Friday, June 11, 2010

The Thrill of a Challenge

Since "Challenges" first came into being, they have become a venue for testing one's own creativity, and enjoying the creativity of others. Most challenges are based on the use of a few pre-selected fabrics, and sometimes a specific theme is chosen. Quilters are invited to make one-of-a-kind pieces in response to both of these. These photos were taken of challenge quilts made by the Manitoba Prairie Quilters, from Winnipeg. The rules for their challenge were simple. Participants were to use black and white and one other colour, and to limit themselves to a total of five fabrics. The diversity of the quilts they made is testament to the artistry of the participants. And the collection as a whole was amazing. All were offered for sale by silent auction, and excitement mounted as the deadline for voting drew closer. I would love to have had a successful bid on any number of them, but while I didn't go home with one myself, enjoyed seeing the smiles on the faces of those who did.