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The 2017 Cherrywood Challenge: Vincent van Gogh

Cherrywood Fabrics not only makes distinctive suede-like, solid colored, hand dyed fabrics. They also sponsor unique quilt challenges.

First was their Wicked Challenge in 2014.  Based on the hit musical, entries had to include specially dyed lime green fabrics (Cherrywood Wicked Greens) and black in their designs. The traveling exhibit was displayed at Road 2015 to much fanfare.

Cherrywood’s second challenge was The Lion King in 2016.  All entrants started with the same four hand-dyed Cherrywood fabrics (in golds and black) and designed their own original quilts within a 20-inch square. What made this theme especially significant was that 2017 is the 20th Anniversary of The Lion King musical. The traveling exhibit began 2017 at Road to California and will end its tour in November 2017 at the Minskoff Theatre in New York.   

During Road to California 2017, the next Cherrywood Challenge was announced – and it’s not based on a musical. Instead, the 2017 Cherrywood Challenge is a tribute to Vincent van Gogh, one of the world’s beloved artists. Entrants are encouraged to use Vincent van Gogh’s paintings as inspiration to think “outside the box” in creating new fiber art.

As with Cherrywood’s other challenges, each entry must include three official Cherrywood fabrics (this time they are the van Gogh Blues) and black. The quilt must “read” blue; 60-70% of the quilt top must be in blue hues. Accent colors may be used but they have to be Cherrywood fabric.

The final size of the quilt is 20” x 20” consisting of a top, a middle and a backing with a maximum thickness of one inch.  Any technique or fabric manipulation is acceptable as long as it maintains the color and character of a textile quilt. Embellishments may be added, with the exception of glitter, but must stay within the 20-inch size. No sleeve is required.

The cost to enter the challenge is $45.00 and includes the registration fee, shipping, return shipping and one fat quarter of each of the required fabrics.  Photos of the entries must be received by Cherrywood by 11:59 PM on August 1, 2017. Finalists will be announced and notified by email on August 11th. Finalist quilts are to be sent to Cherrywood Fabrics by August 25th. And then on September 1st, the winners will be announced as well as the quilts that will be included in the traveling exhibit.

Cash prizes totaling $1,000 is being offered to the winners.  Awards will be given for first, second and third place:

First Place – $700 Gift Card

Second Place – $200 Gift Card

Third Place – $100 Gift Card

The van Gogh Cherrywood Challenge Traveling Exhibit will debut November 1, 2017 at International Quilt Market and Festival in Houston, Texas. It will travel to quilt shows for at least one year through 2018, including at Road to California. We can’t wait to see all the creativity in this exhibit.

For more information regarding The van Gogh Cherrywood Challenge 2017 or with Cherrywood Fabrics, please visit their website.

Road 2017 Special Exhibit: The Lion King Cherrywood Challenge 2016

At Road to California 2015 – The 20th Anniversary Show, Cherrywood Fabrics presented their popular The WICKED Cherrywood Challenge special exhibit.Wicked logo

Road 2017 will be hosting Cherrywood’s second in their series of quilt challenges, The Lion King Cherrywood Challenge 2016. Explains Karla Overland, owner of Cherrywood Fabrics, “The Lion King was a natural progression after doing “WICKED” for our first challenge. The resources we had for that first challenge led me to the Lion King and it happens to be their 20th Anniversary in 2017. They will be showing off some of the quilts at the Minskoff Theatre in November of 2017.”Cherrywood Lion King

The exhibit is made up of 120 small art quilts that were submitted for The Cherrywood Challenge 2016. When displayed together, they create a dramatic (jaw-dropping) visual experience that covers 80 feet. The cohesive color, size, theme and texture of the Cherrywood fabric makes it easy for the viewer to see the entire exhibit as a whole. The excitement of discovering all the details of each little work of art makes this collection unforgettable.Cherrywood1

All entrants started with the same four hand-dyed Cherrywood fabrics (golds and black) and designed their own original quilts within a 20-inch square. Accent colors had to be Cherrywood as well, but techniques were wide open. Karla said that they “saw many examples of thread painting, coloring with pencils and pens, Zen tangle drawing, intricate piecing, all kinds of appliqué methods, and even tatting. Images of the final squares were uploaded to ArtCall, a website designed for the jury process. A panel of three jurors was enlisted to select the final quilts for the exhibit using a point system. It was an extremely difficult process considering there were over 300 quilts entered from 41 states and 9 countries. After the 120 finalists were sent to Cherrywood, three prize winners were chosen as well as a “Cherrywood Choice” and 20 “Disney’s Choice” quilts – they could not decide on just one!

Compared to the WICKED exhibit, The Lion King Challenge is slightly larger than WICKED which had 114 quilts. Since there were so many more submissions for The Lion King Challenge, Cherrywood was able to get the cream of the crop and select exactly what they wanted for the traveling collection. It was interesting to Cherrywood to see the wide variety of interpretations, skill level and workmanship.

The exhibit made its debut at AQS QuiltWeek Grand Rapids in August 2016. After traveling with AQS in the fall, it will be shown at International Quilt Market and Festival in Houston, Texas. The 2017 season kicks off with Road to California. After Road 2017, the exhibit will continue on to 13 other locations, ending up at the Minskoff Theater in New York City.Cherrywood Exhibit.left

Cherrywood has been able to already meet several of the artists who worked on the exhibit. While each quilt has an artist statements that adds to the quilt, Karla remarked, that hearing “them tell their stories in person is the best part of this adventure. We did get submissions from well-known quilt artists, and yet several people said they had never tried a challenge, or had never shown their work in public, and some had just started quilting!” Karla was able to meet the first place winner, Jill Cranford, and her family. Karla said that Jill “was a young woman who had sewn her whole life and was quietly teaching herself quilting on her own. I was so impressed with her workmanship from the design concept which has many layers, to the perfect stitching, both machine and hand. It is good to see up-and-comers in the quilting world.”

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First place winner Jill Cranford and her mother.

As with any quilt challenge, the intent of this project was to allow people to push themselves beyond what they are used to; try working with colors and fabrics they normally would not have chosen; and grow creatively. As Karla observed, “It is not easy to put yourself out there.” A photo book of the exhibit has been created to give the artists a chance to have their work published and be part of a timeless collection.

What will be Cherrywood Fabrics next quilt challenge? They will be announcing the new theme at Quilt Festival in Houston. Stay tuned…

 

 

Road 2015 Special Exhibit: The WICKED Cherrywood Challenge

Are you a fan of the Broadway hit musical, Wicked?New Wicked

Curator Karla Overland of Cherrywood Fabrics had wanted to organize a quilt challenge for some time and when she saw the production on Broadway, she knew immediately this quilt challenge would be a hit – just like the musical.Wicked logo

Artists involved in this challenge chose how to interpret the theme “WICKED.” Most of the quilts are based off the Broadway show or The Wizard of Oz. The exhibit consists of 114 small quilts. There are three quilts attached to 6-foot banners of black felt for a total of 38 banners. The dramatic impact of the display is amazing because of the cohesive size and colors.Cherrywood1

Submissions for the exhibit were accepted through August 1, 2014. Each quilt had to be made entirely from Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabric, with the exception of embellishments. The quilts are 20” squares and used specially dyed lime greens – Cherrywood Wicked Greens – and black.Cherrywood4

Karla hopes that the WICKED Cherrywood Challenge generates excitement and appreciation for quilts done in solid colors. Says Karla, “The color is the hero here and inspired wonderful creativity from the entrants.”  Karla also added, “Our suede-look fabric is so rich and saturated.  I hope people will appreciate how strong a quilt can be just using Cherrywood.”  There is a photo book available of the entire exhibit including artist statements.

The WICKED challenge is the first of Cherrywood Challenges yet to come. Look for the announcement of future themes on their website:  cherrywoodfabrics.com