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Challenge Guidelines

Threads of Tradition at Historic Sauder Village sponsors
Modern Vintage Quilt Challenge 2018



Do you have vintage quilt tops or blocks sitting around collecting dust begging to be offered a second chance?  We hope with our 2018 challenge Modern Vintage you will dust them off and get your imagination working as you incorporate them into a quilt, giving them a new life.  This year’s challenge focuses on the incorporation of unfinished vintage quilts or blocks into a Modern Quilt aesthetic.  Scraps of vintage blocks and top fragments are to be recycled to create a new and innovative quilt. 

Quilt Challenge 2018 example

Threads of Tradition Quilt Shop 

at Historic Sauder Village sponsors
Modern Vintage Quilt Challenge 2018

Construction Techniques: 

Each Modern Vintage challenge entry must include a mix of vintage blocks or quilt top fragments with American Made Brand solid fabrics. Borders and/or sashing may be added if desired.  All vintage blocks and top fragments must be named on the exhibit tag.

Entry Requirements

Each entry must also comply with all entry requirements and guidelines of the Sauder Village Quilt Show, which may be found online at:Quilt Exhibition Entry Guidelines. Since this is a design challenge, each entry must be designed, pieced and/or appliqued by a single artist; entries that have been designed and the top constructed by more than one person will not qualify for judging.  If someone other than the quilt artist does the quilting, the quilter must be given credit on the “Quilted by” line on the entry form.  

Maximum 36” x 36” / Minimum 24” by 24”.  Your quilt can be any shape as long as the outside dimensions fall within these guidelines.


The idea for this challenge evolved from the special exhibit “Twisted” at Houston Quilt Market 2016.


For the 2018 challenge we have selected American Made Brand solids.  Challenge fabric bundles are available for purchase at Threads of Tradition Quilt Shop.  Each bundle will include six fat quarters. To qualify for the challenge each entrant’s quilt must include at least three American Made Brand solids for the front and binding of the quilt.  The entrant must also include vintage quilt blocks or vintage quilt top fragments to complement their design.

Follow this link to view the American Brand Solid Fabrics: 2018 Challenge Fabrics

We’d love to have you visit us personally to pick up your fabric bundle, but if that is not possible, challenge fabrics may be viewed online and ordered by calling Threads of Tradition Quilt Shop at 419-445-9610 or 800-590-9755 ext. 3011, or by email at One fabric bundle of 6 fat quarters can be shipped to you for $20.00 including tax, shipping and handling.  Orders for more than one fabric bundle and/or additional yardage of any selected fabrics will be priced according to current retail prices.


Please register for the challenge by completing the quilt registration form, which will be available online at on January 17, 2018.  Your challenge quilt must be pre-registered.  Check in for all pre-registered quilts, including Challenge quilts, will be Sunday April 29, 2018 from 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm.  If it is not possible for you to hand deliver your entry, please complete the special shipping instruction form that is also available online and mail that form with your entry.

All qualifying Modern Vintage challenge quilts will be hung together in a special exhibit in Founder’s Hall during the week of Quilt Show 2018.   Judging will be completed prior to opening of the Quilt Show.

Pick up:  

Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 4:30 pm at Founders Hall or Monday, May 7, 2018 at Threads of Tradition between 9:00 – 10:30 am unless other arrangements are made.  All entries must remain the entire length of the show.



Concerns and Questions: 

We know you’ll understand that we’ll take all reasonable care of your quilt, but cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage.  For questions on the challenge, please contact us at Sauder Village:
Phone: 800.590.9755 or 419.445.9610
Email: Quilt Shop Manager at 
Mail: Sauder Village Quilt Show, P.O. Box 235, Archbold, OH 43502.
Location and UPS Address: 22611 State Route 2, Archbold, OH, 43502. 

Challenge Fabrics available at Threads of Tradition Quilt Shop


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