South West Quilters have various Challenges and Competitions throughout the year such as:

The Audrey Dean Award

The award of a silver thimble is given each Spring Meeting with AGM in the name of Audrey Dean, for a first quilt made during the previous 2 years. The quilter needs to enter her quilt for this award when completing the proforma for attendance at the meeting. Alternatively the member can send the quilt with another member. The judging, for the thimble, will be done by all the members present. The quilt will need to have a 3” hanging sleeve stitched on to the back. Stands will be provided to hang the quilts. Please encourage new quilters to enter this category.

Winners of the Audrey Dean Award


The 2022 winner of the Audrey Dean Award was Elizabeth Williams



SWQ Traditional Quilt Award

A perpetual silver platter is awarded annually at Quilts UK at Malvern (in May). The choice is made by a panel of independent Judges.
South West Quilters also forward £50 to the Winner.


The winner for 2022 was Melodie Collier


Chairman’s Challenge

Each year the Chairman announces the theme for the Challenge for the following Spring Quilt Festival.



First Prize Winner

Christine Coles for her entry entitled “Autumn Wood”

2nd Prize

“Might Oak” by Sue Enderson

3rd Prize

“Wood-Wide-Web” by Barbara Janssen




Christmas Challenge

At our Christmas Meeting in November, a Challenge is set.

2018 3d Christmas Tree

The Challenge for 2018 Christmas Meeting was chosen by Christine Peckham and was a 3D Christmas tree.

1st Place by Stella Bolland

2nd Place Angela Crowther

3rd place was acheived by Jeanette Cox.

2017 wreath

1st Christine Peckham


2nd Sandra Scott


3rd place Sandra Cooper


Judges choice Stella Bolland


2016 Waistcoat

The winner was Susan Edwards.


2015 Snowman

The Christmas meeting challenge “Snowman” for November 2015 was won by Val Thomas with her snowman waistcoat. It is customary for the winner to set the Challenge for the following year and so ..
The challenge for the 2016 meeting will be an embellished Christmas waistcoat


2014 A Christmas Wreath

1st Joan Collings


2nd Kathy Osborne


3rd Liz Baker


2013 White Christmas

1st Tracey Driver




3rd Jeanette Cox


2012 ‘Angels, Angels all around’

1st Jeanette Orr


2nd Kathy Osborne


3rd Pat Edwards


Judges’ choice: Jean Bartlett



2011 Advent Calendar

1st Pam Smith


2nd Barbara Janssen


3rd Sandy Marsh


Judges choice Glenda Simmons


2010 A Winter Song

The Christmas challenge of a winter song was won by Wendy Gosney.


2nd was Christine Coles


3rd was Denise Pearcey.


2009 Winter Wonderland

Won by Glenda Symons with her lovely quilt ‘Winter Song’


Second place was by Wendy Baker


Third by Ann Turner


2008 A Christmas Tree

The Christmas 2008 Challenge (theme ‘A Christmas Tree’) was won by Linda Baldrey:


2nd Jean Bartlett


3rd Alma Williams


2007 Carol

The Challenge was to illustrate the following lines from a Christmas carol:
‘star of silver sweep across the skies, show where Jesus in a manger lies’
1st – Jennifer Grierson


2nd – Pauline Lilley


3rd – Glenda Symons


2006 Christmas Stockings

In first position was Kathleen Hughes, who will now set and judge next year’s challenge.
In both second and third position was Jean Stetson! They were all lovely stockings and gave a festive air to the meeting.


Summer Day Challenge

A challenge is set for our Summer Meeting in July.


The Summer Challenge ‘My favourite view’ was won by Lorrayne Holland – Madgate Cross – looking across Exmoor,
2nd – Jenny Crossland – Houses by the Water, Beer,
and 3rd – Jeanette Cox – Rainbows, Naples in Florida.



The winner of the Chairman’s Summer day Challenge – ‘My favourite Song’ was Lorraine Folland with Rod Stewart’s ‘Sailing’.


“A 90th Birthday Celebration” – Make a Fabric Birthday Card for the Queen’s 90th Birthday.
Winner Glenda Symons


2nd Sandra Scott


3rd Flis Nye


The challenge gave a them of ‘Carnival of the Animals’ by Saint-saens.


1st Glenda Symonds
2nd Claire & Share
3rd Pat King

2014 – Poppy Postcard

The Challenge for SWQ Summer Day 2014 on 5th July was ‘a poppy postcard’ – made of fabric of course.
First : Jean Bartlett
Second : Val Thomas


2011 – Rainbow

1st – Maggie Howell: Over the Rainbow


2nd – Wendy Gosney


3rd – Tracey Driver


Junior Stitchers Monster competition

The Monster Competition run in conjunction with the Quilters Guild has been a huge success with 70 entries. Needless to say it was very difficult choosing the top three entries in each age category but with the help of Jo Colwill at Cowslip and Brenda Bonner, Chairperson for the Guild in our area the decisions were made. Jo has kindly given the prizes of WH Smith vouchers for the winners. There were so many good entries that special prizes will also be awarded as well as viewers choice.

Photographs : 11 and under and 12 and over Winners