Below are the details of the various challenges and prizes for the Bathurst Retreat next May, which might interest those who are thinking of attending. There will be pictures of the 2 main prizes posted on the Blog soon.
1. Quilt Challenge. Create a quilt measuring a minimum of 4' by 4'. The fabric of the top must be 100% recycled check flannelette shirts. You may use the reverse of the fabrics. You may use paint, decorative threads, and other embellishments on the top. The batting, backing and binding may be other fabrics. The quilt can be any style or theme and will be judged on creativity and sewing skills. If you intend to enter this challenge, go looking for your recycled check flannelette shirts very soon, as they are considered winter wear and won't be in the charity shops for much longer this year.
The prize is an antique, hand stitched, hand quilted, 1930s, Double Wedding Ring quilt valued at $699.
Bring your entry quilt with you when you attend the retreat. This challenge is also open to non-retreatees, but non-retreatees must arrange for someone to return their quilt to them. This will not be the responsibility of the retreat committee.
2. Apparel Challenge. Create an outfit that a Quilting Swaggie might wear, complete with quilting equipment, wagga or bed roll and whatever else takes your fancy. Be as crazy or as practical as you like!
You will be expected to model your entry on Saturday night right after the dinner. Entries will be judged on creativity, imagination, and downright cleverness. Sewing skills will not even enter into it!
The prize is what any quilter forced to move around a lot would want - an antique Singer Featherweight sewing machine with all the bells and whistles, valued at $700.
3. Block Challenge. Create a 12 1/2" square block with the theme "Country". This may be interpreted however you like, and you may use any method - piecing, appliquéing, or embellishing with whatever you like. This is not a swap. You may make as many blocks as you like and all blocks will be donated to Jan McFadyen to be used to create charity quilts. The winning block will be the one voted most popular by the other retreatees.
The prize is a framed mounted antique block. This challenge is also open to non-attendees who may mail their entries or have them delivered by a friend.
4. Mystery Challenge. The details for this challenge will be in your goodie bags at the retreat and is to be completed at the retreat, and is therefore for retreatees only. You might like to bring a small sewing kit with you plus a small assortment of tiny print fabrics, ribbon, and laces. Everything else will be provided for you at the retreat. Entries will be displayed and voted on by the other retreatees.
The prize is a framed mounted collage of vintage sewing paraphernalia.
Please contact me if you need any further details.