A couple of years ago I made a small quilt for the Alliance for the American Quilt, AAQ, is a nonprofit organization "established in 1993 whose mission is to document, preserve, and share our American quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts, and their makers, tell about our nation's diverse peoples and their communities" (http://www.allianceforamericanquilts.org/about/). The quilts for this fundraiser first appeared at Quilt Festival in Houston then were auctioned off on Ebay to raise money to support the efforts of the AAQ.
The challenge was relatively simple: make a 16 X 16 inch crazy quilt in any style or fabric and submit it by the deadline. I had some beautiful fabrics and lace left over from a wedding dress project and from a baptismal gown. I also had some vintage laces from my mom and grandmother that were beginning to yellow. I laundered everthing in one wash and laid them out to dry, then made a quilt for the AAQ. Adding some embroidery and a little beadwork finished off the quilt and in no time it was ready for shipping. To see the quilt and others from the fundraiser, click on the title link below:
Special Occasion: Past and Present
I am grateful to the people and volunteers at AAQ who make it possible to document the quilts that people everywhere make and use as a matter of everyday life. Without them, beautiful quilts would be lost forever, and the stories that go with them would fade away along with the beautiful people who make them.