Meetings Fourth Tuesday of Every Month at Des Moines Christian Church
at 1 pm and 7 pm

President’s Challenge

The theme for 2020 was inspired by a quote from Rachel Carson in Silent Spring. 

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts…There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night and spring after winter.”

Rachel Carson

Use this inspirational quote to create a small quilt to celebrate the beauty of the natural world around us.  A meaningful photograph, a favorite landscape, a poem, music or a trip to a National Park or Botanical garden could motivate you.  Your theme could include beaches, oceans, sunrises, sunsets or mountains.  You could choose to make a modern or traditional block using fabrics showing or suggesting flora or fauna.  Your quilt might inspire the protection of our beautiful planet.  The possibilities are endless as is the beauty of our Earth.


  • Dimensions: Quilt can be square or rectangular.  Rectangular shape may be horizontal or vertical.  Sides should be a minimum of 30” or a maximum of 60”. (please note this is a change from the paper slips at the tea)
  • A quilt is defined as 3 layers – top, batting and backing.  Edge finishing is up to you.  Quilt may be tied, hand quilted or machine quilted (including long-arm) – however it must be made and quilted by you.
  • The quilt top must be made of fabric.  It may be pieced, foundation pieced, paper pieced or appliqued.  Embellishments are allowed.
  • The quilt must be flat, no clothing, bags, etc.
  • A quilt label should be placed on the back with your name and the quilt’s title. Your name should not be visible during voting.
  • Provide a description of your inspiration on the back.
  • Due December 1, 2020 via photo and description emailed to by December 1, 2020.
  • Voting will be done via email during December. Make sure you are subscribed to the newsletter to cast your ballot.