form per quilt) including Artist's Statement
  • Quilt measuring 16" x 16"
  • Non-refundable entry fee. Non AAQ members* pay $25 for the first quilt entered and $10/ea for subsequent quilts. Alliance members pay $5 per quilt. There are two payment options:
  • Check or money order, in U.S. funds drawn on a U.S. bank and made payable to The Alliance for American Quilts
  • PayPal: Login to your PayPal account. Send your payment to quiltalliance@yahoo.com. When you are asked to select "Category of Purchase," choose "Service/Other." In the "Message to Recipient" field, enter "Crazy for Quilts," your name and the title of your quilt.

*please include your membership form and dues payment if you are joining at this time

Competition Calendar

June 1, 2009: Postmark deadline for entries.
July 2009: Quilts will be displayed on www.AllianceforAmericanQuilts.org. AAQ members will vote online shortly after. August 2009: Winners will be announced.
November 2009: Quilts will be auctioned online to support the mission of the Alliance for American Quilts.


For further information contact Amy Milne, Executive Director, at (828) 251-7073 or by email