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Friday, August 7, 2015

Up for the Challenge...

When I attend a quilt show, I am always drawn to the Challenges. I'm amazed by the creativity and unique ideas some people come up with for their entries. Each year Maine's Pine Tree guild (which has 68 chapters across the state) does a challenge for the show and it is always related to the state of Maine in some way. This year the theme was "Puffin: Not Just Black and White" and there were over 60 entries. Here are a few that really caught my eye.. in random order...

Puffin Portrait
by Patricia Nadeau
Skowhegan ME

A Penny for your Puffin
by Ruth Shadbolt
Falmouth ME

Party On, Puffin!
by Anita Bowen

by Sharleen A. Fields
Buxton ME

I'm BAAaak!
by Victoria Murphy
Roseville, CA


You have no doubt heard of the Hoffman Challenge. It is sponsored each year by Hoffman Fabrics and is open to international entries. It began in 1988 and has grown to be a much anticipated travelling quilt, clothing and doll exhibit. Each year the top entries are grouped into travelling collections, and they visit quilt and fibre shows, seminars, quilt shops and guilds across the USA. This year the chosen fabric was bright and colorful, and was named Indigo. There were 538 entries, and of these, 346 will travel the USA for the year. I thought many of them did an excellent job of "interpreting" the fabric and using it effectively.
Again, here are some that caught my eye, in random order....

The Great Gate of Kiev
by Robin Gausebeck
of Illinois

This entry won Best First Time Entry
in the Applique category.

I Will Always Love You, Alphonse
by Sheila Riess
of Maryland

This quilt won First Place in the Applique


Japanese Girls in Their Kamonas
by Patricia Dixon
of California

Not Forgotten
by Pam Moller
of Wisconsin

Rise and Shine

Sorry, I do not have the maker's name for this one

Indigo MOOn
by Rebecka Schafer
of Nebraska

La Calavera Catrina
by  Rebecca Haley
of California


"Creativity takes courage." ~ Henri Matisse


Jennifer said...

Challenge quilts can throw up some very interesting results - love the puffins, would you believe I have never seen one in real life? I remember being surprised, on seeing one in a documentary, that their beaks are quite skinny from side to side; they look as though they should be very puffy! The Hoffman Challenge shows some amazing ideas too.

KaHolly said...

You've taken some beautiful pics to showcase some of the entries into the quilt show. Such talent and skill!

Jeanna said...

Those quilts are amazing. Displays of true art and talent.

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Such amazing quilts, all of them! Thank you, as always, for sharing your beautiful photos with us.
You have also posted gorgeous flowers recently... Time flies and we are already in August. Let's hope it will be a beautiful one. Have a lovely weekend! Hugs!

Pamela Gordon said...

The 'Party On, Puffin' quilt is pretty cute!

HollyM said...

Wow, I live the diversity of challenge quilts! These are all wonderful. I do love the puffin with the patchy border and the selvedge edge belly though. Creative.

Sheila said...

Challenge quilts can be so interesting , it really intrigues me what a person can come up with when given a challenge , fascinating . These entries in both categories are wonderful , thanks for sharing them with us .

Gwen Buchanan said...

So much wonderful work.. I really love the "I Will Always Love You, Alphonse". beautifully done. Thanks Linda!!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I have never been to a quilt show and always enjoy the pics that those that have share with readers. I love art quilts. I am always interested in the artist interpretation of a theme, AND the array of quilts the blogger chooses to share. I used to wonder how an artist comes up with their creative ideas. Now I know that you must let your mind wander, pondering a question and let your juices flow.

Thanks for sharing you visit to the show.
xx, Carok

Pioneer Quilter said...

Thank you for posting these pictures! I am the creator of the "I'm BAAaack!" puffin quilt. It's been challenging to find more pictures of the show, especially the puffin quilts. If you are aware of any other puffin pictures, feel free to post their links. I found a few more show pics at

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