Challenges, Contests & Quilt Shows

Once you know how to quilt it can be a life long opportunity to provide a service for others and to be a media for your creativity.  Here are some of  the Challanges that are out there to give you an idea of what all you can do.  If you know of any others please add the information
Here's one for you...The World's Biggest Hexagon Quilt - As of the postin on 8/5/2011 the quilt is accepted as a world record and will be in the Guiness World Book of Records.  Hexagons were contributed by quilters around the world 357 ft long made up of 152 636 hexagons.  Check it out here, the quilt was then divived into 115 sections and each was bound and donated to chartires and nursing homes in and around Gatton, Australia. 

  QuiltCon Block Challenge
Your challenge is to use the colors of the QuiltCon logo to make a quilt block that reflects what modern quilting means to you. We encourage you to stretch yourself and plan an interesting composition that represents your own unique voice.

Entries are now open and will remain open through August 15, 2012. During this time author and MQG Board Member, Elizabeth Hartman, will curate the submitted blocks, many of which will be featured on The Modern Quilt Guild’s blog. Blocks will be featured on the blog during the entire entry period, so please don’t hesitate to submit your blocks any time between now and August 15.

After August 15, Elizabeth will select 20 or more of her favorite blocks and will use them to make a quilt that will be displayed at QuiltCon and awarded, by raffle, to a lucky winner. Raffle tickets will only be sold at QuiltCon, and ticket sales will benefit The Modern Quilt Guild.

As a way of saying “thank you” to the City of Austin, the remaining blocks will be used to make quilts for Austin Children’s Shelter.

The MD Anderson Gynecological Cancer Quilt Project - Since 2002, quilters from MD Anderson’s Ovarian Cancer Support Group and the community have donated blocks to make quilts which are displayed each year at the International Quilt Festival in Houston.  With the growth of the quilt project, an online quilt auction was launched in 2008. 

For 2011, the quilt project’s online auction will expand its support of Gynecologic Cancer Awareness and benefit both the Ovarian and Uterine Cancer Research Programs at MD Anderson. In addition, the online auction will seek to raise awareness for cervical cancer and the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic predisposition which increases the risk for developing both ovarian and breast cancer.

 The School Block Challenge- is an annual quilt block competition and exhibit sponsored by Moda Fabrics and coordinated by The National Quilt Museum. All blocks will be exhibited at the museum.  Blocks will be entered in three divisions and each of these divisions will be judged for awards. The divisions will be Preschool – 4, Grades 5 – 8 and Grades 9 – 12.   All blocks submitted to the Museum will receive ribbons for contest participation. Prize money will be awarded to the entire winning class to be used at the teacher’s discretion for a classroom need or future project. 

Each block must be 16 in x 16 in and include the three Moda Fabrics in the packets available at the museum. A recognizable piece of each of the three fabrics must be included in the block. Additional trims, fabrics, notions, etc. may be added as desired. However, please do not use any loose glitter.  Fabric packets may be ordered by mail $2.75/packet to cover mailing cost.  Visit the museum’s web site for ideas! Look in the contest section at For more information or questions, contact Meegan Carr at It is recommended that teachers/leaders work with an area quilting group or guild on this project, for ideas, classroom assistance and other help.


 2010 challenge fabric

 2011 challenge fabric

 2012 challenge fabric

The Hoffman Challenge -   Begining in 1988 Hoffman Fabrics has selected a single fabric to be used as a part of the creation.  There are three quilt categories (pieced, appliqué and mixed technique), as well as new categories include clothing (wearable art), accessories, and dolls.  While the majority of the entries come from the United States a wide variety of international entries are received. Each year, the top entries are grouped into traveling collections and visit quilt and fiber shows, seminars, quilt shops and quilt- and doll-makers guilds nationwide and in Canada.

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI)  is a national, grassroots charity whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research. The AAQI auctions and sells donated quilts, and sponsors a nationally touring exhibit of quilts about Alzheimer's.  Alzheimer's Forgetting Piece by Piece is a nationwide traveling quilt exhibit of 52 quilts each interpreting Alzheimer's in some way Priority: Alzheimer's Quilts is so named for the urgent need for research dollars and the hope that quilters across the country would make participation in this project a priority. These small quilts are a perfect fit for the flat rate cardboard priority mailers from the USPS, which the group uses to ship quilts to winning bidders after monthly online auctions. 

Hopes and Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS    Give the gift of a quilt to warm the life, the heart and the lap of an ALS patient, and help raise awareness and research money for ALS – Lou Gehrig’s disease.  Your donated quilts will be given to an ALS patient or used to raise awareness and research money for ALS by being photographed, displayed, auctioned, or raffled.

Quilt Shows
logoInternational Quilt Festival - Houston
The annual Festival is held the 1st weekend in November at the George R. Brown Convention Center.  The award winners are posted here.
Quilts, Inc has graciously included the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council a booth each year.  This year (2011) the booth recorded an average of 20 visitors/hour, and we distributed over 100 heart shapped pillows to attendies who have be touched by cancer in some way.  The pillows are for themselves, a loved one or friend who is a patient or survivor.  We also passed out patterns to use to make more pillows.  A big thanks to the girls of M. Ladet's Troop which made 100 pillows as part of their Silver Award. 
Award Winners American Quilter's Society - 27th Annual Quilt Show & Contest April 27 - 30, 2011 - Paducah, Kentucky
Every quilt guild has a show for their members work, most are every 2 years.  Check out the quilt guilds in your area, here is a list of those in SE Texas.


Quilt Design Star

The 2012 McCall’s Quilt Design Star™ contest is off to a great start! For the first time, amateur quilt designers are competing strictly against each other, and up-and-coming professional designers are competing in a separate contest track.

Timeless Stitch Star
     Timless Treasures - Be the next Timeless Stitch Star Enter a photo of your quilt or lifestyle / sewing project by June 1, 2012 for a chance to win up to $5,000 and a Horizon Memory Craft 7700QCP Sewing Machine by Janome!