The challenge for 2023 is to create a quilt that uses two different striped fabrics and a dotted/spotted fabric. Use at least a charm square (5"x5" square) of each fabric (cut as you like, ok to square up) in your quilt. 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 with at least the minimum amount of the three required fabrics that meets size requirement); President’s Choice (favorite based on personal taste); Members’ Choice (favorite based on personal taste). Photos & a description of your quilt are due Tuesday, November 28, 2023; judging is planned for the December 6, 2023 meeting. Please plan to bring/send your quilt in a plain brown bag (or similar) to the meeting for anonymous display prior to the slide show judging. This way members at the in-person meeting can see and evaluate the quilts in all their glory, and members over zoom can still participate in the voting.
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.
And the winners are:
2022 Presidents Choice & Best Meets the Challenge: Karen Lacina
2022 President's Challenge Members' Choice: Mary Anne Braithwaite
The many gorgeous 2022 President's Challenge entires are shown below as thumbnails; simply click to see the full size image. The maker and description of each is listed below.
1. Mary Ann Braithwaite: The quilt is about 42 inches wide and 22 inches high.
6. Kate Sweeney: Flowers for Mom. My Mother and Grandmother both grew beautiful flowers and I share their love of florals. I saw these bright flowers and instantly pictured them in a vase with a wood frame on a farmhouse wall. Rustic, yet elegant. Collage/Appliqué. 17 1/2 x 20 1/2.
2021 President's Challenge
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.
President’s Challenge Lyrics, Quilt Makers, and Winners
(Numbered in order shown above)
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!