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Quilters’ Show & Tell: Challenge Quilts

Quilters' Show & Tell

Hi everyone! The theme for this week’s Quilters’ Show & Tell is Challenge Quilts. The quilt you submit can be any style and technique and it does NOT have to be finished either.

What is a challenge quilt? A challenge quilt is a pretty open theme. Often guilds and shops will do challenges, where they give you a selection of fabric and you need to come up with something using that fabric. Or they’ll give you a theme and you do the same. It could even be something that you’ve challenged yourself with.

To enter, read the updated guidelines then submit your quilt photo here! You have until Friday, January 18th at 8:00 a.m. (EST) to enter. Voting will start shortly after and last until Monday, January 21st at 8:00 a.m. (EST).

Guest Judges

This week, I asked two dear quilting friends if they would be guest judges: Sandi from A Legacy of Stitches and Melissa from Sew BitterSweet Designs. They’ll both have 100 bonus points to award to their favourite quilt(s). I asked them both, what they’re working on, and here’s what they told me…

Sandi – A Legacy of Stitches

The project at the top of my “to do” list is working on my BOM that I shared with friends in 2002 and will be sharing with my local quilt group, Kindred Kwilter’s throughout this coming year. I am excited to share the blocks and the story behind them. I posted about this quilt in this blog post.


The quilt blocks are shared in my Yahoo group Seasons BOM for anyone interested in making the quilt. I will blog about the blocks on the third Friday of each month (after I share with my Kindred Kwilting friends on the third Thursday of each month).

This BOM isn’t the only quilty project going on in my sewing room. I have oodles of “quilty projects in progress” because sometimes I am in the mood to do a lot of cutting so I cut out a project. Then another day, I may be in the mood to sew. And still another day, I may need a “travel project” like the crazy quilt I’m working on in Mary Englebreit fabrics.


It’s all hand-sewing and much of the work was done while waiting in the car, at doctor’s office, etc. during health issues for my parents, then me. Time at the doctor’s office passes so much more quickly when there is hand-sewing to take away the worries! I also have a lot of “wooly projects in progress”. That’s a whole other “to do” list! As you can see, I am never bored.

And now to this week’s Challenge Contest. I thought about entering this little number…


This project was a challenge in our quilt group with the Prior Lake Quilters (Minnesota) a number of years ago. A fat quarter of that blue fabric was given to each member and had to be used in our project. I had this basket fabric and fussy cut the baskets to applique around the center egg which shares wise words from my Grandma Goldie……..”Don’t put all your eggs in one basket!” And do I follow that advice. Um, not too well, but I try!

I won’t be entering the contest this week as Michele asked if I would be a judge. I have judged a couple of local quilt contests and organized many a quilt show in our area, so hopefully that will provide some experience for this job! I look forward to seeing all the lovely challenge quilts that will be shared here on Quilting Gallery!

Melissa – Sew BitterSweet Designs

Hi! My name is Melissa and I blog over at Sew BitterSweet Designs. My days have been filled lately with working on my first finish of 2013, a wonky log cabin quilt for the Trust Circle of Do.Good Stitches. My nights, however, have been filled with a new love for English Paper Piecing. I recently discovered the joy of hexies, and while they can be tiresome on my hands I have found that they are a great way to relax and unwind at night. This is a picture of all my hexies made in the last month – there are 336 hexies from the Simply Color line.


I have also spent the first 2 weeks of this year working with Shanna from Fiber of All Sorts to organize “A Lovely Year of Finishes” over on our blogs and on Flickr. We both decided that we didn’t have enough quilts and projects in the finished column in 2012 so this year we have vowed to have at least one finish per month and we are holding each other accountable.


We are also inviting others to join in on the finish fun. We are hosting 3 linky parties a month: goal setting, check-in, and finish and those that finish their stated goal are eligible to win some awesome prizes. So far 2013 has been super busy but I am looking forward to all my finished quilts at the end of the year! I hope you will come and check out my blog if you get the chance!

Last Week’s Quilters’ Show & Tell

Thanks to everyone that entered quilts and voted for last week’s Favourite Quilts from 2012 Show & Tell event.

Guest Judges

Pat Sloan awarded her bonus points as follows:

80 points to Wagon Wheels West 2 by Lynette, bringing the total points up to 69+80 = 149
20 points Medallion Quilt by Deanna, bringing the total points up to 38+20 = 58

I awarded my bonus points as follows:

50 points to Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler by Debbie, bringing the total points up to 101+50 = 151
50 points to Amazing Technicolor Dream Quilt by PersimonDreams, bringing the total points up to 75+50 = 125


The winning quilt with a whopping 407 votes from the community was From The Cupcake Crew submitted by Lynn Provencher.

From The Cupcake Crew

The winner of the give-away is #51 Deborah.




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This post was published on January 15th, 2013. Post topics: Special Features. Post tags: .

3 Responses to “Quilters’ Show & Tell: Challenge Quilts”

  1. […] Gallery for the weekly quilt contest. This week’s theme is “Challenge Quilts”. Head over and check it out and submit a quilt while you are […]

  2. Awww! Thanks for giving me your bonus points! I really appreciate it! So many amazing quilts were made in 2012! So good to see them in one spot!

  3. Maggie Boucher says:

    I submitted a quilt for this weeks contest and I cannot find a link to share or look at the quilts up for voteing. can someone help me please

    Thank you

    Maggie Boucher

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