S W London Quilters Challenge

The Challenge that is part of the South West London Quilters meetings is bi monthly. So every two months a theme is chosen and the entries submitted at the meeting in two months time. The theme is generally chosen by the committee but can be suggested by any member.

The Rules: The work does not have to be new but the maximum size is 20” on any side. This means that it can be as small as a postcard. Work can be 2D or 3D. You can make anything you like! You might choose to make a piece which, like a modern quilt, has no border. It could be pictorial, a landscape, pieced, wholecloth or a piece of textile art using paints, dyes, resist, anything you fancy. Ideally it will be a finished article.

Why you should take part: Taking part in group activities like this is fun and it increases your senses of participation. The fact that the piece can be small is quite encouraging. It feels doable and doesn’t mean a huge outlay in fabric or cost. It is also anonymous which is quite reassuring.

How to take part: If you are coming to the meeting, just bring it with you and leave it on the Challenge table. If you can’t make the meeting email info@swlondonQuilters.org.uk and we will endeavour to pick it up from you and take it to the meeting. Each piece on the table will be allocated a number and during the meeting members (and visitors) will be asked to vote on their favourite piece. The work with the most votes wins a small prize.

Sue Hart

(With thanks from Carol Wilkes from Quilters’ Guild Region One for permission to use her article in Our Patch.)

Postcard challenge

Our first challenge, set at our inaugural meeting in July 2018 and judged in September was to make a fabric postcard. It needed to be something you could actually put in the post. Sue Hart had made postcards before and she shared some that she had made and received and brought along books which were well illustrated with examples.

Most of us rose to the challenger and in September produced the following results, with Sue’s being voted the winner. Below you see the entries.

The Group’s fabric postcards
Sue’s winning postcard.


Annie’s postcard