Retreat Challenge
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This year's Winter Retreat Challenge theme is "Fish".

The Basics: Open to all Guild members. Due at the next Retreat, no later than EOD Friday, February 2, 2018. Judging and presentation of awards at Retreat, the next day, on Saturday February 3.

  1. Make an 11x15" finished wall quilt using the provided fish pattern. You may add more detail, such as scales or flukes or fins, but adhere to the basic outline provided. The background can be anything you desire: a watery batik, a pieced coral reef, wavy strips, or a free style snippet backdrop with or without other fishes, whatever suits your fishy fancy.
  2. Use any technique and materials you desire, but adhere to the definition of a quilt and have 3 layers (top-middle-back) sewn or fastened together.
  3. Use any embellishment or dimensional enhancements so long as all items are firmly secured.
  4. Finish with your choice of binding/edging plus a 3" hanging sleeve. Irregular edges are okay so long as you adhere to the above outside dimension.
  5. Safety pin a brief description (30 words or less) explaining your inspiration for your entry.

Design based on a Susan Carlson pattern, found in Quilting Arts Magazine, April/May 2010.

The Details: Fish are some of the earliest creatures on earth. They are gill-bearing aquatic craniates (possessing a skull) that lack limbs with digits. Fish are exothermic (i.e. cold-blooded) creatures and most are soft bodied. They can be found in nearly all aquatic environments, from high mountain streams to the depths of the deepest oceans. With 33,600 described species, fish exhibit greater species diversity than any other group of vertebrates. Using the outline provided, design your fantasy fish.

Take part in our next challenge and show us your take on fish. Maybe a photo collage, a snippet quilt, or lacy fins embellished with beads or embroidery, fancy up your fish to make it realistic or strike out into fantasy fish land. It's up to you.

Questions, e-mail: Kathleen Francis, Kathy Malmberg, or Sher Harnish.

Blocks will be displayed for guild members at our next Retreat or at a guild meeting, and then returned to the owner. Blocks may also be displayed elsewhere as opportunity arises.