2021 Make-A-Difference Challenge

The MQG is sewing this season to make a difference!

You voted for the theme of TREES, so your quilt entries for our upcoming challenge will benefit Trees for the Future, whose mission is to end hunger and poverty by training farmers to regenerate their land. Rated Platinum by GuideStar, Trees for the Future focuses on agroforestry, which incorporates trees to protect and improve the soil. This is great, on-the-ground work that your entry fees will be supporting!

How will it work?

Design and sew your quilt embracing the theme of TREES. Your quilt can be any size! MQG Members can submit quilts online via photo submission throughout the month of July (one entry per member). Each entry fee of $12 will be donated in its entirety to Trees for the Future. 

In early August, all MQG Members will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite quilt. 

We can’t wait to see what you will come up with! Every quilt submitted will help farmers with sustainable practices and will give you a chance to win an awesome prize from our sponsors.

Make-A-Difference Challenge Timeline

  • May 27: Announcement of theme and rules. Start designing & sewing!
  • June: Sew! 
  • July 1-31: Challenge submissions open.
  • August 4-9: MQG Member voting on submitted quilts.
  • August 11: Challenge winners announced! Total donation amount announced.

Stack of fabric and notions with the text "I'm in!" MQG Make-A-Difference Challenge Supporting Trees for the Future

Download the "I'm In!" graphic and share it on social media! Use 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 should have a finished edge.

  4. Quilts can be any size.

  5. Quilts should embrace, reference, or be inspired by the Challenge theme of TREES.

  6. Makers will submit their quilt via online photo submission. There will be no physical shipping of quilts.

  7. Each MQG Member is eligible to vote on the submitted quilts. All voting is anonymous and we encourage you not to share your entry on social media before voting ends. 

  8. The top 10, as determined by Member votes, will receive prizes!

The top 10 will receive fantastic prizes from our sponsors!

Every quilt submitted will help farmers with sustainable practices and will give you a chance to win one of these awesome prizes.

1st Place: Grand Prize Winner, $350 value
Sponsored by WonderFil

  • Full set of Konfetti Mini Spools
  • Violet Craft DecoBob Pack
  • Violet Craft Spagetti Pack
  • Bobbinator
  • Alison Glass Variegated Eleganza Pack
  • 2 InvisaFil Mini Packs

2nd Place: Blue Ribbon Prize Winner, $200 value
Sponsored by Alison Glass

  • Hopscotch 20 pc. Half-Yard Bundle
  • AG + Wonderfil Perle 8 boxes, 4 palettes (Flora, Fauna, Sun, and Stars)

3rd Place: Blue Ribbon Prize Winner, $200 value
Sponsored by FreeSpirit Fabrics

  • FreeSpirit Love Always, AM 16 pc. Fat Quarter Bundle
  • Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Foundations 20 pc. Fat Quarter Bundle
  • FreeSpirit Morris & Co. 10 pc. Fat Quarter Bundle in Twilight
  • FreeSpirit Morris & Co. 10 pc. Fat Quarter Bundle in Parchment

4th Place: Blue Ribbon Prize Winner, $200 value
Sponsored by Ruby Star Society

  • First Light (collaborative) Fat Quarter Bundle
  • Adorn (Rashida Coleman-Hale) Layer Cake
  • Speckled (Rashida Coleman-Hale) Charm Pack
  • Food Group (collaborative) Charm Pack
  • Camella (Melody Miller) Charm Pack
  • Pasta Tea Towel (Kim Kight)
  • Zinnia Tea Towel (Alexia Marcelle Abegg)
  • Zipper Pulls (Sarah Watts)
  • Speckled Poster & RSS Stickers!

5th Place: Red Ribbon Prize Winner, $100 value
Sponsored by Aurifil

  • Tula Pink - Homemade Collection

6th Place: Red Ribbon Prize Winner, $100 value
Sponsored by Clover

  • Bundle of Clover sewing notions

7th Place: Red Ribbon Prize Winner, $100 value
Sponsored by Dear Stella

  • I’m Rexy and I Know It 10 pc. Fat Quarter Bundle
  • 3 Moonscape 5 pc. Fat Quarter Bundles

8th Place: Red Ribbon Prize Winner, $100 value
Sponsored by FIGO Fabrics

  • Serenity 24 pc. Fat Quarter Bundle
  • Elements 24 pc. Fat Quarter Bundle

9th Place: Red Ribbon Prize Winner, $100 value
Sponsored by Olfa

  • 12” Rotating, Self-Healing Cutting Mat
  • 6 ½” Square Frosted Acrylic Ruler
  • 45 mm Quick-Change Rotary Cutter, Aqua
  • 5-Inch Straight-Edge Stainless Steel Precision Scissors

10th Place: Red Ribbon Prize Winner, $100 value
Sponsored by Sulky

  • Original Slimline PolyLite Thread Starter Collection

 

QuiltCon 2022 Community Outreach Color Palette

QuiltCon 2022 Community Outreach Quilt Challenge

2022 Theme: Angles

One of the MQG’s largest-scale charity projects is back and better than ever! Visit the QuiltCon website to learn all of the challenge details. 

Want to design your Community Outreach quilt in EQ8? Download the challenge fabric swatches, along with some complementary fabric ideas, using the special link here: Challenge Fabrics in EQ8.

 

2022 QuiltCon Hexagon Challenge 

QuiltCon 2022 Hexagon Quilting Challenge

Sponsored by American Patchwork & Quilting

This year, American Patchwork & Quilting and the MQG want to see what you do with hexagons! The beloved six-sided shape is so versatile - how will you be inspired to create your quilt? Whether your hexagons are giant, tiny, made by hand, or made by machine, get your quilt design brain in gear! 

Hexagon Quilting Challenge Rules

Eligible quilts must use a hexagon shape as a primary element in the design. A hexagon is defined as a six-sided polygon. The total of the internal angles of any simple hexagon is 720°

Size restrictions follow the same standard as all QuiltCon quilts - there is no minimum size, and there is a maximum size of 440" total perimeter (no single side larger than 110").

Quilt entries will be open September 1 to October 31, 2021 (the same as all QuiltCon Together show entries). Quilts can be submitted via the form on the Quilt Show Information page during that time.

 

 Four Artisan Cotton Windham Fabrics

2022 Artisan Cotton Fabric Challenge

Sponsored by Windham Fabrics

You are going to love these special bundles for the Artisan Cotton Fabric Challenge. Windham Artisan Cottons are a gorgeous cross-weave cotton fabric line with rich colors and visual depth. This cheerful, jewel-toned palette provides a range of possibilities - and imagining a whole quilt category in these colors is so exciting!

Mark your Calendar

Sign-ups for Challenge bundles will open Thursday, June 17 at 2 pm PDT, 4 pm CDT, 10 pm BST, and Friday, June 18 at 7 am AEST. At that time an email with a link to the form will be sent to all MQG members who have selected to receive email from the MQG. The form will stay open until all bundles of 4 fat-eighths are claimed. Sign-ups are limited, but anyone who doesn't get to sign up for a mailed bundle can still participate in the Challenge by purchasing the fabrics on their own and submitting a quilt.

Artisan Cotton Fabric Challenge Rules

Fabric Challenge quilts must use at least 3 of the 4 challenge fabrics. Makers may add Windham Artisan Cotton neutrals, including and limited to the Neutrals list below.

Challenge Fabrics

  • 40171-68 Wine / Pink
  • 40171-47 Coral / Aqua
  • 40171-35 Aqua / Blue
  • 40171-12 Blue / Orchid

Neutral Fabrics

  • 40171-1 Charcoal / White
  • 40171-2 Black / Grey
  • 40171-55 Taupe / Light Grey
  • 40171-24 Navy / White
  • 40171-27 Black / Copper
  • 40171-65 Brown / Tan
  • 40171-53 Walnut / Tan
  • 40171-54 Camel / Cream
  • 40171-22 Tan / Beige
  • 40171-48 Stone / Lavender

The binding must be in an Artisan Cotton Challenge fabric or Neutral listed above. The backing may be any fabric.

Size restrictions follow the same standard as all QuiltCon quilts - there is no minimum size, and there is a maximum size of 440" total perimeter (no single side larger than 110").

Quilt entries will be open September 1 to October 31, 2021 (the same as all QuiltCon Together show entries). Quilts can be submitted via the form on the Quilt Show Information page during that time.