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2023 Quilt of Valor Challenge

The theme of this year's challenge honoring our service members is STARS.

There are 3 options for your quilt:

  • Option 1 - your quilt contains a minimum of 3 identically shaped stars, pieced or appliqued, in 3 different sizes.
  • Option 2 - your quilt contains a minimum of 3 differently shaped stars, pieced or appliqued, all of one size.
  • Option 3 - your quilt contains a minimum of 3 differently shaped stars, pieced or appliqued, in 3 different sizes.

All entries must be a minimum of 55x65 inches, be 3 layers, quilted and bound. Fabric must be quilt shop quality and washed. Please do not reveal your quilt before judging which will be the first Wednesday in-person meeting of the guild in January 2024. If you give your quilt away before then, retain a picture to be shown at judging. Winner will receive a $25 gift card to the quilt shop of their choice. Challenge coordinator: Kay Blikken.

Past Challenges

2022 Quilt of Valor Challenge

Winning QOV quilt by Alberta Dalke

SQC QOV Challenge

For the 2022 challenge, Kay Blikken was able to get 8 panels for only $5 each, which were for sale at our monthly in person meetings for April and May, or she would mail you one once she received 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!

Congratulations to all who completed their quilt, and especially to Alberta Dalke, the winner! The makers are, from top left to bottom right, Alberta Dalke, Darlene Bigham, Joanne Gilch, Karen Lacina, Kay Blikken, and Mary Lou Cunningham.  Click the thumbnail to open the picture full size.


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 

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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PO Box 47764
St. Petersburg,  FL 33743 

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