The Challenge

Each year a committee is formed to create a challenge for the guild members.  Specific rules and guidelines are given (sometimes accompanied by a specific fabric).  Each member is then "challenged" to create a quilted piece which conforms to these guidelines.  Projects such as these can help push you into areas of quilting you might not otherwise go.

Each member keeps their project secret until the April meeting.  On that night, after the business meeting, members view the entries and vote on their favorites.  It is always an enjoyable program.  We also celebrate the guild's birthday at that meeting.

Participation in the challenge is optional. 

For Past Challenges see Patterns...

NEW! Guild Challenge for 2019: "It's the Year of..." (The Chinese Zodiac)

The rules for the challenge are here.

The guild has been invited to show the entries to this challenge at the 2019 Sauder Quilt Show. In addition, individual members may opt to show their entries at the Art Walk in April 2019.

Guild Challenge for 2018Theme - Happy 30th Birthday Black Swamp Quilter's Guild

Make a birthday card for the Black swamp quilters Guild as we welcome our 30th year!


    -Must measure no larger than 17" on the longest side

    -Must include a Diamond Shape (30th Anniversary Symbol)

    -Any color combo can be used

    -Any method of construction

    -Must be quilted with at least three layers (top, middle and bottom)

    -May be embellished, but not required

    -Must make an envelope for the card

Have fun! Be Creative! Some suggestions --- use your imagination. The card can be a single flat card (think postcard) or can be folded like a traditional card. It may have flaps pr decide!

Bring the completed card to the April 12, 2018 meeting in it's envelope i a bag. The committee will open the cards and display them for voting.

UFO challenge for 2018

Something Different; Put a UFO to work for you! – Start sorting through your “UFO” projects and bring one to show at the March 2017 meeting that you think could be made into a good bag or tote. It will be given to someone else, cut up and returned to you has a tote or purse. This is a great example of “repurposing or recycling”. The revealing of your bag or tote will be at the January 2018 meeting. 

Ugly Fabric challenge for 2018

The 2018 “Ugly Fabric Challenge is in the works!  Everyone has “that” fabric, the one you had to have, but now realize it is just too ugly to use.  Here is your chance to pass it on.  Bring 1-2 yards of a truly dreadful fabric (quilt shop quality) in a plain brown grocery bag.  All participants will swap bags and have one full year to sew a beautiful quilt from what you have received.  This challenge will prove there is no such thing as ugly fabric!