Each year the guild selects a theme and members have several months to complete a quilt that meets the challenge requirements. The Challenge quilts during an odd numbered year are displayed at one of the monthly meetings, and the members present vote for their favorite. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes are awarded. The Challenge quilts for the even numbered year are displayed at the biennial quilt show in the Challenge Category, with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes awarded based on viewer’s choice ballots cast during the show.
This year’s Quilt Challenge was inspired by our exhibit at the Central Florida Fair. We were approached by a few active soldiers who asked if we participated in making quilts for the service people in the middle-east. We told them that we personally had not but know many quilters who had, referring to the Quilts of Valor and other programs. The soldiers thanked us for doing this, stating that it gets very cold at night overseas. Having the comfort of a homemade quilt really meant a lot to them; so much so, they left the quilts behind so that incoming soldiers could have them!
The Guild Challenge for 2015 is to make a Patriotic Quilt that will be given to a quilt program for soldiers (TBD). The quilt should be at least 55” x 65”, but recommended to be 60” x 80”; it should be made from 100% cotton quilting weight fabric appropriate for an adult. Do not use sheets, thin, stiff, metallic or scratchy fabric.
Many patterns are available on the web. Please make a coordinating pillow case or bag into which the patriotic quilt will be placed for delivery. The Challenge Quilts will be awarded first, second and third place cash awards and are due by the December 7th Guild Meeting. Quilts will be judged by Viewers’ Choice.