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2020 President’s Quilt Challenge

Margaret Marcy Emerson and Andrew Hansen, BQG Co-presidents

The President’s Quilt Challenge, to be unveiled at our 2020 show, is inspired by the following quote:
“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”
—Maya Angelou

For those of you who can’t pick a favorite color, this is your chance to use them all! While we have intentionally left the prompt open to interpretation, we want all of the quilts to feel like they’re part of the same collection so please incorporate 6 to 7 colors of the rainbow into your quilt. Otherwise, please be creative and have fun with this challenge.


  • 36” x 36” quilts only.

  • Six to seven colors of the rainbow must be included in some way.

  • Quilt pattern of your choice.

  • Quilt must have sleeve, label, and name attached.

  • Due at January’s guild meeting.

2019 Small Quilt Challenge:

"The Natural Wealth and Beauty Which Is Ours"

This year’s theme was inspired by a quote from John F. Kennedy:
“It is our task in our time and in our generation to hand down undiminished to those who come after us, as was handed down to us by those who went before, the natural wealth and beauty which is ours.”
From the March 3, 1961 address of John F. Kennedy at the dedication ceremonies of the National Wildlife Federation Building.

Let’s use this eloquent quote to inspire us to make small quilts which celebrate the beauty of the natural world around us. You could be motivated by a meaningful photo, a favorite landscape, a poem, a trip to a National Park or Botanic garden. Your theme could be beaches or oceans, sunrises, sunsets or constellations. Or you could choose to make a modern or traditional block using fabrics showing or suggesting flora or fauna. Your quilt might inspire the protection of our beautiful planet.


  • 20” x 20” quilts only

  • Hanging sleeve attached

  • Quilt label on back with your name and quilt’s title

  • The completed form pinned to the back of your quilt

  • Due at our September 2019 guild meeting

The Small Quilt Challenge is now closed. Stay tuned to find out when and where they will be shown.

For more information, contact the Small Quilt Challenge Co-chairs: Chris Petersen at or Kathy O’Leary at

Previous Small Quilt Challenge Themes:

2018: My Favorite Color
Inspired by the quote from artist Georgia O’Keeffe “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way—things I had no words for.” ~Georgia O’Keeffe

Everyone has a favorite color—put yours into a small quilt! Express yourself with your favorite color and shape—make it traditional or contemporary, modern or abstract. Expand your creativity: try a new technique; or if you want to use your favorite block, try making it differently—make it wonky, or repeat it several times, or try a free-form version. Your favorite color should visually be the focal point of the quilt. Piece it, appliqué it, embellish it—just make it your own! We hope you will be as inspired by this quote as we were, and we look forward to seeing the wide variety of colors and shapes and designs this challenge will yield.

2017: Prospect Park  
Inspired by the 150th anniversary of Prospect Park, and the recently celebrated 100th anniversary of our National Park System, we decided to offer Brooklyn’s green jewel as the theme for the 2017 challenge. And the Park is not just trees and grass and birds.

2016: Trip Around The World
“Trip Around the World” is a classic piecework pattern using only uniform-sized squares. But your quilt doesn’t need to have a single square in it! It can depict places you have been…or a place you’d like to go…or faces you have seen on your travels…or a vision of earth from outer space.  Perhaps you like to do the traditional version with colors you love or make it wonky/wavy.  
    This is your opportunity to express your concept in fiber, interpreted in any materials, technique, or style. Abstract? Representational? Traditional? Modern? Cotton, plastic, feathers?  Buttons, beads, charms?  Whatever you choose to realize your concept. This is a challenge that can take you far on a wonderful journey!

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