In 2015, the Heartland Quilters were challenged to complete quilts to be displayed at the 2016 Retreat in February. They were given a written set of instructions (no pictures) to make the blocks for a quilt no smaller than 50” x 70” and no larger than 60” x 80”, a size that would be suitable to give to the organizations we supply quilts to. This would be a scrappy quilt using fabric from the Heartland stash, but could be supplemented with personal stash as well.
What a delight to view the finished projects when we arrived for our Retreat on Friday, February 12th! They were beautifully displayed around the room, each one a tribute to the ingenuity and skill of its maker.
Next came the difficult part. Each member was given score cards to adjudicate each quilt on display. The quilts were evaluated according to the quality of piecing, quilting, and binding as well as visual appeal. Extra points could be earned by providing an interesting or catchy name for the quilt. Scorecards also provided space for comments. The score cards were collected and next morning each quilter who entered the challenge had a collection of reviews from her peers. What a learning experience for everyone!