An Alabama Bicentennial Cultural Initiative of the Alabama Folklife Association

Funded by grants from The Daniel Foundation of Alabama, the Alabama "Support the Arts" Car Tag Fund, Alabama State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts 

ADA:  In accordance with Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, all programs of the AFA are held in venues that meet these standards.  Special accommodations for persons with visual and hearing disabilities will be met upon request. Please contact alabamafolklife@att.net or 205.956.9888.

Alabama Bicentennial Projects   (Overview PDF for Download)

Introduction:  To contribute to the programs, projects, and events dedicated to recognizing Alabama's 200th Birthday in 2019, the Alabama Folklife Association (AFA) will be implementing two projects that are offspring of the Common Threads series.

I.Alabama Folkways Quilt Collection:  AFA will accumulate quilt blocks from all over the state that will accomplish the following:                          BLOCKS ARE DUE May 30, 2019

  • Produce up to five quilts inspired by the following culture expressions: foodways, occupational folklore, traditional music, sporting (hunting, fishing, race car, football, baseball, etc.), and annual festivals or community events.  
  • Encourage local persons, communities, organizations, businesses, and institutions in Alabama to participate.
  • Ensure blocks are completed using traditional techniques with allowance for artistic freedoms and cultural change over time.
  • ​Document local folkways and culture by requiring that submissions be accompanied with information about the block and the decision-making process as recorded through written, oral, photographic, or video formats.

AVAILABLE March 15, 2019:  Instruction booklet with lots of information on Alabama quilt makers, detailed instructions of five quilt making techniques, submission process in order to participate, deadlines, and further information.

II. Quilt Across Alabama:  Saturday, May 25, 2019, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
A One-Day Event for Everyone, so get together, organize, and publicize!

  • Build a sense of community among all residents of Alabama.
  • Encourage intergenerational activity.
  • Garner support and publicity for the arts. 
  • Make the arts accessible to underserved populations.
  • Demonstrate the contributions of the arts to quality of life in Alabama.


  • Encourage the identification and promotions of local quilt makers and quilting traditions.
  • Enhance an appreciation for and understanding of folk and traditional arts by facilitating the passage of knowledge and skills to the next generation.
  • Inspire persons of all ages through education in the arts.
  • Honor the work of previous, current, and future master artists in Alabama.
  • Support the development, growth, and success of entrepreneurs and locally owned businesses associated with quilt making that create jobs in the arts and enhance tax revenues.
  • Collaborate with educational and cultural institutions as well as other nonprofit organizations all over the state of Alabama that contribute to heritage preservation and community development.
Information Documents:
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I. Contribute to the 
Folkways Quilt Collection:

1. Folkways topics to inspire your block.

2. Tell us about your block.  
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3.  Instructions to make and submit by May 30, 2019.

II. Quilt Across Alabama
Saturday, May 25, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

1. Ideas of what to do for an event: complete your blocks for the Folkways Quilt Collection; complete a community service project; feature the works of a local master artist; have a master artist teach a quilt making workshop;  complete blocks for the March Quilts;  complete a block or unveil a block on a quilt mural trail.

2. Press Release for local events.
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3.Use the contact form below to provide the following:  local event name; time; and place.