Here's what's next:

  • December 1st 11:59pm EST Hosta Challenge officially ends. No further changes can be made to submitted entries.
  • December 2nd-15th Judging commences!
  • December 15th The Grand Prize winner will be announced.
  • December 15th-January 12th All entrants will be able to order a kit of their submitted entry from Thimble Towne for 25% off. Instructions will be sent out on this soon.

Read more about the Hosta Challenge Below.

How to Purchase Your Kit at 25% Off

Hello everyone!  Thanks again for participating in the Hosta Challenge 2017!  Our judges had a tough time selecting the winner out of all the gorgeous entries!  Check out all the entries and the winning quilt here.

Now through January 12th, 2018, ALL ENTRANTS may purchase your submitted Hosta Entry kit(s) for 25% off from Thimble Towne through the Quiltster app.

Here’s how to place your order:

  • 1. Login to your Quiltster account.
  • 2. Go to “My Projects”. Click on the project you wish to purchase.
  • 3. Click BUY NOW on the left toolbar and continue through the check-out process.

You will receive an email confirmation order at the time of purchase and another when your order ships.

Important things to note:

  • Kits must be purchased through the Quiltster app to receive the 25% discount.
  • The discount is valid from now through January 12th, 2018.
  • Your credit card will be charged immediately, which includes the 25% discount.
  • The kit will ship in February 2018 as this is when the fabric becomes available.
  • You have the option to purchase binding and backing for your kit during the check-out process.
  • If you select “in-store pick up” this means you wish to pick up your order at Thimble Towne, Unicorn Road, Suite 103 in Bakersfield, Ca 93308
  • The discount applies only to projects that are submitted entries into the Hosta Challenge.  No other projects may be purchased at this time.

Thanks again to everyone!  We hope to see you again at the next challenge!  Make sure you are signed up for our newsletter to hear about the next challenge!

Happy Holidays from all of us at the Hosta Challenge!


  • Use Quiltster to design a Quiltworx Hosta quilt with Island Batik fabrics and enter to win more than $4,000 in prizes!


  • October 1st, 2017 through December 1st, 2017

How to Enter:

  1. Subscribe to Quiltster
  2. Choose your Quiltworx Hosta quilt size
  3. Design your layout using pre-designed interchangeable block options
  4. Color using Island Batik fabrics
  5. Submit your entry!

Your first entry is FREE. Each additional entry costs $5.00. You may enter as many projects as you wish. The more you enter, the better your chances of winning!

From the Dashboard, go to My Projects, then click "Enter Hosta Challenge." Select a template, name it, and go to the Project Editor. Create your projects then click "Submit Challenge." You can update your project entry as many times as you wish up until December 1st. The final change will be what the judges review. Watch the video tutorial below:

Eligible Quiltworx Templates:

  1. Hosta Mixer Template
  2. Hosta Queen Mixer Template

Eligible Island Batik Fabric Collections:

  1. Autumn Grace
  2. Blue Moon
  3. City Cultures II
  4. Morning Sunshine
  5. Basics
  6. Blenders
  7. Neutrals | Island Batik
Hosta Mixer Template in Project Editor

Hosta Mixer Template inside the Project Editor, ready for you to select blocks!

Hosta Mixer Block Option Example

Example of block options.

Hosta Mixer Template in Block Editor

Color using select Island Batiks fabrics!

Hosta's are mixer patterns which allow you to mix and match pre-designed block options to create a truly unique quilt!

Grand Prize!

  • Trip for one person to Quiltworx University in Bakersfield, CA, February 27th through March 4th 2018. Includes Sign up fee, room and board, your Cattails Mixer Quilt Kit including Island Batik fabric, binding, and the Quiltworx Pattern (backing not included), and up to $500 towards travel expenses!
  • Receive your winning Hosta quilt kit FREE. Includes fabric (plus backing) from Island Batik, the pattern and a digitized quilting design from Quiltworx.
  • Receive $250 in batting from Hobbs.
  • Receive an assortment of SCHMETZ Chrome Professional Grade needles.
  • Design and receive a coordinating Aurifil Thread Box with your winning quilt on the label! Aurifil will release your thread box to consumers in the Spring of 2018!
  • Receive a one year subscription to Quiltster ($99.00 value).
  • See your Hosta design on a limited edition Quiltworx.com cover sheet! (Talk about bragging rights!)
  • See your Quilt as a featured project in the Spring 2018 Keepsake Quilting Catalogue!
  • Receive an assortment of rulers from Carolyn McCormick.

Runners Up

There will be two runners up, each will receive:

  • The Island Batik fabric for your winning Hosta project (excluding backing)
  • The Quiltworx pattern for your winning project
  • A $50 gift certificate to Quiltworx.com
  • One free month subscription to Quiltster!
  • $50 of Hobbs batting

Bonus for ALL Entrants!

Regardless of winning, ALL entrants that want to kit their Hosta submissions will receive 25% off when you purchase their kits from Thimble Towne Quilt Shop! Orders receiving the discount may be placed after the winners have been announced (after December 15th, keep an eye out for the exact date announcement), until January 12th, 2018 (see terms below). To redeem, email Thimble Towne the Print Page for your Quiltster project, then contact them to receive your discount. With such a generous offer to all entrants, this is a contest you can’t afford NOT to participate in!

Choosing the Winner!

  • The winners will be chosen by December 15th, 2017.

The winning projects (one Grand Prize and the two Runner's Up) will be carefully selected by an expert panel of judges including:

  • Judy Niemeyer (Owner of Quiltworx.com, Pattern Designer, Fabric Designer, Author)
  • Jackie Kunkel (Certified Instructor for Quiltworx.com, Canton Village Quilt Works Owner, a Quiltworx.com Certified Shop, Author, Pattern Designer, and Fabric Designer for Island Batik)
  • Alex Veronelli (Aurifil)
  • Jeremy Swaim (Owner of Thimble Towne Quilt Shop)
  • Angela Walters (Long-Arm Quilter, Author, Fabric Designer, Host of the Midnight Quilt Show and owner of Quilting Is My Therapy)

Each judge will select their five favorite quilt designs, Wall or Queen, during week one of judging. Finalists will be resubmitted to the group for week two, when submissions will be judged on the following criteria. Each judge will identify their top 10, in order, for each category and the quilt will receive the number of points for its ranking by each judge. Judging criteria:

  1. Best Presentation and Use of Fabric
  2. Most Unique Presentation of Hosta Units
  3. Overall Creativity
  4. Overall Consumer Appeal

In addition, bonus points will be added for Quilt #1 (25 points), Quilt #2 (10 points), and Quilt #3 (5 Points) for the following:

  1. Top Three Quilts I Would Personally Like to Hang in My Booth at Quilt Market

The highest points will win! In the event of a tie, Billy Niemeyer, owner of Quiltster will choose the winner from the top Quilts. The top 25 quilt design finalists will receive their ranking numbers for their own information and future considerations.

Terms and Conditions

  • Contest open to US and Canadian residents only, ages 18 years and up.
  • Must be a Quiltster subscriber to enter. By entering this contest, you are authorizing Quiltster, Inc. to contact you via the email address on your Quiltster acccount.
  • Contest entry fees are non-refundable.
  • The Grand Prize and each of the two honorable mentions will be awarded to one person each and is not transferrable.
  • Prize may not be shared with multiple people.
  • Prize is not redeemable for cash, products or services.
  • Unused travel funds are not redeemable for cash.
  • The Quiltworx University portion of the prize, including travel funds, is forfeited if the Grand Prize winner is not able to physically attend Quiltworx University.
  • The winners will be contacted within 5 business days of choosing the winner.
  • Each entrant is responsible for monitoring his/her email and messaging systems for prize notification. Quiltster, plus the companies and sponsors associated with the Hosta Challenge, shall have no liability for winner's failure to receive notices due to spam, junk email or other security settings or for winners provision of incorrect or non-functioning contact information.
  • All entries must be submitted between 12:01am, October 1st, 2017 and 11:59pm, December 1st, 2017 to be valid.
  • Winners will be announced on December 15th, 2017.
  • Winners will be notified via email using the email address with which they used to subscribe to Quiltster.
  • Winners must respond to contact attempts by December 21st, 2017. If no response is made acknowledging winning notification, the winner then forfeits the prize and another winner will be selected.
  • All entrants acknowledge that this promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or any other social networking platform online.
  • EVERY Entrant that wants to kit their Hosta project in the colorway they provided will receive 25% off when you purchase the kit from Thimble Towne Quilt Shop! Orders eligible for this discount must be submitted Hosta Challenge entries and your order must be placed after the winners have been announced, until January 12th. Any orders sent after January 12th will not receive the 25% discount.
  • Some elements of the prize package are subject to applicable taxes. All personal information required to process any tax related documentation will be required for release of these elements of the prize package to the winner. If this information cannot be provided, the taxable portions of the prize package will be forfeited and offered to an honorable mention winner.
  • Employees of sponsors are not eligible to participate in this contest.
  • Quiltworx Certified Instructors and Quiltworx Certified Shops are not eligible to participate in this contest.

Good luck to everyone! And remember:

Every quilt has a story, the best ones begin with Quiltster. Enter the contest and #TellYourStory!