School Block Challenge - 2019
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.
All fabric packets for the 2019 challenge have been given out as of September 25, 2018. Be sure to check out all the rules and deadlines in the Entry Form brochure for more information.
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.
Museums, as a place of informal learning, can focus on the arts in a unique way to connect youth with subjects covered in traditional schooling: math, visual arts, history, science & nature, life skills.
Participating in a hands-on program at the National Quilt Museum gives youth first-hand experience in the creative process and connects them to the long tradition of quilt making.
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.