Scrap Challenge of a Lifetime!

Scrap Challenge of a Lifetime!

Posted by Judy Gauthier on Aug 4th 2017

I am so very excited to introduce this exciting opportunity. You can have a quilt in the International Quilt Festival in Chicago in 2018! That’s right, and there are fun prizes to go along with this.

We are rolling this out now, because believe it or not, 2018 is not far away. The deadline for your entry form is November 1 st, 2017. The deadline for the photo of your finished quilt is January 1 st, 2018.

Are you a scrap quilter with tons of scraps in bins and tubs? Have you heard about the fast2cut Simple Square Templates from Judy Gauthier and C&T Publishing? These amazing templates are the best thing to ever happen to scrap quilting.

Most of us have scraps that really don’t lend themselves to strip quilting. We have no idea what we are going to use them for. But we love them! They’re beautiful! What should we do? Well, we can start out by following  Quilts for Scrap Lovers and Rainbow Quilts for Scrap Lovers. These two books make it fun and so simple to tear through your scraps. They give you a solid, concrete plan. No scraps yet? You’re new to the process? Well, then start picking up fat quarters and picking through scraps of your quilting besties.

Every single quilt in both books uses a 3 1/2", a 4 1/2", and a 5 1/2" square template—that’s it!

We are going to have a special exhibit of YOUR quilts in Chicago at the International Quilt Festival. We will select 12 to 14 quilts. These will be scrap quilts, made by you, using blocks from one or both of my two books, Quilts for Scrap Lovers and Rainbow Quilts for Scrap Lovers. We will choose the dozen or so best quilts to enter into the exhibit. Now, we know that just having a quilt in the exhibit is enough incentive to enter, but there are prizes as well! The special exhibits have their own section in publications for the festival, so you never know where your quilt might be pictured.

The quilts will also be featured on C&T Publishing’s blog page, and we will post updates and photos of some of the progress—with permission, of course. We would love to see pictures of your fabric and scrap-sorting processes. We would also love to see photos of sewing and any other quiltmaking activities.

I made a special quilt so that everyone can see an example of how blocks from both books can be combined. It’s not quilted yet—this is only the top. Check out the rules for the contest and some guidelines below on what it is that we’re looking for. This will help you to plan.

Hop over to for the entry form and the official rules. As time gets closer, we will be announcing the prizes that will be offered to the top 5 quilters.

Points will be given for quilts that:

1. Place difficult-to-use fabrics strategically within the quilt. Definition of difficult fabrics include, but is not limited to:

  • Fabrics with large prints
  • Fabrics with multiple colors in them

These fabrics should be used strategically and points are not given based on the number of difficult fabrics, only on the creative use of them.

2. Use blocks from either one or both books in a creative way that is pleasing to the eye.

3. Creatively use color.

4. Create a high degree of interest in the quilt.

  • This refers to the engagement quality of the quilt—is it something that someone would look at for a long period of time? Are there features in the quilt that draw the viewer in and create interaction between the viewer and the quilt?
  • This is most easily achieved by using a broad number of fabrics from many different genres of fabric.

5. Use fabrics that may be older and dated in a way that looks fresh and relevant for today.

6. Possess accuracy of work and workmanship.

We will choose 12 to 14 quilts from the pictures that we receive. These quilts will be exhibited at the International Quilt Festival in Chicago in April of 2018. 

You can purchase Quilts for Scrap Lovers and Rainbow Quilts for Scrap Lovers from C&T Publishing or wherever quilting books are sold, including

We’d love to hear from you soon!


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