Crazy Quilt Contest Entries
For the Alliance for American Quilts

Allison Aller © 2009

   
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This is the third year that the fine non-profit organization, the Alliance for American Quilts, has held a quilt contest to raise funds for their ongoing operation. The theme for this year’s contest was “Crazy for Quilts”. All entries were to be 16” X 16” squares, and inspired by the rich tradition of crazy quilting.

Over eighty quilts were submitted, and they are spectacular! Lucky indeed will be the bidders who win them on Ebay this fall, with all proceeds going to the Alliance.

Before showing a sample of them here, I want to quote the mission statement of the Alliance from their home page, because it describes the important work they do so well:

“The Alliance for American Quilts (AAQ) is a nonprofit 501c3 organization established in 1993 whose mission is to document, preserve, and share our American quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts, and their makers, tell about our nation's diverse peoples and their communities.

In support of this mission, the Alliance brings together quilt makers and designers, the quilt industry, quilt scholars and teachers, and quilt collectors to further the following goals:

  • to promote the understanding of the quilt as an important American grassroots art form
  • to make information about quilts available to a broad public
  • to educate Americans about the importance of documenting quilts and quiltmakers so that their stories will not be lost”

The Alliance’s website has the largest collection of quilts online today, and they are free for the viewing on their Quilt Index [http://www.allianceforamericanquilts.org/projects/quiltindex.php]. You can search according to pattern name, quilter, quilting group, ID number, location made, time period, project/collection, and contributor/institution. Quiltmakers’ stories in the “Save Our Stories” [http://www.allianceforamericanquilts.org/qsos/] project are so inspiring and rewarding to read. There are over 1000 of them now. I do so encourage you to partake of the all that is offered!

You can view all of the contest quilts online, just go to the home page to find the link. [http://www.allianceforamericanquilts.org/]  Voting for the winners will also happen online, by members of the Alliance. You can join [http://www.allianceforamericanquilts.org/support/] for as little as $25.00. Every dollar helps and is spent carefully and wisely.

Anyone will be able to bid on these quilts when they are auctioned off on Ebay in the fall (not just Alliance members). I already know which one I want to bid on….

So here is a peak at some of the fabulous work that was done for the Alliance this year, and it’s a splendid snapshot of where crazy quilting is today. Enjoy!


Amy Rouleau Munsun, “Crazy for Beads”, Bismarck, ND


Betty Pillsbury, “Rose Song”, Middleburgh, NY


Debra Jo Hardman, “A Modern Romance”, Anchorage, AK


Debra Spincic, “Spring Girls”, Montgomery, TX


Lisa Ann DuCoing, “A Little Fair Tale”, Carson City, NV


Marty Trahan, “After the Ball”, Phoenix, AZ


Ramona Bates, “Still Crazy After All These Years”, Little Rock, AK


Valerie Sue Bothell, “A Crazy Quilt Colonial Lady”, Wichita, KS

Again, I encourage you to visit the website of the Alliance for American Quilts [http://www.allianceforamericanquilts.org/projects/] to view all of the contest quilts, explore the incredible resource of quilt history, major institutional quilt collections, stories, contemporary work, quilt ephemera, and so much more, free for the clicking.

And do consider joining!

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