The MQG is sewing to make a difference!

Last year, we kicked off an annual challenge for members to sew for a charitable cause and raised nearly $1500 for Trees for the Future! This year, we are holding our second Make-a-Difference Challenge, which will benefit Oceana. The theme of this year’s challenge is OCEANS.

Who is Oceana? Oceana is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the world’s oceans on a global scale, they seek to make our oceans as rich, healthy, and abundant as they once were. Founded in 2001, Oceana is the largest international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation, with offices around the world.

The votes are in! Thanks to everyone who entered. We raised $1350 USD for Oceana. Scroll through the gallery to see all the winners!

Theme and Rules

Design and sew any size quilt embracing the theme of OCEANS that uses all Moda Bella Solids. Entries will be submitted online via photo submission, limit of one entry per MQG Member. Each entry fee of $12 will be donated in its entirety to Oceana.

BUNDLES ARE SOLD OUT: A variety of Mystery Moda Bella solid bundles in limited quantities (4 fat-eighths) are available to use in the challenge. There will be a $5 shipping and handling fee for each bundle so that we can focus all dollars received from entries towards the Oceana donation. Members are welcome to sew from their stash of Moda Bella solids or source their own.

Submissions will open for entries on July 11th and close on August 8th. One submission is allowed per member. Every quilt submitted will help fund real, measurable change for the oceans, from protecting sea turtles from commercial fishing gear to restoring the world’s wild fish populations to serve as a sustainable source of protein for people.

MQG members will have the ability to vote for the winners of the challenge from August 10th-16th.

The top ten winners will receive fantastic prizes from our sponsors!

Make-A-Difference Challenge Timeline:

  • April 21: Announcement of theme and rules. Start designing & sewing!
  • May-June: Sew!
  • July 11-August 8: Submit your quilts
  • August 10-16: MQG Member voting on submitted quilts.
  • August 19: Challenge winners announced! Total donation amount announced.

Save this “I’m In!” graphic and share it on social media. Share your progress using the hashtag #MQGMakeADifferenceChallenge.

Make-A-Difference Challenge Rules:

  1. Each MQG Member is eligible to enter one quilt for the Challenge
  2. Quilts must have 3 layers held together with quilting or tying.
  3. Quilts must have a finished edge.
  4. Quilts can be any size.
  5. Quilts should embrace, reference, or be inspired by the challenge theme of OCEANS.
  6. Makers will submit their quilt via online photo submission. There will be no physical shipping of quilts. Each entry will cost $12.
  7. Each MQG Member is eligible to vote on the submitted quilts. All voting is anonymous.
  8. The top 10, as determined by member votes, will receive prizes!

Check out the fantastic prizes from our sponsors!
In addition to benefitting Oceana, the quilts you make will give you a chance to win one of these awesome prizes.

1st Place: Grand Prize Winner
Sponsored by Moda Fabrics
Bella Solids Color Card, Bella Solids 12 FQ Color Bundle in Blue, Bella Solids 12 FQ Color Bundle in Orange, Elixir by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society, Layer Cake Create by Alli K Design, Layer Cake Nocturnal by Gingiber, Jelly Roll Spooky Darlings by Ruby Star Society, Charm Pack Beyond Bella by Bound + Co., Charm Pack Notions Snackbox Tin by Sarah Watts for Ruby Star Society, Sew Happy Tote by Robin Pickens, Tangram Socks by Rashida Coleman-Hale for Ruby Star Society, Meori Pocket Shopper by Alli K Design, Eat Sleep Quilt Tumbler, White Tape Measure Bangle by Moda

2nd Place: Blue Ribbon Prize Winner
Sponsored by Aurifil
Aurifil’s 50wt Best Selection box features 45 gorgeous colors of their top-selling thread weight. They were specially curated by Aurifil’s Master Colorist to include a warm, medium, and light tone in each of the rainbow hues.

3rd Place: Blue Ribbon Prize Winner
Sponsored by
$200 Gift Card to

4th Place: Blue Ribbon Prize Winner
Sponsored by Lucky Spool

Any five Lucky Spool books +
a pair of 8″ Merchant & Mills shears

5th Place: Blue Ribbon Prize Winner
Sponsored by Morris Textiles
One bundle of 10 Liberty Tana Lawn fat quarters
Two complete fat quarter bundles of Liberty quilting cotton.

6th Place: Blue Ribbon Prize Winner
Sponsored by Ruby Star Society
Half-yard bundle of Darlings 2 +
Ruby Star Society stickers

7th Place: Red Ribbon Prize Winner
Sponsored by Sulky
Applique bundle with Sulky’s Perfect Applique, Filaine Thread Collection, Filaine Brush, “My Sewing Room” Sign, Sulky Felty Embroidery Felt, Organ Quilting Needles

8th Place: Red Ribbon Prize Winner
Sponsored by Brooklyn Haberdashery
$100 Digital Gift Certificate

9th Place: Red Ribbon Prize Winner
Sponsored by Wonderfil
GlaMore Pack (each pack contains 5 spools of 12wt Rayon with 1 strand of metallic)Ultimate Thread DispenserViolet Craft Spagetti Pack (8 spools of vibrant 12wt 100% Double gassed Egyptian Cotton)

10th Place: Red Ribbon Prize Winner
Sponsored by Olfa
OLFA 45mm Ergonomic Rotary CutterOLFA 45mm Endurance BladeOLFA 12”x12” Rotating Self-Healing MatOLFA 6.5”x6.5” Frosted Advantage Non-Slip Acrylic Ruler