President’s Challenge

2022 – 2023 Rags to Riches

Deep down, most quilters are scrap lovers at heart.  We spend a lot of money buying good fabrics for our quilting projects, and it feels wrong to throw away those perfectly good bits and pieces. There are so many great things we can make using these scraps.  We invite our members to transform some of their scraps into something amazing!  It can be a table runner, centre piece, wall hanging, basket, pin cushion, postcard, cushion, fabric book, etc.

Size:  This is meant to be a small project and should not exceed a metre square. 

Techniques:  All techniques are welcome (i.e., appliqué, English piecing, embellishments, etc.)

2021- 2022  –  Pillow Challenge

Members are  encouraged to participate in our Pillow Sewing Challenge.

This project offers so many possibilities.
Just let your imagination run wild!

Examples: advent calendar, book pillow, love bug, decorative cushion, etc.


– All sewing, quilting, serging, machine embroidery, and embellishment techniques are eligible.
-Pillow should measure 20” X 20”.
-The opening for the pillow insert can be made using a zipper, fold-over envelope or/and button.
-Colours, fabrics, style and techniques are of your choice.
Date of the Reveal:

May Members’ Meeting.  We are planning to have a Silent Auction at our May meeting. We welcome pillow donations for our Silent Auction from members interested in helping our guild raise funds.

2020 – 2021 –  Celebration!

When deciding on a theme for our President’s Challenge, the word
CELEBRATION came to mind. We have so many things to be thankful
for and need to celebrate – events such as the Guild’s 30th birthday;
family events such as birthdays, anniversaries, births and weddings;
as well as, all the good things in our lives.
Have fun planning out this project that will represent something that you would like to celebrate in your life.
The project can have a perimeter of no more than 100”, and the choice
of fabrics and techniques is up to each participant.
Plan to have your project completed for our Quilt Show in May 2021.

2019-2020 –  Home is Where the Heart Is 

What made me decide on this theme? After living in Pickering for most of my career, my husband and I decided to move to Bracebridge when we retired.  Although it was a big change, we soon realized that a house is just a shell, and it’s what we fill it with that matters. Family, friends, and pets are what make a house a home!
You decide on the type of home you want to make (i.e. human, animal or insect), the technique you want to use and its purpose.
The project is to have a perimeter of no more than 100” (254 cm). For example, you can have a project that is 25” X 25” (63.5 cm X 63.5 cm).
Have fun with this and let your imaginations run!
Can’t wait to see your wonderful creations!
Suzanne Brochu-Ranta

2018 – 2019 – I SPY QUILT

This year’s President’s Challenge will be  done differently.
During our September and October meetings, members interested in participating will be asked to sign-up for this year’s challenge.
Once we find out how many members will be participating in the challenge, we will send out an email to participants.
Each person will be asked to purchase sufficient fabric (one type of novelty fabric that is 100% cotton), so that each participant receives 1-5”X5” square. The number of squares you would contribute depends on the number of participants. For example, if 20 people participate, you would give out 19 squares of one fabric and would receive 19 different 5”X5” squares (you would keep one of your own squares).
At our November meeting, the exchange of fabrics would occur. You would then have until our June meeting to create your I Spy Quilt. Squares can be modified and inserted into a pattern of your choice.
Time to start looking for fun fabrics.

2017 – 2018  – Wild Thing

What does Wild Thing mean to you?

Wild flowers, animals, quilters on a bus trip? Bring to our May meeting your interpretation…any item – wall hanging, tote bag, placemat – your inspiration. The only boundaries are:
  • Must represent wild thing.
  • Must be no smaller than 12” x 12”
  • Must be no bigger than 25” x 25”
All items will be judged and results will be revealed at our June Potluck.