2017 Quilt Challenge Entries
The challenge was to design and make a quilted entry based on some aspect of an artifact quilt selected from the Old Sturbridge Village collection. The inspiration quilt this year was a beautiful Sunburst pattern created by S.S. Larkin in 1833.
All of the challenge entries will be on display in the Old Sturbridge Village Visitor Center Brewer Theater during Christmas by Candlelight and Christmas vacation week. Throughout the exhibit, visitors to Old Sturbridge Village will have the opportunity to cast one vote for their favorite entry through December 30, 2017.
1st Place Winner
Machine-pieced and quilted
56 ½” x 56 ½”
"This quilt is composed of thirteen Sunburst blocks in a variety of colors. Many of the different fabrics are from previous Old Sturbridge Village reproduction collections created by Marcus Fabrics. The blocks are set on point, separated by narrow dark blue sashing."
2nd Place Winner
Hand-quilted and hand-appliqued
88” x 88”
"Fiesta plates and bowls were used to create the circles, hence the title of the quilt. There are four completely sewn small quilts within this large one. Each small quilt, and the whole quilt, is a balanced design. One of the sunbursts spans two small quilts. The seventeen sunbursts are four sizes, each with sixteen “bursts” (like the inspiration quilt). Graph paper was used to create the intricate design. Some of the sunbursts are three-dimensional. When the quilt challenge is over, the quilts will be shared with four friends."
3rd Place Winner
Sunflowers in the Heartland
Machine-pieced and machine-quilted
59” x 63”
"The sunburst design of the inspiration quilt reminded me of sunflowers. Usually, sunflowers grow in fields so I pieced my quilt to show the beauty of God’s creation that is all around us. It starts at the bottom with the ground and goes up through grassy plains to distant mountains and finally to the sky. The bargello-like design gives movement to the quilt. The flowers reach up with the center fabric in them resembling the sunburst pattern itself."
Hand and machine-pieced, hand and machine-appliqued, hand and machine-quilted
46” x 37”
"As I held the material this image came to me. I thought of worlds colliding as I worked on the design. This has been a tumultuous year regarding politics, human rights, racism, natural disasters, world events, and taking a knee. Yet I believe inside each of us we have the ability to reach out across dividing lines with peace, respect, and the intention to move forward in a positive way. Despite the seemingly endless divisions I feel surrounded by in 2017, this core belief remains.
This quilt is full of collisions – I set the calming blues and whites against fiery red, hand applique versus machine applique, hand quilting versus machine quilting, an 1830s design modernized, curved lines against straight and in the end, the finale is full of beauty."
Machine-pieced and hand-quilted
45” x 64”
"This quilt was designed using thirty five 7 ½” Sister’s Choice blocks. The blocks are set with indigo sashing. The five challenge fabrics are featured prominently throughout the quilt."
Hand and machine-pieced, machine-quilted
27” x 27”
"The sunburst blocks were created with paper piecing, all by hand. They were then hand-appliqued on to the background fabric. The border was attached by machine, and the quilting created with a home sewing machine. This was a very challenging quilt as it is the first time I have done any piecing and quilting with round shapes!"