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Quilt Alliance Announces:

The Alliance for American Quilts Presents a New Quilt Contest to Celebrate Our 15th Anniversary Year: "My Quilts/ Our History"

Sponsored by Pfaff, Mountain Mist, and The Electric Quilt Company

Theme

The competition celebrates The Alliance for American Quilts' fifteen-year mission to document, preserve and share our great quilt heritage. Contest quilts should reflect your personal history as a quiltmaker. Your quilt might celebrate your favorite techniques or patterns, illustrate the ways in which your quilting skills have developed over the years, or serve as a tribute to a quilt teacher or other mentor. Just as long as the quilt's design is tied to your quilt story in some way, and the finished quilt is a 15" by 15" square. Entries can be traditional or art quilts. Any techniques -- piecing, applique, embroidery, whole cloth and/or manipulated fabric, etc. -- may be used. Quilts are to be made especially for this contest. Any materials can be used. However, the final result must consist of three layers. Contest quilts become a donation to The Alliance for American Quilts. We will auction them online, with 100% of the proceeds supporting the continuation of our mission.

Prizes and Sponsors

First Prize: Pfaff Classic Style Quilt 2027, valued at $1,049.

Second Prize: Gift basket of wonderful quilting products including a year's worth of batting. (24 Mountain Mist batts of varying sizes and styles), valued at $500

Third Prize: An EQ6 Price Package from The Electric Quilt Company containing EQ6 software, three accessory books, plus two fabric CD's, valued at $250.

Quilt Contest Prizes and Rules

pfaff logo First Prize: Pfaff Classic Style Quilt 2027. Valued at $1,049. There will be one first prize given.
mountain mist logo Second Prize: Gift basket of wonderful quilting products including a year’s worth of batting. (24 Mountain Mist batts of varying sizes and styles). Valued at $500 There will be one second prize given.
Electric Quilt Company Third Prize: An EQ6 Price Package from The Electric Quilt Company containing EQ6 software, three accessory books, plus two fabric CD’s. Valued at $250. There will be one third prize given.


Entry Deadline

$25 per quilt for non Alliance members/ $10 per quilt for Alliance members* (U.S. dollars only).

Click here for more information about becoming an Alliance member. The Alliance for American Quilts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations and memberships are deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Categories

There is one overall category.

Limit of Entries

None. Enter many!

Size of entries

Each work must measure 15”x15” square. Each quilt must have a 4-inch sleeve sewn onto the back. A cloth label with the entrant’s name, address, telephone number, email address, 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. The organizers reserve the right to decide which quilts will be included in exhibition.

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.

Quilts

Quilts will not be returned and are considered a donation to The Alliance for American Quilts. The quilts will be auctioned and the proceeds will go to The Alliance for American Quilts.

Exhibition:

The quilts will be exhibited on our website. View online gallery. Quilts from the My Quilts/ Our History will also be exhibited in national venues including the Virginia Quilt Museum (Sept. 27-Oct. 15, 2008). More venues will be announced as they are confirmed.

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 July 15, 2008. The complete entry should contain the following:

  • Completed, signed Entry Form (one entry form per quilt) including Artist’s Statement
  • Quilt measuring 15” x 15”
  • Non-refundable entry fee of $25 per quilt for non Alliance members/ $10 per quilt for Alliance members* (U.S. dollars only). 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 “My Quilts/ Our History," your name and the title of your quilt.

*Click here for more information about becoming an Alliance member

Competition Calendar

July 15, 2008
Postmark deadline for entries.

September 15, 2008
Quilts will be displayed on www.allianceforamericanquilts.org. Alliance members to vote on winners.

October 1, 2008
Winners will be announced.

November 2008
Quilts will be auctioned online to support the mission of The Alliance for American Quilts.

Contact

For further information contact

Amy E. Milne, Executive Director:
or see our contact page.