Patterns & News: News
by Susan Edwards, Director of Marketing
January 17, 2011, Paducah, Ky. – The National Quilt Museum is pleased to announce the winners from the 2011 School Block Challenge. The annual contest is a national competition open to students in grades pre-K – 12 and is sponsored by The National Quilt Museum and Moda Fabrics. This years’ challenge attracted 129 submissions from 41 schools in 16 states across the country. All quilt blocks will be on exhibit from February 25 – April 4 at The National Quilt Museum with a narrative written by the students about their block’s design. Winning blocks will be on display in the lobby until August.
Winners and all participants will be recognized at a reception and awards ceremony on Saturday, March 5 from 1 – 3 p.m. Local residents and media are invited to attend to meet these amazing young quilters and learn more about the annual School Block Challenge.
Sponsored by Moda Fabrics, this year’s blocks were constructed by individual students and by small groups. Participants were given packets with three fabrics from Moda Fabrics and students were required to use a piece of all three in their blocks. Quilters from the children’s community often assist the students as their projects develop.
The blocks are judged in categories of K - 4th grades, 5th - 8th grades and 9th - 12th grades. A grand prize award is also given to the overall outstanding quilt block.
This year’s grand prize winner is: “Citrus,” by Cassie Hanners and Theresa Rudder from Todd County Central High School, Elkton, KY. Their block was entered in the 9th-12th Grade category.
First place winner in the Pre-K – 4th Grade category is “A Day Fit for Soaring High” by Lillian Prybil of Lone Tree Elementary, Iowa City, IA.
First place winner in the 5th – 8th Grade category is “Nature’s Window,” by Janelle Price, Home Schooled in Carbondale, IL.
First place winner in the 9th – 12th Grade category was Flowers, by Erika Will of Elverado High School, Elkville, IL.
Designated as The National Quilt Museum of the United States, this non-profit institution is located in downtown Paducah, Ky. The museum is open year-round Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. CST and also open on Sunday 1-5 p.m. from April – October. The facility is ADA compliant. For more information go to www.NationalQuiltMuseum.org/contests_school.htm or call 270-442-8856.
The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, supports The National Quilt Museum with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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