2018 Small Quilt Challenge:
"My Favorite Color"
This year’s 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. The only limitation is that the quilt must be 20” by 20”—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 guild meeting: 9/15/2018
Submitting more than one? Please prioritize in case we are able to use only one.
Contact Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kathy at email@example.com with any questions or to arrange to hand in your quilt if you will miss the September meeting.
Please be sure to follow the guidelines so that we may include your quilt in exhibits.
~Kathy O’Leary and Chris Petersen, Co-Chairs
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.
- 40x40-inch quilt
- 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.