At Worldcon last year, which was Aussiecon4, nearly 100 authors, illustrators, publishers and editors who were present signed a square of fabric. Each piece of fabric was worked into a quilt to celebrate the SF community. Click on the picture for a larger version. This is Conquilt.
Now, Conquilt is being auctioned on eBay as a fundraiser for the local Melbourne convention, Continuum. International bidders are encouraged and worldwide postage is available (at cost to the auction winner). The quilt will be on display at Continuum 7, 10th June to the 13th June 2011, and the auction will run on eBay from 10th June to 20th June.
My signature is on there, but don’t let that put you off. Look at this list of amazing names:
Alan Baxter Alastair Reynolds Alisa Krasnostein Alison Croggon Amanda Pillar
Andrew J. McKiernan Angie Rega Bill Congreve Bob Eggleton
Carrie Vaughn Cat Sparks Catherynne M. Valente Charles Stross
China Mieville Chris Miles (an associate of H. I. Larry) Chuck McKenzie
Cory Doctorow Deborah Biancotti Delia Sherman Dirk Flinthart
Duncan Lay Fiona McIntosh Foz Meadows Gail Carriger
Garth Nix George Ivanoff George R. R. Martin Gillian Polack
Glenda Larke Grace Duggan Howard Tayler Ian Irvine Ian Nichols
Jane Routley Jason Nahrung Jay Lake Jean Johnson Jenner
Jennifer Fallon Jetse de Vries John Scalzi Jonathan Strahan Juliet Marillier
K. A. Bedford K. J. Taylor Kaaron Warren Kaja Foglio Karen Haber
Karen Healey Kate Elliot Kate Paulk Kathleen Jennings Keith Stevenson
Kim Stanley Robinson Kirstyn McDermott Kyla Ward Lara Morgan
Leanne Hall Lisa L. Hannett Lucy Sussex Marianne de Pierres
Mary Victoria Matthew Hughes Michael Pryor Michelle Marquardt
Narrelle M. Harris Nick Stathopoulos Nicole R. Murphy Paul Collins
Paul Cornell Paul Haines Peter M. Ball Peter V. Brett Phil Foglio
Richard Harland Rjurik Davidson Rob Shearman Robert Hood Robert Silverberg
Russell B. Farr Russell Blackford Russell Kirkpatrick Seanan McGuire
Shane Jiraya Cummings Shaun Tan Sue Bursztynski Tansy Rayner Roberts
Tehani Wessely Tracey O’Hara Trent Jamieson Trudi Canavan
I’ve randomly bolded a few of the bigger names to give you an idea.
Conquilt was assembled by Rachel Holkner and award-winning quilter Jeanette Holkner. It is based on the pattern ‘Tribble Trouble’ by Martha Thompson. It measures 152 cm x 192 cm with a 5cm diameter rod pocket on the back for easy display. More details here.
This strikes me as a fairly bizarre item, but certainly a unique one and something that is likely to become more valuable over time and a true collector’s item. So get bidding!