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Challenge Quilt for the 2020/2021 Guild Season


“Good day ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We are about to take off on a special flight to places unknown. Fasten your seatbelts and prepare for take-off.”

This year’s guild quilt challenge has indeed taken off with many travellers already signing up for their quilting adventure. The Globetrotter Challenge requires you to create a quilted wall-hanging or quilted travel accessory using only the colours of your assigned national flag and incorporating the theme of travel. The travel theme can be interpreted very broadly, including:

  • Blocks with travel-related names (Missouri Star, Trip Around the World, Crossed Canoes)
  • Images, symbols or designs related to your country
  • Design that evokes your country

You may use as many fabrics as you’d like, as long as they read as one of the colours of your flag. You may also use up to two neutrals to expand your palette. All travellers will be assigned a mystery destination and provided an information sheet with some details about your country to get you started. Wall-hangings must not exceed a combined perimeter of 96” but there is no minimum limit. There is no size requirement for the travel accessory, though it must be quilted. Will you make a warm jacket to bring with you, or perhaps a beautiful bag? How about a luggage tag or a set of travel accessories? The sky’s the limit.

Entries are due by the March meeting, with prizes awarded in April. To participate in the Globetrotter Challenge, send an email to:

Diane Grover


Globetrotter Challenge Entries

Maria Fleming made a travel pillow case based on the Albanian flag.

Susanne Martin used a striking graphic design to depict the mountains of Bhutan.

Laura Evans represented the demographics of South Africa’s diverse population in her tote bag, and was even able to include some African fabric.

Sue Casey made both a wall-hanging and a sleep mask using the mariner’s compass design in tribute to Sweden’s maritime heritage.

Kirstin Fearon played to her strengths and used a modern design to showcase the mountains of Guatemala.

Sue Cherry made a beautiful and functional jewellery pouch using the blue and yellow of the Ukrainian flag.

Shelley Campagna chose to showcase sharks on the reef in her Australian quilt. Check out the Sydney Opera House too.

Johanna Kovacs made a postcard of Barbados featuring embroidery and applique as a reminder of travels to come.

Janice Namiesniowski also made a postcard but one reflecting the danger and instability of the Central African Republic.

Kathryn Barr made her first watercolour quilt with her depiction of the “First Light” Cedars of God Park in Lebanon.

Wendy Warren made a travel document holder that showcased the Rwandan flag.

Gwenne Pottier pieced a Peruvian llama for her bag that also features her outstanding quilting.

Ann Knechtel pieced a charming elephant in her homage to Tanzania.




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Challenge Quilt for the 2019/2020 Guild Season


Designed by Laura Malo


Welcome to this year’s challenge quilt and it will definitely be an adventure. There is still a bit of mystery also as everyone’s finished quilt will be different and unique depending upon which blocks you make and your fabric choices. I have designed this quilt using many varied techniques and processes and I hope that you go a bit outside your comfort zone and try something new. Don’t stress and have fun.

The finished size is approximately 76 – 80 inches square (depending on the size of your finished borders) and I will be giving ideas for extensions if you prefer a rectangular quilt.

Fabric requirements : approximately 6 meters of background fabric and 4 meters of other fabric (or 16 fat quarts)

Each month, you will make the required number of blocks but do not put them together. As this is a medallion, it requires each round to be assembled from the center out and there is a formula to ensure success in making everything fit (even if your blocks are not exactly perfect).

Each month, I will provide instructions for cutting the blocks and a list of websites with videos and tutorials on the technique used. I didn’t feel the need to re-write what others have so expertly done.

Of course, I will be available, either by phone (819-930-3041) or by email (, if you have any questions or require assistance.

Here are the the finished quilts.  

September Low Road Instructions

September High Road Instructions

October Low Road Instructions

October High Road Instructions

November Low Road Instructions

November High Road Instructions

December Low Road Instructions

December High Road Instructions

January Low Road Instructions

January High Road Instructions

February Low Road Instructions

February High Road Instructions

March Instructions



Quilt Challenge Results 2018-2019

Quilt Challenge 2018-19
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