The Hoffman Challenge

For Hoffman Challenge 2000, we've chosen to bypass the fireworks, noise and hoopla normally associated with the celebration of the Millennium --preferring, instead, to enter the new century in a more sedate and serene manner. With this in mind, we've chosen style #5625/Cream from the Les Jardins Collection as our 13th Annual Hoffman Challenge fabric. Reminiscent of an old-fashioned informal country garden, this lovely muted floral print inspires thoughts of gentler, simpler times. The graceful floral array speaks softly of clear skies, sunny afternoons and days of innocence. We're sure that our choice will inspire a wealth of fresh creativity for the beginning of the new century, while invoking the simplicity and charm of the last turn of the century.

Hoffman Challenge began in 1987 when Betty Boyink and Holice Turnbow, both attending the National Quilting Association's annual show in Easton, PA, spied an unusual fabric at a vendor booth and issued a challenge to their fellow quilters to use the fabric in a quilting project to be completed and shown at the following years' show. The unusual and inspiring fabric that captured the imagination of Holice and Betty was, of course, one of Hoffman's unique designs --a beautiful Oriental motif from the Woodblocks Collection.

Ninety-four enthusiastic quilters completed projects that year and the Hoffman Challenge was born. Since then, the number of entries has grown to more than 700 per year, and categories now include clothing and dolls, as well as quilts. Each year the top entries are grouped into traveling exhibits which visit quilt and craft shows, seminars, quilt shops and quilt- and doll-makers guilds nationwide.

Hoffman Challenge Website