This exhibit, titled "The Challenge," was presented by the Azalea City Quilters' Guild and was showcased at the University of South Alabama Marx Library's Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art from May 1 through June 30, 2014.
Challenge events usually occur during years when the Quilting Guild doesn't have a quilt show. During the challenges, everyone makes a quilt based on that year's rules as set forth by the challenge chairperson. Quilting Guild challenges are designed to encourage participants to extend their skills and move out of their comfort zones.
In this challenge, participating members selected the instructions randomly and had to follow through with specific colors, sizes, and themes. A variety of quilting techniques, from hand quilting to intricate machine quilting, were represented in the exhibit. Some of the different quilting techniques included quilts that were pieced together one fabric at a time, appliqués using fabric applied on top of another fabric and attached by hand or machine, and painted quilts embellished with thread and yarn. This display reflected the Guild's strong emphasis on educating and teaching an old art in a modern way using technology and improved machines and tools.
Members participating in the exhibit were Janice Andrews, Betty Todd, Carol Balch, Susan Mogan, Joan Dodici, Sharron Potts, Nancy Goodman, Bonnie Johnson, Susan Garrett, Nancy Lancaster, Yvonne Taylor, Annette Oliver, Charlotte Mott, Shawn Sumrall, Wilma Toney, Nina Clotfelter, Janet Henry, Judy Phillips, Janie Lloyd, Mary Warfield, Barbara Bayer, Tia Bourke, Linda Evans, and Elaine Williams.