Enter the Not Fade Away Conference Ticket Giveaway!

If you are still pondering a quilt getaway weekend for this July–look no more!

NFA2015logo_800wideThe Quilt Alliance’s biennial educational and inspiration conference, Not Fade Away: Sharing  Stories in the Digital Age will be held on Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18, 2015 at the Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon, Virginia.

Come to this fun and inspirational conference to:

• Hear 2015 Keynote Speaker: Marin Hanson–“One Hundred Good Wishes Quilts: Commemorating and Documenting Adoptions from China”
• Learn how to self-publish a book about your own quilts
• Listen to curators and historians discuss how family trees can provide clues to quilt history
• Make creative quilt labels with quilt artists Leslie Tucker Jenison & Michele Muska
• Meet the people doing cutting-edge oral history projects on today’s quilters
• Hear about the history and future of the Quilt Barn Trails project
• Learn how to use the unique and deep resources of the Quilt Alliance to inspire your own work
• See the 2015 Sacred Threads Exhibition – one-day admission is included in conference registration
• Join Quilt Alliance board members, conference presenters and other attendees for an optional Fundraising Dinner on Saturday night to honor outgoing Alliance president Meg Cox.

 Full details on Not Fade Away can be found on the Quilt Alliance website here.
Tickets are available for the full conference, Friday only, Saturday only (full day or morning only) and even a Home Ticket option that gives you access to most conference sessions via videos distributed after the event. Quilt Alliance members receive a discount on tickets.

Not Fade Away attendees can also take advantage of this great Sacred Threads sponsored bus trips: Museum Bus Tour on Friday, July 17 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm).
Tickets: $75/person
Click here to register for these tours separately on the Sacred Threads ticket site.

Ticket Giveaway Details:

Three winners will be chosen at random to receive a pair of tickets* to attend Not Fade Away. Tickets do not include the Saturday night Fundraising Dinner.

Deadline to enter: Sunday, July 5 at 12:00 Midnight EDT. Names will be drawn on Monday, July 6, and the winners will be announced on the Quilt Alliance Facebook page by 5:00 pm EDT on that day.

Click here to enter the Not Fade Away Ticket Giveaway!


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Free Class from Craftsy featuring Quilt Treasure Jinny Beyer!

The Quilt Alliance is thrilled to have Craftsy as a Platinum sponsor for Quilters Take Manhattan 2015. Don’t miss this free online video class, 2015 Block of the Month, featuring Jinny Beyer. The Quilt Alliance, along with our partners at Michigan State University,* is proud to have documented Jinny for the Quilt Treasures project. Watch a mini-documentary about Jinny, see a photo gallery, a biography and much more on the Quilt Alliance website here.

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*Quilt Treasures is a join project of the Quilt Alliance, Michigan State University Museum and MATRIX: Center for Digital Humanities & Social Sciences at MSU.


craftsy4816_1Bring a gorgeous quilt to life one block at a time with my free online video class 2015 Craftsy Block of the Month, created in partnership with RJR Fabrics. Join me, quilter and designer Jinny Beyer, and learn an array of my signature techniques as we sew a stunning, Craftsy-exclusive quilt. Once you enroll, you’ll enjoy a new lesson on the first of every month. Watch it at your own pace, and discover everything you need to know to put together 13 beautiful blocks and finish this captivating quilt! As we sew, you’ll have the option of hand or machine piecing a variety of basket and flower blocks. I encourage everyone to try out hand piecing at least once – it’s one of my favorite techniques, and enables you to create perfectly precise points and sew set-in seams with ease. I’ll also demonstrate how to use templates and specialty rulers, and reveal how to fussy cut border stripe fabric for magical effects inside pieced blocks. Border stripes aren’t just for borders anymore!

I selected the fabric for this quilt from several of my best-selling collections, and I know you’ll adore the luminous hues, captivating prints and gorgeous border stripes. To make an exact replica of the quilt I’ll be working on throughout class, purchase the exclusive 2015 Block of the Month Quilt Kit on Craftsy!

We’ll begin class with my secrets for using color in quilts, and then dive right into our January block: the May Basket. Learn how to use templates and a few simple tricks to easily cut the necessary pieces, and find out how to join a string of triangles and maintain their precise points – without cutting your thread.

craftsy4816_3In the next lesson, assemble the lovely Basket of Fruit block as you discover how to mark and join black and brightly colored half-square triangles. Then, learn how to sew set-in seams both by hand and by machine for the beautiful Ash Basket block.

The Cherry Basket is up next, and we’ll use the golden ratio principle and bias strip curved appliqué to assemble this block. To create the crisp points in our Pine Needle basket block, we’ll dive into a lesson on foundation piecing. Next, learn how to use partial seams to make complex-looking blocks a cinch as we sew the White Oak and Birch Basket blocks.

Appliqué has undeniable visual appeal, and I’ll show you how to use Apliquick tools to create polished appliqués faster than ever for our Beech Basket block. Paper piece the Basket Full of Lilies block, then learn how to apply log cabin construction techniques to complete the Dahlia and Daffodil blocks.

Before you know it we’ll be sewing our final blocks! Work with five and then eight foundations at a time to create the eye-catching Harlequin and Foxglove blocks, and find out how to frame each for easy paper foundation removal.

craftsy4816-4Put the finishing touches on this exquisite quilt with a few of my favorite methods for sashing and cornerstones. Use perfectly proportioned border prints to harmonize your quilt, and finish with a crisp miter for clean, professional corners. Sign up today for 2015 Craftsy Block of the Month, and join me in sewing a quilt that’s sure to become the prized jewel of your collection!

I sewed my first quilt in 1972, and the rest is history! I spend my time designing fabric, writing, teaching and quilting, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve authored 12 books, been inducted into The Quilters Hall of Fame, and have had my Ray of Light quilt named one of the “100 Best American Quilts of the 20th Century” by Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine. I love sharing my passion with fellow quilters, and teach classes around the world – and now, right here on Craftsy! Build your skills and a breathtaking quilt, one fun block at a time!

Enroll in the free online video class 2015 Craftsy Block of the Month today!

Visit us at Festival or online: membership incentives and a new game!

If you’re headed to Houston for the International Quilt Festival this week, come see us in the Quilt Alliance booth (in the nonprofit area at the far end of the Exhibit Hall).

See our 2013 auction quilts:
36 of the TWENTY contest quilts including the Grand Prize and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place-winning quilts. You can view all of the TWENTY quilts on our website and bid on them on eBay.com beginning November 11.


Quilters Play Manhattan, pictured at left, the quilt created by guests at our 2012 Quilters Take Manhattan After Dark Party and Victoria Findlay Wolfe, will also be in our booth. This quilt will be auctioned on eBay during week 4 (Dec. 2-9) of our annual quilt auction.

Join or renew your membership:
While supplies last at Festival only, Quilters Take Manhattan Goody Totes free with all $50 memberships (or $15 separately).

All Quilt Alliance members, including those who sign up or renew at Festival will be eligible for our exciting End-of-Year membership drawings for prizes donated by Quilt Alliance business members like Aurifil, Fairfield, Quilting Treasures, stkr.it and Olfa.
Join or renew your membership online anytime on our website.


We’re also launching a fun new way to get to know the Quilt Alliance and our partners. Quilt Story Search is a quarterly online quiz created to introduce you to projects like Quilters’ S.O.S. – Save Our Stories and The Quilt Index. And top scorers will be entered to win a prize by a featured sponsor.

The Fall Quilt Story Search is sponsored by Aurifil4col

Click here to play the Fall Quilt Story Search through November 30!

We’ll draw from the highest scoring players to win these Aurifil collections.



Jinny Beyer: Looking Out Windows

Today on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, I’d like to share video footage of the Quilters’ S.O.S. – Save Our Stories (Q.S.O.S.) interview with pioneering fabric designer, quilter, teacher and entrepreneur Jinny Beyer conducted by eQuilter.com co-owner Luana Rubin at our Not Fade Away conference held July 20, 2013.

Q.S.O.S. is the Quilt Alliance’s oral history project about quiltmakers. Volunteers all over the U.S. and abroad have interviewed more than 1,200 quiltmakers for this project since 1999. The collection is presented via written transcripts and photographs on the Quilt Alliance website and is permanently archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. On occasion, we videotape Q.S.O.S. interviews to demonstrate how powerful these interviews are how important the project is. Watch these interviews along with other stories of quilts and quiltmakers on our Quilt Alliance Youtube channel.

All Q.S.O.S. interviewees are asked to bring with them a “touchstone” object (usually a quilt) that has a special meaning to them. Some people choose to bring their first quilt, some bring their first award-winner, and others choose quilts associated with life events–celebration, comfort, love and loss. Jinny’s touchstone quilt, titled “Windows,” is a large hand-pieced and hand-quilted mosaic quilt made from fabrics she designed, inspired by Italian floor designs and in response to the terrible events of 9/11.

Jinny Beyer with her quilt, “Windows,” on July 20, 2013 at the Not Fade Away conference in Herndon, Virginia.

On the morning of September 11, 2001, Beyer was packing for a trip to Italy to gather inspiration for a quilt to be shared at her annual quilt seminar when a friend phoned to let her know of the attacks. Her trip was canceled and Beyer learned that a good friend had been lost in the Pentagon crash. Regrouping, she began to design a mosaic quilt that would feature the colors and icons that become so prevalent in media coverage of the events–the ash and dust of the wreckage, and the American flag. Jinny shares the story on her website here.

Watch the Q.S.O.S. interview to hear Jinny’s story.

Anyone can download the Q.S.O.S. manual and interview a quiltmaker in their community. Volunteers work independently to add interviews to Q.S.O.S. sub projects, including 43 state projects, 14 organizations (museums, institutions, regional quilt groups), 8 guilds and 9 country projects.


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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance

Quilters Take Manhattan Tickets are now on sale!


Isn’t it time you treated yourself to a bite out of the Big Apple? The Quilt Alliance has a  fantastic weekend of fun planned for quilt lovers like you in New York City, September 27-29. Join us!

The Alliance’s annual fundraiser, Quilters Take Manhattan, has expanded considerably this year based on great feedback from our 2012 guests. Along with our featured speaker, OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHollis Chatelain (at left), and Go Tell It at the Quilt Show! interviews with Paula Nadelstern and members of her artist’s group Semper Tedium, this year we’ve added two days of add-on events (Friday and Sunday), available to all those who register for the FIT event on Saturday, Sept. 28.
Add-on’s include small-group workshops at The City Quilter shop, outings to the Garment District and “Wicked” on Broadway, and rub-elbow receptions with quilt world stars, established and emerging. Visit the QTM event webpage for complete information about all the events.
Also new this year–vendors! Many of our Gold sponsors will have product tables at the FIT event with an array of goodies for sale including fabric, thread, documentation supplies, and quilt kits.

Click on the link below to register for Quilters Take Manhattan in New York.

Can’t make it to NYC in September? Click on the link below to purchase a Home Ticket! Only $25 for Alliance Members.


Go Tell It! Interviews from QuiltCon

Go Tell It at the Quilt Show! Findlay Wolfe, Gering and Knauer Interviews

Seven new interviews for the Go Tell It at the Quilt Show! project were conducted at QuiltCon in Austin, Texas, February 21-24. Go Tell It! is a new Quilt Alliance project designed to capture the stories of quilts where quiltmakers and quilt lovers gather. The protocol for Go Tell It! is brief and personal: one person talking about one quilt in front of one video camera for three minutes, recording the most essential and compelling details of the quilt according to the “teller.”

We were so proud to document and preserve stories from Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Jacquie Gering and Thomas Knauer at the first-ever QuiltCon. Read the full press release here.

QuiltCon Best in Show winner Victoria Findlay Wolfe (New York, New York) talks about her quilt Double Edged LOVE.

Jacquie Gering (Chicago, Illinois) tells the story of her quilt, Bang You’re Dead.

Thomas Knauer (Utica, New York) tells about his quilt, In Defense of Handmade.

Let us know what you think about this new project. Leave comments here, on our Youtube channel or Facebook page.

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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance

Winners of the Quilt Alliance Scavenger Hunt at QuiltCon


Thanks to everyone who played the Quilt Alliance Scavenger Hunt at QuiltCon! All those who submitted a completed form at the show received a special quilt label, a measuring tape compliments of our friends at Fairfield, a Q.S.O.S. tote bag and were entered to win one of six copies of Why Quilts Matter: History, Art and Politics. This landmark nine-part documentary series comes in a two-DVD set that includes 9 episodes and 7 bonus features.

Why Quilts Matter DVD sets were generously donated by Shelly Zegart, executive producer and host for the series and co-founder of The Kentucky Quilt Project and the Quilt Alliance.

And the winners are…
Jolie Maxtin of Fort Worth, Texas
Rebecca Shields of Houston, Texas
Jody Sullivan of Pound Ridge, New York
Susan Martin of Mounds View, Minnesota
Leona McCann of Merlo Park, California
Becky Glasby of Paducah, Kentucky

Thanks to everyone who played and visited with us at QuiltCon, and congratulations to the winners! Please share your good news and help spread the word about the Quilt Alliance and Why Quilts Matter.

And stay tuned for upcoming Scavenger Hunts that everyone can play online!

Quilt Alliance Scavenger Hunt at QuiltCon


If you’re headed to Austin for QuiltCon next week (Feb. 21-24), come see us in the Quilt Alliance booth (#107). We’ve created a special Scavenger Hunt to introduce you to projects like Quilters’ S.O.S. – Save Our Stories and The Quilt Index. And everyone who plays will receive one of our brand new Quilt Alliance quilt labels (below) and a chance to win an even bigger prize.

labelimageJust download the Scavenger Hunt form before you leave home or come by our booth (#107) to pick one up. Then use the Quilt Alliance and Quilt Index websites to find the answers. Answer the questions and bring your form, including your contact information, to our booth at QuiltCon during show hours. All those who submit a completed form will receive a special quilt label in our booth and be entered to win one of six copies of Why Quilts Matter: History, Art and Politics, a landmark nine-part documentary series. This two-DVD set includes 9 episodes and 7 bonus features.

Generously donated by Shelly Zegart, executive producer and host for the series and co-founder of The Kentucky Quilt Project and the Quilt Alliance. All winners will be announced the week of February 25 here and on the Quilt Alliance Facebook page. Prizes will be mailed to winners the same week.

Here are a few shortcuts to give you a head start, the search pages for The Quilt Index (www.quiltindex.org/search.php) and the Q.S.O.S. search page (www.allianceforamericanquilts.org/qsos/advanced.php).

Happy hunting!

One of the Most EXCITING Quilting Events of 2012!


Denyse Schmidt

Jennifer Chiaverini

Mark Lipinski

Victoria Findlay Wolfe

A Big Apple Benefit for the Alliance for American Quilts

(while you’re there mix and mingle with Frances Holiday Alford, Allie Aller, Marie Bostwick, Meg CoxJodie Davis, Luke Haynes, Leslie Tucker Jenison, Carolyn L Mazloomi, Michele Muska and more of your favorite patchwork personalities . . .)

Join Denyse Schmidt, Jennifer Chiaverini, Mark Lipinski and the Alliance for American Quilts (Quilt Alliance) in New York City at the Fashion Institute of Technology for an exciting day of inspiration, learning, prizes, samples, a silent auction and (yes!) gorgeous quilts! The event is a benefit for the Quilt Alliance, documenting, preserving and sharing the history of quilts and their makers since 1993.

This event will include a live Quilters’ S.O.S. – Save Our Stories(Q.S.O.S.) oral history interview with Denyse Schmidt (left), iconic quiltmaker, teacher and entrepreneur whose stunning couture and custom quilts (since 1996) and “work” quilts (since 2003) reinterpret traditional patterns with a modern sensibility. Quilts from Denyse’s new book, “Denyse Schmidt: Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration”will be exhibited at the event and Denyse will do a Q&A after her interview as well as a book signing. Photo of Denyse Schmidt courtesy of Lane du Pont.

This event will include a live Quilters’ S.O.S. – Save Our Stories(Q.S.O.S.) oral history interview with Denyse Schmidt (left), iconic quiltmaker, teacher and entrepreneur whose stunning couture and custom quilts (since 1996) and “work” quilts (since 2003) reinterpret traditional patterns with a modern sensibility. Quilts from Denyse’s new book, “Denyse Schmidt: Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration”will be exhibited at the event and Denyse will do a Q&A after her interview as well as a book signing. Photo of Denyse Schmidt courtesy of Lane du Pont.

photo of Jennifer Chiaverini

Jennifer Chiaverini (right), author of the New York Times bestselling Elm Creek Quilts series, as well as five collections of quilt patterns inspired by her novels, will be presenting her lecture “The Giving Quilt and Other Stories.” Join New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini for a special preview of her forthcoming novel, “The Giving Quilt” (October 2012), the 20th volume in the beloved Elm Creek Quilts series. Jennifer will read from the book and satisfy readers’ curiosity in a lively question-and-answer session. Photo of Jennifer Chiaverini courtesy of Steven Garfinkel. 

Mark Lipinski

The event will also include a special appearance by Mark Lipinski (left). Expect surprises! Mark is the bold creative genius behind numerous print, web and TV productions, most recently the web radio show Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski.

Selected house-shaped quilts from the Alliance’s “Home Is Where the Quilt Is” contest will also be displayed at FIT and the rest will be exhibited at The City Quilter (133 West 25th Street.).

Door prizes, goody bags and a special silent auction of products donated by our generous sponsors (see logos below) will round out the event. Be sure to like the Alliance Facebook page where we’ll post details on all of the incredible products you can win or bid on at the event.

New this Year:
Unlimited Attendance via our “Home Tickets”! 
We expect 350 attendees to join us at the center of fashion in New York at the Fashion Institute of Technology, but even those who can’t make the trip to the Big Apple can enjoy this event and support our cause. Portions of the event will be recorded for distribution via exclusive online video to all those who purchase a “Home Ticket,” which will also include a Quilters Take Manhattan To-Go Pack with goodies provided by sponsors, our event program and the option to purchase a signed copy of Denyse’s new book.

Glam Wall: Love, the Quilt AllianceGuests will have the opportunity to don fun and fashion-forward accessories and hold up a sign with a personal message to the rest of the quilt world as part of our Love, the Quilt Alliance publicity campaign. The Alliance will share these messages via websites, blogs and social media to promote our mission as we approach our 20th anniversary (2013).

Ticket Prices and Payment Options

paypal logoTickets prices:
$45 for members, $60 for nonmembers, $25 for Home tickets (see above).
Please consider joining the Quilt Alliance when you buy your ticket. Annual membership fees start at $25 (Friendship Level). Visit our membership page for more information or join when you buy your event ticket online.

Payment Options: PayPal, Credit/Debit Cards or check.
While PayPal is our payment processor, you do not need a PayPal account to make your payment, but please choose PayPal as your payment option when you register if you plan to pay by PayPal or credit card (in the next screen you will be able to choose PayPal or debit or credit card).  PayPal accepts payments from all Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express cards, as well as some other localized payment types.

To purchase your ticket by phone using your credit card, phone our office in Asheville at 828-251-7073. Regular office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 – 2:00 pm. If we miss your call, please leave a detailed message with you name, number and best time to return your call and we’ll get back to you promptly to process your order.

If paying by check please note: registration is not complete until payment is received. Please mail your check within 10 days of registration to avoid cancellation. All payments must be received no later than September 1, 2012.

And don’t miss . . .

 Quilters Take Manhattan After Dark 
Saturday, September 15, 2012, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s loft home

After your  fun afternoon at FIT join us for a night of cocktails, demonstrations and music in the cozy, spacious and sophisticated studio and home of Victoria Findlay Wolfe, co-founder of the New York City Metro Area Modern Quilt Guild, owner of Bumble Beans, Inc. and founder of the Bumble Beans Basics charity project. The event is a benefit for the Quilt Alliance, documenting, preserving and sharing the history of quilts and their makers since 1993.

Our generous sponsors include the following:

Click on each logo to visit that sponsor’s website.

Platinum level sponsors:

Aurifil logoBrother logo

Gold level sponsors:

Moda logo

Michael Miller logoTimeless Treasures logo

Fabric Traditions logo

Craftsy logo

Silver level sponsors:

Pellon logo

Spoonflower logo

Fairfield logo


 Bronze level sponsors:

Marie Bostwick logo      Abrams logo

Venue sponsors:

The City Quilter logo   Bumble Beans Inc logo