The Alliance for American Quilts has announced a new quilt contest.
“New From Old” is the theme of the 2010 contest and quiltmakers are encouraged to think broadly and creatively about this opportunity to celebrate the past in the frame of the present. They might seek inspiration and/or content from antique quilt blocks, fabrics, trims, color palettes or stitches, then use the tools and materials of contemporary quilting to produce a new wall quilt. Artists might also respond to the theme more conceptually-an “old” idea recycled, a new way of creating an old block, technique or style, or a more personal interpretation.
The rules are simple: quilts must be 16″ x 16″ (including a 4″ sleeve and a label) and consist of three layers. Contest quilts must be sent to the AAQ by May 31, 2010. The contest is also a fundraiser; all quilts become a donation to the organization and will be auctioned on eBay Nov. 8 – Dec. 6, 2010 to benefit the AAQ and its mission to document, preserve and share the history of quilts and quiltmakers.
The contest quilts will tour national venues, including the National Quilting Association’s annual show in Columbus, Ohio, June 16 – 19 and the American Quilters Society Show in Knoxville, Tennessee, July 14-17. All contestants will benefit as well from their quilts being displayed on the AAQ website, not just during the contest and auction, but permanently, on the Quilt Index.
I’m really excited about this contest, and have been thinking about ideas for the past few days. I’m thinking something miniature, Amish-like or totally scrappy. The Alliance does amazing work for quilters, and I’m happy to support their efforts in this creative way. Head over to their web site to get all the contest info.