School Block Challenge is an annual nationwide quilt block contest and exhibit for students in grades K-12th. It’s co-sponsored by the National Quilt Museum and Moda Fabrics. Moda provides three challenge fabrics which must be included somewhere in each block. Block entries are also required to have some type of machine or hand stitching. Students are encouraged to use their creativity, imagination, and math skills in designing and constructing their own quilt blocks.
Students work under the guidance of a classroom teacher, homeschool curriculum, youth group leader, scout troop, 4-H club, etc. They can work individually or cooperatively as they discover how the art of quilting relates to other school subjects and their own interests.
Faith Thomas of Community Christian Academy, with her block, Hit the Mark. Faith was inspired by the arrows on the challenge fabric and her love of archery.
Her quilt, Black, Pink, and Zebra! Oh My! was invited to be part of the Stitching the Future exhibit. This exhibit showcases quilts made by students in the classes offered by the Museum.
A Grand Prize winner is chosen from all of the blocks, winners are selected in each of the following categories: K-4th, 5th-8th, 9th-12th and prizes are awarded.
The National Quilt Museum encourages the next generation of quilters through the School Block Challenge contest and exhibit–and hopes that it inspires all quilters both young and old!