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Posts Tagged ‘Quilt Challenge’

Road 2016 Special Exhibit: Woolies Four Pound Challenge

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Work begins on specialty exhibits long before they go on view at Road to California.

What would you do if you got 85 pounds of fabric scraps in the mail? Well, if you were Pat Sloan, you’d take them to your friendship group and issue a challenge!!

And that’s exactly what Pat did. The scraps were sent from Moda Fabrics and were strips from two of Pat’s fabric lines that she had designed for them: One for You, One for Me and The Sweet Life. Pat wanted the scraps out of her house, so she enlisted the help of her Woolie Nuts Friendship Group.

Woolie Nuts started as a group of six  crafter-artist-quilters who wanted to get together and work on wool projects. Today, the group has grown to over 15 members. The Woolie Nuts meet monthly from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. in a grocery store in Sterling, Virginia  under a sign that says, “Do Not Schedule Meetings In This Area.”  Like any other friendship group, they order food, pull up some tables, socialize while they work on their projects, and are supportive of each other in all aspects of their lives. 

One of the Woolie Nuts, Sue Graham, went over to Pat’s house and got the 85 pound box of fabric scraps. It took her two hours to sort the strips by color.IMG_0519

Then with the help of 5 other gals, Sue and her friends dropped and mixed the different width strips into 20 piles, each weighing four pounds.IMG_0523

The group decided together on the rules for their Woolies Four Pound Challenge. Each participant has to use one of the random 4 pound bags of Pat’s scraps to create an original quilt that is no longer than 85” on one side. It is OK to add fabrics to their design, so long as it is another Moda fabric. They have until September 1, 2016 to complete their quilts.

There will be 20 quilts in the Woolies Four Pound Challenge Special Exhibit. Fifteen will be made by Woolie’s members and an additional five quilts will be made from quilters not in the Woolie Nuts group.IMG_0526

Are you as curious as we are to see what these talented quilters come up with? We will just have to wait until Road 2016 to find out!!    




Road 2015 Special Exhibit: The WICKED Cherrywood Challenge

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Are you a fan of the Broadway hit musical, Wicked?New Wicked

Curator Karla Overland of Cherrywood Fabrics had wanted to organize a quilt challenge for some time and when she saw the production on Broadway, she knew immediately this quilt challenge would be a hit – just like the musical.Wicked logo

Artists involved in this challenge chose how to interpret the theme “WICKED.” Most of the quilts are based off the Broadway show or The Wizard of Oz. The exhibit consists of 114 small quilts. There are three quilts attached to 6-foot banners of black felt for a total of 38 banners. The dramatic impact of the display is amazing because of the cohesive size and colors.Cherrywood1

Submissions for the exhibit were accepted through August 1, 2014. Each quilt had to be made entirely from Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabric, with the exception of embellishments. The quilts are 20” squares and used specially dyed lime greens – Cherrywood Wicked Greens – and black.Cherrywood4

Karla hopes that the WICKED Cherrywood Challenge generates excitement and appreciation for quilts done in solid colors. Says Karla, “The color is the hero here and inspired wonderful creativity from the entrants.”  Karla also added, “Our suede-look fabric is so rich and saturated.  I hope people will appreciate how strong a quilt can be just using Cherrywood.”  There is a photo book available of the entire exhibit including artist statements.

The WICKED challenge is the first of Cherrywood Challenges yet to come. Look for the announcement of future themes on their website:  cherrywoodfabrics.com


2015 Challenge: African Folklore Embroidery Fiber Art And Quilt Challenge

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Leora Raiken is a familiar face with Road to California patrons. Owner of African Folklore Embroidery, Leora has hosted vendor booths and has taught at past Road shows.head shot

For 2015, Leora and African Folklore Embroidery will again be sponsoring the African Folklore Embroidery Fiber Art and Quilt Challenge, offering cash prizes totaling $500.

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This is the fifth year of the challenge. As a teacher, for Leora, the most rewarding part is seeing the completed work of her students and customers that have purchased an African Folklore Embroidery kit or attended a class.  She especially loves seeing how each person interprets the designs.  One of Leora’s students completed six designs and made it into a fabric book which Leora reports as “stunning.” Other people have made the kits into quilts, table runners, jackets and pillows. One woman made “the most beautiful purse” and another woman, a tea cozy.

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In order to participate in this year’s challenge, one or more of the current African Folklore Embroidery kit designs on their website must be included in the entry. Completed entries can be incorporated or made into quilts, wearable art, wall hangings, pillows, or they can be mailed in “as is.” They do not have to be “made” into anything to be entered. Judging emphasizes the creative use of African Folklore Embroidery kits with regard to fabrics, visual impact, workmanship and uniqueness. Multiple entries can be entered as well as entries from previous challenges so long as the entry is a kit design currently offered on the African Folklore Embroidery website: www.aflembroidery.com

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There will also be a separate children’s category. Leora firmly believes that if we can get the next generation to love stitching and handwork, they will remember this skill forever.

Deadline for submissions is December 15th 2014. A full list of the entry rules can be found on the web site. Completed entries need to be mailed with the official entry form to 7258 Pondera Circle, West Hills, CA 91307. Any questions can be emailed to info@aflembroidery.com. Many of the completed entries from the 2015 and previous challenges will be incorporated into Leora’s new book, Fibers, Fabric and Fun with African Folklore Embroidery, which will be available for pre-ordering at Road to California 2015 20th Anniversary Show.

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Leora hopes that this exhibit will show how easy it is to do African Folklore Embroidery and that it will inspire others to create their own hand work using African Folklore Embroidery kits and threads.






Quilt Challenge 2015: Step Out Of The Box

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Road to California 2014 started out with a parade. Led by members of the Colony High School Drum Corps, followed by dignitaries from the show’s host city, Ontario, the entourage marched in to the vendor hall, and stopped near the Quilted with Honor Exhibit, a fitting backdrop for the veteran presentation that followed._i4c2887[1]

All quilts in the Quilted in Honor Exhibit were made with patriotic fabrics designed by IslandBatik._i4c3751

These quilts made such a huge impression that Road wanted to extend their versatility by offering a new challenge using these fabrics: Step Out of the Box._i4c3744

The Step Out of the Box Challenge requires all submitted quilts to be a modern aesthetic design that incorporates at least 50% Island Batik Quilted in Honor fabrics. Quilters are also encouraged, but not required, to use additional materials from other Quilted in Honor sponsors such as Aurifill thread, Pellon batting, OESD embroidery designs, or patterns from Quilted in Honor designers.Quilted in Honor Partners

Due by October 1, 2014, quilters can submit more than one entry. After the show, all quilts for this exhibit will be donated to Operation Homefront.  You can find additional entry rules on our web site.

A fun and unique way to bring together modern quilt design, patriotism and our 20th Anniversary.