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Documenting, Preserving and Sharing the History of Quilts and Quiltmakers.
eBurst from the AAQ November 15, 2011  

"Alliances" eBay Auction Week One is Underway!


APPP contest logo There is something for everyone in Week One of our annual small quilt auction, underway now on eBay. This year's theme, "Alliances: People, Patterns, Passion," inspired more than 100 artists to create and donate 16" x 16" wall quilts with imagery that ranges from artichokes to Michelangelo and techniques from thread painting to three-dimensional construction. Artists who donated quilts for the week one auction hail from California to West Virginia, from Nevada to North Carolina, and all represent the generous-as-it-is-creative quilt community.


View the full gallery of "Alliances" quilts on our website and or go straight to eBay to view and bid on this week's auction quilts.


Here are just a few of the stunning quilts you can bid on this week:  






Above, left to right, quilts by: Nanette Fleischman, Kathy Guardia, Michelle Fairchild.  


Above, left to right, quilts by: Serena L. Toppins, Rose Ann Szabo, Mary Kay Davis.  


Above, left to right, quilts by: Bridget Wideman, the Broadway Gentlemen's Quilting Auxillary (2-sided quilt) and Nita Marcos.  



Remember, bidding starts at just $50 for each quilt, and most usually go for less than $100. All of the proceeds will be used to keep the Alliance going forward in its mission to document, preserve and share the stories of quilts and their makers.



Happy bidding! Good luck, everyone! 

Team Q.S.O.S. Interviews 62 Quiltmakers at Festival     

Team Q.S.O.S in action. Each interviewee shared their story with an interviewer and a scribe. Beside them in the booth was a quilt of their choice--a touchstone object they spoke about in the interview. Volunteers also helped display and photograph quilts, register interviewees and manage the digital audio files and photos that were recorded.

A team of more than 60 volunteers converged on Houston this year with sleeves rolled up, ready to make history. The Quilters' S.O.S.- Save Our Stories project set out to interview quiltmakers featured in the new book Lone Stars III: A Legacy of Texas Quilts, 1986-2011 by two of the Alliance's co-founders Karey Bresenhan and Nancy O'Bryant Puentes. Quiltmakers who came to the Q.S.O.S. booths in the back of Exhibit Hall E to be interviewed included Kathleen McCrady, Barb Forrister, Frances Holliday Alford and Leslie Tucker Jenison. Each interviewee signed our copy of the Lone Stars III book--stay tuned--our plan is to auction this special copy.   


A highlight of the Festival Q.S.O.S. project came on Saturday morning when AAQ Board President Meg Cox conducted a Q.S.O.S. interview with quilt star Alex Anderson in the Meet the Teacher theater (photo at right). Alex talked about her own evolution as a quiltmaker and as a media host and also about currents she sees in the quilt community.  


Q.S.O.S. is truly a grassroots project, and anyone can do interviews. Not all our interviewees are famous quilters like Alex. Our goal for Team Q.S.O.S. volunteers is that they will use the training they received in preparation for and during Festival to begin interview projects in their own community. Our volunteers came from all over the U.S. Canada and Holland were also represented in our amazing volunteer corps. Thank you, TEAM Q.S.O.S. volunteers! You were a joy to work with and the reason we were able to document 63 new stories for the Q.S.O.S. oral history collection, archived by the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.  


Thanks also to our Lone Stars III interviewees and to our generous sponsors:


Moda Fabrics/United Notions, Quilts, Inc., Art Call, leslietuckerjenison.blogspot.com and dinnerateightartists.blogspot.com.

October Drawing Winner and November/December Membership Incentives 


Jeanette Minard of Sayre, Pennsylvania was the winner of our Fall Membership Drive Drawing. Jeanette won a Go Baby! fabric cutter courtesy of our business members at AccuQuilt! Thanks to everyone who joined or renewed their membership. If your membership expires in November or December, we have some sweet rewards for you too!

Anyone renewing or joining at the $50 level or higher by December 31 will receive a gift packet from either Benartex or Moda Fabrics/United Notions, courtesy of our business members at these generous companies. And we'll draw another winning member's name on January 2 for a prize packet including books by AAQ board members  Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi, Mark Hyland and Jodie Davis and tools from EZ Quilting.

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You can help the future of the Quilt Index!



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Please fill out our 2011 user feedback survey before it closes on November 30.

Already responded earlier this year? Thank you very much! You can still help spread the word this month via your blogs or social networks. Responses will be analyzed and reported in early 2012.

We listened! Thanks to user feedback, we are improving the QI iPhone app as well as creating iPad and Android versions.

Also, stay tuned for new essays, galleries, lesson plans by a variety of authors, and many ephemera items coming online before the end of the year!


We'll be posting details of our new contest on the website soon, so stay tuned! Here's a little graphic to get your wheels turning.

Please keep us in mind when you are shopping for the holidays--an "Alliances" contest quilt, made with love by a talented and generous fellow quilter, or a gift membership to the AAQ, make perfect gifts for family members, quilt buddies, colleagues or yourself!
Last year I bought a gorgeous AAQ contest quilt made by my friend Alice Helms as a gift for my Aunt Polly, and I, um...kept it. (Don't tell Aunt Polly!)




Amy E. Milne, Executive Director
The Alliance for American Quilts

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