Be part of history with the YALSA 50th Anniversary Quilt! If you can sew two straight seams of 6 inches each, you can make a YALSA quilt block. How does this work?

1. Send $5 to Amy Alessio, Schaumburg Twp. Dist. Library, 130 S. Roselle Rd., Schaumburg, IL 60193 by March 25. That donation will cover mailing and supply costs. Anything left over will be put into the YALSA Friends account. (This is how ALA Auctions are handled for each Annual Conference Auction as well.)

2. You will receive three strips to sew into a quilt square of 6 inches. On the middle, silver, strip, you will write in permanent blue ink your name and the title of a favorite YA book. Directions will also be provided with the materials.

3. You will send the block back in the provided envelope to Amy by April 15.

4. The quilt pictures and raffle information will be posted on the YALSA website by May 15. Raffle tickets will be $10 and only a limited number will be sold, to increase chances of winning! All proceeds from tickets will go into the Friends of YALSA account to help fund program and member initiatives.

5. The winner will be announced at the Annual Conference, but the winner need not be present at the conference to win .

The finished lap quilt will be red, blue and silver with a simple zig-zag strip pattern.

Questions? Please contact Amy Alessio at

3 Thoughts on “YALSA 50th Anniversary Quilt

  1. Amy Alessio [Visitor] on March 1, 2007 at 12:04 pm said:

    Wow! I’m amazed from the response to this that I am getting already. Here’s a couple more thoughts on this:
    -If I get enough squares, we could have two quilts. I may have to train my preschooler to sew sweatshop style but it would be worth it.

    -A few folks have written in asking for multiple blocks to have their teen groups work on this. Good idea!
    -Thanks to Allison Hendon for suggesting that I take the $5 fee over Paypal. If you are interested in doing that, email me and I can send you my personal Paypal account information.

    -Amy Alessio

  2. You say to write my name and my favorite YA title on the silver strip, lengthwise. I interpret that to mean top to bottom as the width would be from left to write. Am I correct? Please advise as I’d like to get this in the mail ASAP.


    Pauline Kaplan
    Youth Services Coordinator
    Patterson Library

    Patterson, NY

  3. Amy Alessio [Visitor] on April 5, 2007 at 9:17 pm said:

    I’m knee deep in quilt mailings, and this is really coming together.
    You are correct. You are writing along the length, leaving a 1/2 inch allowance on each side for me to sew.
    | Fallen Angels |
    | Amy Alessio | for example.

    Feel free to email if you have more questions. Thank you for working on this!

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