Hoffman Challenge

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2015/16 Hoffman Challenge

Entries for this challenge are due at Quilters' Lane by May 27th 2016. Prizewinners will be announced at the Blenheim Mini Symposium, Sew Marlborough, in July.
All fabric for this challenge has now been sold.

Hoffman Challenge 2016/17 Announcement

The New Zealand Hoffman Challenge, which is held annually, is one of New Zealand’s main quilt competitions. After many years of organising the challenge Betty Twaddle of Needle n Thread in Dunedin has now handed over the reins to Sheila and Carl Christensen of Quilters’ Lane in Masterton.

Hoffman Fabrics is a manufacturer of fine cotton quilting fabric, and is represented in New Zealand by Tiffanies Treasures. Sheila and Carl are excited to take on the Hoffman Challenge and to be working with Andy McMeeking of Tiffanies to continue the excellent tradition of the Challenge, and to attract more people to enjoy making a challenge item.

Even though this is the New Zealand Hoffman Challenge, it is open to all quilters no matter where they live.

As part of a revamp of the Hoffman Challenge , they will be introducing a new category that they hope will be exciting for people who have not considered entering the challenge before.

The Main Challenge

The rules for the main Hoffman Challenge will remain as before. Quilts must be no more than one metre square, and the quilt is not allowed to be square or rectangular. The artist must use a recognisable amount of the challenge fabric.

New Category – Home Decor

To encourage as many people as possible to enter the challenge, Quilters’ Lane is introducing a new category; Home Décor. Each year there will be a different item to be made, which will be based on a different fabric to the main challenge. This year’s item is a cushion cover.

How to enter the Challenge

Entry packs will include challenge fabric and an entry form. One pack is needed for each challenge entry. Packs for the main challenge contain one metre of the challenge fabric, plus an entry form. For the Home Décor challenge, packs contain a fat quarter of the challenge fabric plus an entry form.

Entry packs and further information will be available from Quilters’ Lane. Their website is www.quilterslane.co.nz, email shop@quilterslane.co.nz or call 06 370 9400.

Entry packs will be available at Sew Marlborough in July 2016.

Entries will be due in May 2017 and prizes will be awarded at the Christchurch Symposium in October 2017.

Sheila is planning to visit Guilds and clubs in 2016 in order to spread the word about the new challenge.