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Thank you John Lewis!
I am Your Wildest Dream! 


In 2022 the Atlanta Quilt Festival premiered “Good Trouble Quilts — Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Congressman John Lewis”. The quilts focused on the life and accomplishments of John Lewis. In 2023 the Atlanta Quilt Festival will premier Part 2 of the John Lewis trilogy followed by the final exhibit of the trilogy in 2024.



 John Lewis made America a better place to live, and his work benefitted all Americans. Part 2 of the John Lewis trilogy focuses on the power of joy and gratitude expressed by quilters who benefited from his work and sacrifices. AQF seeks 30 quilts that express gratitude for the sacrifices that Congressman John Lewis and other civil rights leaders made that resulted in your life being better, more fulfilling, more joyful. It should be a personal quilt that tells your personal story — not that of a famous person. Think, if John Lewis had not worked all his life for civil rights, I would not be or have _____________. Let’s celebrate your success, your accomplishments, your travel, your community, your friends, and all the things you are proud of. Feel free to include or substitute your children, grand-children or your significant other as the subject of your story. We must learn to tell our own stories, and every story is important.



Your quilt should not be larger than 60 inches wide. It must be a fiber quilt with a label and a four-inch sleeve on the back. All techniques welcome.  It must be delivered to the Atlanta Quilt Festival by July 1 and be available for display until September 2. The exhibit may travel in 2024. If so, you will be asked to sign a loan agreement if you want to participate in the traveling exhibit.


Take some time with the title and the story behind your quilt. Acceptance will be based on the beauty of your quilt and the story behind it.


To submit your quilt, send a photo with the title, dimensions, techniques, and story of your quilt to Please submit as soon as possible but no later than June 1. We can only accept 30 quilts.



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