Thursday, January 22, 2009

Ribbons for Challenge Quilts

I volunteered to be chair of the challenge committee for my guild, Norther Star Quilter's Guild, this year because I really wanted this theme. It's called Going Green and the participants have to use some recycled material in their quilt. The size is 18 x 22, either orientation. There will be first, second, and third ribbons given in each category: The Best Use of Recycled Material, The Best Use of the Color Green, and the Best Environmental Message. There will also be a Best of Challenge, shown on the far right. I collected the quilts at Tuesday's meeting and they are terrific! The quilts will be displayed at the February meeting and voted upon by the members. Then they will travel to the Quilter's Heritage show in Lancaster, PA in April and lastly be shown at our own guild show in May.

I thought that the ribbons should be made of recycled or re purposed materials and this is what we came up with yesterday at a workshop at my house. Here's what we used, from the bottom up: a used CD, a plastic plate cut with pinking shears, a six pointed star from an old box of spangles, a cardboard disk covered with silver lame, and different buttons raided from our button boxes (sometimes two stacked) for the centers. The ribbons are strips cut from Mod Podged comic pages and satin ribbons left from another show. I printed the words on my computer and just glued them to the ribbons. We made 10 ribbons in all. I think they're pretty cute.

The quilts can't be shown until after the February meeting because they're supposed to be a secret and the voting will be blind. I have made one and using all recycled materials. I'm hoping to get another one done, using some recycled, not all.


Anonymous said...


Those are so clever! What a great idea.

Anonymous said...

These are great! I love clever repurposing :).

Vivien Zepf said...

These are FABULOUS. Well done! You know, everyone's gong to want one because they're just so great-looking and clever.

laura west kong said...

Those are cute ribbons. I'm hosting a green/recycled challenge this year for my guild as well.

Kay Koeper Sorensen said...

Love, love, love those ribbons Norma.
Can I join your quilt guild and can you "fix" it so I'll win one?!?!?!

Karen Newman Fridy said...

Those ribbons are fabulous!! Can't wait to see the quilts that win them!