Hope is being able to see that there is light, despite all the darkness.”
Desmond Tutu


The global pandemic has been a challenge for us all. Yet, there is one thing that we can cling onto as we look to a brighter future, and that is hope. Hope that one day it will be over, and that we'll be able to experience the same joys and freedoms that we once had. As quilters, during times of hardship we turn to our sewing, and find peace and calm within our stitches. So the Hope Mini Quilt Challenge was born.


The Challenge:

- To submit a 12” finished mini quilt based on the theme of 'hope'

- It must be formed of 3 layers; a top, wadding and backing

- It must be bound, using the quilter's method of choice

- It can be patchwork, English paper piecing, foundation paper piecing, appliqué or whole-cloth

- It can be machine or hand quilted

- It can include ribbons, trims, buttons, etc.

- It can include embroidery



Opens - Friday 30th April 2021

Closes - Monday 21st June 2021


You do not have to be British or reside in the British Isles to enter.  Just British loving!  We aim to be inclusive of everyone.


How to Enter: 

Head to the online shop. Purchase one 'Hope Mini Quilt Challenge Entry' and you will be emailed a PDF containing instructions of exactly what to do to submit your entry. The entry fee is £10.00, and 10% of this will be donated to NHS Charities Together.


The Competition:

As well as being a mini quilt challenge, it is also a competition! Up to 50 mini quilts will be shortlisted and exhibited at the Festival Of Quilts 2021 by a panel of 6 judges. If you are shortlisted, you will be contacted after 21st June with further instructions. If you do not hear anything, sadly you have not been shortlisted this time.


The Judges:


After viewing the 50 shortlisted mini quilts in person at the Festival of Quilts 2021, each of the judges will choose their ultimate favourite mini quilt.  That's 6 prize winners in total!  Each prize is worth up to £70 in value. 


The Prizes:

Prizes have kindly been donated by British fabric companies, events organisers and retailers including:


  • The Thread House

  • Oakshott Fabrics

  • Morris Textiles

  • Aurifil 

  • Great British Quilter

  • Crafty Monkies
  • Hantex


    Olive and Flo Handcraft

  • The Tartan Reel 

Thank you so much to our wonderful sponsors, we really appreciate your support!


Giving Back:

10% of the submission fee will be donated to NHS Charities Together. Once all the entries are in, the final amount to be donated will be calculated and announced on social media.


And Finally...

We hope you enjoy taking part in this challenge and that you feel motivated and inspired to stitch 'hope' into your mini quilt!  We are so excited to see your mini quilts. Good luck and happy quilting!