Our Programs team did a great job of keeping our hands busy and our minds challenged while we worked through different Challenge prompts each month.
- Challenge #1 (Jan) – Play Around with Quilting Designs
- Challenge #2 (Feb) – Finish a 2+ year old UFO
- Challenge #3 (Mar) – Spring Clean Your Sewing Space
- Challenge #4 (Apr) – Front Porch Quilt Show
- Challenge #5 (May) – Sew a Rainbow
- Challenge #6 (June) – Make a Tabletop Sewn Item
- Challenge #7 (July) – Show Off Your Quilt Labels
- Challenge #8 (August) – Show Us How You Overcame Being Creatively Stuck
- Challenge #9 (September) – Show Us Multiple BOM Layout Options
- Challenge #10 (October) – Make a Project Using On-hand Scraps
- Challenge #11 (November) – Make a 2020 “Mask to Remember”
Each challenge was unique, and usually tied to a program theme running that month. All of them encouraged members to shake off those uncertain 2020 vibes we were feeling each month.
Challenge #1 (Jan) – Play Around with Quilting Designs
Members were given a transparency cover sheet, an image of a quilt, and a dry erase marker and were encouraged to practice drawing different quilting designs on the transparent surface. Designs for similar quilts resulted in vastly different looks.
Challenge #2 (Feb) – Finish a 2+ year old UFO
This one was simple. Dig out an unfinished object (UFO) and finish it up.
Challenge #3 (Mar) – Spring Clean Your Sewing Space
We know our sewing spaces deserved a little love this Spring and with more time on our hands due to the shelter in place orders, we had the time to dig in. Members loved this challenge and we watched many transformations happen in many sewing spaces.
Challenge #4 (Apr) – Front Porch Quilt Show
Since we were missing going to quilt shows, and spending way too much time in our own homes, we thought we’d cheer up our neighbors (who were now all really into taking walks) with a Front Porch Quilt Show. This was another really popular challenge and members displayed their quilts in a variety of different ways.
Challenge #5 (May) – Sew a Rainbow
This challenge was part of a block swap we did with other members in the guild who were asked to make rainbow blocks and exchange them. If members didn’t participate in the swap, they were encouraged to make a quilt using rainbow colors to provide some brightness to our days.
Challenge #6 (June) – Make a Tabletop Sewn Item
Since we’d probably made more home cooked meals than ever before in our lives, it was time to show our tabletops some quilty love. We asked members to make a table top sewn item. Extra kudos who went above and beyond to create full table scapes to match!
Challenge #7 (July) – Show Off Your Quilt Labels
We held a poll and talked a little bit about how many of our members label their quilts. So, we asked our members to show off their labels to help inspire others.
Challenge #8 (August) – Show Us How You Overcame Being Creatively Stuck
Sometimes you just need to step outside of what you’ve been doing and try something new. This month, we asked members to post about a project where they might have become stuck and overcame that challenging place.
Challenge #9 (September) – Show Us Multiple BOM Layout Options
As our part of our 2020 Block of the Month, members were challenged to entertain different design layouts for their blocks.
Challenge #10 (October) – Make a Project Using On-hand Scraps
In an effort to use up scraps that had accumulated throughout the year, members were encouraged to use them up by making them into a project of their choosing.
Challenge #11 (November) – Make a 2020 “Mask to Remember”
While I’m sure most of us had our fill at making masks throughout the year, we challenged members one last time to make one that summarized 2020 in some way.
This year was challenging in more ways than one, and our members showed up for them each month in such creative ways. We feel inspired and excited for new guild challenges in 2021.