What if quilts could talk?
Our vision at the Quilt Alliance is simple: no more anonymous quilts. How many times have you visited an antique show, history museum, garage sale, or even your own family's linen closet to find a quilt with an unknown maker, no date or location, and most importantly--no story?
We believe quilts are important historical and cultural objects. They have stories to tell, and we want to make sure quilters, quilt collectors, historians and anyone who loves quilts are empowered to capture those stories before they fade away.
Introducing: Quilt Story Road Show
Starting in 2018, we're taking our mission on the road: the Quilt Story Road Show. We'll visit quilt guilds, art groups, museums, quilt shows and communities that have quilt stories to tell (if you'd like to bring the Road Show to your area, visit our website and fill out our Interest Form). When groups come together with us to celebrate their community’s history, we all come away inspired, with reignited creativity and excitement.
Our lecture includes not only educational material on labeling and other ways to document quilts (photo, video, text), but also information on why historians, collectors and museum professionals put such a high value on documentation.
We need your help to save quilt stories.
The Quilt Alliance has received a $15,000 challenge grant to launch the Quilt Story Road Show program. We need to match these funds, dollar for dollar, by the end of December in order to fuel the first stage of our traveling education and outreach program. Funds will be used to:
- Recruit and train our Quilt Alliance Ambassador team.
- Create outreach kits to guilds who want a DIY (Do It Yourself) version of the program.
- Streamline our video editing process for Go Tell It at the Quilt Show!
And of course, we've got some perks for you...
Whether it's a quilt label so YOU can get started on your own quilt documentation projects, a Quilt Alliance membership (or renewal), or one of our snazzy tote bags, we want to say "thank you!" for your donation.