At the Quilters Take Manhattan event this year a number of quilts from the "Playing Favorites" contest created by the Quilt Alliance were on display. Because the challenge allowed you to do whatever you wanted to do, you'll see all types of quilts encompassing every style and technique imaginable.  There are painted quilts, embroidered quilts, scrap quilts, appliqué quilts, and more.

Here is their description of the contest:

"Our 2016 contest was for all quilters—we encouraged everyone who makes quilts to enter regardless of their style (traditional, modern, art) or technique (longarm, hand quilting, appliqué, pieced…)—all are welcomed and valued! This year’s theme is “Playing Favorites” and we encouraged entrants to work deep inside their comfort zone, their happy place, and we presented our resources to give you extra inspiration.

The rules were simple: make a 16” by 16” wall quilt showcasing your very favorite pattern or technique. Whether it’s double wedding ring or hexies, crazy quilting, textile art or modern, make your quilt about whatever you love most in quilting right now. We’re interested in documenting the state of quilting in 2016—including your favorites!

The contest quilts will tour the country to various quilt shows like Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, corporate exhibition spaces like the one at Handi Quilter, Inc., and events like Quilters Take Manhattan, before being auctioned off to benefit the Quilt Alliance. An exhibition schedule will be shared here soon. All quilts will be labeled using StoryPatches, which include a QR code to link the quilt to its Quilt Index record."

This is just a small selection of the quilts that will be available for auction on the Quilt Alliance website beginning November 14, 2016.

Click here to view a gallery of all the quilts.

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