Guild Challenges and Swaps

Hi there! Check out the current and past guild challenges and swaps right here!

Current Challenges/Swaps

Swap Name: Pincushion Swap
Start Date: November 2018
End Date: December 2018

Details: Bring a pincushion to the December meeting (Saturday Dec 1st from 9am to 9pm at Holy Spirit Millvale) to participate in this swap. We will put the pincushions in a brown bag to make it a blind swap! Pincushions will be swapped during/after the business meeting which will happen at 1:00 pm.

Challenge Name: Inspiration Mini Challenge
Start Date: November 2018
End Date: March 2019
Find pics on Instagram: #pghmqginspiration

Details: Make a mini pop art inspired quilt to be included in two group exhibits. The Palette is Red, Yellow, Blue, Black, White, and Gray. The size must be 24" high x any width up to 48". You must have a 4" hanging sleeve and label on the back. You can find more details here.

Challenge Name: UFO 2018 Finish Along
Start Date: February 2018
End Date: January 2019
Find pics on Instagram: #pghmqgufo

Details:This challenge runs for an entire year. PghMQG showed off and registered the UFOs they want to finish in 2018 at the February meeting. (If you're a new member please email the guild a list of UFOs you would like to finish!). As members finish these registered UFOs through the year they are entered into an end-of-year prize drawing. The more UFOs you finish the more chances to win! (Note: UFOs must registered with the guild to be eligible for the drawing).


Past Challenges/Swaps

Challenge Name: Nametag Challenge
Start Date: May 2018
End Date: November 2018
Find pics on Instagram: #pghmqgnametag

Details: Members are challenged to make yourself a quilted nametag to wear at our monthly meetings. Nametags can be attached with pins or hung on lanyards. Here's some inspiration ideas. Members who make a nametag will be entered into a prize drawing at the November meeting.






Challenge Name: Minimalism Quilt Challenge


Start Date: June 2018
End Date: September OR October 2018
Find pics on Instagram: #pghmqgmqc

Details: Members are challenged to make a minimalist quilt to show at our September OR October meeting. Your quilt can be any size or colors you want. It just must be completed. Everyone who makes a minimalist quilt will be entered into a prize drawing in October. 




Challenge Name: UFO Finish Along
Start Date: January 2017
End Date: December 2017
Find pics on Instagram: #pghmqgufo

Details:This challenge runs for an entire year. PghMQG showed off and registered the UFOs they want to finish in 2017 at the January meeting. (If you're a new member please email the guild a list of UFOs you would like to finish!). As members finish these registered UFOs through the year they are entered into a drawing for free entry to the guild weekend sewing retreat scheduled for March 23rd-25th, 2018. The more UFOs you finish the more chances to win! (Note: UFOs must registered with the guild to be eligible for the drawing).


Swap Name: Ornament Swap
Start Date: October 8th, 2017
End Date: December 2nd, 2017

Details: Bring an ornament to the December meeting (Saturday Dec 2, 9-9 at St. John's Lutheran Church Northland) to participate in this swap. Ornaments should be wrapped or packaged so they can be blindly chosen! Ornaments will be swapped during/after the business meeting which will happen at 1:00 pm.





Challenge Name: Make Me a Mini!
Start Date: August 6th, 2017
End Date: October 8th, 2017Find pics on Instagram: #pghmqgmmm

Details: Participants brought a sandwich baggie stuffed with scraps of their choice to the meeting on August 6th, 2017. Swappers blindly selected a bag of scraps and made a mini (or other project) for the owner of the scraps. Quiltmakers were only able to add solids to make the design work. Finished minis were swapped at the October 8th, 2017 meeting. Available prizes: a new quilty best friend. 







Challenge Name: Inspiration Challenge 
Start Date: July 2016
End Date: September 2017
Find pics on Instagram: #pghmqgic


Details:This challenge ran for an entire year. Members were challenged each month to create an original block, not using an existing pattern, based off of an inspiration point of their choosing. Participants decided what, if any, limits to set themselves for this challenge. Each month we shared the blocks we created and the inspiration points. Participants were entered into a drawing each month for a small prize bundle. Quilters who create a finished quilt using their inspiration blocks by the September 2017 meeting were entered into a drawing for a large prize basket. B was the winner of this awesome basket! Way to go, B!


Some Inspiration Challenge blocks that were created!


Challenge Name: Modern Solids Challenge
Start Date: April 2017
End Date: June 2017
Find pics on Instagram: #pghmqgmsc

Details: Members made 24" square, modern minis using only solids in the colors of our guild logo. These minis were displayed at the PghMQG exhibit in September 2017 at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza in Oaks, PA. All the pertinent details can be found here
Some of the great minis that were made!


Challenge Name: Upcycled Clothing Challenge 
Find pics on Instagram: #pghmqgucc

Details: Members were challenged to create a mini quilt using clothing to create the quilt top. The minis were displayed at Spool and a winner, who received a $50 Spool gift card, was chosen by Spool customers. Sally was the winner of this challenge with this awesome mini constructed out of her son's old t-shirts:


Upcycled Clothing Challenge Winner


Swap Name: Pennsylvania MQG Mini Swap
Find pics on Instagram: #pamqgminiswap

Details: PghMQG and Capital Area MQG in Harrisburg participated in a mini swap to get forge some friendships between the two guilds. PghMQG members received some stunning pieces from our new friends in Harrisburg:


Pretty minis received from Harrisburg!

Challenge Name: Paint Chip Challenge 
Find pics on Instagram: #pghmqgpcc

Details: Members were challenged to create a mini quilt using the colors of two paint chips chosen randomly from a bag. Members were allowed to add one more color of their choosing and any neutrals. The minis were displayed at Spool and a winner, who received a $50 Spool gift card, was chosen by Spool customers. Ailish was the winner of this challenge with the awesome mini she made. 




Paint chip challenge minis! 



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