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Contemporary Quilt regularly offers challenges to members. These challenges lead to exhibitions. The CQ website has a challenge section which has been set up for Contemporary Quilt members to complete their CQ Challenge entries online. The website also includes photo galleries of past challenge entries.

2019 Challenge Theme Edwin & Mary Bloomfield Coverlet

 Members are invited to submit quilts for a new exhibition which was announced in the Spring 2018 Quilter to celebrate the Guild’s ruby anniversary and to be shown at Festival of Quilts 2019. This will be a joint Specialist Group exhibition and will be based on responses to the Edwin & Mary Bloomfield Coverlet in the Guild’s heritage collection. For our CQ entries, the size to work to is 18 x 24” (portrait). (see photograph)

The timetable is set out below under Key Dates. The closing date for entries is 29th March 2019, with pre-selection taking place during April. At this stage the judges are selecting for the CQ Challenge exhibition. In June 2019, the Gallery Curator will select those quilts to be shown at FOQ from all the Specialist Groups. We anticipate showing all of the chosen quilts from this CQ challenge at other venues afterwards.

Organisers of this challenge are Judy Fairless and Liz Howlett. Details will be published on our website and any queries can be addressed to 

In Print 2018

The challenge for 2018 is "In Print", quilt size 100cm x 45cm in either portrait or landscape format. The closing date for entries is 1 March 2018. Entry forms will be available online from 1st October 2017.

On The Edge 2016

The challenge for 2016 was "On The Edge". Further details can be found on the CQ Challenge website. The challenge was exhibited at the National Needlework Archive in September/October 2016. It will be exhibited at the Great Northern Quilt Show, Harrogate 1st to 3rd September 2017

Pictured is "Shoreline" by Cheryl Kirby

Elements 2015

The challenge for 2015 was Elements. Selected quilts were exhibited at the Festival of Quilts 2015. They are also due to be exhibited at Quilt Expo en Beaujolais in April 2016 and at the Bramble Patch during August 2016. Photos of the quilts selected can be found in the CQ Challenge website Elements Gallery

Quilt shown: Jane Varrall Cyprium

Dislocation 2014

The theme for the exhibition at the Festival of Quilts in 2014 is 'Dislocation'. The quilts are 120 x 50 cm, either portrait or landscape format.

Photos of the quilts made for this exhibition can be found here: Dislocation Gallery

Dislocation quilt by Claire Lynch

Horizons 2013

The theme for the Exhibition at the Festival of Quilts in 2013 was 'Horizons'.  The quilts are 50 x 150cm (w x h).

Quilt made by Chris Dixon

More photos of the quilts made for this exhibition can be found here: Horizons Gallery

CQ@10 2012

2012 is the year that the Group celebrated its 10th birthday.  We have come a long way in those ten years and now have over 600 members.  To mark this occasion we held a special exhibition of quilts based on a black and white photograph of East Poole tin mine in Cornwall taken by professional photographer, Tony Howell.  Why a tin mine? Because tin is the symbol of 10th anniversaries.  We were granted a gallery space at the Festival of Quilts 2012 to hang the 23 quilts juried into the exhibition.

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CQ@10, the book

Contemporary Quilt's, CQ@10 book, celebrating ten years of quilting by the members is available here.

Detail from Balcony rail by Sandra Grusd

Pictorial Consequences 2011

An idea based on the children's game.  Members were invited to create parts of real, imaginary, mystical or historical persons or creatures.  These quilts were shown at the Festival of Quilts, NEC, Birmingham, in 2011, where they were mixed up to create the same kind of weird and nonsensical creations that result when playing the paper and pencil game.

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Guatamalan woman by Gillian Travis

Breakthrough 2009

Quilts had to be either 24" (60 cm) square or 36" (90 cm) square.
A book was published containing all these quilts.

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Hadron Collider by Kate Findlay

Thin Blue Line 2008

All quilts are 12" x 48" (30 cm x 120cm) 
A blue line had to run horizontally across the quilt whether portrait or landscape

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Land of Two Halves by Jill Exell

Fissures 2006

Maximum size of all quilts is 50 cm x 100cm

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Stones in a Fissure by Liz Evans