South West Quilters have various Challenges and Competitions throughout the year such as:
- The Audrey Dean Award
- SWQ Traditional Quilt Award
- Chairman’s Challenge
- Christmas Challenge
- Summer Day Challenge
- Junior Stitchers Monster Competition
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
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
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”
“Might Oak” by Sue Enderson
“Wood-Wide-Web” by Barbara Janssen
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.
3rd place was acheived by Jeanette Cox.
1st Christine Peckham
2nd Sandra Scott
3rd place Sandra Cooper
Judges choice Stella Bolland
The winner was Susan Edwards.
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
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