Monthly Archives: January 2013

2013 Quilt Challenge

Each year in the springtime we sell kits for our annual Quilt Challenge.  There are only 30 kits sold, and they sell fast!  Each kit contains the exact same fabrics, with the same quantities of each fabric.  The basic rules are that the purchaser must use 4 of the fabrics in the kit to make a quilt top or quilt no larger than 240 inches in perimeter.  Additional fabrics may be used, and the design can be from a pattern or original.  We recommend that if a pattern is used, permission be obtained from the designer.  Habitat by Benartex was the line selected for this year’s challenge, and the fabrics used in the kits are pictured below:

Fabrics in the 2013 Quilt Challenge

Fabrics in the 2013 Quilt Challenge

The quilts (or quilt tops – they don’t have to be quilted), are brought in to the store in December, and hung for viewer’s choice voting in January.  The voting closed yesterday, and the winners have been determined.

Krista McIntosh was the winner this year with her original design.  She receives a $100 gift certificate from our store, as well as an insurance replacement appraisal, donated and provided by Dawn Hunt, our local certified quilt appraiser.

Krista McIntosh's Winning Entry

Krista McIntosh’s Winning Entry

Jillian Schoenfeld’s entry placed 2nd.

2nd Place Runner-Up - Jillian Schoenfeld

2nd Place Runner-Up – Jillian Schoenfeld

Sylvia Mitchell’s entry placed 3rd.

3rd Place Runner-Up - Sylvia Mitchell

3rd Place Runner-Up – Sylvia Mitchell

Both the 2nd and 3rd place winners receive prizes donated by Trend-Tex Fabrics Inc., a major Canadian distributor of quilting fabric.

Below are the other 8 entries for this year’s challenge.








We email our local customers when the Quilt Challenge kits are available for sale.  If you are a local customer, but don’t receive our emails, you can sign up for them on our website’s Home Page.

As the entries have to be brought in to and picked up at the store, and registration pages must be signed by the purchaser when the kit is purchased, we cannot extend this competition to anyone who cannot come in to the store.

If you wish to see past year’s entries for our annual Quilt Challenge, you can do so on our website on our Picture Gallery.

The link for the Picture Gallery is also directly on our home page at:

Now I need to start thinking about next year’s challenge.  Hmm, what should it be?



Spring Bouquet – Heralding the New Year!

Guess what I started over the holidays:


This is block 1 from the new Spring Bouquet Block of the Month program which we are running at the store.  All the batik applique pieces are laser cut and pre-fused with Steam-a-Seam 2 fusible web.  This means I didn’t have to do any tracing on fusible web, ironing of the web onto the fabrics, and cutting out of the individual shapes.  So it is quite a time-saver from the traditional method of fusible applique. 

Below is a picture of a typical package for a single block, as well as some of the shapes.  I left the camera lens in so you can get a feel for the size of the shapes (and the perfection of the circles!):



This is a picture of the complete quilt as designed by Edyta Sitar.


What you will notice is that I didn’t use either of the backgrounds that are suggested by Edyta.  Here is a picture of what she suggested.


And while either of these would look very nice indeed, I personally love the drama of dark backgrounds.  So I chose a dark purple with a flower batik stamp.


I priced our program without the background, and that way you get to choose whatever fabric you like!  Kim is using Confetti, an RJR basic, and it is beautiful:


The price of this Block of the Month is $29.99 per month for 13 months.  In the first month you will receive the pattern and the first block package of the applique Silhouettes.  In months 2-12, you will receive one package of Silhouettes (the pre-cut, pre-fused batik applique pieces) to complete a block or one of the borders.  In the final 13th month, you will receive the last border package of the applique Silhouettes and a pack of charm squares to use when making the checkerboard inner border.

I’ll be doing some follow-up blog postings with tips and tricks on this program.  So keep watching!

In the meantime, if you want more information on our program, CLICK HERE.