Those who took the Brown Bag Challenge gave us many flavors last year: a swirling table topper, bird on pillow, child’s apron and several lap quilts. Participants generously donated to the Flora School Education Center in order to raise money to promote folk arts (quilting in particular) and the restoration of the Flora School.
This year, we are calling quilters, sewers, crafters, weavers of every level and interest to take the challenge again. The cost for supplies (all donated to benefit FSEC) is $15.
Ann Thew, a volunteer and quilter from Crane, Oregon, once again donated most of the fabric. “Oh the batiks,” she said. “I have to have one for the main fabric!” But then what to pick as the second fabric to challenge everyone? She finally decided on a stripe, which the rest of the committee didn’t see until the day they packaged the bags. The other fat quarter yard comes from another source and each fat quarter is totally different
from any other, making each brown bag unique.
Remember, quilters are not the only ones who can take up the challenge. Weavers could tear up the fabric and weave it once again. Sewers, not wanting to do patchwork, could sew up a dress, a pillow or an apron. Paper makers could shred it into their handmade paper card or collage.
How to Enter
To enter the challenge in the People’s Choice voting, your completed project must be delivered to the school by June 17. All information comes with your instructions for entry. The entry winning the People’s Choice award receives a $25 gift certificate to the quilt shop of their choice.
Challenge projects may be donated to the school to further the restoration, but it is not a requirement for entering.
You can pick up Brown Bag Challenges at the following locations (more locations may be added):
- Cattle Country Quilts, Joseph, Oregon
- Stash, Walla Walla, WA
- Walla Walla Sew, Vac & Spa, Walla Walla, WA
You can also order the bags by mail ($20 to cover priority mailing and BBC cost) to:
Flora School Education Center
82744 College Lane
Enterprise, OR 97828-5111
The challenges may also become available at other regional stores in NE Oregon, SE Washington and Lewiston ID area. We’ll keep you posted. If you have questions or want more information, contact Sarah Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 509-876-4325 or leave a message at 541- 828-7010