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The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show 4-H Virtual Community Quilt – Fourward Together!

August 30, 2021 Tara Lovdahl

All quilters, seamstresses and fiber artists, young and old, have been invited to contribute to this year’s virtual community quilt, organized by 4-H and The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show. Although we won’t be together in person this year, our community projects show us how much quilting brings us together. Participants were given a theme and created a small square interpreting it.

This year’s theme is “Hopes for 2022”. As we all know, 2020 and 2021 presented significant challenges and opportunities for growth. Sometimes we struggled, and sometimes we surprised ourselves with our ability to adapt. We asked, what do you hope 2022 will bring? It can be what you wish for yourself or your family, your local community, your country or even our world. No hope is too big or small.

Entrants submitted an image of a 6-1/2 inch fiber art quilt square or block that represents their hopes for 2022, along with a few sentences describing their square or block. These fiber art quilt squares or blocks can be sewn, joined, appliquéd, painted, beaded, blended or made using other techniques.

Catherine Plovanich from Kenosha, Wisconsin, shares her colorful, layered quilt block with her hopes for 2022. “It’s one of the first quilts I’ve made — a little wall hanging,” she said in his artist statement. “I had so much fun doing it, and it brings me joy when I watch it. I hope 2022 brings more peace and joy to everyone. I’ve been so encouraged by the kindness of strangers lately. time.

Terri Schmit of Blue Mounds, Wisconsin, also included avian images in her hopeful quilt block. “In 2020, three friends started a weekly Zoom quilt bee,” she said in her artist’s statement. “Our first challenge was to make a 6 1/2 inch block containing an animal. My block, the hummingbird, represents freedom and hope to me. Freedom from COVID, hope for recovery in 2022.”

The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show and 4-H Virtual Community Quilt will be shared as part of the virtual experience, Sept. 9-11. Log in or register online at to scroll through entries and learn more about our quilt community’s hopes for 2022!