The 2022 Guild Quilt Challenge -Trees

Suggested by Nan Scott

Deforestation isn’t just happening in well-known global hotspots like Indonesia and Brazil’s rainforest. A new analysis says forests are also shrinking on state and private land in Oregon, where an estimated 522,000 acres of forest cover have disappeared since 2000. That’s an area six times larger than the city of Portland, equal to more than half of Oregon’s designated state forests.

We have all seen the devastation caused by wildfires in Oregon. The 2020 season burned more than 1.1 million acres across the state, and the 2021 season may even exceed that number.

I enjoy participating in challenges, but upon completion, I really don’t know what to do with my entry.  I propose this challenge to make an impact on the reforestation of Oregon through quilting and creativity.

The 2022 Guild Quilt Challenge:

Create a quilt with the theme of trees.  It can be an art piece, an abstract, a traditional quilt, a couch throw, a table runner, a bag, a pillow – anything that causes the viewer to think of trees.

    • Minimum size is perimeter of 48” (sum of all sides)
    • Maximum size is perimeter of 290” (sum of all sides)
    • Can be an original design or made from a pattern
    • Construction must be solely by the participant, but quilting may be done by someone else.

Participants will indicate whether they will offer their entry for auction and provide a starting bid price and a buy-it-now price.

Auction to be held at the quilt show.  Participants may choose to retain up to 50% of the winning bid price.  The remainder will be donated to the 501c3 charity One Tree Planted where each dollar donated will plant one tree in Oregon.  Those who choose to keep their entry are encouraged to make a voluntary donation through the guild to One Tree Planted.

Entries must be completed by June 9th, 2022 and include a label with entry name, participant’s name and date.  An over-all picture and a detail picture including finished measurements should be sent to Nan Scott by June 16th , 2022.  Voting will be online until July 31st , 2022.  Winners will be announced at the quilt show.

Ready, Set, SEW!

So, get those creative juices flowing and plan your entry.  Send an email to just saying YES! I want to participate.  I will collect all of the particulars and pictures later, but now is the time to commit and get going.  This challenge has very few rules, but know that your creativity will help a worthwhile cause, and be sure to HAVE FUN.

Here are just a few examples to get you motivated: