Challenge Quilt - The rules for the Challenge Quilt change every year and are up to that year’s Challenge Quilt Committee. Kits for the next year’s challenge are available at the Quilt Show and through the year until they are all sold. Finished quilts are due the next August so they can be displayed in the Quilt Show.
Community Quilts - Each year CHQ members make 50 to 100 quilts of all sizes and the club distributes them to several local charities such as Comea Shelter, Project Linus and Sally's House. Kits are available for members to pick up at meetings.
If you have quilt making materials you would like to donate to this project, please email email@example.com or contact the Community Quilts Chairman, who is listed in the newsletter. Many of our quilts are twin size quilts, and we are always in need of large pieces of fabric for backs. Members and friends also save the UPC barcode labels from Hobbs batting which can be redeemed and help us keep costs down for this project.
Cowboy Fest - This event, sponsored by the Old West Museum in Cheyenne, is held in early June each year. CHQ members make approximately 300 pieced block-sized “quilts” for the event each year and members attend the event to help the children that come learn to hand quilt on a block they choose from that year’s collection. The kids get to keep the block they sew on and often we hear family stories about how special these blocks are to the boys and girls that have quilted with us in the past.
Please consider donating small quilts made from your orphan blocks or making up a few extra blocks on purpose for this activity. The edges of the blocks you make can be finished in envelope style, by serging, with a traditional binding or even by top stitching and leaving the edges raw. Fabrics appealing to boys are especially needed. You can bring your completed Cowboy Fest Blocks to a meeting or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the project check the newsletter.
Learning Clusters - Recently our club has offered small group learning events taught by our members. Clusters happen at our regular meeting on the third Monday of the month. Subjects offered have included foundation paper-piecing, English paper-piecing, hand piecing, circle piecing, fabric painting, Cathedral Window by machine, chenille, yo-yos with bottle caps and more. For detailed information about the Learning Clusters read our newsletter.
Library - CHQ maintains a library of more than 200 books related to quilting. This library is available the first Monday of the month. Members may check books out for one month. For title requests, please contact the librarian (who is listed in the newsletter) or email email@example.com.
Opportunity Quilt - Each year CHQ members assemble a bed-sized quilt and sell tickets for a chance to win the quilt. The money raised goes to support guild activities. We ask that every member sell at least 10 tickets for this quilt (and hopefully more). It is the main fundraiser for our group. Tickets are available from members in spring and summer and at the annual quilt show. Find information about each year’s Opportunity Quilt in the newsletter.
Quilt Show - Our quilt show is held each year in August. Members and non-members are invited to enter quilts in our show. The show often includes antique quilt entries, challenge entries, small group displays, vendors, demonstrations, a craft boutique or silent auction and much more.
We hire a judge and give those entering a quilt in the show the option of having it judged. The show is held at First United Methodist Church, Allison Hall, 108 E. 18th Street, Cheyenne. There will be current information about the Quilt Show in the newsletter as it gets close to August. If you have questions about our quilt show email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Round Robin - Sign-up for our Round Robin activity is in the fall. Participants are then divided into small groups of five members.
Each participant makes a “Starter Block” according to that year’s requirement. At the first exchange, each person passes their “Starter Block” to someone else in the group, and receives a “Starter Block” from someone else. Their task is now to add a border to that block before the next exchange date, when they will pass the block to someone else and receive another block to work on. This continues until everyone in the group has had a chance to sew a border to the block. All work is kept secret from the original block maker while the exchanges are happening and in May the original block maker gets the “enhanced” block back.
There can be variations to a Round Robin but the exchanging and adding to the beginning piece is similar. Each year’s specific information will be found in the newsletter.
Round Tuit - This is our group’s effort to encourage members to finish UFOs that are hanging around the house. Members fill out a card promising to finish a specific project by the deadline - usually in the spring. As the projects are finished and shown at a club meeting, the Round Tuit Chairman marks it off, and enters that member in a drawing. We’ve had some fun prizes so it is certainly worth joining in the fun of this project. And there have never been any penalties for not finishing. The Round Tuit chairman for the year is listed in the newsletter.
Trunk Show - The Trunk Show consists of many types of quilts that have been made or collected by the members. This educational collection of quilts is frequently requested for presentations for schools and organizations.
Workshops - The guild brings in teachers from the area once or twice a year. Information about upcoming workshops can be found in our newsletter.