York Heritage Quilters Guild – Quilters Rise to the Challenge

Janet Patterson
May 28, 2021

Most of our members look forward to a new quilt challenge each year. Traditionally, there are specific guidelines to adhere to (such as size restrictions, required colours and themes). For the 2020 – 2021 guild year, the challenge was titled “Log Cabin Fever”, which was something we could all relate to in these times of stay-at-home orders. The rules were simple: any size (2” x 2” minimum), any quilted object, any colours, as long as an interpretation of the log cabin block appeared. Members were also asked to reflect on what life has been like for them during the pandemic.

The challenge proved to be a popular one, with 47 entries received. The variety of interpretations is stunning! Besides bed quilts, our members created table toppers, wall hangings, a knitting bag, a purse, tea cozies, placemats, a pin cushion, and a fabric roll of log cabin toilet paper! Most people relied on fabrics they had on hand, and some used fabric scraps that resulted from making face masks and hospital gowns. Entry sizes ranged from 2” x 2” to a king-sized quilt.

Because this was deemed a “participant” challenge, everyone who entered had a chance at winning one of five prizes, randomly drawn at the May meeting.

Kudos to our Display & Competition chairs France Barrette and Susan Gaston for engaging members in a fun and accessible online challenge.

You can view all the entries at https://yhqg.org/display-and-competition/ where you will also find a link to the artists’ statements, if you would like to learn more about them.

Melanie’s challenge entry

Jacintha’s challenge entry