School Block Challenge

School Block Challenge - 2020

School Block Challenge is an annual quilt block competition and exhibit, sponsored by Moda Fabrics, for children grades K-12 nationwide. Moda generously provides three challenge fabrics that must be included in every block entry. Students can put their math skills & creativity to work in creating a quilt square of their own design. Entries are judged in the following categories: K-4th grade, 5th–8th grade, 9th–12th grade. Cash prizes are awarded to the teacher/parent of the winning students for arts/quilt education. All entries are exhibited in the Museum during the first quarter of the year. Students can make a block on their own, at school in the classroom, in a home school program, with a Scout Troop, in a 4-H club, as part of some other club/organization, etc. Be sure to check out all the rules and deadlines in the Entry Form brochure for more information. Sponsored by:

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School Block Challenge 2020 Winners Announced!

A Grand Prize winner is chosen from all of the blocks, winners and honorable mentions are selected in each of the following categories: K-4th, 5th-8th, 9th-12th. Winners are awarded a cash prize. All blocks submitted are included in the exhibit.

The School Block Challenge 2020 contest sets new records for: the most states represented in a single year, the second highest number of entries, and several new states joining the contest for the first time!


331 Student participants
293 Entries
27 States & 1 APO

(AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MO, MT, NE, OH, OR, PA, SD, TN, TX, VA, WA, WI)


Grand Prize Winner

"Friends" by Hannah Williams,
Sunflower Academy, Amsterdam, MO (5th-8th grade)

Kindergarten - 4th Grade Winners

5th-8th Grade Winners

9th-12th Grade Winners

School Block Challenge Faboric


The fabrics this year are as follows:

    1. 17965 27 : Well Said Pesto by Sandy Gervais     2. 30493 13 : Meraki Makemba Wren by Basic Grey     3. 43076 48 : Sunday Drive Cherry by Pat Sloan, Sunday Drive Batiks Anyone interested is welcome to search out these fabrics on their own to participate. Fabrics are not usually from current lines and may be difficult to find. Be sure to check out all the rules and deadlines in the Entry Form brochure for more information.

Through this variety of programs, tours and hands-on projects, the National Quilt Museum strives to teach the art of quilting to the next generation. In addition to the annual School Block Challenge, the National Quilt Museum offers programs to youth in grades K-12 that are in public, private & home school networks or organizations such as 4-H and Girl Scouts. These youth are from the local Paducah community, surrounding counties, and states. Educational programs offered by the National Quilt Museum include: free student tours, summer Quilt Camp, Junior Quilters, Girl Scout programs, offsite visits to school classrooms, the Creative Arts Street Fair, involvement in community festivals, and hands-on activities that explore the many techniques found in quilt making.

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