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. The only limitation is that the quilt must be 20 by 20 inches—no larger, no smaller.
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
Contact Chris at email@example.com or Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to arrange to hand in your quilt if you will miss the September meeting.
Submitting more than one? Please prioritize in case we are able to use only one.
Please be sure to follow the guidelines so that we may include your quilt in exhibits.
~Kathy O’Leary and Chris Petersen, Co-Chairs
The 2018 theme was 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.”
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.
President's Quilt Show Challenge
Our guild presidents have issued a special quilt challenge to all guild members in celebration of our upcoming 25th anniversary show.
Shades of gray (white OK)
A drop of red, not more the 3x3 inches or less than 1x1 inch.
Quilt pattern of your choice
Quilt must have sleeve, label, and name attached.
Keep in mind that we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of our guild, our new location at Industry City, and a little modern twist. Be creative, have fun, and make some beautiful fiber art.
~Jody and Sylvia, Co-Presidents
2018 Quilt Show Challenge Block
The Challenge Blocks on display
The 2018 challenge block celebrates our guild’s 25th Silver Anniversary. The rules are very simple:
Make a 10½ x 10½ inch block made up of twenty-five 2½ inch squares.
At least half of the squares must be a combination of solid grays or tone-on-tone grays. Two half-square-triangles can count as a square.
Measurements include seam allowance.
Due at quilt drop-off.
The show’s Block Challenge had 28 entries. The winning block was block # 10, made by Chris Janove. The runner up was block # 4 made by Andrew Hansen. Thank you to everybody who made a block.
Challenge Block Co-Chairs: Kirsten Fisher and Linda McNeeley
2017: Prospect Park
Retiring Co-Chairs: Eileen Anderson & Valerie Turer.
Incoming Co-Chairs: Kathy O'Leary & Chris Petersen
The Small Quilt Challenge annual event gives Brooklyn Quilters Guild members an opportunity to stretch their creative wings. The Small Quilt Challenge Team has selected this theme for 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. Think about sports fields & playgrounds; the carousel & the ice rink; New Year’s Eve fireworks and weddings at the Picnic House; drummers and running races; the Farmers’ Market and Lefferts Historic House. And P.S. — did you know that Pantone’s color of the year is “Greenery”?
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 challenge has something for everyone!
The only limitation is that the quilt must be 20” x 20” — no larger, no smaller.
The deadline for this challenge has passed.
2016: Trip Around The World
Co-Chairs: Eileen Anderson & Valerie Turer
This annual challenge gives Brooklyn Quilters Guild members an opportunity to stretch their creative wings. The Small Quilt Challenge Team has selected this theme for 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!
The only limitation is that the quilt must be 20” x 20” – no larger, no smaller.
The deadline for this challenge has passed.