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For Immediate Release 
November 15, 2017
Amy E. Milne, Executive Director
Quilt Auction Spotlights Artists' Voices
Asheville, North Carolina

The nonprofit Quilt Alliance launches its annual quilt auction this week with 48 quilts made by artist members from the United States and abroad.

This is the eleventh year the QA has presented a contest, exhibition and auction of small wall quilts, a key fundraiser that supports their mission of documenting, preserving and sharing the history of quilts and their makers. The initiative is also an important opportunity to showcase and record the work of quilters on any given year. Each year, the quilts offer a snapshot that catalogs and showcases imagery, materials, techniques, color palettes, concepts and concerns.

The 2017 theme was "Voices" and the only requirements were that entries must be a quilt (3 layers--top, filling and backing), must be 16"x 16" and must include a label. All techniques and materials were encouraged, and range from quilting on leather, to ice-dying, to burned fabric, to dimensional use of machine embroidered pieces. 

First Place winner Carol Poole, used a label that included a QR code to extend her quilt's message. The artist recorded a video message and synched it to the label's QR code via the StoryPatches website. Carol's quilt is titled "My Alzheimer's Voice" (pictured below). Watch Carol's video message here.

Pictured below (top row, left to right): "Quilt Talk" by Tim Latimer, "On (the Line)" by Ramona Bates, "Endangered" by Nancy S. Brown, and "Mama's Voice" by Allie Aller. 
(middle row, left to right): "Alternate Facts" by Ellen Hernandez, "Verdant Whispers" by Hope Wilmarth, "Shhh" by Beth Shibley, and "The Daily Buzz" by Maria F. Cousins.
(bottom row, left to right: "Sisterhood of the Pussyhats" by Betsy Vinegrad, "This Place Matters" by Amy Munson, "Names - Voices - Memories" by Annedore Neumann, and "Quilt Kitty" by Margaret Abramshe.


Auction group dates and times are as follows:
Week One: Began November 13 at 9:00 AM EST and ends November 20 at 9:00 PM EST.
Week Two: Begins November 27 at 9:00 AM EST and ends December 4 at 9:00 PM EST. 
Quilts not sold in week one will be relisted during week two.

These quilts will make beautiful gifts or a treasured keepsake for quilters and non-quilters, alike. Don't miss this opportunity to obtain a beautiful one-of-a-kind quilt and support the Quilt Alliance at the same time.

Quilts can be viewed and bids are being accepted at:

The Quilt Alliance contest, auction and exhibition is sponsored by Handi Quilter, Moda Fabrics, Aurifil Threads and StoryPatches.
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