Remember that quilt I made to donate to the Alliance for American Quilts “TWENTY” contest? If not, you can see a section of it as the header for my blog, and you can read about it here.
In any case, the time has come! The TWENTY entries have travelled to shows around the country and are now up for auction on eBay. The group that includes my quilt will be auctioned starting at 9:00 EST (U.S.) tomorrow night.
I’ve been happy to learn about the Quilt Alliance over the past few months. I originally donated a quilt because I liked the idea of the TWENTY challenge and I’m always donating quilts to various causes—who isn’t? However, I’ve since learned that the Alliance has several missions I’m especially happy to support:
- They promote awareness of quilting as a grassroots American art form
- They document quilts so their stories aren’t lost, and encourage all quilters to document their work
- They make their information available to the public through various forums, including an association with The University of Texas at Austin (where I went to school)
The Quilt Alliance has numerous projects to further their goals, and their staff are some of the nicest people I’ve encountered. They have a fun blog that presents quilts from various periods in history, and you can subscribe by e-mail so you get to see different quilts from their records.
Oh, yes, and bid on the quilts. Most of them are by people a lot more famous than I am 😉 You might enjoy going to the Ebay site just to look at the quilts!