Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame celebrates and honors the contribution of Arizonans to quilt making and educates the public about quilt making, its history, and artisans.
There are several regional and numerous local organization for those interested in learning about and sharing in quilting. Many of these offer the opportunity to exhibit and earn recognition for one’s work. However, there exists no truly state-wide organization celebrating the unique place that quilting holds in the lives of many of Arizona’s citizens. Through this realization the concept of an Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame was born.
In early 2007, founders took the first steps to create Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame, organizing as a non-profit entity. The Board of Directors, encompassing all areas of the state, represents almost 200 years of involvement in the local, regional and national quilting community, many in positions of leadership. The organization was granted 501 (c)(3) charitable status by the Internal Revenue Service in September 2007.
Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame completed its first nomination, selection, and induction process in 2008, welcoming six inductees at a luncheon event in September. We also successfully launched the Hall of Fame Award Program, with nine Arizona-based quilt shows participating in that program. Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame was the recipient of several grants to support the development of its traveling exhibit.
The core project of the organization is the Hall of Fame itself.
Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame is a virtual “museum” and is housed here. Each March 15 to May 15, the Hall of Fame invites nominations. After a careful review of nominations the Board of Directors announces finalists each June.
Friends of the Arizona Quilters hall of Fame are invited to vote to affirm each nominee’s inclusion in the hall of fame. Inductees are announced in early August in preparation for the annual induction event held each September.
Each inductee receives a commemorative recognition indicating lifetime inclusion in the Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame. In the event that the inductee is deceased, their surviving family members are asked to represent the honoree at the event and receive her/his posthumous recognition.
Hall of Fame Award Program
To encourage excellence in quilt making, Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame partners with quilt guilds, chapters and groups around the state to recognize one outstanding quilt and its maker at a sponsored quilt show or exhibit. Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame provides a ribbon recognition and a current year inclusion in Friends of the Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame for the recipient of this recognition. Winning quilts and their makers are showcased on the Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame website, in our newsletter “Heard ‘Round the Hall”, and at the induction event.
Virtual Quilt Shows
Each month, the Hall of Fame showcases a different Arizona quilter. Visitors to the website have the opportunity to meet the quilter, as well as see a virtual quilt show of their work. Featured quilters are archived on this site.
Friends of the Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame
For those supporting Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame with financial contributions, we offer inclusion in Friends of the Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame. Individuals or groups may become Friends at varying financial levels. This grants them recognition and with specified levels of contributions, opportunities for annual event sponsorship. All Friends are guaranteed the latest information from Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame prior to public release.
Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame offers a professionally designed traveling exhibit, available to any quilt-related or community event in the state. We welcome the opportunity to share information about the organization with the quilt interested public. Request the exhibit by contacting us.
Subscribers to our monthly e-Newsletter, Heard ‘Round the Hall, will receive quilting tips, calendar updates of quilting activities, articles and news written by Arizona quilters and news of national recognition of Arizona quilters. This newsletter is available to any interested person and they need not be a Friend of the Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame.
Quilt Documentation Program
The Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame supports local groups (wanting to learn about and conduct ) Quilt Documentation Days. By documenting completed quilts of Arizona, regardless of age, size or condition, we give voice and legacy to these quilts, preserving their stories and information.
Grants and Scholarships
The Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame accepts requests for (funding for grants or scholarships) from Friends of the Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame. We believe education is key to continuing the legacy of quilting in Arizona and that as a state-wide organization, we have a responsibility to help Arizona quilters learn about techniques, history, and to help make the quilters of Arizona recognized across the state and beyond our borders