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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.



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.

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

Sign-up by 2/28/22.  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!

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, or 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.

Your name goes in the drawing for every completed UFO!  Completed UFOs shown on December 7, 2022 or reported as completed by email will be entered in the drawing. You do not need to be present to win.


Past Challenges


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.   

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