Suncoast Quilting Circle

Log in

2022 President's Challenge

The challenge for 2022 is to create a quilt that has one or more flowers.  The flower(s) could be applique’ (turned edge, raw edge, satin stitched, etc.), pieced, traditional block such as Cactus Flower, focal fabric, etc. Quilt/wall hanging size requirement: 72" or larger perimeter, such as 18" square or larger, 16"x20" or larger, etc. There are three categories: Best Meets the Challenge (best quilt that has a flower and meets size requirement); President’s Choice (favorite based on personal taste); Members’ Choice (favorite based on personal taste).  Photos & a description of your quilt “flowers” are due Tuesday, November 29, 2022; judging is planned for the December 7, 2022 meeting.

2022 Quilt of Valor Challenge

SQC QOV Challenge

Time for another QOV Challenge.  This time using a panel.  Kay Blikken was able to get 8 panels for only $5 each.  If you would like to participate in the challenge, the panels will be for sale at our monthly in person meetings for April and May, or she will mail you one once she receives your payment.

      Finished quilt must measure at least 55x65 inches using prewashed quilt shop quality fabric.  Panel dimensions are 23x45 inches.

      You must use at least 90% of the panel.  The panel does not need to remain in one piece.

      Quilt needs to be completed with three layers, quilting, and binding. 

      No label is required if it is going to be given to Norene for a veteran.  Otherwise, a label is required.

Send a picture of your finished quilt with dimensions to by 1/2/2023.

 You may also want to bring it to the January 2023 meeting. Voting will be at the meeting. Winner will receive a $25 gift certificate for the quilt shop of choice.

Many thanks to Kay Blikken for chairing this challenge!


You may commit to finish as many UFOs (UnFinished Objects) as you would like. For each completed UFO your name will go into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate.  There will be one winner. Sign-up extended to 3/31/22.  Email to sign up.  Provide full name and how many UFOs you plan to finish.  Members - see your UFO committments on the Resources page!  It's not too late to join the fun!

UFOs must be completed by our meeting December 7, 2022.

Completed UFOs or photos of the completed UFOs will be shown at the meeting on December 7, 2022.  If you finish a UFO early and plan to give it away or you will not be at the meeting please email a brief description and picture of your UFO to report that you have completed the UFO.  You may also want to put a picture of your completed UFO on your member photo album.  No-shows are no-completes! If your UFO is a quilt, it must be quilted with binding and label to be considered finished.

Past Challenges

2021 President's Challenge


The challenge for 2021 is to create a quilt that uses Prairie Points and/or Scalloped Edges on at least two sides, with at least two inner borders, one of which has a flange. Size requirement: 72" or larger perimeter, such as 18" square or larger, 16"x20" or larger. etc. This challenge is designed to let you show off your favorite types of borders plus push you incorporate borders that go beyond the basics. There are lots of ways to be creative with borders: piecing, applique', embellishing, special effect quilting, to name just a few. Photos & a description of your quilt and border treatments are due January 19, 2022; judging is planned for the February 2, 2022 meeting.

1st Place President’s Choice

Evening in the Park by Mary Lemon

This was a panel kit to be cut into pieces and placed onto a background.  First mistake was putting Heat and Bond on the whole panel per directions, resulting in a piece of cardboard fabric.  I decided, during Covid, to try and finish it as a UFO and see if the borders could be those in the President's challenge.  Machine appliqued and quilted with very sharp needles!

1st Place Best Meets the Challenge

Alice in Wonderland by Alberta Dalke                          70 X 77 inches

Made from Tula Pink’s Alice in Wonderland fabrics. It was made by deciding one border at a time, once the center was made. In order to highlight the fabric, the center started larger than anticipated and it grew from there. There was a lot of fudging to make everything work out. The flange is the pink at the top of the “cabinet”. It is on one side only. The prairie points are in the last border rather than the on the outside. 

1st Place Members’ Choice

Life at the Beach by Kate Stone

This fun scrappy appliqué quilt features red and yellow borders separated by a blue flange. The yellow scalloped finish resembles the ocean waves. I grew up camping and this quilt combines my love of camping with my love of the beach. The red border is made from material from my late mother’s vintage fabric stash   33 X 38 inches

Alaska trip by Mary Pavlicin

 My challenge is a wall hanging 16x26. Two sides are finished with Prairie Points and there is a flange on the inner border. My inspiration for this quilt came from Sue Wareham. Sue showed a similar quilt years ago at Show & Tell. I thought it was very clever. When this challenge was made Sue’s idea came to mind. I had a box of Alaska pins sitting in a box somewhere so why not put them to use. I am keeping the borders subtle because I want the focus on the pins. This is my result.

Gecko by Mary Davis

Attached is a picture of my President’s challenge quilt. It measures 20.5” x 17” (75” perimeter) and has Prairie Points on two sides, which I chose to add as inner borders rather than use on the outside edge. It also then has two additional side borders, each with an added ¼” flange, which face each other. The gecko is made using layered hand-cut pieces machine appliqued onto the single block background. All fabrics are batiks. The quilting features sun-rays and a wave on each of the two sides.

Peace by Francie Nelson

Size:  Actual quilt is 28.5” x 4 = 114”.  If taken from point to point of prairie points 32” x 4 = 128”

Borders:  red inner border surrounding the applique = flange

                next is black and white 4 square border

                Last is black and white piano keys border

Techniques used:  center square is hand appliqued and hand quilted

                                Rest of quilt is machine pieced and machine quilted

Prairie points in black and white surround the quilt.

I guess that’s it. I learned a lot from doing this quilt. 


Quilt of Valor Block Challenge & Winner

(Numbered in order shown above)

  1. Blooming Star, by Mary Lemon
  2. Fireworks, by Kay Blikken
  3. Floating Stars, by Suzan Dolan
  4. Flower QOV, by Mary Davis
  5. Gold Star, by Darlene Bigham—WINNER
  6. Life Liberty by Norene Dagly
  7. Spinning Pinwheel by Alberta Dalke
  8. Stars and Stripes by Kay Blikken
  9. Striped Star by Kay Blikken
  10. Windmill QOV by Mary Lou Cunningham

Complete a block of your choice, using any technique (applique or piecing or a combination of both) in one of the following UNFINISHED sizes: 

24.5 wide x 24.5 high, 20.5 wide x 24.5 high, or 18.5 wide x 24.5 high 

Use red, white and blue PREWASHED (very important) quality cotton fabric, batik or standard cotton.  QOV center block will have one winner: 

Members' Choice

At the February 3, 2021 meeting, we will show the photos in a slide show twice, once to show the entries, and again so you can make your final choice. Then via anonymous Zoom poll you will vote. The winner will be announced and each person can explain about their quilt/block when it comes up in the slide show. Center blocks will be combined with additional blocks and/or borders to make a QOV top which will be completed at sit and sews by our members. Several of our members have agreed to machine quilt them. Extra fabric will make completion much easier but isn't required. 

When finished the quilts will be given to Norene Dagly as our in-house QOV representative(!) for future presentations. 

You may want to use your center block for a completed QOV quilt presentation to a qualified recipient you choose. 

Please call or email me with any questions. 

Take care,

Kay Blikken 


President’s Challenge Lyrics, Quilt Makers, and Winners

(Numbered in order shown above)

  1. Butterfly: “Butterfly, Tell me if you even know, If you're going where you wanna go, And if you're showing all you need to show.” Quilt by Mary Lou Cunningham.
  2. (You Have to be) Carefully Taught (from South Pacific): "You've got to be taught To hate and fear, You've got to be taught From year to year, It's got to be drummed In your dear little ear You've got to be carefully taught.” Quilt by Mary Anne Braithwaite.
  3. Dancing in the Dark: “Dancing in the dark, ‘Til the tune ends, We’re dancing in the dark and it soon ends, We’re waltzing in the wonder of why we’re here, Time hurries by, we’re here and gone; Looking for the light of a new love, To brighten up the night, I have you love, And we can face the music together, Dancing in the dark.”  Winner: President's Choice.  Quilt by Mary Pavlicin.
  4. Hokey Pokey: ”You put your rightfoot in, You put your rightfoot out; You put your rightfoot in, And you shake it all about. You do the Hokey-Pokey, And you turn yourselfaround. That's what it's all about!” Quilt by Kay Blikken.
  5. Little Duckie Duddle: “A little Ducky Duddle, Went wading in a puddle, Went wading in a puddle quite small. Said he, “It doesn’t matter How much I splash and splatter I’m only a duckie__after all.” Quack! Quack! Quilt by Mignon Kostamo.
  6. Make a Change: “If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself, and make a change.” Quilt by Norene Dagly.
  7. Puff the Magic Dragon: "Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea and frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Hanalea." Quilt by Mary Lemon.
  8. Rock Around the Clock: “One, two, three o'clock, four o'clock, rock. Five, six, seven o'clock, eight o'clock, rock. Nine, ten, eleven o'clock, twelve o'clock, rock. We're gonna rock around the clock tonight!” Quilt by Francie NelsonWinner: Members Choice, Winner: Best Interpretation of Theme.  Quilt by Francie (Mary Frances) Nelson
  9. Silent Night: “Silent night, holy night, All is calm, all is bright. Round yon Virgin Mother and Child, Holy infant so tender and mild. Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace.” Quilt by Susie Haugen.
  10. Somewhere Over the Rainbow: “Somewhere over the rainbow, Way up high, There’s a land that I heard of, Once in a lullaby. Quilt by Joanne Gilch.


    The President’s Challenge  in 2020 was to create a quilt with the theme being any song.  The perimeter must be a minimum of 96 inches (for example, a 24”x24” block or larger). Ribbons were awarded for:

    President's Choice: Winner: Mary Pavlicin

    Best Interpretation of Theme: Winner Francie Nelson

    Member's Choice: Winner Francie Nelson

    At the February 3, 2021 meeting, we showed the photos in a slide show twice, once to show the entries, and again to make final choices. Then via anonymous Zoom poll, all voted. The winners were announced and each person explained about their quilt/block. Congratulations to everyone who entered!

    Our mission is to preserve and promote the art of quilt making, stimulate interest through educating members and the public, and engage in projects for the community where needed and appropriate.   

    Suncoast Quilting Circle
    PO Box 47764
    St. Petersburg,  FL 33743 

    Copyright 2022 Suncoast Quilting Circle

    Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software