The MQG is sewing to make a difference! Over the past two years, you have used your sewing skills to help us raise over $2,850 to donate to charities supporting sustainability around the world with our annual MQG Make-A-Difference Challenge! We’re excited to announce the 2023 challenge will benefit Wild Earth Allies. The theme of this year’s challenge is BIODIVERSITY. Let’s celebrate the different kinds of life that make up the natural world, including animals, plants, fungi, and microorganisms. What is the Wild Earth Allies group? Wild Earth Allies is a non-profit organization with a mission to protect vital areas of our natural world for the benefit of wildlife, habitats, and people by inspiring collaborative action. Founded in 1981, Wild Earth Allies joins forces with local organizations and individuals to protect wildlife and habitats that are so vital to our global biodiversity. The MQG’s annual Make-A-Difference Challenge is designed to bring awareness, support, and conversation surrounding sustainable actions within our communities and even our own sewing practices. Sustainability includes environmental impact but also takes into account the economic and social well-being of current and future generations too. We encourage participants to think about these principles while constructing a quilt or open dialogue with other makers about this topic. The votes are in, we’ll announce the winners on August 11, 2023. Theme and Rules Design and sew any size quilt embracing the theme of BIODIVERSITY – the different kinds of life that make up our natural world, including animals, plants, fungi, and microorganisms. Participants can use any fabric of their choosing, though we recommend shopping your stash first, if possible. Entries will be submitted online via photo submission, limit of one entry per MQG member. Each entry fee of $15 will be donated in its entirety to Wild Earth Allies. Submissions are now closed. One submission is allowed per member. Every quilt submitted will help fund real, measurable change for sustaining the biodiversity of our world, from helping protect threatened species like Asian elephants and trees in the Selva Maya rainforest in Belize to gorilla conservation in Central Africa. As in past years, members who don’t submit a quilt but still want to support Wild Earth Allies will have the opportunity to make a donation only. MQG members will have the ability to vote for the winners of the challenge from August 2-9, 2023. MQG Make-A-Difference Challenge Timeline: May 1: Announcement of theme and rules. Start designing and sewing! May-June: Sew! July 17-30: Submit your quilt. August 2-9: MQG member voting on submitted quilts. August 11: Challenge winners and total donation amount announced. MQG Make-A-Difference Challenge Rules: Each MQG member is eligible to enter one quilt for the MQG Make-A-Difference Challenge. Quilts must have 3 layers held together with quilting or tying. Quilted items (apparel, sculptures, etc.) are not considered quilts and will be removed from voting eligibility. Quilts must have a finished edge. Quilts can be any size. Quilts should embrace, reference, or be inspired by the challenge theme of BIODIVERSITY – the different kinds of life that make up our natural world, including animals, plants, fungi, and microorganisms. Makers will submit their quilt via online photo submission. There will be no physical shipping of quilts. The entry fee is $15. Each MQG member is eligible to vote on the submitted quilts. All voting is anonymous. The top 10, as determined by member votes, will receive prizes! 2023 Prizes 1st Place Grand Prize Wonderfil: InvisaFil™ Mini Full Collection in 60 colours. 2nd Place Blue Ribbon Prize 1 Tiny Frights fat quarter bundle, 1 Flowerland jelly roll, 1 Sugar Maple charm pack, 1 Ruby Star Society Phoenix patch, 1 Patchwork panel, 1 Melody Miller tote bag 3rd Place Blue Ribbon Prize 12 fat quarters of Oakshott fabrics and a bundle of Liberty Tana Lawns. 4th Place Blue Ribbon Prize Rainbow Sherbet by SariDitty Fat Eighth Bundle, Tiny Frights by Ruby Star Society Layer Cake, Desert Oasis by Create Joy Project Charm Pack, Creativity Roars by Creativity Shell Charm Pack, Flowerland by Melody Miller Charm Pack, Bella Solids Color Card, Ginger Tea Towel, Sew It Away Zipper Pouch by Rashida Coleman-Hale, 3 Notebook Set by Alexia Marcelle Abegg, Maker Zipper Charm Set 5th Place Blue Ribbon Prize Tula Pink — Homemade Collection. 100% Egyptian Cotton Threads. Made in Italy. 6th Place Red Ribbon Prize 1 copy of Collage To Quilt by Sarah Hibbert, 1 Lucky Spool hoodie, and 1 $200 gift voucher to Brooklyn General Store 7th Place Red Ribbon Prize This four-piece African print fabrics bundle includes 1 charm pack, 1 patty cake (10” squares), 10 fat quarters, and 1 jelly roll. 8th Place Red Ribbon Prize Succulent Garden quilt kit featuring e Bond Root fabric. 9th Place Red Ribbon Prize $100 gift card to Stash Fabrics 10th Place Red Ribbon Prize 1 ergonomic rotary cutter, 1 6.5” square non-slip ruler, 1 Endurance 45mm rotary blade, 1 12” rotating cutting mat Save this “I’m In!” graphic and share it on social media. Share your progress using the hashtag #MQGMakeADifferenceChallenge.