Leading quilt industry professionals created patriotic quilts for veterans and active duty members who have faithfully served our country. Each quilt is stitched together with the thoughts and prayers of the maker. These quilts will be awarded on November 11, 2023 at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY in appreciation to the men and women of our nation who defended our freedoms.
Thank you for your ongoing support of our mission “to wrap our veterans and service members with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.”
Baltimore Album Quilts – A New Generation
Baltimore Album Quilts originated in Baltimore, Maryland, in the 1840s. These quilts are made up of a number of squares called blocks. Each block has been appliquéd with a different design. The designs are often floral, but many other motifs are also used, such as eagles and landmarks. The older Baltimore-style quilts have a background of white and incorporate many primary colors such as reds, greens and blues. Today’s quilters have taken liberties with this traditional style by changing the colors and motifs used.
Quiltmakers submitted quilts in the Baltimore Album style that use traditional or innovative designs for this special exhibit. All types of fabrics (cotton, silks, synthetics, wool, or other blends of fabric) could be used. The quilt must have a top, batting, and backing, held together with quilting stitches – by hand, machine, or a combination of both hand and machine. They could be an original design or made with a pattern, and sized between 50” to 95” in width and length.
Graffiti Cherrywood Challenge
Gritty urban areas can be the setting for colorful layers of graffiti. This form of expression dates back thousands of years. Why do people engage in graffiti? How can you capture this graphic art form in fabric? Can you do it with just eight colors? Quilters were encouraged to push themselves creatively and to think outside the box.
Eight colors of Cherrywood Hand-dyed Fabrics were used to create a 20-inch square quilted artwork. No other colors of fabric could be added. The only way to add more colors is with thread, Stringy Bits, paint, pencil, ink, beads, etc.
Name That Tune
Thirty-seven members of Gulf States Quilting Association (GSQA) made forty-two 8” diameter round quilts for this exhibit; each quilt representing the title of a song chosen by the quilter. This exhibit uses six canvas panels (each is ten-feet wide by 4 foot-6 inches high) with a painted musical staff and the notes to the song “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” attached to the canvas. Each 8-inch diameter round quilt is attached to a musical note in the song. New lyrics to the song with a reference to quilting are written below the musical staff. Below each note of the song is a number, and this exhibit becomes interactive when participants attempt to match the number of a song to the correct title of each song, all of which are listed on a play sheet. There is an Answer Sheet, which provides the list of the numbers and actual name of each quilt for the participants to compare their guesses.
SAQA: Light the World
Light is our primary tool for perceiving and understanding the world around us. Without light there is no vision. Light allows us to appreciate the world through shape and form and evokes emotions. Common qualities of light are intensity, quality, color, direction, distribution, texture, and movement. Artists were encouraged to explore how light creates and transforms their art.
Showcase of Quilts 2023: Celebrate 30
Quilting Guild of The Villages
2023 marks the 30th Anniversary of quilting in The Villages. The first chapter was founded in 1993 and became the Piecemakers Chapter. One of the founders is still an active member of QGOTV. To commemorate the anniversary, the QGOTV Showcase of Quilts 2023 challenge was for members to create a 24" x 24" quilt based on the theme "Celebrate 30" and each quilt must contain 30 in some form. Our Showcase of Quilts 2023 was a great success with over 500 quilt entries and 31 of the quilts meeting the challenge category requirements.
The Quilting Guild of the Villages (QGOTV) has almost 1200 members in 27 chapters in "Florida's Favorite Hometown," known as The Villages, located in Central Florida.
AQS QuiltWeek Daytona Beach 2022 Best of Show – MIDNIGHT FROLIC by Molly Hamilton-McNally,
Daytona Beach Contest Quilts
The international quilt contest sponsored by AQS presents quilts showcasing a wide variety of techniques that quiltmakers around the world are using today. Quilters will vie for $54,000 in cash awards, with the Best of Show receiving $10,000. Quilts range from traditional designs that everyone knows, like Lone Star and Log Cabin, to Modern and Art quilts that reach outside the box with new designs and techniques.