NEW!  Guild Challenge for 2019: “It’s the Year of…” (The Chinese Zodiac)

The rules for this challenge are Black Swamp 2019 Challenge

The guild has been invoted to show the results of this challenge at the 2019 Sauder Quilt Show. In addition, individual members may opt to show their entries at Art Walk in April 2019.


Guild Challenge for 2018.Theme – Happy 30th Birthday Black Swamp Quilter’s Guild

Make a birthday card for the Black swamp quilters Guild as we welcome our 30th year!


    -Must measure no larger than 17″ on the longest side

    -Must include a Diamond Shape (30th Anniversary Symbol)

    -Any color combo can be used

    -Any method of construction

    -Must be quilted with at least three layers (top, middle and bottom)

    -May be embellished, but not required

    -Must make an envelope for the card

Have fun! Be Creative! Some suggestions — use your imagination. The card can be a single flat card (think postcard) or can be folded like a traditional card. It may have flaps pr pop-ups…you decide!

Bring the completed card to the April 12, 2018 meeting in it’s envelope i a bag. The committee will open the cards and display them for voting.

UFO challenge for 2018

Something Different; Put a UFO to work for you! – Start sorting through your “UFO” projects and bring one to show at the March 2017 meeting that you think could be made into a good bag or tote. It will be given to someone else, cut up and returned to you has a tote or purse. This is a great example of “repurposing or recycling”. The revealing of your bag or tote will be at the January 2018 meeting.

Ugly Fabric challenge for 2018

The 2018 “Ugly Fabric Challenge is in the works!  Everyone has “that” fabric, the one you had to have, but now realize it is just too ugly to use.  Here is your chance to pass it on.  Bring 1-2 yards of a truly dreadful fabric (quilt shop quality) in a plain brown grocery bag.  All participants will swap bags and have one full year to sew a beautiful quilt from what you have received.  This challenge will prove there is no such thing as ugly fabric!

The April 2017 Challenge

The theme for 2017 is “A Night at the Museum – Van Gogh Revisited”.

This year we are challenged to create a Masterpiece! Create a version of ANY Vincent Van Gogh work. This challenge will be your INTERPRETATION of the piece you choose.


* May be any size

*Must have a picture or copy of the original Van Gogh work attached (pinned at a bottom corner)

*Must be “framed” (real or fabric or…)

*Can be embellished

Submit your finished challenge in a bag at the April 20, 2017 meeting and join us for an exhibition of masterpieces!

List of works by Vincent van Gogh:

The UFO Challenge 2017 (administered by Cindy Huffman and Joanne Streacker)*

Cindy Huffman and Joanne Streacker have issued an UFO challenge to the guild. How many UFO’s can you finish this month? Next month? By year’s end? Bring your completely finished UFOs to guild. Each month, you will fill out a slip of paper for each finished item and place in a jar provided just for this challenge. Joanne and Cindy will tally what you finished so that by next January, there will be one winner, the Queen of UFO’s, who will take home a fun prize.

Here is a link to some organizer pages, to help you inventory and keep track of your UFO’s.

*This challenge is for true UFO’s that are quilted objects, completely finished…

The Block-of-theMonth Color Challenge 2017 (administered by Kathy Haver and Marsha Randles)

Using the same i12 x 12 block pattern , each month will have a different color challenge. The color will be announced in the guild meeting and the block will be due at the following meeting. The interpretation of the block, in color, is up to the individual (shading shown on the attached pattern is only to illustrate the different blocks requites in the final piece) and appliqué blocks may be substituted for any of the block units but the colors MUST follow the challenge made at each meeting. Blocks will be kept for an as yet undetermined final project or projects (depending on how many blocks are received.

–  February color selection: Black-and-white

–  April color selection: Primary Colors (Red, Yellow and Blue)

–  May color selection: Secondary Colors (Purple, Orange and Green). Please keep in mind that prints are acceptable as long as the main color is Orange, Purple or Green. (Think of a print with two or three of these colors).

  June color selection:  Complementary Colors – opposites on the color wheel. You are welcome to use any color as long as they are opposites.

– July color selection – Analogous Colors:  Analogous color schemes use colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. For example, using a color wheel with the primary (yellow, red, blue) and secondary colors (orange, purple and green) you pick the color yellow as the main color.  Then you would  choose green and orange  for your other colors because they are on each side of yellow.  Now remember you don’t have to stay with the pure colors.  For example, you could pick a dark golden yellow, an olive green and dusty orange to make a block that would fit the color assignment of analogous.  The one thing to keep in mind in choosing the colors next door to yellow is to stay it in the yellow green colors, and the yellow orange colors to keep the block analogous. You want to stay away from orange-red and green-blue colors

      Another example of Analogous would be to choose green as your middle color then yellow and blue on each side.  You can then go from yellow to blue and any of the shades between, but you wouldn’t want your yellow to have orange in it or the blue to have purple in it.

      We are now working with the Triad colors that fall between the primary and secondary colors, like yellow-orange, or red-purple, or blue-green.

      Please try using print fabric if you wish.  Most prints read a color so don’t be afraid to use some prints!  Also use lights and darks, gray tones and pastels when making the block. The better the contrasts the more dynamic your block will look. You can also cut enough pieces to make 2 blocks out of the chosen fabrics and then play with the parts to find the design you like the best before you sew the block together.

– August color selection – Split Complementary. Are you asking yourself, what in the world is Split Complementary? OK. Complementary means colors across from each other on the color wheel. The split part is that you chose the analogous colors on each side of one of the complementary colors, and then use the other complementary color. Example: I am choosing red and green as my complementary colors. Now I am going to make green the color to choose the analogous colors. This means that I don’t use green-green but I use yellow greens and blue greens. The block will be made up of yellow greens and blue greens and red. Remember, you can use colors that have white added to make them lighter, or gray added to give them a dusty look, or black to make them darker. Also, you can use prints that have other colors in them but the fabric needs to ‘read’ the colors you have chosen for your Split Complementary. 

– September color selection – Triad, any 3 colors that are 1/3 around the color wheel.

– October color selection – Monochromatic – – any color! Make your block explode with various shades of a single color.

 Hatchet Block

*Hatchet block Cindy Huffman will bring a pattern for the Hatchet block in May, members will make a baby quilt and bring the final quilt to the July meeting. Quilts will be donated to charity

BSQG 2014 CHallenge – “Summertime”

Quilt must interpret the theme “Summertime”.   The idea is to make a quilted project that represents this theme to you. For example, travel, gardening, sports, or walking in a park could be represented. Or it could be something much less literal, like using summer colors or just interpreting the mood that is summer to you. Whatever the word SUMMERTIME means to you.

The rules are very simple:

1.    The project must have 3 layers and have quilting.
2.    The project must interpret the theme SUMMERTIME.
3.    The project can be any shape or size. It could be a traditional quilt, a bag, table runner, hat or a wall hanging. What ever shape is needed to represent summertime to you.
4.    Any quilting technique may be used. Pieced, applique, art quilt, embellished or not, or three dimensional. Anything goes.

The quilts were presented at the April 10 meeting.

BSQG January 2014 “Green Thumb Challenge”

The instructions and templates for the January 2014 “Green Thumb Challenge” are linked here and here, reapectively.

BSQG Banner Blocks
The Black Swamp Quilters Banner is displayed at all our meetings.

Each member is asked to contribute a block with their name and the year they joined printed on the center square.

Directions for making your block are found on the banner pdf.