Challenge Quilt 2012: The challenge

20 10 2011

It was my turn to set the challenge for 2012, which I revealed at our quilting retreat in early October.

I chose the poem ‘Core of my heart (My Country)’ by Dorothea Mackellar, from which comes the song ‘I love a sunburnt country’. There’s plenty of inspiration in that poem!

The rules and restrictions of the challenge are few:

  • Take any word(s), phrase(s), line(s), verse(s)—or even the entire poem—as your inspiration
  • Make something in fabric from that inspirational idea (it doesn’t have to be a quilt)
  • Minimum size: 6 x 6 inches; no maximum size
  • Have it completed by our retreat in September/October 2012 — and keep it secret from the others!

PDF of the poem and the rules

In honour of Royal Show week in Perth, I presented the challenge in show bags!

Inside each coloured bag was a fabric clutch I’d made from some of my fabric scraps. Each clutch was a different colour to suit the colours that I thought matched the recipient.

Inside each clutch was a sealed, matching envelope, with a fabric ‘stamp’.

And inside the envelope was the challenge.

Also inside each clutch were two gifts — a pack of microfibre applicator brushes, and two ‘how to’ quilting DVDs.

The clutches: