Challenge Quilts


Ellie The Patchwork ElephantEllie The Patchwork Elephant 2017

I made this quilt at a retreat projects and then decided to enter it into the Flower Valley Quilt Guild challenge to distract from my main challenge quilt.  This quilt won 1st place in the longarm machine quilting category.

Hanging Too Long: There’s a Robin’s Nest in My Jeans! 2017

This was my true challnge quilt for the Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue.  I used all old fabrics and recycled jeans, new items were the embellishments, I borrowed a Quilting Arts magazine where I saw a similar photo (but no pattern), and there is a lot of blue.  This quilt won two awards for the challenge and another at out quilt show!  For the challenge, won 3rd place for Interpretation of Theme and 2nd place in the longarm machine quilting category.  For the quilt show, it won 3rd place in small wall quilts.

Meandering North 2017

This black, grey, white, and cream challenge was made for my small guild.  ! won 2nd place.





Modern Hexies 2016  – SSBQG – 1st place; FVQG – 1st place longarm machine quilting






Honeycomb Quads 2016 – I made this quilt in the stack-n- whack setting but made each hexagon form from four pieces instead of one.  Won 2nd place in longarm machine quilting.




Nairobi, Kenya, Africa 2015 –  challenge to make a quilt themed out of Africa.  2nd place  (photo coming soon)

“T” Quilt 2013 –  Challenge was to make a quilt using an initial in your name where the quilt blocks also started with that letter.  I chose my first initial and used pieces from past projects.  I made trailing geese in “t” formation, tumbling blocksm and tumblers. I won 2nd place for most creative use of blocks.

Charmed, I’m Sure 2011 – My first plan was to scatter the charms and piece how they landed.  For some reason that did not appeal to me so I went to plan B.  I decided to make frames with the tumblers (by the way cut 3.5″ with my GO! cutter) by separating the light and medium/dark values.  I also had fun throwing in novelty fabrics.  I just love looking at this quilt.  It tied for 2nd place in the challenge.


The Big Red Elephant in the Room 2011 – won 1st Most Innovative, 2nd appliqué and 3rd wall quilt category





Scrap Queen 2010 –   My first attempt at making a portrait quilt.  Although I didn’t win any ribbons, I thoroughly enjoyed the process.  I used machine embroidery to applique the organza letters.




Love is…Miniature 2010 – Mini challenge quilt made from leftover  half square triangles.  I used my embroidery machine to quilt.  Won 3rd place





Graduations Soaring In Geese Formation 2009 – won 1st place – make any quilt using geese; I used Carol bryet Fallert Pattern but figured out how to piece myself.




Kentucky Bluegrass – 2007 – The theme was to make a quilt from a photo.  I’d just visited Louisville, KY for a conference.  During my walk downtown, I was many statues.  For some reason, this one reminded me of quilting fabric. 2nd place (make a quilt from a photo)


Please Don’t Eat The Dasies 2007 – Flower Valley Quilt Guild;
Make a quilt based upon a movie as the theme was Flower Valley Goes to the Movies.”  Also required was the incorporation of black and white into the quilt. The quilt won 3rd place in Best Workmanship. Ironically, another guild member made the same quilt. Size: 35″ square

Ruby Throated Hummingbird 2006 – no ribbons – challenge make an applique quilt.






One Woman Round Robin – 2006 – won 2nd best use of challenge fabrics, 2nd workmanship, 2nd machine quilting, 1st pieced category.  My favorite things are stars, hearts, flowers, the color purple, log cabins, scraps, crystals, beads, buttons, applique, paper piecing, round robins


New Year’s Toast 2005 – The challenge was to make a quilt based on your favorite drink.  I lost the pattern (twice) that I’d plan to make with Coca-Cola as my drink.  As the challenge date loomed just a week away, I decided upon something different.  SSBQG – won 1st Place  5/3/2005 to 5/9/05



Crystal Stars 2005 – The challenge was to make a “new-tique” or and “antique”.  I chose to make a “new-tique using a project I started in a Karen Combs class.  FVQG – won 1st Place Machine Quilting  5/11/2005 to 6/9/2005

Friendship Baskets 2004 – The So Sew Busy Quilt Guild wanted a way to commemorate our friendship.  We had a friendship basket challenge swap.  The members made baskets that were first voted on in a challenge and then swapped.  Some made the same basket while others made all of their baskets different.  Not only did we have fun, be we have beautiful blocks to make into quilts that will remind us that our friends are near.  This quilt is the result of the blocks I received.  5/23/03 to 10/2/04  Hand Quilted

Log Cabin Swirl 2004 – This quilt actually was made to be in two challenges.  Instead of making two quilts, one for each challenge, I decided to get creative and combine the two efforts, especially since I have over 76 UFOs.

The first challenge is for the SSBGQ challenge due May 28, 2004.  The requirements were for a completed quilt made from using two or more sizes of the same block.  This quilt won 1st place.

The second challenge was for the Flower Valley Quilt Guild June 2004 challenge – “Cheaper by the Dozen.”  The quilt has twelve blocks and uses twelve different marble fabrics.  This quilt won Best of Show, 1st place for machine quilting, and honorable mention for best interpretation of theme.

Pattern retrieved online from Quick Quilts magazine but was also published in their January 2004 issue.

Riding the Waves:  A woman need a man like a fish needs a bicycle…or does it need it 2003

June 2003 Guild Challenge; make a quilt based on a quote and use at least three different types of embellishments.  Since I don’t use a lot of quotes throughout my day, I thought this quilt would be a real challenge.  However, after brainstorming at work, someone came up with this quote and I got busy.  I used 10 different embellishments.  They are:  personally hand dyed fabric, buttons, beads, 3-d applique, trapunto, chenille yarn, couching, hand embroidery, machine embroidery, and shells  I won four ribbons:  1st place Viewers’ Choice; 1st place Best Interpretation of Theme; 3rd place Best use of Embellishments; 3rd place Best Workmanship.

Fiesta Fireworks 2001– Guild Challenge; any paper-pieced quilt, no other requirements.  I have always wanted to tackle the New York beauty block and this was my incentive.  In addition, this was my first time working with batik fabrics.  The pattern was from an Australian Patchwork and Quilting magazine.  This quilt won 2nd place in the machine quilting category and 3rd place in paper-piecing category.  This was the first time I won awards for my craftsmanship.