Category Archives: Quilt Competitions

Pineapple Block Group Challenge 2010

Rules of the Pineapple Block Challenge:

1. Make up a pineapple block using the 9” square template. (Ask Jenny for one.)

2. Use only existing scrap fabric you have. Do not buy any new fabric!

3. Select a single colour scheme for the block (ie only reds or blues or greens etc).

4. Bring your block to the meeting on 13th December 2010. We will have a secret vote and the winner will be presented with a set of fat quarters at the Christmas lunch (or a meeting in January if you’re not coming to the lunch).

Pineapple quilt block

Example of a pineapple quilt block (but remember for the challenge you need to stick to one colour!)

Neat seams on a Pineapple quilt block

Blocks will be judged by colour and neatness...

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Janet’s Journal Quilts in Fabrications Magazine!

Janet's Journal Quilts in the April/May issue of Fabrications Magazine.
Congratulations to Janet whose two journal quilts on the theme “Traveller’s Tales” were highly commended by the judges of the 2010 Journal Quilt Challenge, and featured in Fabrications magazine.

The theme for the 2011 competition is “Fantasy”. Entry forms from Grovenor Shows.

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Festival of Quilts Videos: What Makes a Winning Quilt

For an idea of what makes a winning quilt at the Festival of Quilts, watch this video by Jan Hale and this video by Joanna O’Neill, two of this year’s judges. It also gives a good view of the winning quilts in the Contemporary, Art, and Quilters’ Guild Challenge categories. (The videos are on Facebook.)

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Festival of Quilts: Quilting Details

If a quilt has a tree on it, then it’s certain to catch Marion’s eye! This quilt by Lisa Walton and Nic Bridges won second prize in the group quilts category. It’s strip pieced, with the tree appliquéd on top. The colours are gorgeous, and up close you could see the fabulous quilt stitching too! It took patience to get a good photo as it was a very popular quilt.

Festival of Quilts: 2nd Prize for Group Quilts

Festival of Quilts: 2nd Prize for Group Quilts

There were several black-and-white quilts, inspiration for anyone who’s intimidated by colour. Some were pieced, others were painted like this one. Again, up close, there was great quilting to be seen.


Festival of Quilts: "Fall" by Caron Townsend

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Festival of Quilts 2009

This year’s Festival of Quilts at the NEC Birmingham saw 173 Art Quilts, 132 Contemporary Quilts, 74 Traditional Quilts, 64 Group Quilts, 49 Miniature Quilts, 42 Quilt Creations, and 41 entries in the Quilters’ Guild Challenge. In the young quilters categories there were: 11 quilts in the 5–8 years, 11 in the 9–11, 21 in the 12–16, 7 in primary schools and 16 in secondary schools. You don’t need to be good at maths to figure out which category has the best odds for winning a prize!

Festival of Quilts 2009 Miniature Quilts

Festival of Quilts 2009 Miniature Quilts

Festival of Quilts 2009 -- Winner Group Quilts

Festival of Quilts 2009 -- Winner Group Quilts

Festival of Quilts 2009 Winner Art Quilts

Festival of Quilts 2009 Winner Art Quilts

Festival of Quilts 2009 -- Can You Sleep

A quilt in the Arts Quilt Category for anyone who has ever had insomnia!

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2011 Quilt Calendar Competition

The challenge for the 2011 Quilting Arts Magazine Calendar Contest is to create a 12″x12″ (30x30cm) embellished art quilt on the theme “Flavor of the Month”.  You have to send the publishers in the USA three 8×10″ photographs (one of the full quilt and two detail shots) by 8 March 2010. If your quilt is shortlisted, you’ll then post the quilt to the magazine. Read the full details of the competition here…

Given how much we all love cake, coming up with an idea for a “Flavor of the Month” quilt shouldn’t be that be tricky. Though we might need to try various kinds of cake to decide what might be suitable for each season… Do post your suggestions in the comments below!

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