Challenges

Challenges are a great way to learn Modern Quilt design concepts. 

Strippy Challenge for Charity - Due July 2019
Size: 36" x 36" or up to a large throw size
Due: July 2019 but quilts will be accepted at any meeting

The Program and Outreach Committees have teamed up to create a Design/Charity Quilt Challenge!

We will use leftover fabric strips provided by Days for Girls; so, think bright, bold colors and patterns. Adding to the challenge are strips of donated fabrics which were not sold at the Airing. And Christine Ravish donated her leftovers strip collection! Can these strips really all go in one block or even one quilt? That's part of the challenge!
At the meeting, select a packet of fabric strips (of your choice, with your eyes wide open!) to use to design a whole top or finished quilt to be donated to our Outreach program. The finished quilts will be distributed as needed throughout the year.

Explore the many ways strips can be used to create blocks, whole tops or elements incorporated in other designs. Quick research will show you more ideas than you can image. Edit your strip packet as desired, add or subtract fabric (please return any unused strips) but remember part of the challenge is to use all the various prints and make these strips work for you to create a fresh and modern design.

Some of our Sallie House kids suggested flannel backs. Additional fabric, including flannel and batting will be available at the meetings.

Check out these Pinterest boards for ideas...


Photo Inspiration (from outstanding committee work)-















Fat Quarter Challenge - Due Oct 2019

The fabric has finally arrived and will be available starting at the May meeting.
Fat quarters are $5 each. Let Pat Hansen know if you want it mailed to you.
Theme: Incorporate the provided fat quarter cut of Marcia Derse fabric as you would like but make sure the challenge fabric is identifiable on your quilt top.
Size: The perimeter should be no greater than 144 inches, that is the sum of the length of all four sides should not exceed 144 inches.
Palette: The selected fabric is Treasure Hunt Fabric Panel from Windham Fabrics, Marcia Derse, $5 each fat quarter
Due: October meeting 10/19/2019
A big thank you! to Deborah at Deborah's Quilting Basket for acquiring this beautiful fabric for us. 

To view the entire panel and coordinating fabrics, click here for web link
Fat Quarter Challenge due October 2019
Fabric by Marcia Derse


Past Challenges-

Photo Inspiration Challenge - Due April 2019

Photo Inspiration for April 2019 Challenge
Photo- Use the above photo to interpret some aspect of the picture and design a modern quilt. You can look for lines, curves, shapes, colors, specific objects or impressions or even a literal representation. Just make it modern. The photo says; Florida, palms, beach, quilts, fresh and modern, and brings to mind the "Airing" which itself is inspiring.
Size- 18" wide x 24" high only
The limitation of the same size will make a striking display with the quilts hung together along with the photograph of same size for a cohesive gallery.



Elements of Scale Challenge - Due January 2019 Meeting
Airing of the Quilts 2019 - Scale Challenge

Create a Modern Quilt with an emphasis on the scale.

The challenge will be further explained in the program of the June meeting with a slide show illustrating the various aspects of scale.
Rules:
Scale- can be expressed in the varied size of the objects in the design or the scale of the fabric (ex.large dots compared to small dots). Or you can play with perspective and proportion.
Size- The perimeter should be no greater than 144 inches, that is, the sum of the length of all four sides should not exceed 144". It is your choice as to the dimensions.
Added challenge- (not required) try fitting your design into a golden ratio 8x13, 13x21, 21x34, etc.  Recognize the Fibonacci sequence?
The Elements of Scale challenge asks us to develop our design utilizing the element of scale. Here are some references to scale for you to explore.
Scale  "The size of a shape in relationship to the other shapes in a composition is scale. A variety of sizes will make a design more interesting.  Larger shapes will feel closer, and smaller shapes will feel further away.  An area in the quilt with smaller detailed shapes can create a center of interest, inviting the viewer to come closer and take a look.  Scale can also refer to the character of shapes and lines in fabric."
Scale "Scale is developed by using a variety of sizes of objects.  Monotony occurs when everything is the same size,  For example, areas that are small and busy should be balanced with larger, calmer areas that the give the eye a place to rest." 
Scale and Proportion   "Scale can also refer to internal proportions, the size of elements within the work itself.  The larger the scale of any one element within an artwork the greater its emphasis.......Magnifying something that is usually quite small can capture your attention through sheer surprise........An unnatural contrast of scale in your quilts can also be used to achieve interesting effects.......One element that is purposefully out of scale with other elements within -the quilt will attract the viewer's attention and become a focal point




Fat Quarter Challenge  -  Due October 2018 meeting

Airing of Quilts 2019 - Fat Quarter Challenge quilts


Rules

Theme- Use the fat quarter in your quilt adding as many other fabrics as you would like but make sure the challenge fabric is identifiable on the front of your quilt.

Keep it Modern

Size- the perimeter should be no greater than 144 inches, that is the sum of the length of all four sides should not exceed 144". This allows for a somewhat larger quillt, say 24" x 36" but still encourages smaller sizes such as the under 24" per side of last year's challenges. Your choice.

Pallette- The selected fabric is from the RJR Urban Garden line by Leslie Tucker Jenison. It is called Garden Story-Morning Walk 3357-001. We purchased ours from Deb's Quilt Basket.  She has lots of gorgeous coordinates. This is a current fabric and should be available where ever you shop. See it online at   RJR Urban-Garden



RJR Urban-Garden

Challenge Quilt Photo's-






























Fabric Kit Challenge - Due July 2018 meeting or anytime after...
Update from July meeting for the Fabric Kit Challenge - Jamie Lynch delightful Christmas table runner
 Carole Lyles Shaw - a Christmas quilt
 Carol Byrnes ...Fish and Lighthouse Waves
 Eve Rabbiner - Picturesque Palm
Susan Toy - a definite mix of fabric 
For more see the July meeting photo's on MyGrove

Fabric kits were chosen at the March and April meetings and at the Retreat - sight unseen!

Rules:
Cut a small sample of each fabric in the kit and attach it to the file card provided.
The quilt must contain a piece of each fabric.
Add as many other fabrics as you want.
Size The quilt maybe any size from mini to large - your choice.
The challenge is to make a modern design with non-modern fabrics. Every kit is different but most contain traditional fabrics.

 Pat and crew organized packets of donated fabrics.

Some kept their first draw, others exchanged for a second draw. 
(Is that really bra fabric?) Come to the July meeting for the full reveal.