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Suzi-Q Youth Challenge 2020

My Next Great Adventure


GUIDELINES (see Entry Form link at the bottom of the page)

The 2020 challenge for youth is to complete a quilt based on the theme My Next Great Adventure using any style of quilting – art, traditional and/or modern. The quilt must include, all or part of, an eight-inch square of challenge fabric on the face of the quilt. The fabric can be obtained by sending a stamped and self-addressed envelope to:


Sheryl Garrett, Box 178, Moosomin, SK S0G 3N0.  The quilt may be any size, up to a 200-inch perimeter, but a smaller size may be easier to tackle. The quilt must be made of three layers and be quilted, either by hand and/or machine. It must be either bound or closed along the edges with either hand- and/or machine-stitching. Most of the quilt must be the work of the young quilter. The quilter may use any combination of hand- and/or machine-piecing, appliqué and quilting. The use of embellishments such as beads, embroidery, fibres, ribbon, paint, crayon, etc., is the choice of the young quilter. This is an opportunity to experiment and try new things! The entry must be free of any text or images that are protected by copyright unless you have written permission from the holder of the copyright. For any patterns or designs that are not your own, please give credit to the source.

The challenge is open to all youth in Canada up to 19 years of age. The entries must be sponsored by a CQA/ACC individual or shop member, in good standing. Members may sponsor more than one entry. By entering, you are giving CQA/ACC permission to display your quilt on its website, blog, social media and in the magazine, Canadian Quilter.


There will be an online display and voting for Viewers’ Choice in three age categories. 

STEP 1 – Your quilt can be entered into the challenge by filling out the online entry application on the CQA/ACC website, complete with a photo of your quilt. The completed entry form must be submitted online by July 15, 2020. The quilt photo will be uploaded to the CQA/ACC website and will be available for viewers to vote for Viewers’ Choice from in late August/early September (dates to be determined) Winners will be contacted directly and also announced in the October member e-newsletter.

STEP 2 – Please remember that voting for the online Viewers’ Choice is based on the photo alone. The photo should be taken in good lighting, with no background distractions and within close range. It needs to be between one to three MB to appear clearly on the CQA/ACC website. All edges of the quilt need to be visible in the photograph.

Prizes for entrants will be divided into three age categories: 5 to 9 years, 10 to 14 years, and 15 to 19 years. The online Viewers’ Choice will be awarded to a quilt in each age category. If winners choose to submit a photo of themselves with their quilt by September 20, 2020, the photo will be published in the winter Canadian Quilter magazine. All winners will receive a free copy of that issue. They will also receive a ribbon, a certificate and a fabric prize from the sponsor.

Members are encouraged to find young quilters! The sponsors of the entries who win Viewers’ Choice awards will receive a free, one-year renewal of their CQA/ACC membership.

Obtain your 8″ square of challenge fabric by sending a stamped and self-addressed envelope to: Sheryl Garrett, Box 178, Moosomin, SK S0G 3N0

If you have any questions, please contact our Youth Challenge Coordinator, Sheryl Garrett at