July 27, 2022
The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show, presented by PBS Wisconsin and Nancy Zieman Productions, celebrates the art and artists of quilting. Each year, the event invites teen quilters and sewers ages 15 and under to submit their quilts to the Kids’ Quilt Challenge.
Quilts from the challenge will be on display at the Great Wisconsin Quilt Show in Madison September 8-10, and contestants are invited to attend the public awards ceremony at the event on Saturday, September 10. This challenge, sponsored by Nancy Zieman Productions, awards gift certificates to the top three quilts judged on workmanship, creativity and overall appearance.
Enjoy these beautiful and imaginative entries from last year’s Kids’ Quilt Challenge, submitted by youth seamstresses from Wisconsin and across the country.
There’s still time to participate in this year’s Kids’ Quilt Challenge! Entries must be received by August 12, 2022. Proceeds from The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show support PBS Wisconsin programs and community outreach projects.
“Picket Fence” created and quilted by David Elsen of La Crosse, Wisconsin
Artist Statement: I’m David Elsen from La Crosse, Wisconsin and I’m 13 years old. I was looking through Pinterest designs and loved the picket fence pattern. I wanted to add interest so I used rainbow yarn for the quilting to contrast with the fabrics I used. The tricky part of the quilt was matching the edge-to-edge stitching in the hoop!
The Sky Life created and quilted by Maxwell Gibson of Goshen, Indiana
Artist Statement: My name is Maxwell Gibson and I’m from Goshen, Indiana. I just turned 10. Seeing a hot air balloon and shopping for supplies during spring break inspired me. The hardest part was using multiple types of threads, which I wasn’t used to. I had the most fun working on my name tag.
“Colors” created and quilted by Elaina Gray of Summersville, West Virginia
Artist Statement: My name is Elaina Gray and I’m from Summersville, West Virginia. i am 9 years old It took me months to persuade Nana to let me use her peacock fabric for my blanket. The beautiful colors in it were my inspiration, so I named the quilt Colors. I liked moving the half-square triangles around on the design board until I was happy with how they looked together.
“The Eight Point Quilt Star” created and quilted by Taylor Hunt of Columbus, Wisconsin
Artist Statement: My name is Taylor Hunt. I’m from Columbus, Wisconsin. I am 11 years old. This is the first tapestry I’ve made and it’s my first time doing quilting and binding. This quilt is called The Eight Point Star Quilt.
Counting Sheep created and quilted by Lindsey Kroening of Cedarburg, Wisconsin
Artist statement: I’m Lindsey Kroening. I am 12 years old and live in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. I chose this project because I raise sheep in 4-H. The hardest parts of making this quilt were appliqué and creating a pattern from an image on Pinterest.
“Suncatcher” created and quilted by Abigail Ray of Bentonville, Arkansas
Artist Statement: My name is Abigail Ray. I live in Bentonville, Arkansas. and I am 9 years old. My quilt was inspired by a suncatcher art item I made at art camp. Tissue paper triangles in clear contact paper were used. I learned raw edge applique to create the same look with the triangles in my quilt. I liked cutting out the triangles with scissors and selecting the cat fabric backing. The hardest part was the hand binding. This was the first time I did the hand tying myself.
“Let Freedom Ring” created and quilted by Abigail Schultz of Columbus, Wisconsin
Artist Statement: I’m Abigail from Columbus, Wisconsin and I’m 10 years old. I made this quilt entitled “Let Freedom Ring”. I chose to make this flag as I learned freedom is not free while studying our Constitution. In making this quilt I learned how to do bargello piecing and free motion machine quilting. Free motion machine quilting was the hardest part of making my quilt. Tying was a bit of a challenge too!
“My Quilt” created and quilted by Hailey Swenson of North Branch, Minnesota
Artist Statement: My name is Hailey Swenson and I’m from North Branch, Minnesota. i am 7 years old I attended a 4H quilting workshop to sew this quilt. Kits were provided. The fabric was donated by a local quilt shop. I like being able to sew with Grandma and other 4-Hers. I was able to stitch this by following the lines in the fabric.
Self Portrait #1 created and quilted by Lucas Weisleder of Bexley, Ohio
Artist Statement: My name is Lucas Weissleder. I’m from Bexley, Ohio and I’m 10 years old. My quilt is titled “Self Portrait #1”. The head is a computer mouse because I love technology. The eyes are musical notes representing that I play the piano. The nose is a sword because I take Korean sword lessons. The neck is a gameboy as I like playing video games. The shoulders are pillows because I like to sleep.